Eating an Alkaline/Acid Balance

Acid/Alkaline Balance

Eating healthy foods improves our body's PH balance. We need to eat a balance of alkaline and acid foods to achieve an ideal PH balance in our bodies. This generally means eating more fruit and vegetables (alkaline) and less meat and carbohydrates (acid). We are not talking about the PH of stomach acid but the PH of the bodies tissues and fluids.

It is important that we consume more alkaline foods than acid as bodies that have too much acid - acidosis - are subject to disease. Disease that can occur include skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne, cardiovascular issues, bladder and kidney problems as well as osteoporosis, premature aging and chronic fatigue amongst others.

PH (potential of hydrogen) is measured on a scale of zero to 14. Acid is at the lower end of the PH scale and alkaline at the higher end with seven being neutral. Health problems usually occur in the body when the PH is too acid rather than too alkaline. When it is too acid the body tries to correct this by using reserves of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese and sodium. These help to neutralize the acid and safely remove it from the body. If this happens too regularly the body's vital minerals become depleted and health issues occur.

Stress and fluctuating emotions can affect our digestion and the way the body breaks down food. Poor digestion can result in higher acid conditions. Other factors affecting PH are pollution, toxins, overwork, lack of sleep and tension and of course the foods and drinks we consume.

You can check if you have an acid or alkaline imbalance using PH test strips. These can be purchased from pharmacies, and used to test saliva and urine.A healthy range for urine is is between 6.0 to 6.5 in the morning and 6.5 to 7.0 in the evening. If your saliva remains between 6.5 and 7.5 all day your body is functioning within a healthy range. The best time to test your PH is about one hour before a meal and two hours after. Testing twice a week is recommended.

To help keep your body's PH in balance you need to know what foods and drinks are acid forming and which are alkaline. Pretty much all ripe fruit except plums, prunes, blueberries and cranberries are alkalizing to varying degrees. All vegetables except potatoes are alkalizing to different degrees as well. All meat and other products from animals are acid forming except fresh unsalted butter, fresh cream, raw cows milk, unsweetened acidophilus yogurt, buttermilk and whey.

The only grains that are alkaline forming are quinoa, amaranth, millet and corn ( corn loses this property 24 hours after it is picked. Almonds and fresh coconut are the only nuts that are alkaline. Kelp, seaweed, freshly squeezed fruit juice, fresh ginger, apple cider and sweet brown rice vinegar, barley, malt and brown rice syrup, honey, miso, sea salt, chestnuts, soft egg yolks, essene bread and sprouted grains, some soy products and yeast flakes are alkaline. Most other foods are acid forming. Artificial sweeteners, along with stress, overwork, jealousy, fear and anger being the most acid forming.

Most foods eaten on a day to day basis are acid forming. To improve the balance of foods you are eating, try to include more alkalizing foods at each meal. It is suggested to eat 80% alkaline forming and 20% acid forming.

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Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

This is new infor for me . See Arch amusing story about nutrition on one of my Hubs. RJ

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Rajnil 6 years ago from Ahmedabad, India

Hello Arch, a very nice and useful hub. love it!!!

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tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Hi RJ - thanks for the comment. Yes its quite interesting isn't it, but it does fit in with what we normally expect to be healthy eating.

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tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Thanks Rajnil, wasn't quite sure if that comment was for me or not as you said hello Arch, but assume you got that from the comment RJ left. In his story it certainly showed how food affects behaviour.

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PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

It never occurred to me to consider Ph. But it makes sense. I have never heard about those particular foods being like that either as far as 'alkaline forming". Great Hub Thank You.

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tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Thanks PhoenixV. I did read somewhere that all disease is down to PH imbalance. Didn't include that in the hub as I wasn't sure there was proof.

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daybreak 5 years ago from Atlantic Coast of North America

This is another reason to grow or buy as much fresh food as we can. The local farmers market is my favorite place to buy fruits, vegetables and other local foods.

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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand Author

That's right daybreak. The world has become far too processed as far as food goes. Too many additives, preservatives etc. I'm in the process of extending my garden. Thanks for the comment.

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YogaKat 4 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

I did not know you could purchase test strips at a pharmacy - thanks for sharing this very useful and interesting information. Now that I have an empty nest I crave and fill my frige with fresh, alkaline foods.

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tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

Thanks YogaKat for your nice comments. That's great that you really want to eat fresh alkaline foods - so good for you.

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Kosmo 4 years ago from California

I will continue to eat more fruits and vegetables and thereby raise that desired PH level. I promise. Later!

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tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

Yes I keep telling myself the same thing. Some days I do and others I don't. Thanks for reading.

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sarahshuihan 4 years ago from USA

I'm just beginning to look in PH balance for my eczema issues. Thanks for writing this!

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tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

Hi sarahshuihan - Thanks for reading my hub and I hope you can get some relief from your eczema. Trying to eat a more alkaline diet should help I hope.

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