Thanks everyone for all the “get out of my funk” wishes! I don’t know why I am so blah…but I guess we all go through it. I am definitely just going to roll with it and I am sure it will move on! 🙂 Anyway…onto the afternoon post of goodness! Check this out:
A surprising number and variety of physical problems and diseases can be caused by the problem of foods that are acid-producing after digestion. Today the vast majority of the population in industrialized nations suffer from problems caused by the stress of acidosis, because both modern lifestyle and our diet promote acidification of the body’s internal environment. Our current typical Western diet is largely composed of acid-forming foods (proteins, cereals, sugars) and alkaline-producing foods such as vegetables are eaten in much smaller quantities. Stimulants like tobacco, coffee, tea, and alcohol are also extremely acidifying. Stress, and physical activity (both insufficient or excessive amounts) also cause acidification.
Many foods are alkaline-producing by nature, but manufactured processed foods are mostly acid-producing. It is important to consume at least 60% alkaline-producing foods in our diet, in order to maintain health. We need plenty of fresh fruits and particularly vegetables (alkaline-producing) to balance our necessary protein intake (acid-producing). And we need to avoid processed, sugary or simple-carbohydrate foods, not only because they are acid-producing but also because they raise blood sugar level too quickly; plus they tend to be nutrient-lacking and may be toxic too.
Note that a food’s acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are alkaline so lemons are alkaline-forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is classified as acid-forming. So don’t worry about that beloved grapefruit! haha!
It is important that your daily dietary intake of food naturally acts to balance your body pH. To maintain health, the diet should consist of at least 60% alkaline forming foods and at most 40% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods. See the chart below for a spectrum of foods from High Alkaline to High Acid. Pretty cool huh?
|FOOD CATEGORY||High Alkaline||Alkaline||Low Alkaline||Low Acid||Acid||High Acid|
|BEANS, VEGETABLES, LEGUMES||Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Celery, Garlic, Barley Grass||Carrots, Green Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Lettuce, Zucchini, Carob||Squash, Asparagus, Tomato, Rhubarb, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Onions, Cabbage, Peas, Cauliflower, Turnip, Beetroot, Potato, Olives, Soybeans, Tofu||Sweet Potato, Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans||Pinto Beans, Navy Beans||Pickled Vegetables|
|FRUIT||Dried Figs, Raisins||Dates, Blackcurrant, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears||Coconut, Sour Cherries, Oranges, Cherries, Pineapple, Peaches, Avocados, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Strawberries, Papayas, Lemons, Watermelon, Limes||Blueberries, Cranberries, Bananas, Plums, Processed Fruit Juices||Canned Fruit|
|GRAINS, CEREALS||Amaranth, Lentils, Sweetcorn, Wild Rice, Quinoa, Millet, Buckwheat||Rye Bread, Whole Grain Bread, Oats, Brown Rice||White Rice, White Bread, Pastries, Biscuits, Pasta|
|MEAT||Liver, Oysters, Organ Meat||Fish, Turkey, Chicken, Lamb||Beef, Pork, Veal, Shellfish, Canned Tuna & Sardines|
|EGGS & DAIRY||Breast Milk||Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Buttermilk, Whey||Whole Milk, Butter, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Cream, Ice Cream||Eggs, Camembert, Hard Cheese||Parmasan, Processed Cheese|
|NUTS & SEEDS||Hazelnuts, Almonds||Chestnuts, Brazils, Coconut||Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower Seeds||Pecans, Cashews, Pistachios||Peanuts, Walnuts|
|OILS||Flax Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Canola Oil||Corn Oil, Sunflower Oil, Margarine, Lard|
|BEVERAGES||Herb Teas, Lemon Water||Green Tea||Ginger Tea||Cocoa||Wine, Soda/Pop||Tea (black), Coffee, Beer, Liquor|
|SWEETENERS, CONDIMENTS||Stevia||Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup||Raw Honey, Raw Sugar||White Sugar, Processed Honey||Milk Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Jam, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Vinegar||Artificial Sweeteners|
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