For millennia, our Stone Age ancestors ate hundreds of different types of natural whole foods. Seeds, nuts, vegetables, fruits, and roots were supplemented with game animals and fish. This was a stable diet where the alkalinity of vegetables and the acidity of meat cancelled one another and gave them a relatively neutral diet.
Unfortunately, we’ve strayed from the acid-alkaline balanced diet that our ancestors achieved. It seems we favour meat, sugars, grains, low-mineral processed foods, and other acid-forming foods and get far too few alkaline-forming vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
After being digested, absorbed, and metabolized, these foods release either an acid or an alkaline base into the blood. Grains, fish, meat, poultry, shellfish, cheese, milk, and salt all produce acid, so the introduction and dramatic rise in our consumption of these foods meant that the typical Western diet became more acid-producing. Consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables (alkaline foods) decreased, which further made the Western diet even more acid-producing.
Our blood is slightly alkaline, with a normal pH level of between 7.35 and 7.45. The theory is that our diet should reflect this pH level (as it did in the past) and be slightly alkaline. The result of eating too many acid-producing foods may disrupt this balance and promotes the loss of essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium, as the body tries to restore equilibrium. These minerals are needed for many other things, and shouldn’t be wasted on this process! This imbalance is also thought to make people prone to illness!
Another problem with a highly acidic diet is its effect on our enzymes- very important proteins that assist in most chemical and metabolic reactions within in your body. They work at an optimal level within a small PH range. If the enzyme is working in an environment not within its normal PH range, it will not work as efficiently. This pretty much means that your metabolism will be less efficient! The increase in acids means that enzymes which are more adapted to alkaline environments will not work as efficiently.
Other benefits for eating alkaline rich foods are…
As we age, there is a loss of muscle mass, which may result in falls and fractures. A three-year study looking at a diet rich in potassium, such as fruits and vegetables (alkaline foods), as well as a reduced acid load, resulted in preservation of muscle mass in older men and women.
Also.. Increased intake of vegetables may also may benefit bone health (acid eats up calcium!)
And.. As mentioned earlier, increase enzyme efficiency!
We are not asking you to cut out acidic food from your diet, to an extent you do need those foods too! But, it is good to remember that you should continuously keep the alkaline foods coming in, because maybe you are not seeing the ramifications of a highly acidic diet now, but in the future you might be seeing it in the form a nasty problem! (And you don’t want that!)