How can you define acidity? People might have different ideas about it. To give you idea, a high level of acidity is 0 pH, neutral is 7 pH, and alkaline is 14 pH. The acid of the battery is at 0 which means it is very acidic, while the liquid drain cleaner is at 14 which means it is alkaline. If we talk about the pure distilled water, it is at 7 which means it is neutral.
The parts of our body has various pH levels. The natural blood pH level should be between at 7.35 and 7.45, which means that the blood of our body must be slightly alkaline. The stomach of our body should be at 3.5 acidity for it helps the food to digest and break down easily.
Someone can feel whether they are acidic or not. If you feel that you are high in acidity, then, maybe it is the right time to change your lifestyle, especially in your diet.
Here are some of the few foods and drinks that you should avoid or reduce when you have gastrointestinal issues or acid reflux:
- Processed food
- Foods and supplements that are high in protein
- Some dairy products
- Carbonated drinks or sweetened juices
Some fruits are also high in acid, so if you have some health issues in gastrointestinal or reflux, you must reduce some intake of these, including fruit juices. Here are the pH levels of fruits and fruit juices that you must be aware of:
- Tomatoes (4.30-4.90 pH level)
- Pineapples (3.20-4.00 pH level)
- Blue plums (2.80-3.40 pH level)
- Oranges (3.69-4.34 pH level)
- Lemon juice (2.00-2.60 pH level)
- Apples (3.30-4.00 pH level)
- Limes (2.00-2.80 pH level)
- Grapefruits (3.00-3.75 pH level)
- Grapes (2.90-3.82 pH level)
- Blueberries (3.12-3.33 pH level)
If you’ve been fighting over acidity through the years, you might be thinking on what food you can eat without any problem. If you want to live healthy, you surely want to eat vegetables that are high in pH level. The vegetables best for you are broccoli, corn, beets, collard green, sauerkraut, mushroom and corns.
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So, what are the way you can reduce your acid intake?
1. Learn about the pH level of what you are eating.
Of course, it is hard to know which has the least or highest pH level of fruits. Though, from what you read above, you must have had an idea on what kind of foods that are high in acid. If you want to learn more about the foods that triggers your acidity, search for it first before going to the grocery store.
2. Eat more vegetables.
Vegetables are really high in pH level. That is why it helps us to fight against different diseases. It also helps those people are acidic to reduce the acidity of their stomach. Do you know that cabbage is high in pH? It is one of the top vegetables that has more pH than the others.
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3. Eat more fruits.
When I say fruits, I am not including the citrus fruits on your diet. From what you have read from the upper page, you have learned some of the fruits that are not very acidic. You can try citrus fruits once in a while, but you should eat it moderately for it can trigger some of your intestinal issues. If you feel like the fruit you have eaten makes your stomach twitch, then, you have to stop it for a while.
You might be wondering what would happen if your stomach acidity rise up. Here are some of the risks:
1. It might cause a kidney stone.
If you are not careful enough, this might happen to you. Eating or drinking acidic foods will not only cause gastrointestinal problem, but also kidney problem. The acidic drink or food that you are eating might cause acidity on your urine, that when formed up, it might cause kidney stones.
2. It weakens your bones and muscle.
According to some expert, to balance the pH level of your body, the body’s mechanism uses calcium to bring back the blood’s pH. If you are eating foods and drinking juices high in acid, it reduces the calcium more and more that makes your body weak.
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3. It causes some serious health problem such as heart disease, liver issues, and cancer.
The alkalinity of our body is important to make our organs function very well. It is the same as the electricity that gives power to every organ of our body. Once the body is high in acid, it makes the organ weak that causes more health problems.
We should learn that everything must be in moderation. If you are already acidic, it is wise to limit the acidic food intake. Eat more vegetables and fruits because it will help your body to be balanced in pH level, and it will also make you healthier and stronger.