13 Things That Cause Acidity In The Blood, And A Complete List Of Foods To Alkalize It

Most of us are not aware of the importance of the alkaline/acid balance in our blood or don’t pay enough attention to it. However, it is extremely important to understand and mind the pH level because a balanced pH level means a healthy and protected organism. Balanced pH offers protection to the body from any kind of disease, boosts the immunity and doesn’t allow unhealthy organisms to develop nor tissues and organs to be damaged. On the other hand, imbalanced alkalinity and acidity provoke the opposite conditions.

What is pH?

PH comes from “potential of hydrogen” and shows the level of alkalinity and acidity of the tissues and fluids in the body. It is measured on a scale from 0-14, the more alkaline a solution is, the higher the pH is and, the more acidic the lower the pH level is. Neutral level of pH is 7. The best pH is 7.365 (slightly alkaline) but, since it may vary during the day it is also optimal between 6 and 7.5.

When the acidity in body is too high, it is forced to take minerals from cells, organs, bones and tissues thus removing the needed amount of minerals for the body to dispose oxygenate and waste and causing absorption of vitamins to be compromised by loss of minerals. In this case, pathogens and toxins gather in the organism and the immunity becomes drastically weakened.

Things that cause acidity

  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Overuse of Antibiotics
  • Breathing Shallow
  • Alcohol & Drug Use
  • Toxic Household Cleansers/Building Materials
  • Processed & Refined Foods
  • Not Enough Fiber
  • Food Coloring & Preservatives
  • Excess animal meats in the diet (from non-grass fed sources)
  • Chronic Stress
  • Hormonesfrom foods, health & beauty products and plastics
  • Lack of Exercise or Over-Exercise
  • Pesticides, Herbicides & Pollution

Effects of Acidity on the Body

High acid levels cause additional stress to the body and consequently, a range of health difficulties might appear. In order to lower these levels, the body (with the help of other organs such as liver, lungs, kidneys) is forced to work much more.

Thus, many functions of the body such as absorption of minerals and other nutrients, production of energy in cells, detoxification of heavy metals, repairing damaged cells, thriving tumor cells and so on are being drastically delayed.

Acidic pH in the body is also harmful for the bones since it lowers their strength and increases the chances of osteopenia, osteoporosis and fractures.

High level of acidity may appear due to emotional stress, acid-forming diet, overload with toxins or as an immune reaction. In all the cases, your body uses alkaline minerals in order to compensate for acidic pH. But, if there is a lack of minerals there will appear more acids in the cells.

Excess acids can also cause:

How to Decrease Acid & Increase Alkalinity

Surveys have proved that if your body is not naturally slightly alkaline, it is surely not able to heal the alkalinity itself. Thus, it is very important for us to balance the level of pH in order to be always healthy and protected.

First of all, you need to know the pH level in your body, the level of acidity, the amount of acids your body produces and the amount of acids your body is able to remove. After that, you can start organizing the process of balancing your pH levels. You can check all the above mentioned conditions at any time by the urine and salivary pH.

We offer you 5 simple hints which will help you lower the acidity in your organism:

  • Consume potatoes, radish, eggplants, all sorts of dark leafy greens, raisins, spinach, celery, miso soup and berries in large amounts because these vegetables and fruits are considered to be effective neutralizers of the acidity in the body.
  • Make sure you breathe out fully enough to expel carbon dioxide from the lungs. Carbon dioxide becomes transformed into acid when retrained in the lungs. Breathe in and out with the use of abdominal and diaphragm muscles and try to count to 4 while you inhale, hold your breath for 4, and exhale for another 4 seconds.
  • Do epsoms salt baths which will help you remove the acids from your body
  • Reduce the consumption of processed foods and grains, carbohydrates, cheese and meats. When you eat some of these foods, try to consume as much as possible leafy greens with them.
  • Make sure that your lungs, liver, kidney and digestive system function properly.

The Detailed List of Alkaline Foods

Consume large amounts of these foods!

