Keeping Acid/Alkaline Foods In Balance For Improved Health (With Helpful Charts)

Everyone knows eating more fruits and vegetables is healthier than eating snack and junk foods, eating out at restaurants and grabbing a bag of burgers and fries at the fast food window.

‘Life on earth depends on appropriate pH levels in and around living organisms and cells. Human life requires a tightly controlled pH level in the serum of about 7.4 (a slightly alkaline range of 7.35 to 7.45) to survive []’.

I listed two PDF documents at the bottom of this pose whereby one can better pick more alkaline food choices. For example, I used to get acid reflux during the night after I ate a bowl of oats. Grains are very acidic and I am careful not to eat too much rice. Rice is acid, has lectins and arsenic no matter where its origin.

If one eats too acidic a diet, that can be toxic leading to a condition called metabolic acidosis. Therefore, it’s the wiser idea choosing foods more carefully, eating alkaline over the acid most of the time. Listen to how your ‘stomach’ feels.

‘I often squeeze lemon on my salads. I put limes in my water, too. These are considered health tonics which I have heard lowers inflammation in the body and more’

On the pH scale from 0-14, 7 is considered neutral and below acidic and not healthful. When blood and body pH is above 7, it’s considered  alkaline or healthy. An ideal level pH of blood and tissues between 7.2 and 7.4 is slightly on the alkaline side. But, the healthiest pH may depend upon which source you trust. See citation, above.

In conclusion, lemon juice is actually acidic with its pH around 2. This is before your body digests and metabolizes it. Then, the juice’s pH rises above 7 becoming an alkalizing healthful force throughout the body. But, use caution being sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after drinking it, because lemon juice’s citric acid can cause damage to our tooth enamel. This is how I eat, here.

FDA ‘comprehensive’ list of acid/alkaline foods

Everyday alkaline/acid food list

EWG’s Safe Fruits And Vegetable Guide

Source- 1 Schwalfenberg, Gerry K. “The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline PH Diet Benefits Health?” Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2012,

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet. If you have doubts about your blood and body pH, you should talk to your physician.

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