March is nutrition month so I want to cover some nutrition information today. When you eat food, it reacts upon your body in various ways. One of the ways in which it impacts your body is in regards to what it leaves behind inside your body. Some foods leave acid, such as, sulfuric acid, carbonic acid, phosphoric acid, while other foods leave minerals. So foods can be categorized as acid-forming or alkalizing. I am not a chemist nor scientist so I won't get too technical; however, pH is the potential of hydrogen in something and the pH scale is used to indicated how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The total scale is 1 to 14 and a pH less than 7 is said to be acidic and a pH higher than 7 is basic or alkaline with 7 being neutral. The pH in our blood ranges from 7.35 - 7.45 and our body will do what it needs to do to keep that range. It's difficult to measure precisely because it changes constantly as the body works to keep everything in balance. Different organs have different levels...and even your saliva has a pH level. It changes depending on what you eat; consequently, this is why you need to thoroughly chew your food because it helps to begin to break down your food.
Alkaline foods leave behind important minerals in your body, such as, calcium, potassium, iron, sodium and magnesium. So it's very important to make sure you are eating these foods and eating more of them than the acid-forming foods. And acid-forming foods have nothing to do with how a food tastes...it doesn't mean if a food is acidic in its taste, such as, citrus fruits.,
alcohol, sugars, "natural sweeteners, fats, oils, white flour, whole grain flour, most nuts, most beans and legumes, most whole-grains and cereals, fish, fowl, meat and eggs.
fruit juices, coffee, vegetable juices, most fruits, land vegetables, green beans and peas, potatoes, sea vegetables, tamari/shoyu, miso, salt.
Then there's some buffer foods that will help to buffer the acid left behind:
yogurt, butter, tofu, milk, soft cheeses, hard cheeses.
So, it's crucial that you don't consume most of your foods from the acid-forming list. Try to balance out your meals between the two lists or add one of the buffer foods top the acid-forming food. Brown rice and black beans pair well and balance out. Making sure to eat some fruit with a breakfast of eggs and toast. A big salad with a protein option. When you're missing some balance, you will crave sugars but you will also crave sugars if you eat too many foods from the alkaline side. Our bodies like balance and are created to be in a homeostatic balance. Take a look at the food you eat regularly and see if you need to balance it out!
Remember, food is fuel and food becomes part of our body so choose health and wellness and don't choose illness and disease!