It’s really no wonder so many of us are suffering from chronic inflammation and an overly acidic pH. Or that we’re being struck down in record numbers by related devastating chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome, heart disease, obesity, cancer and dementia.

Regain pH balance and regain your health
The abbreviation pH stands for “potential of hydrogen” and is a measurement of acidity. Your continued good health is dependent on the right pH balance. Hydrogen ions contribute acidity to tissues or organs. For example hydrochloric acid contributes to stomach acid.

The scale that we use to measure pH is called a logarithmic scale. There’s a tenfold difference between each of the numbers on this scale … 1 to 14.
The lowest numbers … 1 – 6.99 … represent the acid (or H + donating) range.
Neutral is 7.0.
And the highest numbers 7.01 – 14 … represent the alkaline (or H + accepting) range.
Some systems in your body have a more tightly regulated range such as blood at 7.35 to 7.45. Others, such as urine have a much broader range from 4.5 to 8.0. This is what makes urine the perfect fluid for tracking how your dietary changes affect your overall pH levels.

Being too acidic compromises your health and contributes to a number of chronic degenerative conditions, including gastrointestinal issues, suppressed immunity, osteoporosis, kidney disease and muscle wasting. Your body uses bone tissue to buffer acidity. In other words, your bones can become weak when the alkaline minerals calcium and magnesium are pulled out of them in an effort to put your body in the proper alkaline balance. The calcium leached from your bones can also increase your risk for painful kidney stones.

Maintain proper pH with food
With some diet changes you can help restore and maintain the right pH levels in your body. But by the same token eating too many of either alkalizing or acidic foods can upset the balance.

The following food lists will help you determine which common foods are more acid forming and which are more alkaline.

Highly Alkalizing Foods

  • Himalayan salt,
  • grasses,
  • cucumber,
  • kale,
  • kelp,
  • spinach,
  • parsley,
  • broccoli,
  • sprouts (soy, alfalfa etc.),
  • green drinks

Moderately Alkalizing Foods

  • Avocadoes,
  • capsicum / pepper,
  • mustard greens,
  • cabbage,
  • okra,
  • celery,
  • onions,
  • collard / spring greens,
  • radishes,
  • red onions,
  • ginger,
  • endive,
  • garlic,
  • rocket / arugula,
  • tomato,
  • butter beans,
  • soy beans,
  • limes,
  • quinoa,
  • lemons,
  • white haricot beans,
  • chia / salba seeds,
  • green beans,
  • beetroot,

Mildly Alkalizing Foods

  • Artichokes,
  • asparagus,
  • Brussels sprouts,
  • cauliflower,
  • carrots,
  • chives,
  • zucchini,
  • leeks,
  • new red potatoes,
  • peas,
  • rhubarb,
  • swede,
  • watercress,
  • buckwheat,
  • spelt,
  • lentils,
  • tofu,
  • almond milk,
  • most herbs and spices,
  • olive oil,
  • coconut oil,
  • flax oil.

Mildly Acidic Foods

  • Black beans,
  • kidney beans,
  • garbanzo beans,
  • cantaloupe,
  • currents,
  • dates,
  • nectarine,
  • plum,
  • cherries,
  • amaranth,
  • millet,
  • oats,
  • spelt,
  • rice,
  • soy,
  • hemp protein,
  • freshwater wild fish,
  • brazil, pecan and hazelnuts.

Moderately Acidic Foods

  • Butter,
  • apples,
  • apricots,
  • bananas,
  • blackberries,
  • cranberries,
  • grapes,
  • mangoes,
  • peaches,
  • oranges,
  • papayas,
  • pineapples,
  • strawberries,
  • brown rice,
  • wheat,
  • wild rice,
  • ocean fish.

Highly Acidic Foods

  • Alcohol,
  • over-the-counter and prescription drugs,
  • coffee,
  • tea,
  • cocoa,
  • sugars and sweeteners,
  • dried fruit,
  • beef,
  • chicken,
  • eggs,
  • farmed fish,
  • pork,
  • shellfish,
  • cheese,
  • most dairy (except raw dairy which can be slightly alkalizing),

Your goal is to be in the green or slightly alkaline range, which should be fairly easily accomplished with a diet high in green leafy vegetables (alkalinizing foods) and lower in proteins and carbohydrates (acidifying foods).

Focus on potassium, magnesium and calcium
The best way to increase your alkalinity is to balance your diet. Emphasize nutrient-dense, complex carbohydrates, along with smaller portions of organic and grass-fed meats and high-quality plant protein sources such as sprouted, fermented grains and legumes.
Alkalizing minerals, such as potassium, magnesium and calcium, are best obtained from organic food sources. Try more red potatoes, avocados, Brussels sprouts, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, sea veggies and green drink powders. While sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is often recommended for alkalinizing, studies show that potassium bicarbonate and potassium citrate have a much more protective alkalizing effect. Potassium chloride on the other hand, which is commonly found in processed foods, does not have the same alkalinizing ability as potassium citrate.

To achieve and maintain optimal long term health, it all comes down to balance. Our bodies work hard to maintain very precise levels of balance and homeostasis within our complex systems. When things are in harmony, we feel our best, with radiant vitality, clarity and well-being.