A surprising number and variety of physical problems and diseases can be caused by the problem of foods that are acid-producing after digestion. Today the vast majority of the populace in industrialized nations suffers from problems caused by the stress of acidosis, because both modern lifestyle and diet promote acidification of the body’s internal environment. Everyone is born alkaline, hydrated and generally without degenerative disease. Acidity, dehydration and disease are acquired. Due to typical diet and lifestyle decisions, around 90% of the adult population is acidic (leading to acidosis) and dehydrated to varying degrees, most unknowingly. While people remain acidic internally, they remain prone to degenerative diseases.
Nature of Foods
Many foods are alkaline-producing by nature, but manufactured processed foods are mostly acid-producing. It is important to consume at least 60% alkaline-producing foods in our diet, in order to maintain health. We need plenty of fresh fruits and particularly vegetables (alkaline-producing) to balance our necessary protein intake (acid-producing). And we need to avoid processed, sugary or simple-carbohydrate foods, not only because they are acid-producing but also because they raise blood sugar level too quickly (high glycemic index therefore fattening); plus they tend to be nutrient-lacking and may be toxic too.
What is acidic and alkaline?
Water is the most abundant compound in the human body, comprising 70% of the body. The body therefore contains a wide range of solutions, which may be more or less acid. pH (potential of Hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution – the ratio between positively charged ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming.) The pH of any solution is the measure of its hydrogen-ion concentration. The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the fluid is. The pH range is from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, anything below 7.0 is considered acidic.
Acidosis and acidic problems
If you have a health problem, most likely you are suffering from acidosis. Research shows that unless the body’s pH level is slightly alkaline, the body cannot heal itself. So no matter what means you choose to take care of your health, it won’t be effective until the pH level is balanced. If your body’s pH is not balanced, for example, you cannot effectively assimilate vitamins, minerals and food supplements. Your body pH affects everything. Acidosis will decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness.
Foods: are they Acid or Alkaline-forming?
Note that a food’s acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so lemons are alkaline-forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is classified as acid-forming.
Foods, drinks and their varying pH values
Awareness of the pH values of common foods and drinks that influence body pH is useful. Ideally, foods and drinks consumed should be 75% alkaline and 25% acidic. Again, not many of us achieve such dietary perfection on a daily basis. Purpose-built and current BioAlkalizer technology that partners Nature can safely balance out much of the acidic overload. You calmly have to take responsibility and make wise, informed health decisions for your body.
Acid forming foods
One important thing to keep in mind is that the acid forming foods are important foods. They provide very important vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and fiber. A diet is not complete without them. However, if these acid forming foods compose more than 20% of the diet (and in most Americans they compose over 90% of the diet) then as we age, and the body becomes less efficient, the cells of the body become more and more acidic.