Eat yourself Healthy – An Alkali Food Chart Resource
It is common knowledge that the foods we eat have a marked effect on the states of our bodies and minds. Understanding one particular aspect of food – how the alkalinity and acidity of different foods affect the body – is useful. To this end, Paul Lynn MD, a member of the International College of Integrative Medicine, has put together food charts outlining whether specific food groups produce alkalinity or acidity.
When we talk about acidity and alkalinity, one of the easiest mistakes we can make is to confuse the pH value of a food item with its effect. PH values are number between 0 to 14 that indicate whether a compound is acidic or alkaline. Chemical compounds that lie between 0 and 7 are acidic, while those between 7 and 14 are alkaline.
As Dr Lynn shows in his charts, foods that might be considered acidic in themselves can nonetheless be alkalizing for the body. You maybe wouldn’t associate milky or creamy food with the acidity of, for example, a lemon, but cheese is one of the strongest acidity-forming food substances. Fruits, leafy green vegetables and some beans and legumes have a net alkalizing effect, while meats, fish and seafood as well as some grains and nuts contribute acidity.
What are the health implications of the degree of alkalinity or acidity contributed by foods to your body? If your system’s pH is a little more acidic than it should be, it can be indicative of an acid forming diet or emotional stress. This acidic state is said to cause the body to use alkaline minerals that are important for maintaining wellbeing. Many complementary health practitioners who focus on diet thus suggest that you eat a diet consisting of more alkalizing than acidifying foods. As in any diet, moderation is the key to good health. You can find Dr Lynn’s charts and use them as a guide here.
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