by diana on January 23, 2010

in All the other good stuff

Testing your acid / alkaline balance

There is a lot of information out there about acid / alkaline balance within the body. I think this is absolutely crucial. All the information can be confusing because some people agree with this and others do not.

People ask how they can test their levels to see where they are at.

I had bought some litmus paper to test my saliva ph. I didn’t really know what I was buying and when I tried the paper it didn’t change color at all so I am not sure what was wrong with it. Once I thought about it, testing the saliva is probably not a real good indicator since it probably changes drastically throughout the day according to what you eat.

We know that to change your acid / alkaline balance within your body you change what you eat and drink. So basically, if I write out what I have eaten and drank in the last few days I should have an idea of where I stand.

Above is a picture of a great salad I had on the ship I was on last week. This is definately a high alkaline lunch.

Below is a picture of what I was faced with at the airport on the way home.

These sandwiches are high acid foods. They really contain no healthy nutrients and are filled with white flour, preservatives, sulphites, chemicals, etc – the lunch meat and cheese in them are probably closer to resembling plastic then food. How can you feed your body with stuff that isn’t even real food!

I am reading a great book called “The pH Miracle” by Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young”. They also have a newer book out now called “The pH Miracle Diet”. Both are talking about the importance of having a balanced pH (not too acidic and not too alkaline). This book is loaded with great information and I feel anyone who is interested in their health and well-being should read it – AND THAT SHOULD BE EVERYONE!


Back to the eating……Eat more alkaline foods and less acid foods.
Seems simple and basic and it is.

Acid Foods: Dairy, meat, wheat, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, some nuts and oils
This is very basic and you can find lists on the internet that give a detail listing of the foods.

Alkaline Foods: Vegetables, fruits, sprouts, herbs, seasonings and spices, apple cider vinegar, sea vegetables, etc, etc.
Yes, even lemons and tomatoes are alkaline.

You can see that the alkaline foods are the healthy foods and the acid foods are things you already know are not that good for you. Just eat LESS of them.

Your plate should be 75% full of alkaline foods and then if you like – 25% of acid foods.
Grains and beans are acid as well as olive oil so we do still require acid foods and not all acid foods are necessarily bad for you.

Every day you have a choice. MAKE IT A HEALTHY CHOICE!

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