Acid and Alkaline as a guide:

Water is the most abundant compound in the human body, comprising 70% of the body. The body therefore contains a wide range of solutions, which may be more or less acid.

pH (potential of Hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution - the ratio between positively charged ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming.) The pH of any solution is the measure of its hydrogen-ion concentration. The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the fluid is. The pH range is from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, anything below 7.0 is considered acidic. Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline (7.35 - 7.45). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. If blood pH moves below 6.8 or above 7.8, cells stop functioning and the body dies. The body therefore continually strives to balance pH. When this balance is compromised many problems can occur. An imbalanced diet high in acidic-producing foods such as , sugar, processed foods and acidic meat and other protein puts pressure on the body's regulating systems to maintain pH neutrality. The extra buffering required can deplete the body of alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, making the person prone to chronic and degenerative disease. Minerals are borrowed from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body. Because of this strain, the body can suffer severe and prolonged damage--a condition that may go undetected for years.

pH and Bone Loss

The relationship between bone loss and blood acidity is an emerging area of study. It is thought that as the body is digesting acid producing foods such as red meat, poultry, and eggs the net dietary acid load increases as pH drops, and the body looks for a way to bring the balance back. Calcium and other elements in short supply can be borrowed from the bone to restore balance. Resulting in bone density loss and softening of the teeth.

It is, therefore, vitally important that there is a proper ratio between acid and alkaline foods in the diet. The natural ratio in a normal healthy body is approximately 4 to 1 -- four parts alkaline to one part acid, or 80% to 20%. When such an ideal ratio is maintained, the body has a strong resistance against disease.  

Dietary Advice

Reduce Acid Foods

-Consume the dominant staple foods as fresh vegetables and fruit.

-Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugars – opt for whole grains in moderate amounts and use Stevia or Blue Agave as a sweetener. The most damaging are a combination of acidity with high suger eg: coca cola

-Avoid all processed foods (if it comes in a can, bottle, box or plastic bag – it’s processed. These foods have little if any nutrition and have zero vibrational frequency, which means they have no life-force).

-Manage meat intake to keep acidifying proteins down

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