Is Your Diet pH-Balanced?

8 Jan

We are often bombarded by calories, sugar grams, sodium content and fat amounts but did you know that the pH-balance of your food could be helping – or harming your health? My own health was secretly suffering due to unhealthy and not-so-unhealthy choices. I will explain how I realized my food was affecting me and how I became healthier than I’ve ever been. I will also help you to find out if you are out of balance and how to get yourself in sync with true health.

What is the ph balance of food and why is it important if I am counting calories and fat grams? Well, all foods contain chemical compounds that make up its origin. Foods that contain more hydrogen are considered more acidic, while foods that contain more oxygen are deemed more alkaline. An equal balance of both hydrogen and oxygen is called neutral.

The ph scale below demonstrates the ph ranges in various products:

To maintain optimum health, we should eat 75% Alkaline-forming foods and 25% Acidic-forming foods, according to Sam Graci, the author of  The Power of Superfoods. This is because blood and most body fluids, with the exception of stomach acid and urine, are utilized best under a slightly alkaline pH. To maintain this balanced pH, saliva helps us to dilute excess acidity or alkalinity in our bodies. Graci states that because of the alkaline nature of blood, Alkalizing foods help to maintain homeostasis and good health. Excess Acidifying foods decrease cellular metabolism, reducing our energy production and produce toxic byproducts that can lead to premature aging. Chronic acidosis compromises immunity and the body becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses and cancer.

From my own personal experience, decreasing my acidic food intake and increasing my alkaline food intake have saved my health. I was in a downward spiral with mood swings, acne, severe stomach pains, lethargy and bloat. I tried to hide my symptoms but knew that I could not live with physical and emotional pain anymore. I went to my doctor who half-heartedly told me to “eliminate it if it bothers you” in regards to what I realized were curious food issues. I began to isolate certain foods and found what was causing me distress. I also began to eliminate foods that I didn’t enjoy or made me feel sick physically or emotionally. I began to add other foods that made me feel calm, centered and revitalized.

The main culprits I found were diet pop, dairy and excess meat. To test my assumption, I would add a can of diet pop after lunch or one string cheese slice to my afternoon snack hoping stress was the main reason for my breakouts or gut issues. Within days, dots appeared on my face and shocks of pain exploded in my sides. Sadly, I knew I had to let go of my daily pop intake and cheese on my pizza. But I was forever grateful for clear skin, a less-anxious attitude and a pain-free tummy. I also began to eat more apples and bananas, dark greens, beans and quinoa, and I sipped on herbal tea. All of which helped fill me up so I no longer needed a majority of the other foods. To my surprise, I had pH-balanced my body.

An aesthetician once told me my breakouts were because I was eating too many acidic foods. I didn’t believe her – until nowOf course, I still have acidic foods, just in moderation. I will never have a perfect diet, nor would I want to – chocolate tastes too yummy. But I feel so much better than I ever have. I am in balance and grateful for it.

Do you know if you are pH-balanced? Please answer my questionnaire below with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to see if overly-acidic eating is possibly affecting your health.

ARE YOU pH-BALANCED?

1. I usually feel tired and/or sluggish.

2. I suffer from skin rashes, hives or acne on a regular basis.

3. My body is slow to digest food.

4. I regularly feel depressed and/or anxious.

5. I don’t feel satisfied after my meals and reach for junk food to compensate.

If you answered ‘yes’ to 3 or more questions, you may need to increase your alkaline food choices and decrease your acidic food choices. Take a look at the chart below to help get your pH in check now.

ACID AND ALKALINE FOOD CHART from The Power of Superfoods.

Alkalizing Foods
Vegetables
Alfalfa
Asparagus
Barley Grass
Beets
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Garlic
Kale
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Nightshades
Onions
Parsley
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Sea Veggies
Spirulina
Sprouts
Squashes
Wheat Grass
Fruits
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Dates/Figs
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lime
Honeydew
Nectarine
Orange
Lemon
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
All Berries
Tangerine
Tomato
Watermelon
Spices
Cinnamon
Curry
Chili Pepper
Ginger
Mustard
Miso
Sea Salt
Protein
Almonds
Chestnuts
Cottage Cheese
Chicken Breast
Flax Seeds
Millet
Pumpkin Seeds
Soy (fermented)
Sprouted Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Whey Protein
Raw Yogurt
Oriental Veggies
Daikon
Kombu
Maitake
Nor
Reishi
Shitake
Wakame
Beverages
Apple Vinegar
Herbal Teas
Raw Milk
Other
Calcium
Magnesium
Potassium
Potatoes (baked)
Acidifying Foods
Fats & Oils
Avocado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Grape Seed Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil
Grains
Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Hemp Seed
Kamut
Oats (rolled)
Pasta (all)
Quinoa
Rice (all)
Rye
Spelt
Wheat
Fruits
Cranberries
Dairy
Cheese (all)
Pasteurized Milk
Butter
Nuts & Butters
Cashews
Brazil Nuts
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts
Beans
& Legumes

Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Soy Beans
White Beans
Protein
Beef
Carp
Clams
Eggs
Fish
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Oyster
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Shrimp
Scallops
Tuna
Turkey
Venison
Beverages
Almond Milk
Beer
Liquor
Rice Milk
Soy Milk
White Vinegar
Wine

NOTE: Please check with your doctor before changing your diet. This is my personal experience. If ph-balancing your diet works for you, great! If not, at least you are making an informed choice to treat your body with respect and give it what it needs – healthy food.

 

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2 Responses to “Is Your Diet pH-Balanced?”

  1. Michelle January 8, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    Excellent post Christy! I’ll share it on my page as well. 🙂

    Like

  2. Christy Siebert January 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Thanks Michelle, I think your weight-loss clients might find this info very interesting.

    Like

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