by Jonathan Benson
August 13, 2012
One of the keys to maintaining optimal health is discovering the
correct way to eat food in order to maximize your alkaline
potential, and in turn prevent chronic disease from developing in
But in order to do this, you have to
first learn which foods are alkaline-forming, and which are
acid-forming, as well as how to eat them in balance.
onslaught of chemicals, additives,
and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)
throughout the common food supply, not to mention modern society's
heavy reliance on processed, nutrient-stripped foods, is no doubt
taking a huge toll on human health. Most people also eat copious
amounts of food that promote acidity, which in turn makes them more
prone to disease.
What most people fail to realize is that their bodies are constantly
trying to achieve a state of equilibrium at a pH of about 7.365,
which is slightly alkaline.
To do this, the body draws from the
nutrients you put into it via food, which either acidifies or
alkalizes the blood. When there are not enough nutrients to maintain
this slightly alkaline state, the body draws from backup nutrient
reserves in the bones and other places.
When these backups run dry, the body's internal biological terrain
becomes a hotbed for chronic disease, which is right about the time
the mainstream medical system begins rolling out the drugs.
A much simpler solution; though, at
least for most people, is to simply switch up their diets and begin
to incorporate more alkaline-forming foods into their everyday
Alkaline-forming foods vs. acid-forming foods
As you may have already guessed, most of the foods that people eat
...are acid-forming foods.
Rather than contribute to the roughly 80
percent alkaline-forming, 20 percent acid-forming diet, which some
experts in the field believe to be ideal, a diet composed primarily
of these acid-forming foods inhibits nerve function and damages
"All natural foods contain both acid
and alkaline-forming elements," says the Conscious Living
"In some, acid-forming elements
dominate; in others, alkaline-forming elements dominate.
According to modern biochemistry, it is not the organic matter
of foods that leave acid or alkaline residues in the body. The
inorganic matter (sulfur, phosphorus, potassium, sodium,
magnesium and calcium) determines the acidity or alkalinity of
the body fluids."
According to several different resources
on acid and alkaline-forming foods, some of the best alkaline
forming foods include:
Root vegetables (radishes,
carrots, beets, turnips, rutabagas)
(broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage)
Raw, grass-fed milk
Leafy greens (kale, spinach,
Swiss chard, turnip greens)
Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe,
These are just a few of the most
alkaline foods available, and there are many more that you can see
at the charts linked below this article.
But this will give you an idea of the
types of foods you should focus more heavily on incorporating into
your diet, while decreasing consumption of acid-forming foods like,
Be sure to check out the sources below
for more information about acid-forming and alkaline-forming foods.