How Do Acid & Alkaline Foods Affect Your Health?

How Do Acid & Alkaline Foods Affect Your Health?

What does it mean to be acidic or alkaline/basic, and what are acid and alkaline/base foods? I’ll give you a quick rundown to help you understand this information and hopefully it will help you make better choices for your health.

Scientists report that being acidic or alkaline/basic refers to the pH measurement in your body, fluids and foods. The pH range is from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. The higher the reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is, the lower the pH, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the fluid is.

Many things can affect the pH of your body, but one of the major determining factors is food. Most Americans have an acidic body due to their poor food choices.  Foods that are high in acidic value include processed foods, sugar, cheese/dairy, eggs. red meat, fish, refined carbohydrate foods (bread, rice, pasta), and some nuts.  Alkaline/basic foods include vegetables and fruits. 

Your body’s pH level is just over 7 (neutral) and has a pH level with a very small variance allowed before symptoms and health issues start to creep in.  Since having a steady neutral pH is vital for your survival, one way your body maintains a steady pH level when you consume large amounts of highly acidic foods is to take important minerals like sodium, calcium, magnesium, and potassium from your bones and vital organs to neutralize the acid. 

If you continue to eat highly acidic foods without an adequate intake of alkaline foods, such as fruits and veggies, this can lead to serious health problems like cardiovascular problems, weight loss/gain, low energy, stressed liver, osteoporosis, kidney/bladder issues, muscle and joint pain, immune deficiency, cancer and many more.

So do your best to eliminate processed foods, and limit grains and diary. Then increase your fruits and vegetables, especially the dark green leafy kind. Try to consume only two pieces of fruit per day as fruit will still convert to the sugar fructose in your body. I recommend any kind of berry as they are lower in sugar, but are packed with nutrients and antioxidants.

Eating protein is important and necessary (even though it’s acidic in nature), just be sure that when you eat protein, you have a side of veggies with it. Most of the healthy fats have a neutral pH, so keep those in the mix as well.

Since protein is acidic and fruits and vegetables are alkaline/basic, if you consume the proper amounts of both macronutrients, you should have no trouble balancing out your pH levels.  It makes sense to eat a balance of healthy acidic and alkaline foods. 

If you need guidance and help with your nutritional intake, I’m here to help you become a healthier you. Go to the Time For Change Personal Training Services tab and click on Nutrition Programs for more help.