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Acid Forming Foods
Acidosis is a condition in which body
chemistry becomes imbalanced and overly acidic.
with acidosis include frequent sighing, insomnia, water retention,
recessed eyes, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, abnormally low
blood pressure, dry hard stools, foul-smelling stools accompanied by a
burning sensation in the anus, alternating constipation and diarrhea,
difficulty swallowing, burning in the mouth and/or under the tongue,
sensitivity of the teeth to vinegar and acidic fruits, and bumps on the
tongue or the roof of the mouth.
and alkalinity are measured according to the pH (potential of hydrogen)
scale. Water, with a pH of 7.0, is considered neutral - neither acid
nor alkaline. Anything with a pH below 7.0 is acid, while anything
with a pH above 7.0 is alkaline.
The ideal pH range for the human
body is somewhere between 6.0 and 6.8 (the human body is naturally mildly
acidic, bodies do vary). Values below pH 6.3 are considered on the acidic side
values above pH 6.8 are on the alkaline side.
occurs when the body loss its alkaline reserve. Some causes of
acidosis include kidney, liver, and adrenal disorders; improper diet;
malnutrition; obesity; ketosis; anger; stress; fear; anorexia; toxemia;
fever; and the consumption of excessive amounts of niacin, vitamin C, or
aspirin. Diabetics often suffer from acidosis. Stomach ulcers
are often associated with this condition.
Acid and Alkaline Self-Test
This test will determine whether your body
fluids are either too acidic or too alkaline. An imbalance can cause
illnesses such as acidosis or alkalosis.
Purchase pH paper, available at
any drugstore, and apply saliva and/or urine to the paper. The paper
will change color to indicate if your system is overly acidic or
alkaline. Red litmus paper turns blue in an alkaline medium and blue
litmus paper turns red in an acid medium. Always perform the
test either before eating or at least one hour after eating. (you
can also purchase the correct paper Litmus Paper
on the results of your test, you should alter your diet to help bring your
body back into the normal range.
If you test indicated that your
body is too acidic, eat more alkaline-forming foods and omit acid-forming
foods from your diet until another pH test shows that you have returned to
Conversely, if your body is too alkaline, eat or
acid-forming foods and omit alkaline-forming foods.
Use the list
below as a guide to which foods are acid-forming and which are alkaline
forming. Low-level acid-forming and low-level alkaline-forming foods
are almost neutral.
ACID FORMING FOODS
Flour-flour-based products Soft Drink
Sugars, all foods with sugar added
Aspirin, tobacco, and most drugs are also acid forming.
Canned or glazed
Dried or sulfured fruit (most) Seeds and nuts (most)
Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an
acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has
an alkalinizing effect in the system
Low-Level Alkaline-Forming Foods
Soured dairy products
with Foods and their pH
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