How To Achieve Acid-Alkaline Balance Through Diet

6 Sep

Personal trainer, Jill Gardner, asked me recently about the acid-alkaline balance and whether there is any merit to this ‘diet’.  (I use diet in this sense meaning the food you eat, not as a weight loss diet.)

It’s a great question, so here’s my answer for everyone:

Our body tissues and blood are slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7.4 – just above neutral, which is a pH of 7.0 (like water).  This means that we need to eat a diet containing more alkaline foods.  The residue of all foods we consume influences the body’s pH level – note that pH is determined by residue, not the food’s taste.

The way foods break down, however, is not the same as their pH – the pH level does not reveal how the body breaks that food down.

The acid-alkaline balance, therefore, refers to the body’s response to the food, not the food in isolation.

I recommend a diet of 70% alkaline and balanced foods.  Otherwise, the body system becomes acidic, congested and mucousy.  This is bad news for the body as it creates extra pressure to remove the unwanted residues using the colon, kidneys, and then even the skin and sinuses.

Generally, to achieve this acid-alkaline balance, your diet should be rich in fruits and vegetables, some whole grains, sprouts, fewer animal foods and refined foods kept as an occasional treat.  Also remember the importance of receiving vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids – I recommend supplements to provide vitamins and minerals and essential fatty acids.

To help you maintain an acid-alkaline balanced diet, here’s an overview of acid-alkaline foods:

Alkaline = all vegetables, most fruits, millet, buckwheat, sprouted beans, sprouted seeds, olive oil, water-soaked almonds

Balanced = brown rice, corn, soybeans, lima beans, almonds, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, honey, most dried beans and peas, tofu, non-fat milk, vegetable oils

Acid = wheat, oats, white rice, pomegranates, strawberries, cranberries, breads, refined flour, refined sugar, cashews, pecans, peanuts, butter, milk, cheese, eggs, meats, fish, poultry

I hope that helps, Jill!

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3 Responses to “How To Achieve Acid-Alkaline Balance Through Diet”

  1. Jillybean September 6, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    Thanks so much that is really useful. My Dad has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer and eats a diet very high in animal protein. I have been trying to get him to embrace or a more vegetarian/vegan diet. Also I have been suffering a little lately with tiredness, acid reflux and stomach bloating. So it’s really fascinating to learn more about how your body responds to certain food groups.

    I recently bought some litmus paper to test my urine for acid/alkaline but I wonder if this is a reliable test or not?

    Thanks again for another great post!

    Jill x

    • Katie Williams September 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

      Hey Jill – you are more than welcome, glad to be able to help. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad, my thoughts are with him, you and your family. I hope you are able to help him change his diet away from animal protein. Have you looked into any natural immune support products?

      Litmus papers vary with how effective they are – there are some that claim to be more effective for testing but I wouldn’t be happy to personally recommend any brand as I haven’t had direct feedback about them. Try the ones you have and the result should make sense in terms of how you are feeling, and the diet you have been following.

      I sent you an eMail yesterday 🙂

      Have a great day,
      Katie x

  2. margodevine October 21, 2010 at 3:27 am #

    Most of us are affected by acidosis simply because we live in the modern world. Our topsoils have been stripped and our food supply chain is devoid of minerals and other vital nutrients. We are eating a diet high in animal proteins, sweeteners, and processed food with few fruits and vegetables. If we move toward a diet full of whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and spices, we can quickly ease a great deal of this burden and use food to our advantage.

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