pH is a figure expressing acidity or alkalinity on a scale in which 7 is neutral, lower values are more acidic, and higher values more alkaline. Life on earth depends on appropriate pH levels in and around living organisms and cells. The human body, specifically, is designed to be slightly alkaline with a pH of 7.4, falling just above neutral on the pH scale.
Our body’s pH affects everything, from the way we absorb nutrients to the way our muscles regenerate to the way our immune system fights off infections. All of our body’s systems, and in turn our overall health, function at their highest level when our pH is at its optimal, slightly alkaline level.
However, most people in today’s world are living with an acidic body. As our environment, lifestyle, and diet becomes increasingly acidic, it becomes increasingly important to regulate our body’s pH. The Alkaline Diet is designed to balance our pH and return it to its optimal slightly alkaline state, so that our body and our health can prosper.
Rememebr, Acidic = Low pH and Alkaline = High pH
Optimally, we want to our body to be slightly alkaline/neutral with a pH of 7.4. Currently, our body is most likely in an acidic state with a low pH below 7.0. In order to raise our body’s pH back up to this sweet spot, we must decrease our intake of acidic foods and lifestyle factors and increase our intake of alkaline foods and lifestyle factors. It’s as simple as that.
The Alkaline Versus Acidic Food Chart provides an easy reference for understanding how the food and lifestyle choices we make increase or decrease the acidity in our body. Again, we are aiming to decrease our intake of acidic foods and lifestyle factors (falling closer to the left, orange side of the chart) and increase our intake of alkaline foods and lifestyle factors (falling closer to the right, blue side of the chart).
You may be able to guess where the majority of foods and lifestyle choices fall on these lists. Fresh, raw, whole foods are alkaline, while processed, sugary, artificial foods are acidic.
Ideally, we want to consume foods at an 80/20 ratio, or at a ration of 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods, and drink 3-4 liters of clean, filtered (preferably alkaline) water per day.
In general, we should focus on eating raw, whole foods like fresh vegetables and fruits, dark leafy greens and plant proteins, fermented foods, raw nuts and seeds, sprouted grains, blended green drinks and raw vegetable juices. We should eat organic foods free of pesticides, herbicides and growth hormones whenever possible.
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