The Impact That Diet Has on pH Balance

Monday, October 19, 2009  |  0 Comment

by Christopher Vasey

Christopher Vasey, N.D

Acids do not appear spontaneously in the organism but have a very specific source: they come from food intake--everything we eat, drink, and swallow (including medications and drugs).

Acids are already contained in some foods, such as rhubarb and lemons. Other acids form only when a food is being metabolized as a result of the breakdown of proteins (uric and phosphoric acids), fats (fatty acids, acetyl acetic acids), carbohydrates (pyruvic and succinic acids), and so forth.

An analysis of your regular diet determines the proportion of acidifying to alkalizing foods. If your intake of alkaline elements is higher than your intake of acids, there is no risk to the body of losing its pH balance. To the contrary, it will be greatly supported in its efforts to maintain this balance, thanks to the excess alkaline elements.

When your acid intake is higher than that of your alkaline intake, however, your acid-alkaline equilibrium is dangerously compromised, and the body receives little of the assistance it needs to restore balance from the foods it consumes. It is then obliged to find a balance on its own using its own regulatory systems-in other words, by oxidizing, transporting, and eliminating excess acids.

The food analysis test is useful to verify whether the quantity of acidifying foods you're eating is higher or lower than that of alkaline foods. To do this, you need to establish a daily menu most representative of your usual diet.

To do a food analysis, keep a food diary, noting everything you consume in the course of a twenty-four-hour period. Be sure to include beverages and such incidentals as bread and between-meal snacks. Over the course of a few weeks you should notice patterns in your diet.

Once you've established your standard menu the kinds of foods that predominate in your diet will be clear. If you have difficulty metabolizing acids, you should determine whether acid and acidifying foods outweigh alkaline foods. Otherwise you simply need to see whether your intake of acidifying foods is higher than your intake of alkalizing and acid foods.


The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health
Christopher Vasey

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