Your Body’s Acid/Alkaline Balance
Acid and alkaline… sounds like a page from chemistry class in high school. But it also applies to the balance within our body that keeps everything functioning at optimal (or not so optimal) performance. Here’s an excerpt from ezine articles, explaining the benefits of an “acid alkaline diet”: (emphasis is my own)
The basis of an acid alkaline diet lies in the fact that our body ph ideally should be a 7.3. This slightly alkaline level of the body ph keeps all the vital organs functioning well, as well as the absorption of various minerals is optimized. When this ph tilts to the acidic side trouble starts brewing. An acidic ph level leads to almost all body parts suffering in one way or the other. Now since our body needs to be alkaline in nature it should reflect in our food intake too. Foods that are alkalizing should be consumed much more as opposed to the acidifying foods. Translated in a simpler language this would mean more of vegetable and fruit consumption and very low meats and oil intake. If the body’s alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium levels drop so will its health, causing it to degenerate and its defenses to drop guard. An acid alkaline diet protects that from happening. An acid alkaline diet comprises of 80% alkalizing foods and 20 % acidic foods. Since the acid alkaline ratio in the body should be one is to four our food intake should be of similar nature.
An acid alkaline diet is not only recommended to shed those extra pounds but is also and more importantly a great means of regaining lost health and leading a longer and more diseases free life. The acid alkaline diet is especially recommended to those who feel tired most of the time. Stress and a low energy level can both be done away with an acid alkaline diet. Those who suffer from frequent viral fevers or those who have a nasal congestion most of the time can lead healthier lives if they have an acid alkaline diet. Weak nails, dryness, headaches, muscle pain, hives, joint pains, and many more such diseases find their answer in an acid alkaline diet.
A higher level of vegetable intake is recommended in an acid alkaline diet. Lemons should be squeezed into water drinks. Millet or quinoa is preferred over wheat, olive oil over vegetable oil and soups like miso are very useful for following an acid alkaline diet.
Here is a list of alkalizing foods, compiled by whatswateringyou.com:
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Whey Protein Powder
Here is a list of acidifying foods, compiled by whatswateringyou.com:
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