pH Definition.
Acidic and alkaline food chart.

A common pH definition is: "a logarithmic scale, from 1 to 14, used to describe the acidity or alkalinity of a solution". Blood in the human body should be close to 7.4 on the pH scale. A pH level of less than 7 indicates an acidic solution while a pH greater than 7 indicates an alkaline solution. 7 is the pH level of distilled water. pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14—the lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline it has a pH of 7 which is neutral.

Water is the most abundant compound in the human body, comprising 70% of the body. The body has an acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio called the pH which is a balance between positively charged ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming.) The body continually strives to balance pH. When this balance is compromised many problems can occur.

PH stands for "potential hydrogen". If your body is too acidic you do not have enough oxygen available for your body cells to stay healthy. When our body is getting enough minerals from our diet to stay alkaline, our blood can function normally - delivering oxygen to the cells throughout our body, and carrying away acidic waste to be disposed.

But if we struggle to keep our blood at pH level 7.4 it cannot pick up all of the acidic waste, and fat cells are formed to store the acidic waste instead.

Human pH Balance

Human body pH balance is key. Failure to maintain an alkaline pH in our tissues and cells will hurt our cellular health. Too much acidity (too little alkalinity) can cause weight gain. Cancer cells, disease-causing bacteria, fungus, viruses and parasites can thrive in acidic body tissue. A combination of a good alkaline diet, the water you drink, the air you breathe, the amount of sunlight you are exposed to, how well you sleep, the amount of stress in your life, and how often you get physical exercise, can have a profound effect on the pH level of your body. This will affect how healthy you are and how long you will live.

Start improving your health today! Measuring is knowing. Find out what your pH level is with the pH test strips; the pH chart will tell you whether your body is too acidic or too alkaline. Then improve your health by creating a better pH balance in your body with either more acidic or more alkaline diets.

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1. Drink plenty of good clean alkaline water. An ounce or more of water for every two pounds or one kilogram of body weight per day is ideal, preferably from a water purifier that also alkalizes the water.

2. Limit fried food, processed food, sugar, caffeine, charred meat, carbonated drinks and avoid excessive alcohol.

3. Favour alkaline forming foods. More green leafy vegetables, raw or steamed vegetables, vegetable juices (watch for salt content in juices like tomato juice). Drink unsweetened fruit juices. Try green tea instead of black tea or coffee.

4. Supplement with good quality minerals, vitamins and essential nutrients. No matter how well you eat, you will not get them all in your diet today. It is critical that supplements are pharmaceutical grade, otherwise quality, absorbability, or even the listed ingredients should not be expected.

5. Exercise for at least 25 minutes steady, three times a week. Drink water before and after exercising to stay hydrated.

6. Get a good night's sleep. Your body repairs itself while you are sound asleep.

7. Spend time outdoors in the sun and fresh air, away from electricity, concrete and steel, where the earth's magnetic field is not disturbed. Consider increasing the magnetic energy that your body needs for optimum wellness with proven technologies.

8. Control stress. Take time to relax; let things go, forgive, pray, accept forgiveness and forgive your self. Stress, among other things, creates a lot of acidity in the body.

The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself when we give the body what it needs to do it. human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.      ~ Thomas Edison

This chart is for those trying to "adjust" their body pH.  The pH scale is from 0 to 14, with numbers below 7 acidic ( low on oxygen ) and numbers above 7 alkaline.  An acidic body is a sickness magnet.  What you eat and drink will impact where your body's pH level falls.  Balance is Key !!!


(Do NOT take Cocaine, Amphetamines, Coffee, Nicotine, Alcohol, or lots of Sugar. These make your Blood pH....Acidic.)

What ARE "ACID-FORMING" Foods ?
Acid forming foods include: * asparagus, barley, beans (dried), beechnuts, BEEF, BREAD, buckwheat, BUTTER, cashew nuts, Cereals, CHEESE, chestnuts, Chicken, CHOCOLATE, clams, cod liver oil, Cottage Cheese, Cornmeal, cottonseed meal, cow peas, crab, cream, EGGS, farina, FISH, FLOUR, frog legs, Halibut, HAM, hazelnuts, hickory nuts, hominy, HONEY, horseradish, Jello, kohlrabi, lamb, lentils, lobster, mackerel, Macaroni, maple syrup, Margarine, MEATS, mussels, Mushrooms, OATS, pasta, peanuts, Peas, pecans, pistachios, pomegranate, PORK, prunes, quinces, Rice, rutabagas, Rye, sauerkraut, SALMON, scallops, smelt, smoked herring, sole, spaghetti, SUGAR, syrups, tapioca, turkey, walnuts, WHEAT, wheat germ & WINE.

This chart is intended only as a general guide to alkalizing and acidifying foods.

...ALKALINE FOODS...


