The Body and the Acid/Alkaline Balance

Good nutrition (healthy diet) is the key to a healthy body and a healthy oral cavity (teeth and gums).

Based on scientific reviews, if there is too much sugar in one’s diet then there is a high chance that one will develop cavities and gum disease. This means the body’s functions are out of balance and the result is the disease process. How do we maintain a healthy body system? The main thing we can control to prevent disease is the foods we eat. A healthy pH balance is critical for our overall health.

Our life and health depends on the body’s ability to maintain a constant pH of 7.4 in a process called homeostasis. The acid-base balance of the body is critical to good health. Good health is obtained through a balanced diet, which is a pH-balanced diet. A pH-balanced diet consists mostly of alkaline foods. If the diet is not pH balanced, the disease process will begin. Our modern diets are comprised of both alkaline and acidic foods, unfortunately mostly acidic foods.

Alkaline Foods – have the ability to energize the body and leave an alkaline residue in the urine. The alkaline urine (pH=7.0) indicates a healthy body. At normal pH range, all enzymes and electrolytes of the different digestive systems, organ systems, and glandular systems function normally. When the enzymes and electrolytes function at optimum level, the cells of all the glands and organs also begin to work at maximum function.

Acidic Foods – decrease the body’s energy level and leave acid residue in the urine. The acidic urine has a pH of less than 7.0. Excess acid waste alters correct heartbeat, robs the blood of oxygen, and creates a sluggish thyroid, which affects metabolism and weight.

SYMPTOMS OF EXCESS ACID WASTE

FATIGUE, HEADACHE, WIEHGT GAIN, DEPRESSION, ATRHRITIS, OSTEOPOROSIS, TOXEMIA, CONSTIPATION, DULLED MENTALITY, SLOWER THINKING, MUSCLE STIFFNESS, IRRITABILITY/PMS, LOW ENERGY, CANCER GROWTH, SINUS PROBLEMS, OBESITY, ALLERGIES, MUSCLE SPASM.
It is therefore vitally important that there is a proper ratio between acid and alkaline foods in the diet. There is no single intake ratio of alkaline to acid foods that applies to everyone. Each individual must find his/her proper balance of acid and alkaline food intake. When the ideal ratio is maintained, the body has a strong resistance against disease.

ACID/ALKALINE FOOD GUIDE

Alkalizing Foods

Almonds Asparagus Artichoke
Apricot Avocado Banana
Apricot Mango Papaya
Peach Beans-fresh and green Strawberries
Nectarine Blueberries Raspberries
Arrowroot flour Breads(100% sprouted) Broccoli
Cauliflower Brussel sprouts Cabbage
Lettuce-iceberg/green leaf Spinach Carrob powder
Carrot Celery Cucumber
Cereals(hot) Amaranth, Quinoa Cherries Chestnuts
Coconut Corn-fresh/frozen Dates/Raisins
Egg-poached/soft boiled Fresh/raw  fruit juice Garlic
Onion Granola-health store Grapes
Grapefruit Orange Tangerine
Ketchup(natural/homemade) Lima bean- fresh/frozen Milk-goat(raw)
Mushrooms Olive oil-virgin/extra virgin Peas-green fresh/frozen
Pepper-green Potato Squash
Yam Sea salt Sesame seeds
Dried beans Soy milk/soy cheese Soy protein
Tofu Sprouts-bean/seed Honey-raw
Stevia Teas-herbal Tomato
Vinegar-apple cider Vitamin/Mineral supplement Walnut

Very Alkalizing Foods

Cayenne pepper Coral Calcium Alfalfa
Barley green Blue-green algae Chlorella
Spirulina Wheat grass Lemon
Lime Royal jelly Bee pollen
Stabilized oxygen Watermelon Cantaloupe

Neutral Foods

Butter Oil-sunflower, corn, safflower Whey protein

Acidic Foods

Alcohol-beer-wine Bagel-biscuit-muffin Beans-canned/dried Brazil nuts Breads-commercial
Cereals-commercial Cream of wheat oatmeal Cheese-cream/cottage Cheese-colby/sharp Chicken, turkey, fowl
Chickpeas, black-eye peas Chips, crackers, popcorn Coffee Cranberries Egg-hardboiled/fried
Fish-seafood Fruit juice-can/bottle Ketchup-commercial Macaroni-noodles-pasta Milk-skim/whole/2%
Peanuts-cashews Prunes-plums Rice-brown/white/wild Salt-refined/table Seeds
Soft drinks Brown molasses Fructose Teas-black/green Vinegar(commercial)

Very Acidic Foods

Bacon Pork Sausage Beef Cake
Cookies Candy Coffee(with sugar) Hamburger Hotdog
Diet soft drinks Artificial sweeteners Cane sugar-white/processed Tobacco Teas-with processed sugar