Now where does this acid come from? Many people think that by eating foods high in acid such as oranges, cause acidosis; which is not the case. The reason acidosis is so common in our society is mostly due to the typical North American diet, which is for the most part too high in products like meat, eggs and dairy, (which are acid producing) and too low in alkaline-producing foods like fresh vegetables. Additionally, we eat acid-producing processed foods like white ﬂour and sugar and drink acid-producing drinks like coffee and soda. We use too many drugs, which are acid-forming; and we consume too much artiﬁcial chemical sweeteners like NutraSweet, Equal, or aspartame.
Another common factor that is linked to acid in our body, is a stressful lifestyle. How can we correct the high PH balance? To start, you need to see if you have high acid in your body. And the fast and simple way to do this, is by urine strips, also known as PH testing strips that can be found at any local pharmacy. A healthy PH range should be between 6.0 and 6.5 when tested in the morning, and between 6.5 and 7.0 when tested in the evening. If you see that your PH levels are higher than the norm there are a few changes in your lifestyle you should make, starting with your diet.
It is important to strengthen your diet with more alkaline foods; see handy list below. As well, consider reducing the foods that cause high acidity such as meats or any animal protein, along with wheat products and rice. It is impossible to reduce some of these foods from our diet, so the rule of thumb is to eat 70 % foods producing alkaline, and 30% foods producing acid. Eliminate all artiﬁcial sweeteners and cut on all sugars where possible.
Lastly try to reduce the stress in your life. Easier said than done, I know. However consider taking up a yoga class on Thursday night, instead of going out for drinks with friends, or staying home and watching T.V. It is the little steps done on a regular basis that leads to long term change, so start with one day at a time. Even if you do not suffer from acidosis, cutting back on animal protein and attending one yoga class a week will deﬁnitely add to a healthier lifestyle.
Some of the best alkaline forming foods Lemons, limes, watermelon, Cantaloupe, Baking soda, sea salt, pumpkin seeds, sprouted lentils, seaweed, kelp, sea vegetables, onion, taro root, lotus root, sweet potato, nectarine, persimmon, dates, ﬁgs, mango, papaya, parsley, raspberry, tangerine, and pineapple, celery, seedless grapes (sweet), watercress. These are the best alkaline foods.
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