Posted on by Ellen Kittredge
If you're like most people reading this article, you've probably never thought about the pH (relative acidity or alkalinity) of a substance since you took chem 101 in high school. And why would you? Generally pH is not something that comes up in casual conversation... unless you're hanging out with other nutrition enthusiasts, in which case it's a favorite topic! It turns out that our bodies are designed to function within a very narrow pH range. In fact, a slightly alkaline pH (just above 7.0) is considered optimal for health. Believe it or not, just the simple process of bringing your blood to a higher (more alkaline) pH can actually correct for a large number of health conditions, including skin issues, heartburn, inflammation, arthritis, poor circulation, digestive complaints, fatigue, a weak immune system... the list goes on and on. A proper pH of our fluids and tissues can mean the difference between happy, healthy cells, and cells that are constantly swimming in a too-acidic bath. Now I'm not talking about the pH of the stomach. That needs to be acidic to digest our food. That's a separate topic. It is the pH of your blood that can dramatically impact your health status. So, you might be wondering which foods help to create a more alkaline blood pH and which foods create a more acidic pH? Interestingly enough, it is NOT entirely intuitive. For instance, fresh oranges and lemons and other citrus fruits, which are acidic, actually have an alkalizing effect on the body. Here's a brief list of acid-forming and alkaline-forming foods, as reported in "Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition," by Phyllis Balch, CNC. NOTE: This is not a complete list. Common Acid-Forming Foods
- some legumes
- fresh coconut
- fresh fruits (most)
- fresh veggies (most)
- maple syrup
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