Maintaining the pH balance in the body is very important for keeping good health condition. The imbalance or excessive acidity may be the cause of numerous diseases.
Since the unhealthy lifestyle habits and inadequate nutrition are considered as the main cause of acidosis, for many nutritionists, the solution to this problem lies in the pH diet.
By carefully planning of menus and proper combination of foods, it is possible to establish the acid-base balance in the body and do so prevent the occurrence of numerous diseases.
A little bit more about this theory
Acid-base value (pH) is determined by a scale from 0 (most acidic) to 14 (most alkaline).
Ideal for the human body is slightly basic environment, namely from 7.35 to 7.45. If the pH of body fluids (blood, urine, saliva) is not in this range, then the body special mechanisms try to establish a balance.
The moment when these mechanisms are no longer able to fight against the imbalances, serious illnesses start to develop.
The pH diet represents grocery separated by foods that create the base and the ones that provide the acidic environment in the organism.
To achieve the pH balance, consume 80% of base and 20% of the acidic food.
Symptoms and effects of acidosis
If the symptoms of the disease are identified in time, it is possible to prevent more serious health problems.
Some of the first signs of imbalance in the body are acne, muscle aches and joint pain, fatigue, nervousness, constipation, a strong odor of urine, white coating of the tongue, difficulty waking up and getting out of bed.
More serious consequences are depression, loss of memory and concentration, excessive sweating, bacterial infections, sinusitis, fungal infection (candida, athlete’s foot), cystitis, hair loss, diarrhea, allergies, spine pain, a strong need for sweets, cultivation, and difficult weight loss.
Disorders that may be caused by acidosis are cardiovascular damage, increased body weight, diabetes, problems with the bladder and kidneys, weakening of the immune system, accumulation of free radicals, premature aging, osteoporosis, inflammation of joints and muscles, chronic fatigue, frequent colds, multiple sclerosis, cancer …
How to determine the pH?
PH of the body can be determined in home conditions using pH test strips.
In the morning, immediately after waking up, put a little saliva on the test strip and wait for a minute for the strip to change its color.
Compare the result with the pH of the color scheme. Then, repeat the same pH test but now by using a few drops of your urine.
This tests should be repeated daily for 10 days. Discard the results of the three tests with the highest and three with the lowest acidity and calculate the average of the remaining four scores to obtain an approximate pH value of the organism.
If it’s less than 6.5-7, it is necessary to include into the diet more basic foods, and limit your intake of acidic ones.
Some experts believe that the most accurate test actually is the one by monitoring of symptoms that indicate an increase in acidity.
How to strike a balance?
To establish acid-base balance in the body, you should consume as many fresh, uncooked vegetables and fruits, and avoid the use of white flour, refined sugar, salt and meat products.
It is important to reduce the intake of meat and eggs and drink plenty of water (20 minutes before meals, not during, or few hours after meals).
Avoid eating meat, fish and eggs with bread, rice, and potatoes or combining them with a large portion of fresh vegetables, spiced apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
Instead of sugar use honey, drink herbal teas, avoid preservatives, artificial sweeteners and as often eat millet and quinoa instead of other grains and bread, limit the intake of wheat and wheat products.
Chew food as long as possible, because in this way you stimulate the secretion of saliva which contains an enzyme that produces Ptyalin base reaction.
Reduce the use of coffee as it is very acidic, especially in combination with sugar and milk.
Alcohol and cigarettes put out of use, try to eat in as much as peace and quiet environments to be able to reduce the stress.
Note: Thermal processing reduces the pH of the food, so it is advisable that the diet should be based on 75% of crude and 25% heat -treated foods.
Foods with acidic pH are not unhealthy
A large number of foods with acidic pH are very healthy and important for the proper functioning of the body, so it is not desirable to exclude them from the diet.
Their negative impact on the acid-base balance can be neutralized by combining with a greater amount of basic foods.
For example, wheat is one of the extremely acidic foods, but if eaten in combination with a large portion of fresh salads, with a slice of melon taken half an hour before the meals, which is extremely basic, the acid will be neutralized.
Foods that produce basic reaction:
Fruits: papaya, lemon, fig, pineapple, pear, apple, kiwi, cherry, banana, grapes, quince and all kinds of fruits, except cranberries and blueberries.
Vegetables: watermelon, melon, algae, asparagus, chard, kohlrabi, carrots, spinach, celery, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, potatoes (with pile), kale, peppers, radishes, tomatoes, garlic and onions, and all kinds of fresh vegetables
Cereals: millet, quinoa
Legumes: soy and soy products, beans
Nuts: almonds, fresh coconut, roasted chestnuts
Foods of animal origin: egg yolks, raw goat milk
Drinks: fresh squeezed juices, herbal teas
Spices: garlic, shallot, marjoram, bay leaves, curry, sea salt, basil, rosemary, ginger, vinegar, minced pepper …
Foods that produce an acid reaction:
Grains: brown rice, corn, barley, rye, buckwheat, wheat, white rice
Pulses: azuki beans, chickpeas, lentils
Nuts: hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts, dried coconut
Foods of animal origin: all kinds of meat and fish, egg whites, yogurt, sour milk, cow’s milk, soft and hard cheese, whole eggs
Sweeteners: sugar (all types), fructose, artificial sweeteners
Drinks: industrial and soft drinks, coffee, beer, alcohol, wine
Spices: processed salt, ketchup, mayonnaise, nutmeg …