Food produces two types of effects on the body, it has either an alkaline or an acidic effect. This balance is referred to as the pH level (potential hydrogen). pH ranges from 0 to 14, 0 being acidic and 14 being alkaline. The ideal range within the body should be between pH 7.35 – 7.45, which is considered to be slightly alkaline. A reading of pH 7 is considered neutral.
pH can be measured easily at home by using litmus testing strips, utilizing saliva or urine. The strips come with the 0-14 scale, which is compared with the used strip to provide a reading. Litmus testing strips are available at chemists, pharmacies or online.
Readings below ph 7 are considered to be acidic. When the body is acidic, it decreases the absorption of minerals and nutrients. It also has lower energy production in cells and reduces cell repair rates. The immune system is weakened and it causes the electrolytes to become unbalanced. It becomes difficult for the body to detoxify heavy metals and encourages growth in tumour cells. The body becomes highly prone to illness and disease.
Diets heavy in meat, fish, poultry, egg and dairy and low in vegetables tend to be acidic.
Readings above 7.35 are considered to be alkaline. When the body is alkaline, it improves energy and oxygen is transferred to the cells more effectively. It improves and protects the immune system making it more efficient in dealing with illness and disease. The cells are better able to absorb nutrients and minerals, improving your overall health. Cells are also able to repair more effectively and this reduces premature aging.
Keeping an alkaline balance is the body makes it hard for illness and disease to establish and thrive.
Food that are alkaline include:
- Alfalfa spouts
- Leafy greens
- Passion fruit
- Pumpkin seeds – pepitas
- Sea salt
- Sweet potato