Being familiar with the pH food chart will help a person maintain a proper pH balance and restore oxygen levels to reduce stress on the body and promote healthy living. Potential of Hydrogen (pH) levels in the body indicate the amount of acidic positive ions or alkaline negative ions in a body’s system. In Western society, pH imbalance is a major contributor and cause of many illnesses and health problems. Maintaining a balanced diet with a pH ratio of 80% alkaline and 20% acidic foods will help relieve many symptoms and restore health.
Symptoms of pH imbalance
Some of the symptoms and ailments caused from pH imbalance include aches and pains in the joints and muscles, feelings of tiredness and fatigue after rest and relaxation, weight gain, obesity, diabetes, reduction of oxygen to the body causing problems with the heart, bladder and kidney conditions, immune deficiencies, slow digestion and constipation, and yeast and fungal growths. These symptoms ailments can most often times be remedied by maintaining a proper diet and exercising regularly.
How pH levels are determined
PH testing through the urine is recommended once or twice a week using pH testing strips. The test strips levels range from 0-14, with a 6.5-7 outcome indicating a normal pH balance. Testing through the saliva indicates how active digestive enzymes are in the body. A low pH in the saliva may indicate that the body may not be able to effectively eliminate acid.
The pH food chart
Fruits and Vegetables provide the most alkaline content and are the healthiest food choice. All food groups have foods that are strong, medium and weak alkaline and acidic in nutritional value. Exact alkaline and acid values are not known but this basic pH food chart will give a person a decent guideline to follow.
Strong alkaline foods, oils, beverages, and condiments:
Grapefruit, papayas, lemons, watermelon, limes, mangoes, pineapple, raw spinach, asparagus, onions, vegetable juices, parsley, broccoli, garlic, olive oil, Stevia, Agar, Ki Sweet, apple cider vinegar, sodium, and potassium.
Medium alkaline foods, oils, beverages, and condiments:
Grapes, dates, apples, figs, melons, kiwi, raisins, berries, pears, sweet potato, okra, green beans, beets, celery, lettuce, zucchini, squash, alfalfa, carob, flax seed oil, herb teas, lemon water, spring/mineral water, maple syrup, rice syrup, and almonds.
Weak alkaline foods, oils, beverages, and condiments:
Oranges, cherries, peaches, bananas, carrots, cabbage, avocados, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, mushrooms, fresh corn, peas, potato skins, olives, chicken, eggs, goat milk and cheese, whey, yogurt, millet, wild rice, hemp seed oil, green tea, raw sugar or honey, and chestnuts.
Weak acid foods, oils, beverages, and condiments:
Plums, processed fruit juices, kidney beans, string beans, cooked spinach, venison, cold water fish, buttermilk, cottage cheese, raw milk, sprouted or whole wheat bread, brown rice, corn oil, ginger tea, red wine, distilled water, processed honey, pumpkin, sunflower, or sesame seeds, butter, margarine, and lard.
Medium acid foods, oils, beverages, and condiments:
Sour cherries, canned fruit, rhubarb, potatoes (without skins), lima, pinto, or navy beans, white rice, buckwheat, cornmeal, oats, rye, buckwheat, sunflower oil, cocoa, tea, white wine, white and brown sugar, molasses, pecans, cashews, pistachios, jam, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, and vinegar.
Strong acid foods, oils, beverages, and condiments:
Prunes, blueberries, cranberries, pork, shellfish, rabbit, cheese, custard, homogenized milk, ice cream, wheat, white flour, pastries, pasta, safflower oil, sesame oil, sweetened fruit juice, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, artificial sweeteners such as Sweet ‘N Low, walnuts, peanuts, and chocolate.
For good health, a pH food chart can prove to be invaluable towards gaining and maintaining good health. Being aware of the approximate strength values of alkaline and acid foods using the information above can be helpful in planning a diet where 80% of daily requirements are alkaline based foods and 20% are acid based foods. Testing once or twice a week with pH strips will help keep a person on track.