Quite simply, eating too many acidic foods is not great for your
is a well-researched medical fact that all diseases thrive in
environments characterized by high levels of acidity. If we want to
lead a healthy life, it is imperative for us limit our intake of acidic
foods. Ignoring this comes at a high price…
high in acid may cause diseases like obesity, osteoporosis, flu, skin
disorders, and even cancer. Excessive consumption can also result in a
weakened immune system, cramps, allergies, spasms, headaches, poor
concentration and digestion, increased effects of aging, joint and
muscle pains and fatigue. Too, insomnia, rheumatoid arthritis, stomach
ulcers, water retention, and constipation all can come as a result of
eating acidic foods and not eating enough alkaline foods such as green
are classed as acidic foods?
Here's a brief list...
general, anything cooked, fried, frozen, packaged, artificial,
long-life, dairy, meat and with a high sugar/simple carbohydrate
content is classed as acidic.
- Fried foods
- Alcohol, caffeine and fizzy drinks
- Some fruits
- Additives, colourings, artificial sweeteners,
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foods can pose a threat to our health, but also the huge prevalence
foods makes it worse! These foods are everywhere - almost always
splattered on our daily menus: from breakfast staples like white bread,
eggs, cheese, milk, coffee to main courses like pasta, beef,
pork, chicken, turkey, to light meals and snacks composed of chocolates
peanuts, beer and soft drinks… Foods that are rich in phosphorus,
chlorine are not spared from the list since these elements are
So how do we steer clear of acidic foods?
While it may seem impossible to escape these usual suspects,
there is still a way to counteract their harmful effects on our health.
A more alkaline diet, designed to neutralize the
outcomes of acidic food ingestion through consumption of alkaline-based
foods such as fruits, vegetables, and other low-sugar foods, is a
viable option. The alkaline diet is commonly employed (and enjoyed!) to
between the body’s acidity and alkalinity and can be just as tasty and
easy to go with on a daily basis as an acidic diet, with a bit of
careful forethought and preparation and an enhanced mindset.
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meal - raw courgette spaghetti spirals and Italian tomato sauce, yummy!
According to Robert Young,
who is a prime promoter of alkaline diet and alternative medicine, it
is ideal for the body to have a diet that constitutes an intake of
70-80% alkaline foods and 20-30% acid foods.
all boils down to moderation. Acidic foods are not down-the-drain
destructive to our wellbeing. In fact, they are an integral part of the
balance Young is pointing out. It is even said that a little amount of
acid—the right type—can help lower our blood glucose levels. Acetic
acid, which is the chief acid in vinegar, can significantly reduce the
glycemic index of a starchy meal.
Szent-Gyogyi, Nobel Laureate and the discoverer of Vitamin C, once
noted, “The body is
alkaline by design, but acidic by function.”
He was referring to the fact that each minute of each day, the body’s
metabolic processes produce enormous quantities of acid even though, in
order to do their jobs properly, the cells and tissues require a
slightly alkaline environment.
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