Alkalizing Vegetables

  • Alfalfa
  • Barley Grass
  • Beet Greens
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard Greens
  • Chlorella
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelions/Dandelion Root
  • Daikon
  • Dulce
  • Edible Flowers
  • Eggplant
  • Fermented Veggies
  • Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • Green Peas
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Kombu
  • Lettuce
  • Maitake
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Nightshade Veggies
  • Nori
  • Onions
  • Parsnips (high glycemic)
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Reishi
  • Rutabaga
  • Sea Veggies
  • Shitake
  • Spinach, green
  • Spirulina
  • Sprouts
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Umeboshi
  • Wakame
  • Watercress
  • Wheat Grass
  • Wild Greens

Alkalizing Fruits

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Avocado
  • Banana (high glycemic)
  • Blackberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries, sour
  • Coconut, fresh
  • Currants
  • Dates, dried
  • Figs, dried
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Muskmelons
  • Nectarine
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Raisins
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerine
  • Tropical Fruits
  • Umeboshi Plums
  • Watermelon

Alkalizing Protein

  • Almonds
  • Chestnuts
  • Millet
  • Tempeh (fermented)
  • Non-GMO Tofu (fermented)
  • Whey Protein Powder

Alkalizing Sweeteners

  • Molasses
  • Stevia

Alkalizing Spices and Seasonings

  • Baking Soda
  • Chili Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Curry
  • Ginger
  • Herbs (all)
  • Mint/Spearmint
  • Miso
  • Mustard
  • Paprika
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Sea Salt
  • Tamari

Alkalizing Oils

  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil & Coconut Butter
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Flax Seed Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil

Other Alkalizing Items

  • Alkaline Antioxidant Water
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Bee Pollen
  • Fresh Fruit Juice
  • Green Juices
  • Lecithin Granules
  • Mineral Water
  • Molasses, (Blackstrap)
  • Probiotic Cultures
  • Soured Dairy Products
  • Veggie Juices

Alkalizing Minerals

  • Calcium: pH 12
  • Cesium: pH 14
  • Magnesium: pH 9
  • Potassium: pH 14
  • Sodium: pH 14

Don’t forget that pesticides reduce the alkalizing features of food. Thus, try to purchase organic potatoes and eat them with the skin. A combination of baked potato, seasoned with parsley and sea salt is highly alkalizing. Also, replacing the butter, cheese or sour cream with olive oil is a far better solution. Butter, sour cream and cheese are part of the list of acidifying foods.

The Detailed List of Acidifying Foods

Your organism is able to deal with acidic foods such as meat, sugar, food additives, trans fats, rancid oils and fried food, but only when they are consumed in small amounts. In cases of overconsumption, acidity may damage your organism after some time. Thus, try to avoid these foods as much as possible.

Acidifying Vegetables:

  • Corn
  • Lentils
  • Olives

Acidifying Fruits

  • Blueberries
  • Canned or Glazed Fruits
  • Cranberries
  • Currants
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Tomato

Acidifying Grains & Grain Products

  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Bran: Oat & Wheat
  • Bread
  • Corn
  • Cornstarch
  • Crackers
  • Flour: Wheat & White
  • Hemp Seed Flour
  • Kamut
  • Macaroni, Noodles, Pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Oats (rolled)
  • Quinoa
  • Rice (all)
  • Rice Cakes
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Wheat & Wheat Germ

Acidifying Beans & Legumes

  • Black Beans
  • Chick Peas/Garbanzo Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils/Legumes
  • Pinto Beans
  • Red Beans
  • Rice Milk
  • Soy Beans
  • Soy Milk
  • White Beans

Acidifying Dairy

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Cheese, Processed
  • Ice Cream, Ice Milk
  • Kefir
  • Milk
  • Sour Cream
  • Yogurt

Acidifying Nuts & Butters

  • Cashews
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Tahini
  • Walnuts

Acidifying Animal Protein

  • Bacon
  • Beef
  • Carp
  • Clams
  • Cod
  • Corned Beef
  • Fish
  • Haddock
  • Lamb
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Organ Meats
  • Oyster
  • Pike
  • Pork
  • Rabbit
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Sausage
  • Scallops
  • Shellfish
  • Shrimp
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Veal
  • Venison

Acidifying Fats & Oils

  • Butter
  • Canola Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Lard
  • Safflower Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Sunflower Oil

Acidifying Sweeteners

  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Carob
  • Corn Syrup
  • Honey
  • Sugar

Acidifying Alcohol & Drinks

  • Beer
  • Hard Liquor
  • Spirits
  • Wine
  • Almond Milk
  • Coffee
  • Soft Drinks

Acidifying Condiments

  • Ketchup
  • Cocoa
  • Pepper
  • White or Rice Vinegar

Acidifying Drugs & Chemicals

  • Aspirin
  • Chemicals
  • Drugs, Medicinal
  • Drugs, Psychedelic
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Tobacco
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