Alkaline vs Acidic foods
The Body Should Be Slightly Alkaline To Rejuvenate Health – Life Energy
Research indicates that the normal pH of blood is slightly alkaline and is around 7.4 on the pH scale. It is very important to maintain this pH level in the body to promote optimal health. pH stands for "potential hydrogen" and is the ability of molecules to attract hydrogen ions. The scale for the pH measurement ranges from 0 to 14, 0 represents the highest acidic level and 14 represents the highest alkaline level. 7 is neutral, and the body should be slightly higher than this, at 7.4 pH. When the body's pH level is too acidic for an extended period of time, acidosis can set in. When the body is too alkaline for en extended period of time, alkalosis can set in. Most people who have an unbalanced pH are acidic. People can be too alkaline but this is a rarer case. The body works hard to maintain pH around 7.4. When the body is too acidic it will leach calcium from bones to maintain the proper pH in the organs, tissues and body fluids, and you can develop acidosis and osteoporosis.
Acidosis occurs when there is a build up of too much acid in the body. There are two types of acidosis: Respiratory acidosis which develops when there is too much carbon dioxide in the body, and metabolic acidosis which occurs when too much acid is produced in the body or when the kidneys are able to remove enough acid in the body.
Symptoms of Acidosis
- Osteoporosis: bone pain, tenderness, and fractures
- Compromised immune system
- Muscle weakness
- Candida/Yeast overgrowth
- Acid Reflex
- Rapid breathing:
- Fluctuating weight with weight loss over a prolonged period
- Confusion and severe anxiety
- Low Energy
- Abdominal pain
- Hypotension: low blood pressure
- Chest pain
Alkalize to reduce acid in the body
The American diet consists largely of acid producing foods such as meat, eggs, dairy, soda, sugar, and coffee. We can reduce the acid in the body by reducing the amount of acidic foods we eat and increase the amounts of alkaline food we eat. It is suggested that diets should consist of 80% alkaline to 20% acidic foods, or 70% alkaline to 30% acidic foods. Use alkaline producing foods such as vegetables, fruits, nut, alkaline grains, seeds, and legumes to raise your alkalinity level. This may seem too simple to be a way to strengthen the immune system and fight off disease, but it is this simple. Instead of alkaline producing foods veggies being being an afterthought of a meal, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes should be the main part of the meal. I have included blending/juicing of these foods into my diet, so I am able to get far more alkaline foods into my diet on a regular basis.
Fruits are alkaline in the body even though they are acidic outside the body
When we eat foods our bodies reduce the food to an ash of nutrients which are then absorbed into our various organs. Though fruits register as acidic outside the body, these foods are reduced to alkaline substances which are used to strengthen our life energy.
Most foods on the alkaline food list are vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, seeds, and alkalizing grains, and they contain protein
Many people think that we need to eat meat to get protein, but the fact is most plant based foods: vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, seeds, and alkalizing grains contain protein, some just contain more than others. You will find nuts and legumes listed for alkalizing protein, but the other foods listed in the alkaline side of the chart also contain protein. Nuts and legumes are generally just more potent vegetable protein food sources.
You can check the recommended daily intake of proteins and calories using the NLE protein calculator and NLE calorie calculator.
* denotes recommended foods on Dr. Sebi's nutritional guide, used to optimize the effects of the cleansing herbs found in his tonics. Meat, dairy, soy, and hybrid/grafted foods are not found on his list because they either, acidify the body, cause mucus, inflammation, or their electrical composition is compromised through hybridization.