The pH level of your stomach content influences your digestion. Digestion problems often develop from an imbalance of acid and alkaline contents in the stomach. Both excess acidity and excess alkalinity inhibit proper digestion. It leads to several illnesses including obesity, heart diseases, premature aging and even cancer. Our modern diets comprise largely of sugar, saturated fat, dairy products, caffeine, alcohol and meat. Such a diet tends to increase the acidity of the stomach, more than the permissible level. An acid alkaline diet, also known as alkaline acid diet, tries to preserve the pH balance in the stomach.
Acid alkaline diet
An acid alkaline diet through detoxification reverses the harm caused to the gastrointestinal health through excess acid intake. It then introduces foods that help to retain the normal pH level of the stomach. This diet comprises of 75 to 80 percent of alkaline foods and rest of the diet contains acid foods.
Most fruits and vegetables are alkaline. Citrus fruit juices such as lemons or orange juices, despite their acidic flavor, are converted into alkalis after metabolism. Apples, pineapples, bananas, blackberries, grapefruits, watermelon, dried apricots, figs and cantaloupe are alkaline fruits. Carrot, eggplant, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, mushrooms, beet green, dandelion greens, baked potatoes and Swiss chard are alkaline vegetables. Almonds, sprouted beans, sprouted seeds, buckwheat, millet, cream, honey, maple syrup, jam and coconut are some alkaline foods.
There is some controversy over the position of milk in the acid and alkali food chart. In Ayurveda, milk is considered an alkaline food suitable for treating problems of acidity. In recent years, some western health experts consider milk as an acid food.
Foods that produce acid ash after metabolism are known as acidic foods. All meats are considered as acidic foods. Grains such as wheat and rice and grain products such as bread, cake, cornflakes, macaroni and cornflakes are acid foods. Dairy products, nuts such as walnut, Brazil nut and peanuts fall in the acid food category. Although most fruits and vegetables are alkaline, some of them are acidic. Asparagus and Brussels sprout are acidic vegetables. Strawberries, pomegranate, cranberries, prunes and plums are acid fruits.