60 Second Acid/Alkaline

There is a lot of talk about body pH, which means “the potential for hydrogen.” The pH level is the measure of acidity or alkalinity, which takes numerical values from 0 (maximum acidity) to 14 (maximum alkalinity). Our ideal blood pH is slightly alkaline, a range of 7.35-7.45.

A chronic acid load can cause a number of health conditions such as osteoporosis, kidney disease, muscle wasting, toxic overload, and immune issues.

Foods that make you more acidic include sugar. artificial sweeteners, coffee, potatoes, rice, wheat and grains, corn. peas, bananas, alcohol, highly refined foods, and meat.

Alkalinizing foods include most vegetables and fruits (see above exceptions). Eat lots of veggies and fruits to balance out the acidifying foods and protect your health.

When you look at alkaline vs acidic foods, you can see why it is important to eat a balanced diet. Weight loss may occur quickly with a keto or high protein diet, but this acidic way of eating puts a lot of unneeded stress on your system. Try a balanced, portion control diet instead.

Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition. Take advantage of her 46 years of experience!

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