Alkaline Acid Explained

                           
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Alkaline Reserve/ Acid Base (pH) Balance

Adequate alkaline reserves help prevent osteoporosis.

Alkaline Reserve Related to Osteoporosis

One of the main causes of osteoporosis is too much acid in the body. Most of the acid in the body comes from a poor diet. When the body has too much acid, it has to neutralize the acid; it does that with minerals. The biggest reserve of minerals in your body is in your bones.

Thinking of the bones as a savings account, when we spend too much money (eating too many acid producing foods) we start to dip into our savings account (our bones), and as we continue on our spending spree (poor diet), we eventually go into debt (osteoporosis).

Alkaline Reserve Related to Hormone Issues

Every enzyme, every hormone, and every receptor for those hormones in the body are dependent upon the pH. It may take twice as much of the same hormone at a new pH than what it would have at a normal pH. 

When the pH balance is off, the body cannot communicate effectively. Imagine if this room was submerged with water and we continue to talk, you hear my voice but you really couldn’t quite make out what I was saying. That is what it is like for our cells.

Helping cells communicate better by changing the environment in which the hormones function supports the organs that create hormones. 

Body pH is very important because pH controls enzyme activity as well as the speed that electricity moves through the body. In fact, pH controls the speed of the entire body's biochemical reactions.

Dietary habits impact the body's pH levels, and pH will in turn control activity of every metabolic function. When the body is too acidic, less oxygen is available to the cells. This is why an acid pH creates an environment for cancer to thrive.
        

Conditions associated with poor pH balance include bone loss, weak immunity, joint stiffness, achy muscles, chronic fatigue, cognitive decline, sleep disruption, acid reflux and various other digestive issues, cardiovascular disorders, atopic disorders, and allergies.

Identifying and correcting pH imbalances can be key in restoring optimum health.

Key Concepts

* The acid base status of the total diet, rather than calcium intake or excretion, determines calcium balance.

* Foods which cause a net acid excretion include meat, fish, cheeses and grains. Fruit and vegetables have a net alkaline value and consequently reduce acid excretion.

* Once enzymes, hormones and their receptors are outside their optimum pH, they continue to function, but at the reduced rate.

* Without proper pH levels, it is difficult for the cells to incorporate the necessary nutrients, oxygen, and energy for good health. Less tissue oxygen creates an anaerobic environment that favors yeast, viruses, fungus, bacteria, and cancer.

 

                             Food effects on alkaline/acid body chemical balance    
                                   
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Most Alkaline

More Alkaline

Low Alkaline

Lowest Alkaline

Food Category

Lowest Acid

Low Acid

More Acid

Most Acid

Umeboshi Plum

Baking Soda

Sea Salt

Mineral Water

Spices (most)

Kambucha

Molasses

Soy sauce

 

Herbs (most)

Aloe Vera, Nettle

Green or Mu Tea

Rice Syrup/Sake

Apple Cider Vinegar

Algae: Red, Green

‘Grain Coffee’

Spices/Herbs

Beverages

Sweeteners

 

Vinegar

Therapeutics

Curry

Fresh, Quality Coffee

Honey/MapleSyrup

Rice Vinegar

Vanilla

Stevia

Black Tea

Hard Liquor

Balsamic Vinegar

Antihistamines

Nutmeg

Aspartame

Coffee (Typical)

Saccharine

Red Wine Vinegar

Psychotropics

Pudding/Jam/Jelly

Table Salt (NaCL)

'Soda' Pop

Sugar/Cocoa/Malt

Beer/Yeast/Hops

White/Acetic Vinegar

Antibiotics

 

 

 

Ghee

Human  Milk

 

 

ProcessedDairy

Cow/Human

Soy

Goat/Sh

Cow Butter/
Cream/Yogurt

Sheep/Goat Cheese

Cow Milk

Aged Cheese

Soy Cheese

Goat Milk

Casein/Milk Protein

30day/New Cheeses

Soy milk

Cottage Cheese

Processed cheese

Ice Cream

 

 

Quail eggs

Duck Eggs

 

Eggs

Meat

Game

Fish/Shellfish

Fowl

Chicken Eggs

Organ Meats

Venison/Gelatin

Fish

Wild Duck

Lamb/Mutton

Boar, Elk, Game

Mollusks

Shell Fish (Whole)

Goose/Turkey

Pork/Veal

CarnivoreMeat/Bear

Mussel/Squid

Shrimp/Crustacea

Chicken

Beef (Corn Fed)

Shell Fish
(Processed)

Lobster

Pheasant

 

 

 

Oats

Japonica Rice

Quinoa

Wild Rice

Grains

 

Cereal

 

Grass

Millet

Triticale

Kasha

Amaranth

Brown Rice

Buckwheat

Wheat (whole)

Spelt/Teff/Kamut

Farina/Semolina

White Rice

Corn/Maize

Barley Groats

Rye

Oat Bran

Barley

Processed Flour

Pastry

Pumpkin Seeds

Lotus Root

Burdock Root

Daikon

Taro Root

Poppy Seed

Cashew

Chestnuts

Pepper

Ginger Root

Almonds

Sesame Seed

Sprouts

Primrose Oil

Cod Liver Oil

Seeds  (most)

Avocado Oil

Flax Oil

Coconut Oil

Olive Oil

Nuts

 

Seeds/Sprouts

Oils

 

Pine Nuts

Grape Seed Oil

Sunflower Oil

Canola Oil

Almond Oil

Sesame Oil

Safflower Oil

Tapioca

Seitan

Pecans

Pistachio

Chestnut Oil

Lard

Palm Kernel Oil

Hazelnuts

Brazil, Walnuts

Cottonseed Oil

Fried foods

Hydrogenated Oil

Lentils

Brocoflower

All Seaweeds & Sea Vegetables

Sweet  Potato

Onion

Yam

Miso

Dandelion Greens

Kale/Parsley

Broccoli

Asparagus

Parsnip/Kohlrabi

JerusalemArtichoke

Garlic

Endive/Arugula

Mustard Greens

Cabbage

Bell Pepper

Mushroom/Fungi

Cauliflower

Potato/Rutabaga

Salsify/Ginseng

Eggplant

Pumpkin

Collard Greens

Brussels Sprouts

Celery/Okra

Chive/Cilantro

Beet/Jicama

Turnip Greens

Squashes

Lettuces

Artichoke

Cucumber

Vegetables

Roots

 

Beans

 

Legumes

 

 

 

Spinach

Fava Beans

Kidney Beans

String/Wax Beans

Zucchini

Chutney

Rhubarb

Black-Eyed Peas

Tofu

Split Pea

Pinto Beans

White Beans

Navy/Red Beans

Adzuki Beans

Lima Beans

Mung Beans

Chard

Peanut

Green Pea

Snow pea

Carrots

Chick pea/

Garbanzo

Soybean

Carob

Lime

Tangerine

Nectarine

Persimmon

Raspberry

Watermelon

Pineapple

Grapefruit

Cantaloupe

Honeydew

Citrus

Olive

Dewberry

Loganberry

Mango

Lemon

Pear

Avocado

Apple

Blackberry

Cherry

Peach

Papaya

Orange

Apricot

Banana

Blueberry

Grape

Raisin, Currant

Pineapple Juice

Strawberry

Citrus Fruits

 

 

 

Fruits

 

 

 

Coconut

Guava

Pickled Fruit

Dry Fruit

Figs

Persimmon Juice

Cherimoya

Dates

Plum

Prune

Tomato

Cranberry

Pomegranate

 

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Adapted from charts by Russell Jaffe, MD, Fellow, Health Studies Collegium.