Acid Alkaline Diets
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If you want to learn about acid alkaline diets, you need to learn a little about chemisty. Don't worry, though, if you're having flashbacks to your high school chemistry class. I'm going to make this as simple as possible!

Let's start with the term pH, which means "potential for hydrogen." If a liquid contains a lot of hydrogen ions, this means that it's acidic. On the other hand, if it's capable of absorbing a lot of hydrogen ions, this means that it's alkaline. The more hydrogen ions something contains, the more acidic it is.

pH is measured on a scale of 0 to 14. Each one-point increase in pH means a ten-fold decrease in hydrogen ion concentration. Because 7 is in the middle of the scale, it is considered neutral. Any number lower than 7 is acidic, and any number higher than 7 is alkaline.

Each type of bodily fluid has a different normal pH. For example, normal blood has a slightly alkaline pH of between 7.34 and 7.43. The pH of saliva ranges from 5.5 to 7.5, while urine pH ranges even more widely, from 5.0 to 8.0. But on the whole, a healthy body has a slightly alkaline pH, a little above 7.0 on the pH scale.

Many factors can influence your body's internal pH: Genetics, kidney function, illness, smoking, urban and industrial pollution, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and even the altitude at which you live. However, the most important factor is determining your body's pH is what you eat (and drink).

Nearly every food affects your pH, either making your body a little more acidic or a little more alkaline. So now that we're through all the science, the key to acid alkaline diets is pretty simple: Eat more alkalizing foods and fewer acidifying ones.

To get a little more specific, alkalizing foods include most fresh fruits and vegetables, along with some grains, one legume (lentils), nuts and seeds, and healthy oils. On the other hand, acidifying foods include meat and poultry, fish and seafood, dairy and eggs, along with nearly all processed foods, such as bread, potato chips, candy bars, and soft drinks. Most alcoholic beverages are also acidifying.

Of course, there's a lot more to acid alkaline diets than this. But even with the information you have learned from this article, you have enough knowledge to begin to build an alkaline body. Why not pick one of the acid alkaline diets on the market, and get started?