A recent focus in the field of natural healthcare is the pH or acid-alkali balance of the body and the impact it has on almost every aspect of your well-being and health. Acidity is a major factor in congestion and inflammation, it weakens the immune system and aggravates most chronic conditions. Body pH is affected by what we eat and is critical in preventative medicine.
What is pH?
pH is the scientific term representing a level of acidity. It is a calculation based on the concentration of hydrogen (“H” or “H+”) ions present in a liquid. The pH scale runs from 1 (or lower, for very strong acids) to 14
7 is neutral pH (neither acid nor alkali)
pH under 7 is acid
pH over 7 is alkali
Water is considered safe to drink if pH is between 5 and 9. The human body operates within a normal, “safe” pH range. Within that range, however, there can be some change due to diet and stress factors. When pH is at the acidic end of the safe range, the body attracts more viruses and bacteria. The body is more vulnerable to mucus, congestion, and other chronic or “mysteriously” recurring health issues such as a sore throat, persistent headaches, cold/flu, fatigue, gout, chronic pain, and achiness or arthritis.
What Makes the Body Acidic?
Most scientific models conceive the ideal pH of the human body as 7.4, slightly alkaline, although hair, skin, and saliva are all acidic.
Internal biochemical factors can combine to alter pH, but in most cases it is dietary factors that imbalance the pH of the human body. Every food has a particular impact on the pH of the body, due the pH of that food’s “ash.”
Acid-Ash and Alkali-Ash
If you think that acidic foods like coffee, oranges, vinegar, and lemons make the body acidic, you’re right in part, although it’s not quite so simple. Almost every food we consume enters the body as an acidic substance. Many foods have the ability to increase alkalinity by absorbing or neutralizing acidity. Lemons, in particular, are remarkably able to balance the pH of the body. They enter the body as an acid, but through the digestive process, they are transformed into an alkali-ash food, so named because the process of digestion is similar to combustion. When lemon juice is “burned” or digested, the product is an “alkali ash.”
The impact of food on the pH of the human body is due not to its original chemical composition, but its acid or alkali ash.
Acidic Foods You Should Avoid. For a complete list of Alkaline foods, visit: www.wakeupgethealthy.com/Alkaline_Food_vs_Acidic.html
All root vegetables
Stored Potatoes +2.0
Meat, Poultry, And Fish
Ocean Fish -20.0
Chicken (to -22) -18.0
Eggs (to -22)
Organ Meats -3.0
Milk And Milk Products
Hard Cheese -18.1
Homogenized Milk -1.0
Bread, Biscuits (Stored Grains/Risen Dough)
White Bread -10.0 White Biscuit -6.5
Whole-Meal Bread -6.5
Whole-Grain Bread -4.5
Rye Bread -2.5
Corn Oil -6.5
Artificial Sweeteners -26.5
White Sugar -17.6
Beet Sugar -15.1
Malt Sweetener -9.8
Dried Sugar Cane Juice -18.0
Barley Malt Syrup -9.3
Milk Sugar -9.4
Turbinado Sugar -9.5
Brown Rice Syrup 8.7
Soy Sauce -36.2
Fruit Juice, Packaged, Natural -8.7
Fruit Juice Sweetened With
White Sugar -33.6
Tea (Black) -27.1
By learning to eat more of an alkaline diet is key to reducing body inflammation.
About the writer – Helen Chin Lui is a Certified Reflexologist, Certified Energy Medicine practitioner, Reiki Master and teacher. She is the owner of the Healing Place in Medfield, MA. Helen specializes helping clients of all ages to find long-term relief from chronic digestive issues, chronic pain and balances hormones naturally.
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