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Maintaining the correct pH balance within your body is vital for well-being. Many of the enzymes in our digestive tract are switched on or off according to our pH level. Our bodies function best on a slightly alkaline pH - between 7.35 and 7.45. Remember, the pH number is an exponent number of 10; therefore, a small difference in pH translates to a BIG difference in the number of oxygen or OH-ions. In other words, blood with a pH value of 7.45 contains 64.9% more oxygen than blood with a pH value of 7.3. Acidity and alkalinity are measured in pH (potential of hydrogen). The pH scale goes from 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic, and 14 the most alkaline. The pH of stomach acid is 1, wine is 3.5, water is 7 (neutral), venous blood is 7.35, arterial blood is 7.4, sea water is 8.5, and baking soda is 12. Nature provides us with all the correct tools to find balance and harmony. But achieving this state of health and equilibrium is your responsibility, no one else's.
How can we tell if we are too acidic? Headaches and rigidity or aches and pains can indicate too much acidity in the body. Also, our worldview becomes darker, more rigid and judgmental, and we feel disconnected and discontent. How you think and what you think has the strongest influence on your reality, and your body. Your body is a miracle. It has amazing powers of resilience and healing, but it is your mind that is the steering wheel. When the mind truly - consciously - connects with the body, it is like a light switching on in every cell.
Foods are classified as acid-forming or alkalizing depending on the effect they have on the body. An acid-forming food contributes hydrogen ions to the body, making it more acidic. An alkalizing food removes hydrogen ions from the body, making it more alkaline. It is important to note that this classification is based on the effect foods have on the body after digestion, not on their own intrinsic acidity or alkalinity (or how they taste to us).
A common misconception is that if a food tastes acidic, it has an acid-forming effect on the body. This is not necessarily true. Very often, an acidic-tasting food is alkalizing. Citric fruits are a good example. People say that lemons or oranges, for example, are "too acidic"; however, they are actually alkalizing because the minerals they leave behind after digestion help remove hydrogen ions, thereby decreasing the acidity of the body.
Another misconception is that acid-forming foods are "bad". This is not correct; acidity and alkalinity are opposites and one is not intrinsically better than the other. This misconception has developed because the North American and European diet is excessively acidic, which does result in health problems.
Common acid-forming foods include processed junk foods and those that are high in animal protein.
Some common alkalizing foods are spinach, soybeans, raisins, carrots, and most citrus fruits.