When we think of acidic foods, we generally think of lemons, hot sauce or any kind of vinegar… but did you know that all foods are either acidic or alkaline and that your health depends on the kind of internal environment you’re creating?
Acid and alkaline balance is important to your health. The most important thing to know, is that too much acid in your body causes illness. It is based on the fact that the foods you eat can alter the PH of your body to more alkaline or acidic.
Alkaline – acid balance is one of the great keys to excellent health. Mastering this in your diet, will enable you to thrive. Acidity causes disturbances in your enzymes, demineralization and seriously harmful acid activity.
If you’re too acidic you may suffer from: lack of energy, depression, nervousness and agitation, conjunctivitis, tooth and gum disease, cracking at the corners of the your lips, burning in the bladder, inflamed intestines, leg cramping, dry skin, osteoporosis, dry skin, runny nose and chills, joint pain…
The pH scale goes from 0 to 14. The optimal range a person’s pH should be is over 7. Blood, lymph, and cerebral spinal fluid in the human body are designed to be slightly alkaline at a pH of 7.4.
This is what you need to know to stay your absolute healthiest: 60-80% of your diet should be alkaline and 20-40% should be acidic.
The standard American diet and even most parts of Mexico now are highly acid-forming which makes it overwhelming for the body to remove excess acid. The staples being meat, dairy, eggs, sugar, wheat, corn, processed foods like refined sugars. These diets are notably deficient in fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, legumes.
It’s easy to bring your health to optimal state, by simply adding whole, natural foods and less processed foods, regardless of the “diet” you are following, you are giving your body a chance to be in the best shape, functioning optimally so that you can do all of those things that you love with the people you love.
*Note* Even though lemons and limes have an acidic nature, when in the body they become alkaline once fully metabolized. Drinking lemon or lemon essential oil (food grade) and water is highly alkalizing and very beneficial to the body’s digestive system.
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