Taking charge of your own health starts with knowing about the fuel that you consume.
One reason to know which foods are considered to be an acid food is to learn to eat to manage your blood’s pH level. A blood pH between 7 and 8 is considered to be healthy for human blood levels. A person having a pH level either lower or higher is at risk for developing symptoms that can lead to illness. If a person’s pH level is under 7, it is acidic. If it is over 7, it is alkaline. Besides food, other life stressors like stress and an unhealthy colon can lead to an acidic pH.
Dangers of High Acidic Diet
An acidic pH is very dangerous since it chokes oxygen out of normal cells. As the acidic level rises, absorption of minerals are blocked and the body will have a low energy level, poor digestive tract functioning and a greater incidence of illness due to the body’s lack of minerals needed to replenish decaying cells. The seriousness of a low acidic level is indicated by the statistic that a pH of 6.9 which is only 1 point below normal can cause death. If you take aspirin or are exposed to chemicals like pesticides, you are increasing your body’s acidic level.
General Acidic Foods
High acid foods are meat and poultry products. Other high acidic foods are white flour, sugar, coffee, artificial sweeteners and beverages. A healthy diet should consist of a lower level of consumption of acidic foods and a higher level of alkaline foods. If a person is ill, his diet should be restricted to acidic foods and increased in alkaline foods. Food products that are highly acidic are all meats, fish, poultry, eggs, beans and grains. Foods that are acidic given to an ill person will tend to make that person even more ill. Avoiding acidic food when ill will help the body to adjust to the acid toxins by replenishing the damaged cells with alkalineAcidaburn minerals gotten from non acid foods. Not all fruit are non acid foods.
Less Well Known Acid Causing Foods
We are also careful of limiting acid food that mimics alkaline food. Dark fruits like blueberries, cranberries, currants, plums and prunes are high in acid. Almost all grains are high in acid including rice, rice cakes, oats, macaroni, wheat products. High acidic beans are chick peas, kidney beans, pinto beans, red beans, white beans as well as lentils and soy milk. All dairy products are high in acid which includes, of course, ice cream and ice milk. All nuts and butters made from nuts are high in acid like peanut butter and tahini. All spirits that contain alcohol are acidic including beer. Beer has a pH of 2.5 while soft drinks or soda coming in close at pH 2. Saturating your body with those beverages could have a serious negative effect on your body’s ability to cope with the oxygen destroying toxin. Condiments like catsup, mustard, vinegar and pepper are also acidic. Some foods like Brazil nuts, cashews, corn, cottage cheese, green tea, honey, lima beans, potatoes, organic milk, pumpkin seeds, squash, sunflower seeds, tomatoes and yogurt might seem to be alkaline but are great producers of acid in the body.