Importance of internal pH

 

I notice that when most people start their Paleo Diet they get hung up on the amount of protein they should be eating and generally make it their focus.  ‘I must get at least 1gram per lb of body weight a day’.  While that is all good and yes it is a commonly accepted rule of thumb, especially when trying to maintain lean mass, don’t for get about your vegetables and fats!!!! All the Best Paleo Recipes combine the right amount of lean protein, fats and fresh vegetables into a great meal.

The foods we put into our bodies have a huge impact on our health and well being and directly affect our internal pH balance. All meats and animal proteins such as eggs and milk products are acidic. When looked at solely, these foods lower our pH to acidic levels and create optimal environments for disease and illness to thrive.  Most grains and grain products are acidic as well, and not Paleo…

Foods that promote a more alkaline environment include most fruits and vegetables  (only a few fruits and vegetables are acidic), almonds and tofu. Below is a list of both acidic and alkaline foods.

Acidic Foods Alkaline Foods
- Corn, Lentils, Olives, Winter Squash - All green vegetables (Spinach, Lettuce, Spirulina, Green Beans, etc), Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Chlorella, Eggplant, Garlic, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Parsnips, Radishes, Sweet Potatoe, Watercress, Tomatoes
- Blueberries, Canned or Glazed fruits, Cranberries, Currants, Plums, Prunes - Apple Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Berries, 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 Tomato, Tropical Fruits, Umeboshi Plums, Watermelon
- Animal Proteins, Milk and Dairy Products, Eggs, Animal Fats, Cashews Legumes, Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Pecans, Tahini, Walnuts, Wheat, Wheat Products, Grains, Rice, Flour Products - Almonds, Tofu, Whey Protein
- Drugs, Alcohol, Caffeine, Tobacco, Ketchup, Mustard, Soft Drinks - Some Alkalizing Minerals: Cesium: pH 14, Potassium: pH 14, Sodium: pH 14, Calcium: pH 12, Magnesium: pH 9

 

So remember when you are designing your own meals to include lots of alkaline foods in with your big slab of protein, avoid an acidic environment and save yourself getting sick.

There is a great e-book on the Acid-Alkaline diet that explains choosing foods to boost your immune system, plus it includes som wonderful recipes.  You can find it HERE

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