Non Acidic Meals
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30th Apr 2012, 01:18 AM #1
Non Acidic Meals
Non Acidic Meals
A healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, health fats, and protein is essential for any person to maintain optimal well-being. This we know. However, it is important to look deeper into the foods you eat to understand their alkalinity or acidity, as certain degenerative disease attributed to aging -- including cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease -- are linked to mineral deficiencies that cause your body fluids to become more acidic. Once this happens, you are at higher risk of developing parasites, viruses and bacteria that may cause a host of other health problems.
Acidic versus Alkaline Foods
Before you know what types of foods to eat when it comes to acidic versus alkaline foods, it is important to understand what this means. Your natural body fluids range between 4.5 and 7.5 pH and even a one-point drop on the pH scale is 10 times more acidic than the point before it. According to Essence-Of-Life.com, foods are oxidized in the body once they are eaten and this results in the formation of residue or ash. If sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium are dominant in this residue over the minerals sulfur, phosphorus and chlorine, they are considered alkaline ash foods. The opposite is true for foods designated as acid ash.
Foods to Avoid
In addition to eating too many acidic foods, other factors such as stress, toxic overload or immune reactions can also deprive the cells of oxygen and other nutrients, causing a decrease in your body's ability to absorb nutrients, repair damaged cells, detoxify heavy metals, and fight fatigue and illness. One of the biggest culprits of an acidic pH is the typical American diet, which is high in acid-producing animal products such as meat, eggs and dairy, and low in alkaline-producing foods such as fresh vegetables. In addition, acid can build up in the body's systems from processed foods such as white flour and sugar, beverages such as coffee and soft drinks, and artificial sweeteners. In order to maintain optimal health, a proper diet should consist of 60 percent alkaline-forming foods and 40 percent acid-forming foods, according to a chart from Essence-Of-Life.com.
It is especially important for those who suffer from health problems such as heart burn, acid reflux and indigestion to avoid acidic foods, as they create hydrogen ions in the body and make the system even more acidic. Following a non-acidic diet can help protect the body from radical cell damage, absorb vitamins and minerals from food, cleanse the kidneys, intestines and liver, control blood pressure, and regulate blood sugar. According to Diet-Tree.com, some of the best vegetable choices for a healthy non-acidic diet include broccoli, celery, lettuce, squash, green beans, egg plant, beets, and spinach. Non-acidic fruit choices include mangoes, apples, apricots, pears, kiwi, figs, dates, raisins, and peaches. Additional foods such as peas, beans, lentils, spices, seeds, and nuts may also be included in non-acidic meals.
It is also important to consider that in order to follow a non-acidic diet, you do not have to restrict yourself to fruits and vegetables. A healthy, balanced diet should also include forms of proteins and carbohydrates, among other essential nutrients. According to Essence-of-Life.com, other alkaline food choices include millet, fermented tempeh, tofu, chili pepper, cinnamon, ginger, miso, apple cider vinegar, bee pollen, molasses, and vegetable juices. Talk to your nutritionist or healthcare provider for more information about the best alkaline and acidic food choices for you.