Your body is like a barber-shop quartet. When you are feeling at your peak, everything works in harmony with everything else. Sounds great, looks great, feels great. Diet plays a major part in the orchestration of those harmonies, and when you hear those sour notes prick your ears with more frequency, you may want to check to see if you have a pH-armony problem. I apologize up front: This is a rather complex issue and I am giving it a basic blog overview. For more details, consult a registered dietician (RD) or a doctor.
For most non-space alien people, the body operates with an average blood pH of 7.35-7.45, which is slightly “alkaline.” In this range, the body maintains stores of minerals, nutrients and raw materials to maintain its peak performance. To keep the body in this range, an alkaline diet is helpful.
In today's world, however, many of us thrive on or fall prey to pre-packaged foods, meats, white bread, sugared drinks, alcohol, chips and candy. All of those are acidic, and it's like replacing members of your barber-shop quartet with all baritones. Your body won't be able to hit the high notes. As a result, it pulls from the stores of calcium, potassium and sodium, sending the body's pH spiraling toward Acidopolis – Sin City.
This is a condition known as acidosis. I call it the slug-ification of America. To avoid acidosis, increase your intake of the items listed at the end of this article, because acidosis can be checked with proper diet. But when left to run rampant for long periods of time, it may cause these conditions:
Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
Acceleration of free radical damage.
Osteoporosis and joint pain.
Aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
Low energy and chronic fatigue.
Slow digestion and elimination.
Lack of energy and fatigue.
Low body temperature.
Tendency to get infections.
Loss of drive, joy, and enthusiasm.
High stress and quick temper.
Inflammation of the corneas and eyelids.
Loose and painful teeth.
Inflamed, sensitive gums.
Cracks at the corners of the lips.
Excess stomach acid.
Nails are thin and split easily.
Hair changes: dulling, split ends, and falling out.
Leg cramps and spasms.
Embellish your diet with these items to leave Sin City and return to a natural, alkaline state:
Parsnips (high glycemic)
ALKALIZING ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Whey Protein Powder
ALKALIZING SPICES & SEASONINGS
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Apple Cider Vinegar
Fresh Fruit Juice
Soured Dairy Products
Calcium: pH 12
Cesium: pH 14
Magnesium: pH 9
Potassium: pH 14
Sodium: pH 14
Note that a food's acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying
effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an
alkalizing effect in the system. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.