...ACIDIC FOODS...

ALKALIZING VEGETABLES
Alfalfa
Barley Grass

Beet Greens
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage

Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard Greens

Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Dandelions
Dulce

Edible Flowers
Eggplant
Fermented Veggies

Garlic
Green Beans
Green Peas
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce

Mushrooms
Mustard Greens

Nightshade Veggies
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Radishes

Rutabaga

Sea Veggies
Spinach, green
Spirulina
Sprouts
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes
Watercress
Wheat Grass

Wild Greens

ALKALIZING ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Kombu
Maitake
Nori
Reishi

Shitake
Umeboshi
Wakame

ALKALIZING FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)

Berries
Blackberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries, sour
Coconut, fresh
Currants
Dates, dried
Figs, dried

Grapes

Grapefruit
Honeydew Melon
Lemon
Lime
Muskmelons
Nectarine
Orange

Peach
Pear

Pineapple
Raisins
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tangerine

Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Umeboshi Plums

Watermelon

ALKALIZING PROTEIN
Almonds
Chestnuts
Millet

Tempeh (fermented)
Tofu (fermented)
Whey Protein Powder


ALKALIZING SWEETENERS
Stevia

ALKALIZING SPICES & SEASONINGS

Chili Pepper
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger

Herbs (all)
Miso
Mustard
Sea Salt

Tamari

ALKALIZING OTHER
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Apple Cider Vinegar

Bee Pollen
Fresh Fruit Juice
Green Juices
Lecithin Granules

Mineral Water
Molasses, blackstrap
Probiotic Cultures
Soured Dairy Products
Veggie Juices


ALKALIZING MINERALS
Calcium: pH 12
Cesium: pH 14

Magnesium: pH 9
Potassium: pH 14
Sodium: pH 14


Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.


Note that a food's acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.

ACIDIFYING VEGETABLES
Corn
Lentils
Olives
Winter Squash

ACIDIFYING FRUITS
Blueberries
Canned or Glazed Fruits

Cranberries
Currants
Plums**
Prunes**

ACIDIFYING GRAINS, GRAIN PRODUCTS

Amaranth
Barley
Bran, oat

Bran, wheat
Bread
Corn
Cornstarch
Crackers, soda
Flour, wheat

Flour, white
Hemp Seed Flour

Kamut
Macaroni
Noodles
Oatmeal
Oats (rolled)
Quinoa
Rice (all)

Rice Cakes

Rye
Spaghetti
Spelt
Wheat Germ
Wheat

ACIDIFYING BEANS & LEGUMES

Almond Milk

Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Rice Milk

Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans

ACIDIFYING DAIRY
Butter
Cheese
Cheese, Processed
Ice Cream

Ice Milk

ACIDIFYING NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Legumes
Peanut Butter
Peanuts
Pecans

Tahini
Walnuts

ACIDIFYING ANIMAL PROTEIN
Bacon
Beef
Carp
Clams
Cod

Corned Beef
Fish
Haddock
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Organ Meats
Oyster

Pike

Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Sardines
Sausage
Scallops
Shellfish

Shrimp
Tuna

Turkey
Veal
Venison

ACIDIFYING FATS & OILS
Avacado Oil

Butter
Canola Oil

Corn Oil
Flax Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil

Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

ACIDIFYING SWEETENERS
Carob
Corn Syrup
Sugar

ACIDIFYING ALCOHOL

Beer
Hard Liquor
Spirits

Wine

ACIDIFYING OTHER FOODS
Catsup
Cocoa
Coffee

Mustard
Pepper
Soft Drinks

Vinegar

ACIDIFYING DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Aspirin
Chemicals

Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Herbicides

Pesticides
Tobacco

ACIDIFYING JUNK FOOD
Beer: pH 2.5
Coca-Cola: pH 2

Coffee: pH 4


** These foods leave an alkaline ash but have an acidifying effect on the body.

UNKNOWN:
There are several versions of the Acidic and Alkaline Food chart to be found in different books and on the Internet.  The following foods are sometimes attributed to the Acidic side of the chart and sometimes to the Alkaline side.  Remember, you don't need to adhere strictly to the Alkaline side of the chart, just make sure a good percentage of the foods you eat come from that side.
Brazil Nuts
Brussel Sprouts

Buckwheat
Cashews
Chicken
Corn
Cottage Cheese

Eggs
Flax Seeds
Green Tea
Herbal Tea

Honey
Kombucha
Lima Beans


Maple Syrup
Milk
Nuts
Organic Milk (unpasteurized)

Potatoes, white
Pumpkin Seeds
Quinoa

Sauerkraut
Soy Products
Sprouted Seeds
Squashes
Sunflower Seeds
Tomatoes

Yogurt

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; research is ongoing.

Source: Natural Health School

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