I’ve been repeatedly told that my stomach is high in acidity – so I decided to look on alkaline diets and see what all the fuss is about!
What I found was that research is actually limited, and that there are contradicting studies on whether it increases longevity, combats cancer, or decreases loss of bone density. The fact of the matter is, however, that it promotes eating more fruits and vegetables, which is always a good thing 🙂
Here are the facts:
- Our bodies are inherently designed to maintain a steady pH.
- Life on earth depends on appropriate pH levels in and around living organisms and cells. Human life requires a tightly controlled pH level in the serum of about 7.4
- The pH in our body may vary considerably from one area to another with the highest acidity in the stomach (pH of 1.35 to 3.5) to aid in digestion and protect against opportunistic microbial organisms.
Alkaline diets recommend eating foods that are low in acidity – often increasing intake of fruits and vegetables with a low pH. The caveat: it is recommended to avoid eggs, meat, wheat, and many other foods that actually DO have nutritional benefits. I myself do not eat meat more than once a month, because my body simply does not ask for it – but I know many people who feel too energy-deprived to not eat it.
The American diet could be and probably is a big instigator of the Alkaline Fad. Most Americans overeat foods that are processed, overwhelming our body’s ability to remove excess acid from our systems. On top of that we do not eat enough fruits and veggies!
Eating more “alkaline” foods doesn’t hurt and it is definitely worth taking a look at. The purpose is to provide the body with all the tools it needs to effortlessly maintain that pH 7.365, which can often times be hard in this fast-food, fast-paced society. Here are five ways to maintain the balance of acidity in your body
1. Take Vitamin D supplements
2. Drink Cold Brew Coffee. Hot coffee is acidic for the stomach and many people who have acid reflux or sensitive stomachs cannot handle ingesting it. Thankfully, for us coffee fanatics there is a solution! Coffee that is brewed with cold water can have up to 65% less acidity than when brewed with hot water.
3. Lemon Water
4. Top 5 lowest pH vegetables
5. Top 5 lowest pH fruits