Alkaline vs Acid

Written by Stefanie on March 18, 2008 – 12:43 am -

“All foods, after digestion and absorption leave either an acid or alkaline ash in the body depending on their mineral composition. The normal body chemistry isAlkaline Vs Acid diet approximately 20 per cent acid and 80 per cent alkaline. This is the acid-alkaline balance. In normal health, the reaction of the blood is alkaline and that is essential for our physical and mental well-being. The preponderence of alkalins in the blood is due to the fact that the products of the vital combustions taking place in the body are mostly acid in character. Carbohydrates and fats form about nine-tenths of the normal fuel of the body. In normal health, this great mass of material is converted into carbon dioxide gas and water. Half of the remaining one-tenth fuel is also con- verted into the same gas and water. This huge amount of acid is transported by the blood to the various points of discharge, mainly the lungs. By virtue of alkalinity, the blood is able to transport the acid from the tissues to the discharge points.
Acidosis:
Whenever the alkalinity of the blood is reduced, even slightly, its ability to transport the carbon dioxide gets reduced. This results in the accumulation of acid in the tissues. This condition is known as acidosis or hypo-alkalinity of the blood. Its symptoms are hunger, indigestion, burning sensation and pain in the pharynx, nausea, vomiting, headache, various nervous disorders and drowsiness. Acidosis is the breeding ground for most diseases. Rheumatism, premature old age, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, skin disorders and various degenerative diseases are traceable to this condition.”

You can read more at www.natural-advice.com/alkalizingdiet.htm. I disagree with a couple of points there: In particular I am not a fan of oranges or orange juice! I think they cause congestion. I stick with tangerines. Overall I found this page to have comprehensive and helpful info, if a little lacking in professional presentation.

Green veggies are the best for alkalizing the blood - kale, cucumbers, celery, parsley….here is a chart of all foods and drinks which tells you if they are acid-forming foods or alkaline forming foods: Alkaline-Foods-Chart

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