Alkaline Vs. Acidity: Good Food Creates Healthy Cells

Good food creates healthy cells

Good food creates healthy cells

Perhaps there has never been a more important realization.

What we put into our bodies certainly makes a difference in what comes out of them: in the form of how we feel, look, and even think.

When we choose to eat healthful food (“healthful” is the term applied to something that makes another thing “healthy”), the nutrients and enzymes of that food are passed from our stomach into our blood, then carried to our brain. This results in a healthy system, from the stomach, to the muscles, to the skin, to the mind.

Your body is like a car: it needs good fuel to run well

Try thinking of the body like a car — if you use poor quality fuel each time you fill up, the car’s not going to run like it should. It may seem alright on the outside, but the internal processes aren’t functioning at 100%. But if you use pure, high quality fuel, the result is much different — it’s going to respond quicker, smoother, and overall in a much more enjoyable way.

When it comes to food, however, there’s much more to it than just “good” and “bad.” Something that many conscious eaters are discovering is the balance between alkaline vs. acidic foods.

To put it simply, human blood has a neutral pH of 7.0. When you consume alkaline-forming foods, your body’s pH rises. When you consume acid-forming foods, it falls. In general, a higher pH means you have a healthy, fully-functioning body and immune system. A lower pH usually results in sickness and toxicity.

Notice that there’s a difference between acidic and acid-forming foods. Acidic foods are ones that are acidic in their natural form, yet may produce an alkaline effect on the body when consumed (raising the body’s pH). The opposite hold true as well — acid-forming foods may appear healthful on the outside, but actually produce an acidic effect when consumed. It all depends on the minerals they release once they’re absorbed by the body.

Humans eat two things: food and medicine. But if you do it right, they’re one in the same.

So what should we eat?

So what’s good to eat and what should be off-limits? Have a look at this comprehensive chart from Rense, showing a breakdown of types of food, which ones are acidifying, and which ones are alkalizing:

Other items that will send your pH plummeting include alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco.

But it’s about balance

With all of that said, we should still strive for a balance — we don’t want 100% acid-forming foods or 100% alkalizing foods. That’s because they’re not inherently good or bad. For example, some acid-forming foods can still be necessary for a healthy diet (like lentils, walnuts, and green peas). What’s often recommended is a ratio of 60% alkaline to 40% acidic foods — this keeps your blood slightly alkaline so that you remain in the clear.


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