What is alkalinity? What is a proper pH balance or level? Why does this affect your health…and how can you make it better?
There is a good deal of controversy surrounding the topic of body alkalinity, not everyone agrees on what it is. This diet boils down to people eating less junk and more fresh foods. All of it makes very little scientific sense but we are here to help you make a bit more sense of it. Basically, the pH level in a healthy body is naturally slightly alkaline. Perfectly neutral alkalinity would be 7.0 but our blood stays around 7.4. Fans of the diet believe your body functions better in an alkaline state, food is one of the main factors of change. No matter what food you eat, it falls somewhere on this scale of alkalinity. Some foods prove to be much more acidic than others and can alter the bodies pH balance.
Going back to high school chemistry class.
Here is a brief explanation on what the pH scale is. The scale begins at 0 and goes up to 14. Zero to 6.9 is acidic, 7 is neutral, and anything above 7 up to 14 is basic. Basic and alkaline explain the same premise, they are synonymous. Naturally the healthy human’s body pH is a tad bit alkaline, at 7.4. The pH of stomach acid is naturally much lower, usually 3.5 or below.
A simple food chart for reference
You may have noticed the rainbow circle that looks somewhat like a bullseye. This chart depicts what foods are safe to eat and in what quantity, concerning body pH and alkalinity. It goes from vivid red on the outer corners and transitions to orange, yellow, then finally green. Red signifies foods to avoid, while green marks foods that should make up most your diet.
The color red symbolizes foods you should stay away from at all costs. Not only do these foods pose the biggest risk of throwing off your alkalinity, they also take the longest to digest and use up a lot of energy in the process. To give you an idea of the variety of foods that fall in this category let’s begin with pork and beef. The standards of our farming practices yield us with low quality protein that does more harm to our bodies than good, eating mass produced pork and beef is not good for your body alkalinity. Even when eating high quality, artisan produced meats, they should only comprise 20% of your daily diet. Instead of meat being the focus of your meals, move the meat to the side of your plate to make room for the veggies. They should be center stage on your plate!
An alkaline body thrives when diet is comprised of 80% fruits & vegetables. Only 20% of your daily food intake should be made up of high quality meat, whole grains, beans, nuts, and cold pressed oils. Swiss Chard tops the alkalinity scale. This means that the focus of every meal and the majority of every plate should be whole, organic, and fresh foods. Eating your veggies really does make you healthy, a diet heavy in vegetables contributes to a healthy alkaline balance in the body.
Take a look at the list below to give you an idea of what foods are acidic, and what foods are more alkaline. Any food that you can think of has it’s place somewhere on the alkalinity scale. This list is just to give you a rough idea of where some foods fall on the scale.
Red – Stay far and away from these foods, steer clear for the sake of your health!
- Stay away from foods in the red, STOP and think before you eat any of these things. Foods include beef and also pork, both involve a large amount of energy to digest. A large amount of stomach acid is needed. Cakes, pastries, cereals, candy,
- Non-organic pork or beef
- processed meats
- any deep fried food
Orange – Include these foods about 3 times per week
- oils cold pressed
- whole grains
Yellow – This group should amount to 20% of your daily food intake
- soybean products
- whole grain bread
- whole grain cereal
- dairy products
- organic meat
- ocean fish
- organic nuts and seeds
- homemade soups
- beans and legumes
Green – This group should amount to 80% of your daily food intake (4 out of 5 SERVINGS)
- organic fruits
- organic vegetables
- Swiss chard
- purified water, fresh juices, or herbal tea