Balancing Acid-Ash & Alkaline-Ash Foods
The difference between acidic foods and alkaline foods is that the latter leaves alkalinizing minerals in the body used to neutralize excess dietary acid while acidic foods leave minerals that must be neutralized before the body can properly dispose of them.
The typical pH of a healthy person’s body will be slightly alkaline. The body’s normal physiology is acid-forming; therefore, it is important to build up a reserve of alkalinity to neutralize this natural physiological acidity.
If most of the foods you eat fall onto the acidic pH scale (a pH between 1 and 7), then acid will accumulate inside your body and vital minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium) will be used to neutralize it.
In short, if most of your food is acidic and not basic (pH from 7 to 14), then acid levels in your body will rise. This can cause an over adaptation of the body’s natural functions to accommodate the increasing acidity.
Keeping a healthy balance of acid / alkaline foods can be an important part of taking your Chiropractic care a step further!
Too Much Dietary Acid
An overly acidic diet and bodily pH can contribute to a variety of degenerative-style health problems such as:
- Bad skin
- Decreased ability to digest foods
- Hyperactivity & hyperirritability in children
- Joint and muscle pain
The acid problem is most closely related to:
- Daily diet and food choices
- Exercise causing the formation of lactic acid
- Exposure to chemicals from air, food, water and soil
Changing your diet to a more healthy balance of acid / alkaline foods should be done slowly and in moderation. It’s important to see how your body reacts to slight dietary changes over longer periods of time rather than drastic changes over shorter periods.
If you need guidance, talk to your local nutritionist, Chiropractor or other healthcare provider who is qualified to give you professional advice!
A – alfalfa sprouts, almonds, apples, apricots (dried), avocados
B – bananas, beans (dried), beets / beet greens, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, buckwheat
C – cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, chard leaves, cherries (sour), cucumber, collard greens
D – dried dates
F – figs, fresh corn
G – goat’s milk, grapefruit, grapes, green beans, green limas, green peas, green soy beans,
H – honeydew
K – kale, kelp
L – leech nuts, lemons, lettuce, limes
M – mangoes, maple syrup, millet, molasses, mushrooms, muskmelon, mustard greens
O – okra, onions, organs
P – parsley, parsnips, peaches, pears, peppers, pineapple, potatoes, white & sweet
R – raisins, raspberries, rhubarb
S – sauerkraut, spinach (raw), sprouts, squash, strawberries
T – tangerines, tomatoes, turnip greens
V – vinegar (cider)
W – watercress, watermelon
Y – yams
A – alcohol, all dairy, aspirin
B – bacon, barley (pearl), beef, bran (wheat), bran (oat), bread (white), bread (w/w), butter
C – cake, cereals (all), cheese, chicken, chick peas, chocolate, codfish, coffee, corn, corned beef, corn starch, crackers (soda), cranberries, currants, cow’s milk
E – eggs
F – fruit (canned, glazed or sulphured)
G – grains, except millet
H – haddock, honey
L – lamb, legumes, lentils (dried), lobster
M – mustard
N – nuts
O – oatmeal, oysters
P – pasta, peanuts, peanut butter, peas (dried), pepper (black), pike, plums, prunes, pork
R – rice (brown and white),
S – salmon, sardines, sausages, scallops, shrimp, sugar, sunflower seeds
T – tea (black), turkey
V – veal, vinegar (distilled), vitamin C
W – walnuts, wheat germ, wheat products
Y – yogurt
Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. It should be used as a guideline to get you started
*Adapted from Your Health… Your Choice, (2009), by M. T. Morter
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