Living healthy is about living in balance – moderating exercise and nutrition, work and play, healthy treats and indulgent dishes. To function optimally, our digestive system requires a level of neutrality that is not so different from the many other glances we strive to curate in our daily lives.
So what does a balanced digestive tract mean?
The acidity in human blood is measured by a pH balance, a number scale you probably remember testing in middle school science class with strips of paper that turned pink or blue upon subjection to liquid.
This pH balance reflects how much acid is in the blood; too much acid is a bad thing, so it is important to monitor how balanced the level is. The acidity level also reflects an individual’s health.
How is pH measured?
The pH scale runs along a number range from 0 to 14, where 0 is most acidic and 14 and most alkaline. Extremes at either end are breeding grounds for malfunction and disease in the body, while a middle number – specifically 7.35 – is ideal.
How do I get a balanced pH?
Many of the food and drinks we consume regularly are acidic. This requires an increase in our intake of alkalized foods or beverages, to help even out the balance to a neutral state. Bringing your likely acidic pH to neutral can be done easily if you have the proper understanding and resources for consuming highly alkalized foods to neutral the acidity in your blood.
Which foods are alkaline or acidic?
This part gets kind of confusing – foods can be naturally acidic, neutral or alkaline, but they can trigger an opposite state in the body upon or after digestion. Understanding the acidity, neutrality or alkalinity of foods in your diet makes it easy to eat a balanced diet for a balanced pH level.
Now that we have a basic understanding of the importance of acidic and alkaline foods in our diets, let’s look at a few of the ways to ensure that these nutrients make it into meals and snacks in convenient, healthy doses.
Alkaline Fruits and Vegetable List:
Beet greens are the most alkaline food you can eat. Beet greens are nutritious and make delicious additions to stir-fries, salads and even smoothies.
Spinach is a staple in any health-conscious cook’s kitchen. The super lettuce is high in its alkalinity as well as full of protein and calcium, which help keep your bones strong throughout the years.
Kale spiked in its popularity and pretty quickly caught a bad rep because it did not have as much protein as other lettuces, such as fellow-alkalized lettuce, spinach. However, let’s keep a pulse going for kale, because its high alkaline level can do wonders for the body, and the trendy lettuce is so easy to add into recipes. Try putting kale in smoothies, as a lettuce base, fried in lemon juice for kale crisps or tossed into soups for added flavor.
Not only is kale largely helpful for neutralizing your pH, but it also supplies other vital nutrients upon consumption: enjoy healthy doses of vitamin K, calcium and plant iron when you enrich your meals with kale.
If you are careful about your sugar intake, there’s a good chance you’ve knocked bananas off the nice list of foods you eat. But give bananas a chance when you are craving an energy rush or in a high-impact energy setting. Bananas might feed you a high dose of sugar, but they are also high in potassium and have a high alkaline to foster a balanced digestive tract that is beneficial to your overall health and weight goals.
Sweet potatoes are another example of a highly alkalizing food that provides the body with many essential nutrients, including tons of fiber. Sweet potatoes are high in starch so if you do not want to make them a regular staple, just keep sweet potatoes on your list of carb substitutes when cooking.
Swiss chard is a favorite leafy green, and it is also one of the most highly alkalizing foods you can eat. Swiss chard is packed with important nutrients and ingredients and make a great starch substitute in tacos, sandwiches and wraps.
Celery is far from a boring vegetable, although it is often overlooked in favor of more flavorful fruits and veggies. Celery is a negative calorie food that makes a good addition to smoothies, salads or as a mid-afternoon snack. Try soaking this high-alkaline food in water in the fridge to give it a juicer, most flavorful bite.
Alas! A fun, colorful fruit to throw onto the alkaline-approved list of fruits. Kiwi is highly alkalizing and comes with other important nutrients, too. In one little kiwi, you’ll get about five times the amount of vitamin C as you would in an orange as well as tons of fiber, and potassium! Such a modest food, the kiwi is.
Other foods to know about
Foods such as dairy, eggs, meat and chicken are highly acidic and make it strenuous to balance the internal body environment. Chronic stress is also a trigger for acid in the body.
How do I know if I have high acidity?
If your pH balance is high, you will likely experience the following symptoms:
- Joint pain
- Brain fog
- Muscle weakness
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