It makes sense to avoid acid-forming foods and eat more of alkaline-forming foods. Yet, some people have to have their acid foods no matter what. They like the taste, the smell, the way it makes them feel. That’s why we recommend the 80/20 rule. 80 percent alkaline-rich foods and 20 percent acid-forming foods.
There are some foods you should have in moderation, especially if you’re an overly-acidic person. Funny thing is that some of these foods are considered healthy and good for you. Let’s check out the first one…
1. Red wine
It’s good for the heart, right?
You’ve probably heard the benefits of red wine. Many claims suggest that it’s good for your heart, arteries, and what not. Keep in mind that even though red wine goes well with a sumptuous meal, it has an acidic pH. So, drinking wine can cause heartburn, indigestion and other digestive symptoms. Gastric overacidity is definitely not fun! You can still enjoy wine but drink it in moderation.
Life would be miserable without coffee. At least, that’s what coffee lovers would like to think. A delicious bit of cake goes well with coffee, right? You may argue, nothing beats the aroma of roasted beans. Drinking coffee in moderation should do you no harm. Drinking several cups of coffee per day may have some health effects. For example, it may form excessive gastric acid, cause nervousness and speed up the heartbeat. It could also make you feel anxious, restless and rob you of a good night sleep. So, if you depend on coffee to boost your energy, perhaps you should look elsewhere.
3. Fruit drinks – moderation is the key.
Chuck some fruit into the blender and you get a healthy, delicious, lip-smacking goodness. Are fruit drinks really healthy? Yes. But, like everything else, moderation is the key. You see, many fruits are highly acidic in nature. That’s why The Alkaline Cookbook has special fruit juice recipes that are alkaline. But, if you still want to enjoy a fruit drink you know is acidic, here’s a useful tip for you: To neutralize the acidity of the fruit and increase it’s pH, simply add one teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate to your drink. How easy was that!
4. Processed Salt
Is salt neutral or is it acidic?
Some argue that salt is neutral, but we believe it acidifies your body. Why is it doctors advise cholesterol or high blood pressure patients to abstain from salt? Table or refined salt is not readily bio-available — absorbable by the body — and, if they’re not absorbed, they float around the body hardening arteries and creating havoc. For a safer alternative, try using Sea salts like Himalayan Sea Salt. They are lower in sodium, higher in natural trace minerals.
5. Salad dressings
Fat: The fat used in salad dressings is usually aplenty. Dairy product or egg yolk may also be used in some dressings, defiantly not recommended if you’re allergic to lactose, casein or egg!
Acid: The acids used to make salad dressings are usually come from vinegar or citrus juice. Vinegar contains acetic acid. Vinegars have an extremely low pH of 2.4 to 3.5. To be safe, keep salad dressings down to minimum – especially bottled ones you buy at the supermarket.
Choose the alkalizing Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar instead to make healthy salad dressings. Or make your own salad dressings from Extra Virgin Olive Oil and your choice of fresh squeezed organic fruit juice.
Acid is not your friend.
Just 20 percent of your diet should consists of acid-forming foods.
Over acidity, also known as acidosis, is a dangerous condition that shuts your body down cell-by-cell. An over-acidic body creates an environment conducive to disease, viruses and infections. A pH-balanced environment allows normal body function necessary for the body to resist disease. For optimal health we should have slightly alkaline, oxygen-rich arterial blood of 7.3 to 7.4 pH (7.0 pH is neutral).
When excess acid must be neutralized, your body’s pH balance is thrown off balance, leaving your body in a weak and vulnerable condition. If that’s that case with you, a simple thing like your colleague/friend’s cough or sneeze is enough to make you bedridden for days or more.
It makes absolute sense to assist your body in eliminating wastes and toxins by eating liberal amounts of alkaline-rich foods. The Alkaline Cookbook shows you how to do that – using simple-to-follow recipes that taste delicious!