Alkaline balance and pH value
Many doctors and nutritionists believe that the acidic environment in the tissues after long unhealthy foods consumption weakens all body cells and causes many diseases, including cancer. Excessive acidity forces the body to borrow minerals (calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium …) from vital organs and bones, in order to reduce and neutralize the acidity and eliminate it from the body. By tasteing food we know that it can be acidic (like lemon) or alkaline (like soap). If the pH value of some food is less than 7 then we consider it as the acidic substance and if it is higher than 7, then it is alkaline. Water pH is exactly 7 and it is considered neutral. pH is measured on a scale of 0 – 14. Our body is slightly alkaline and this pH is optimum for maintaining the health and proper body functioning. Imbalance can result with many health problems, both physical and psychological.
Water is the most present component of the human body. It constitutes 70% of the body, so it is not surprising that the pH body balance is established when the pH is in the range of 6 to 7.5. It is important to know that this is not about the gastric acid and pH of the stomach, but the pH of body fluids and tissues.
The most common reason why the body has acidity is unhealthy diet. More and more people are switching to so-called western-type diet which includes lots of meat, eggs, milk and milk products, then foods with high level of flour and sugar, large quantities of soft drinks, and a small amount of fresh vegetables. We should go back to the eating habits of our ancestors and increase the intake vegetables, fruits, raw meat, whole grains etc.
pH balance disruption also contributes more and more present artificial sweeteners and preservatives.
When we prepare meals, general rule should be: 25-30% acidic foods and 70-75% alkaline (if some foods interfere with digestion and cause allergy, exclude them).
Also important is to reduce body stress. PH is a basis for body action. When we establish optimal pH, also we create a base for the recovery all other diseases and body problems.
We should only change bad eating habits and lifestyle!
Test your pH
At home, you can do a simple test to find out whether your pH is balanced or not. You should test both, your urine and saliva.
The optimal pH of the morning urine and saliva is 7.0. Anything below that is considered a metabolic acidity.
If urinary pH factor is below 6.4 then the body can not assimilate vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Using pH papers, check the pH of your urine and saliva. If the morning pH of the urine is in the range of 6.0 to 6.5, and in the evening of 6,5-7,0 your body is functioning within a healthy level. If the pH of your saliva throughout the day keeps the values between 6.5-7.5 your body also works within healthy levels. The best time to test the pH value is one hour before and two hours after meals, twice a week.
Urine pH indicates how well your body assimilate minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium (they are acidic buffers because the body uses them to control acid levels).
Saliva pH is an indicator for digestive enzymes activities, especially the activities of liver and stomach.
The consequences of high acidity (acidosis):
Heart damage and blood lodes damage, including narrowing of blood lodes and the reduction of oxygen
Weight gain and diabetes
Immune system weakening
Joints and muscles inflammation>/li>
Acidic foods (avoid)
Alcohol including wine.
Dairy foods except organic unpasteurized milk and cottage cheese.
Grains except millet.
Meat, including fish, other than white meat chicken and eggs.
Nuts except almonds and chestnuts.
Oils, including olive oil.
Natural and artificial sweeteners except stevia.
Alkaline food (good)
Fruits except cranberries.
Vegetables other than potatoes
White meat chicken and eggs.
Spices including salt and herbs.
Asparagus, cantaloupe, red peppers, celery, figs, fruit juices, grapes (sweet), kiwi, mango, melon, papaya, parsley, pears (sweet), pineapple, raisins, algae, seedless grapes (sweet), umeboshi plums, vegetable juices, watercress
Alfalfa sprouts, apples (sour), apple (sweet), apricots, avocados, bananas (ripe), beans (fresh), beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carob, cauliflower, currants, dates, figs (fresh), garlic, ginger (fresh), Grapefruit, Grapes (less sweet), grapes (sour), guava, herbs (leafy green), lettuce (leaf green), lettuce (pale green), nectarines, oranges, peaches (less sweet), peaches ( sweet), pears (less sweet), peas (fresh), peas (less sweet), potatoes (with skin), pumpkin (less sweet), pumpkin (sweet), raspberries, sea salt, squash, strawberries, sweet corn (fresh ), turnip, vinegar (apple cider)
Almonds, artichokes, brussel sprouts, cherries, chestnuts (dry), coconut (fresh), cow’s milk and whey (raw), cucumbers, eggplant, eggs, goat’s milk and whey (raw), Honey (raw), leek, margarine, mushrooms, neutral butter (fresh), oils (except olive), olives (ripe), onions, pickles (homemade), poultry (white meat), radish (crude), sea salt, sesame seeds, soybeans (dry), soy cheese , soy milk, spices, sprouted grains, tofu, tomatoes (less sweet), tomatoes (fresh, unsalted), vinegar, yeast (nutritional flakes), yogurt (plain)
Adzuki beans, bananas (green), barley (rye), beans (gold), dry coconut, fructose, blueberries, bran, butter, cereals (unrefined), cheeses, crackers (unrefined rye), cranberries, goat’s milk, honey (pasteurized) , ketchup, kidney, maple syrup (unprocessed), milk (homogenized), molasses, most nuts, mustard, oats (rye), olives (pickled), pasta (integral), pasta, plums, popcorn (with salt and / or butter), potatoes, prunes, rice (basmati and brown), wheat, seeds (pumpkin, soy sauce, sunflower), wheat (sprouted organic)
Artificial sweeteners, beef, beer, bread, brown sugar, carbonated soft drinks, cereals (refined), chocolate, cigarettes and tobacco, coffee, cream of wheat (unrefined), custard (with white sugar), deer, drugs, fish, flour (white wheat), fruit juices with sugar, jam, jelly, lamb, liqueurs, maple syrup (processed), pasta (white), pastries and cakes from white flour, pickles (commercial), pork, poultry (dark meat) sugar (white), table salt (refined and ionized), tea (black), white bread, white vinegar (processed) foods with whole wheat, wine, yogurt (sweet)
WARNING – if you are on an alkaline diet, it will deplete the body of potassium. You need to take potassium supplements all the time while you are on this diet.