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Alkaline, acidic, pH, these are terms that you should know if you’re interested in improving your digestive health (and your general health, for that matter). Having a balanced pH in the body is essential to preventing disease and maintaining good health, and it’s also a crucial factor in healthy weight loss.

Maintaining a mostly alkaline state is crucial to preventing illness and staving off chronic disease. The more acidic one’s body is, the higher their risk of contracting illnesses/diseases, gaining weight, having teeth and gum problems, experiencing pain and inflammation, etc.

To start, here are some basic definitions (without getting too technical):

  • Alkaline: A chemistry term, alkaline or alkalinity refers to the chemical makeup of something. An alkaline substance will have a pH greater than 7.
  • Acidic: Acidic is on the opposite end of the spectrum from alkaline. An acidic or acid-based substance will have a pH below 7.
  • pH: A pH level measures how acidic or how alkaline something is. A pH of 0 is totally acidic, whereas a pH of 14 is totally alkaline. The body’s ideal pH level is right around 7 or above. In fact, the body tries to regulate its pH level to be at about 7.365, so slightly more towards alkaline than acidic. The more you can help your body stay alkaline, the better.

If the human body is always located somewhere on the pH scale, what is the significance of alkaline and acidic food? What types of foods should we eat to ensure our bodies are more alkaline than acidic?

Acidic Versus Alkaline – What it All Means

Without getting into too many chemistry terms and technical significance, the importance of understanding acidity versus alkalinity comes down to understanding that the human body needs both acidic and alkaline foods, but it needs more alkaline foods than acidic foods. Some experts even say that your diet should consist of 80 percent alkaline foods and only 20 percent acidic foods. And that’s simply because the body digests and absorbs nutrients from alkaline foods more efficiently, (and alkaline foods do not have some of the harmful effects that acidic foods can have).

Unfortunately, nutritional options (at least in the United States) are often pushed in the opposite direction. Many Americans eat a significant amount of animal-based protein, wheat, gluten, dairy, refined and processed foods, sugars, etc. These foods are acidic, not alkaline.

On the other hand, alkaline foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, herbal teas, seeds, green juices, melons, lemons, etc. As a general rule, people hoping to alkalize their bodies would do well to focus their diets on alkaline foods far more than acidic foods. That can have huge benefits in the form of reducing acid levels in the digestive system. The stomach should always have some acidic aspects to it, as stomach acid is crucial in breaking down food. But too much acidity in the digestive system can cause unpleasant phenomena (like acid reflux).

What are the Liabilities of Being Acidic?

About eight out of every ten people consume too much acidic food in their day to day diet and not enough alkaline food. Why? It’s very simple. Acidic foods are what is most readily available to them. But the results of eating primarily acidic food can be quite harmful. For example, according to the Washington Post, about 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn at least once per month. Fifteen million Americans experience some form of digestive acidity discomfort every day. Much of that comes from having a diet based on acidic foods. While a range of health issues can cause heartburn, a diet consisting mainly of acidic food and insufficient alkaline food is a significant component.

And in addition to acid reflux, there is a long list of unpleasant side effects of one’s body being too acidic. These include:

  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Sleepiness
  • Jaundice
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Burping
  • Nausea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Wheezing, coughing, chronic sore throat
  • Dysphagia (feeling like food is stuck in your throat)

All of the above symptoms and more can result from having a diet that is too focused on acidic foods.

Vegetables – The Human Body’s Best Source of Natural Alkaline Nutrients

Vegetables are generally very alkaline in composition, with some vegetables being more alkaline than others. With that in mind, we put together a lit of alkaline foods. The more alkaline foods are towards the top of the list, and the “mildly alkaline” ones are towards the bottom.

Here’s a full list of over sixty alkaline foods to consider adding to your diet!:

  1. Grasses
  2. Cucumber
  3. Kale
  4. Kelp
  5. Spinach
  6. Parsley
  7. Broccoli
  8. Sprouts (soy, alfalfa, etc.)
  9. Sea Vegetables (Kelp)
  10. Green drinks
  11. All Sprouted Beans/
  12. Sprouts
  13. Avocado
  14. Beetroot
  15. Capsicum/Pepper
  16. Cabbage
  17. Celery
  18. Collard/Spring Greens
  19. Endive
  20. Garlic
  21. Ginger
  22. Green Beans
  23. Lettuce
  24. Mustard Greens
  25. Okra
  26. Onion
  27. Radish
  28. Red Onion
  29. Rocket/Arugula
  30. Tomato
  31. Lemon
  32. Lime
  33. Butter Beans
  34. Soy Beans
  35. White Haricot Beans
  36. Chia/Salba
  37. Quinoa
  38. Artichokes
  39. Asparagus
  40. Brussels Sprouts
  41. Cauliflower
  42. Carrot
  43. Chives
  44. Courgette/Zucchini
  45. Leeks
  46. New Baby Potatoes
  47. Peas
  48. Rhubarb
  49. Swede
  50. Watercress
  51. Grapefruit
  52. Coconut
  53. Buckwheat
  54. Quinoa
  55. Spelt
  56. Lentils
  57. Tofu
  58. Goat & Almond Milk
  59. Most Herbs & Spices
  60. Avocado Oil
  61. Coconut Oil
  62. Flax Oil/Udo’s Oil

In the next part of this two-part guide, we’ll talk about which foods to avoid, and we’ll take a look at one sure way to give your body the alkaline boost it needs. For a sneak peek at what we’ll be talking about in Part #2, click here to learn more about a product that can make getting your daily dose of vegetables that much easier!

Be sure to check back on our website early next week for part #2!

Until then,

– Ren Brabenec

Immune Solution Writing Staff

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/the-big-number-60-million-americans-suffer-from-heartburn-at-least-once-month/2019/11/29/8f9f730a-106b-11ea-b0fc-62cc38411ebb_story.html

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