Your pH level should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 – 7.45 ). A range below or above this can cause complications and disease. If your pH is below 7.0 it means that your body is too acidic. Interestingly, blood pH of 6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma or death.
Factors such as emotional stress, toxic overload from foods and chemicals, immune reactions and an acid forming diet, cause the pH level to decrease. Basically anything that deprives your cells of oxygen and nutrients will create an acidic environment. In response, your body tries to compensate by using alkaline minerals. If your body does not contain a sufficient amount of minerals, your cells create a build up of acid to protect your organs.
An acidic imbalance:
- Causes fatigue and illness
- Decreases energy production in the cells
- Stunts the repair of damaged cells
- Limits the ability to detoxify heavy metals
- Encourages tumor cells to thrive
- Hinders the body’s ability to absorb minerals and nutrients
Acidosis is more common in America because of our diet, which is high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy. In addition, Americans eat more acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks.
Beer: pH of 2.5
Coca-Cola: pH of 2.0
Coffee: pH of 4.0
Americans take more drugs for ailments, which are acid forming; and use artificial chemical sweeteners like NutraSweet, Equal and Aspartame.
Below is a list of acid producing foods.
Foods High in Acid:
Corn, Lentils, Olives, Winter Squash
Blueberries, Canned or Glazed Fruits, Cranberries, Currants, Plums, Prunes
Amaranth, Barley, Bran (wheat & oat), Corn, Cornstarch, Hemp Seed Flour, Kamut, Oats (rolled), Oatmeal, Quinoa, Rice (all), Rice Cakes, Rye, Spelt, Wheat, Wheat Germ, Noodles, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Bread, Soda Crackers, Flour (white & wheat)
Beans and Legumes
Black Beans, Chick Peas, Green Peas, Kidney Beans, Lentils, Pinto Beans, Red Beans, Soy Beans, Soy Milk, White Beans, Rice Milk, Almond Milk
Butter, Cheese, Ice Cream, Ice Milk
Nuts and Butter
Cashews, Legumes, Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Pecans, Tahini, Walnuts
Bacon, Beef, Carp, Clams, Cod, Corned Beef, Fish, Lamb, Lobster, Mussels, Organ Meats, Oyster, Pike, Pork, Rabbit, Salmon, Sardines, Sausage, Scallops, Shrimp, Scallops, Shellfish, Tuna, Turkey, Veal, Venison
Fats and Oils
Avocado Oil, Butter, Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Flax Oil, Lard, Olive Oil, Safflower Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil
Carob, Sugar, Corn Syrup
Beer, Spirits, Hard Liquor, Wine
Catsup, Cocoa, Coffee, Vinegar, Mustard, Pepper, Soft Drinks, Aspirin, Medicinal Drugs, Psychedelic Drugs, Pesticides, Herbicides, Tobacco