Balance is key. And when it comes to our body’s pH levels, it’s the key to life!
pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline something is, and our blood pH needs to maintain a slightly alkaline level to keep us healthy. We help our bodies to maintain this pH balance by eating more alkaline-forming foods and fewer acid-forming foods.
- Alkaline-forming foods include most fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds, and herbal teas.
- Acid-forming foods include most grains, beans, meats, dairy products, fish, fast foods, and processed foods.
Why Is This Important?
When we eat acid-forming foods, our body works to bring our blood pH back into balance by releasing alkaline-rich minerals into our bloodstream (e.g. calcium, phosphorus and magnesium).
If we are not eating enough alkaline-forming foods, then our body has to pull these minerals from our bones, teeth and organs. This can compromise our immune system, cause fatigue and make us vulnerable to viruses and disease.
Eat a diet of 60-80% alkaline-forming foods and 20-40% acid-forming foods.
For the acid-forming foods, skip the fast-food burgers and processed foods and choose healthier options like beans, grains and other fresh foods. Pesticides tend to be acid-forming, so also choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible.
Easy food chart
Print these alkaline-acid food charts and keep them on the fridge for quick reference.
Good To Know
- An alkaline diet may be especially beneficial in boosting the effectiveness of certain types of chemotherapy treatments. (Source)
- A highly acidic diet creates a favorable environment for yeast and fungus. When switching to a more alkaline diet, you may notice that you have more energy and that chronic yeast infections begin to disappear.