A list of alkaline foods, and pH balance are not typical daily topics of conversation. However, people who cycle, run, hike, play tennis, or do any physical activity and want to perform at peak levels of fitness, have a choice to make. It's a choice many never consider, but one of the most important for overall health and fitness. It stares you right in the face every time you look at a menu or a shelf full of groceries. The choice to consider is whether or not a food or beverage is going to help you maintain proper pH balance, or is it going to throw that delicate balance off and leave your body's defenses vulnerable to health problems.
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In order to maintain suitable pH balance, nutritionists suggest 80% of dietary intake should be alkaline foods and 20% acid foods.
What exactly does that mean? The alkaline or acid properties of foods and drinks come into play when your body burns them for fuel. When we refer to a list of ALKALINE FOODS or ACID FOODS we're talking about what happens to them in the bloodstream after they have been consumed. All foods and drinks leave either an alkaline ash or an acid ash in the blood, depending on what happens to them after your body has burned them for fuel. This is what affects blood pH balance, as well as urine or saliva pH balance, which can all be tested in different ways.
10 types of acid foods that create an acid ash when metabolized:
White flour (breads, pastas)
Processed corn and many grain products
Nuts (not all of them, but most)
Cranberries (surprising, but true, even some healthy fruits and vegetables can form an acid ash, especially over-cooked vegetables)
Coffee and sodas
Here is a list of alkaline foods:
Leafy green lettuce and spinach
A human being's blood pH level is meant to stay around 7.4, so the body is constantly working to sustain that pH balance, no matter what you consume. When the body has to neutralize more acid than it is designed for, the best place to find a readily available supply of something alkaline enough to perform that function is in your bones. If the consumption of alkaline foods is insufficient to do the job, then calcium from bones will be utilized in order to neutralize excess acid in the bloodstream.
Too many acid foods and drinks can cause a body's pH balance to be too acidic. This can lead to all sorts of health problems, not the least of which is bone weakness. Calcium supplements may help. However, if the calcium is not from a whole food source, the body does not absorb it as efficiently due to the lack of live enzymes, but more about that in a future article. The best whole food sources for calcium are broccoli, green leafy vegetables, and other choices from this short list of alkaline foods.
The easiest way to consume the 80/20 ratio from this list of alkaline foods and acid foods is with concentrated health drinks that are heavily weighted to the alkaline side of the scale. Look for products made with real fruit and food grade herbs, because we know that most of those natural whole food ingredients are alkaline by nature. As you consume more alkaline foods and drinks for proper pH balance, your body will come into its own perfect balance and your overall health will reflect a positive change.
pH balance is just one of many considerations when choosing a balanced diet. Search the Internet for whole foods, health drinks, and other choices for improving your overall health and fitness.
Author Profile-Cliff Smith is one of the owners of BestHealthFoodStore.net and is constantly researching the latest nutrition information. The Alkaline Food Test he devised is a must for anyone who wants to know if they are eating a healthy balance of alkaline foods and acid foods. Cliff's personal success story is highlighted by his natural weight loss achievements.
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