Acidic Diets

CoffeeThe type of foods you eat can have a direct affect on your body chemistry which can in turn affect your health. Over the past century the American diet has become extremely acidic. This movement toward acidity may account for the increase in many degenerative diseases that are directly associated with over acidity.

Blood acid levels are measured on a pH scale that ranges from 1 to 14. The lower on the scale the more acidic something is considered. The higher ranges of the scale are alkaline. Ideally, healthy blood should be slightly alkaline at 7.4.

If your blood is very acidic there are three ways to change it. The first way is to eat more plant foods. Vegetables are alkaline and have a higher percentage of water compared to other foods. The second way to reduce acidity is to drink more water. Water is slightly alkaline and helps to remove toxicity from the body. Third, and sometimes the most difficult, is to eliminate acidic food from your diet. This can be challenging when you are used to eating processed foods and when you are unaccustomed to eating vegetables.

Animal proteins, soft drinks, salt, caffeine and alcohol are the foods that cause the greatest amount of acid in the body. Sodium is important for digestion but unfortunately most of the sodium that people consume is from packaged and processed foods. Many people are not drinking enough water. Diet drinks are especially acidic and are also high in sodium.

Often adicity is the result of not consuming enough important minerals like calcium, which you can obtain easily by eating leafy vegetables. Blood tests can provide an accurate picture of your blood pH. Urine pH tests are also useful at determining your pH.