The average Western diet is high in acidic foods, which increases our bodies' pH levels and can lead to weight problems and disease, according to Balance-pH-Diet. Focusing your diet on alkaline foods can bring your body's pH level back into balance.
Foods with a pH level of higher than 7 are bases, while those lower than 7 are acids. Foods at exactly 7 are considered neutral.
Alkaline fruits include bananas, avocados, cherries, lemons, limes and grapefruits. While most other fruits are at least minimally acidic, they shouldn't be avoided. Introduce these alkaline fruits in addition to more acidic fruits to your diet to achieve balance.
Nearly all vegetables are alkaline, including leafy greens like spinach and kale, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, garlic and onions. Eating a variety of vegetables at every meal is one of the best ways to balance the pH level of your body.
Fats and Proteins
Seeds, nuts and beans are alkaline (with the exception of peanuts, cashews and pistachios). Focus on olive oil, flax seed oil and coconut oil for cooking, as corn oil and vegetable oil are highly acidic.
To achieve a pH balance, it is best to avoid or limit consumption of meat, dairy products, soda and junk food.
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