Alkalinity and Acidity: Keeping Balance for a Healthy Body

We all know something about alkalinity and acidity from our school chemistry course. But not everyone realizes we can use this knowledge to improve our organism, adjust diet, and find balance that will make our bodies happy.

The Basics on Alkalinity and Acidity

There’s a scale of 0 to 14, in which everything below 7 indicates acidity, while everything above 7 indicates alkalinity. The middle of the scale is where water is, because it’s deemed the most neutral substance we consume. The first thing most people think about this scale is that the more acid there is in a food item, the more acidic the internal environment will become after consuming that food.

Paradoxically, lemon, for example, aids in making that environment more alkaline, which puts it on the list of alkaline foods. The thing with this is that the less acidic you keep your diet, the healthier you will be. Or to say better, the more balance there is, the better. Acidic foods may cause serious health conditions, even including some types of cancer.

Some of the most popular acidic foods are meat, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, processed sugar, etc. It doesn’t mean you should eliminate them from your diet completely, but experts in the alkaline diet recommend reducing the intake of such food and drinks to one fifth of the whole nutritious intake for a day.

Best Alkaline Foods to Include Into Your Diet

Here’s a list of the so-called super-foods you can use to make your diet more alkaline:


  • Spinach is a great addition to almost any dinner, whether it’s vegetables, meat, fish, pasta, etc. It’s also a great source of Vitamin A and C, as well as vital iron.
  • Buckwheat will help you create alkaline environment inside your body, also providing it with protein, iron, and calcium.
  • Olive Oil.
    Another great way to provide enough alkaline foods without changing your whole diet dramatically is to use olive oil when cooking. It’s a major source of monounsaturated fatty acids, as well as Vitamin E.
  • Better store on that pumpkin juice to get a lot of Vitamin A and alkaline. You can also make great desserts with this super-food.
  • Flax and Chia Seeds.
    Adding seeds to your meals is one of the best things you can do. Chia seeds are full of iron, calcium, and Vitamin A. Flax seeds are an amazing source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

As you can see, it’s not necessary to change your diet completely to get healthier. It’s all about adding some nutritious alkalinity-inducing items and finding balance between your classic cravings and healthy delicious food.

Shaun Greaves

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