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Acid / Alkaline Levels
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

Our bodily fluids' pH registers on a scale of 0.0 to 14.0. Seven is neither acid nor alkaline. The higher the number over 7, the more alkaline it is. Anything 0 to 7.0 is increasingly acidic, and it increases at an exponential rate, with 9 on the scale being 10 times higher than 8, and so on-as the number drops. Alkalis offset acids, and acids neutralize alkalis.

While our bodies routinely produce and expel acids and alkalis, most of the foods we choose to eat produce an acidic effect in the blood. Most of the acid in our bodies is eliminated by breathing, but acid that is introduced to our bodies via our diets is expelled through our kidneys, taking many minerals with it. These minerals are needed to neutralize acids as they leave our bodies. Without a large-enough reserve of minerals, these acidic toxins can accumulate to a critically dangerous point.

The problem is that sugar, meat, dairy products, and most refined grains all have acidifying effects on our blood and tissues. Because our diets rely so strongly on these acid-producing foods, we use more and more of our minerals to flush them out. The scales keep dipping further and further out of balance. This is one reason many health experts believe that most people have suboptimal health. An acidic blood condition adversely affects enzymatic reactions in the body, contributing to a host of problems.

Fruits and especially vegetables contain the kind of organic minerals needed to keep your body's pH level in balance. There is, of course, organic acid in fruits. But these substances easily disintegrate and blow away with respiration, your body's exhaust system. Green vegetables, such as green lettuces, broccoli, and zucchini, and super green foods, such as spirulina, chlorella, and wheatgrass, as well as sea vegetables like dulse, nori, wakame, and hijiki, apparently can neutralize acidic tissues due to their alkalinizing effect. Eat multiple servings of these alkalinizing foods each day.

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