|Simply put, “pH” is the measure of how acid or how alkaline a substance is.All chemical processes have an ideal pH at which they are most efficient. For example the body functions best with an internal chemistry being slightly alkaline (pH of 7.0 to 8.0).The cells of the body in health are alkaline. The more acid the cells become, the sicker we are and feel. The cells won’t die until their pH gets to about 3.5.
Our bodies produce acid as a by-product of normal metabolism. This is the result of our bodies burning or using alkaline to remain alive.
Since our bodies do not manufacture alkaline, we must supply the alkaline from an outside source to keep us from becoming acid and dying. Food is the means of replenishing the alkaline to the body.
Foods are of two types, acid or alkaline. This refers to the ash value of a food, meaning the type of residue that remains after the food is digested and processed. If there is an acid residue (inorganic acids), the body must neutralize this acid to keep the blood from getting acid. The acid is neutralized with alkaline.Ideally there is adequate alkaline in the diet to do this. However, if there is not, the body must extract alkaline from its cells to neutralize the acid. This, of course, causes the cells to become acid, and thus diseased.
Because our bodies are an alkaline entity, in order to maintain health, the majority of our diet must consist of alkaline ash foods. We can remain in health by consuming a diet that is 70-80% alkaline and 20-30% acid. The more alkaline the better.
So to help you out, here is a list of highly alkaline foods for you to enjoy: asparagus, onions, vegetable juices, parsley, raw spinach, broccoli, garlic, barley grass, lemons, watermelon, limes, grapefruit, mangoes, papayas, olive oil, herb teas, lemon water, stevia.
December 6, 2011