What does Acid/Alkaline mean?
Our bodies have a pH balance that is measured from the blood on the pH scale 1-14. Acidic tends to fall in the range of 1-6 and alkaline in the range of 8-14. The number 7 on the pH scale is considered neutral and is ideal for our blood’s pH. More specifically, the optimal number is 7.4 as it is neither too acidic nor too alkaline.
Why does the acid-alkaline balance matter?
Illness and disease are known to thrive in acidic environments. Balancing your body’s pH can reduce morbidity and mortality from numerous diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and low bone density. When the acidity in your blood rises (meaning it goes lower on the pH scale), minerals fall, which means your body will have lower absorption of nutrients. Consuming too many acidic foods can result in increasing acidosis in the body.
Eating more mineral dense foods helps determine your body’s pH level
The PRAL scale, “Potential Renal Acid Load,” categorizes food as acidic or alkaline by measuring the exact amount of acidity or alkaline in food once it has been metabolized. The foods that come out with a negative score are considered alkaline or basic. The foods that get a positive score are considered acidic.
Foods ranked most alkaline: fruits, vegetables, and a few nuts and seeds
Foods ranked most acidic: chicken, grains, eggs, peanuts, seafood, and dairy
Short-term symptoms suggesting your body is too acidic:
Digestive issues such as bloating
Top 10 Highly Alkaline Foods and their PRAL Scores:
Beet Greens -16.7
Swiss Chard -8.1
Sweet Potato -5.6
Having an alkaline diet can give you these health benefits:
Protects Bone Density and Muscle Mass
Lowers Risk for Hypertension and Stroke
Lowers Chronic Pain and Inflammation
Boosts Vitamin Absorption and Prevents Magnesium Deficiency
Helps Improve Immune Function and Cancer Protection
Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight