When our bodies have become too acidic, the last thing you want to do is eat a lot of acid forming foods.
It is important to understand that they are not necessarily acid foods.
Unsure about the difference?
Check out the information about body pH balance.
These foods are important to know if you are trying to reverse the process of low-grade acidosis or just increase your overall body pH to make it more alkaline.
Almost all processed foods top the list, especially those that contain:
You're not surprised, are you?
So put down that soda and twinkie and listen up!
The easiest way to figure out which of these foods are the most acidifying is to consider how many of the nutrients have been removed (and, in most cases, replaced with chemicals).
Or, as in the case with soda (or pop, coke, whatever you call it), there were never any nutrients there to begin with.
I am REALLY anti-soda, so I might as well get this out now.
Your body is made up of roughly ten gallons of water. Your body tries very hard to keep that water slightly alkaline. But if you drink just 8 oz of soda, it would be enough to make that water's pH one thousand times more acidic than it should be.
Thankfully, our bodies do not let that happen. But it puts a tremendous amount of stress on our tissues and organs to neutralize all that acid. And that is just from 8 oz of soda. How many people do you know that drink soda all day long?!
And diet soda is even worse because of all the artificial sweeteners added. Drop the soda habit. Your body and your waistline will thank you.
Yes, I said healthy. Don't think that the solution is to eliminate all acidifying foods from your diet. Being too alkaline is just as bad as too acidic. Remember - our bodies need balance.
We should be eating a variety of protein-rich foods like eggs, grass-fed beef and other pastured meats, fish, and dairy to supply the critical amino acids.
So if you are looking to reduce the acid load in your body, simply select the less acid forming foods more often.
All grains are acidic, but:
All meats are on the acidic side, but:
Most dairy products are acidic, but:
Now that you are aware of the highest acid forming foods, check out the alkaline forming foods.