In your body, your pH balance is determined by the amount of acidity and alkalinity present. On a scale from 0 to 14, the goal is to get your pH reading between 6.5 and 7.5. Being highly acidic can cause a number of health issues.
A constant state of acidity in your body makes it more prone to disease. When your body struggles to maintain the relatively tight blood pH required for survival, it can result in inflammation. Over time, this struggle increases the pro-inflammatory blood acid homocysteine in your blood. Studies show high levels of homocysteine in the blood double the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures, along with other inflammatory conditions like heart attack, stroke, fuzzy thinking, and Alzheimer’s disease. Among the many other symptoms of acidic PH in your body include: irritability, increased susceptibility to infections and diseases, general aches, and joint pain.
How to Be More Balanced
Reduce your intake of acidic foods. Conveniently for us, it just so happens that the foods containing alkaline minerals are all the foods we already know are good for us: low sugar foods, fresh alkaline vegetables, nuts, seeds, salads, sea vegetables, water rich foods. And for the foods that contain minerals that have an acidic effect? You guessed it: sweets, alcohol, trans fats, pizza, soda pop, chips, pastas, refined/processed foods. Balance the protein you eat (specifically from meats) with fresh vegetables and fruits. This helps offset acid levels your body creates.
Most fruits are alkaline, but not cooked or canned fruit. Pears, dates, raisins, peaches, apples, lemons, limes, figs, pineapples, raspberries, bananas are just a sampling of high alkaline fruits.
Raw vegetables contain living enzymes, and most kinds are alkaline. Have your diet consist mainly of these great sources: broccoli, baby spinach, lettuce, asparagus, peas, mushrooms, beets, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, avocados, celery, and cucumbers.
Avoid sweet beverages like soft drinks, processed fruit drinks, sugar-laden teas and lattes. Stick with mineral water, green tea, herbal tea and fresh fruit and vegetable juices. You can also add cucumber or lemon slices to any type of water to make it more alkaline. Water helps boost your body’s alkaline, while flushing out acids.
Avocados are excellent sources of the antioxidant vitamin C, and avocados, nuts and seeds provide the antioxidant vitamin E, as well as heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Flax seeds, sunflower seeds, sprouted alfalfa seeds, almonds, chestnuts and pine nuts are alkaline, while sunflower and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and macadamias are acidic.