Alkaline Foods Can Become Acid Forming

AcidityAs you may already know, your body's ideal pH is slightly alkaline at between 7.0 and 8.0 on a 10.0 scale. This slight alkalinity is carefully maintained with the help of mineral reserves that are stored in case of a mineral deficiency.

People who suffer with a weak carbohydrate metabolism are not able to completely oxidize the glucose in their food into carbon dioxide and water. Instead the glucose in only partially oxidized into organic acid. The accumulation of organic acid leads to an imbalance. In contrast, people with strong carbohydrate metabolisms can completely oxidize glucose into carbon dioxide and water, which is normally eliminated, allowing the body to maintain a neutral balance.

When a person has a weak carbohydrate metabolism and is mineral deficient, even chemically neutral sugars or alkaline fruits can become acid forming. Refined starches and wheat products often form mucus congestion and acid due to their incomplete oxidization.

Other causes for normally alkaline-forming foods to become acid forming are poor food combinations and eating when you are upset or ill. Stress can negatively impact your digestion, reducing your stomach acid and hindering your absorption of vitamins and minerals. It is best to eat when you are relaxed.

The consumption of large amounts of vitamin C as synthetic ascorbic acid increases the body acidity. Increased acidity often leads to increased pain. It is recommended that high doses of vitamin C should be taken with increased amounts of strong alkalizers. Calcium ascorbate is a good source of vitamin C and contains a balanced amount of alkalizing calcium. Calcium is the most effective alkalizing mineral.