The types of foods we are eating day-to-day are dangerous and often toxic. Diet can play in both health and disease. Some foods can have an effect on the body’s acid-alkaline pH levels when digested. Too much acidity in the body creates a breeding ground for disease.
The Acid-Alkaline Diet advocates that by eating 80 per cent alkaline foods and 20 per cent acidic foods, you’ll create a pH balance in your body that is optimal for health.
Meat, dairy products, wheat and most cereal grains are in the “Acid” category together with coffee, tea, sugar, soft drinks and alcohol. The “Alkaline” category is a wide variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, and selected legumes, grains and nuts. These alkaline foods help the body maintain its normal blood pH level at approximately 7.4 (slightly alkaline), where bodily processes function at their optimum ability.
As the pH of the blood is slightly alkaline, the goal of the Acid-Alkaline Diet is to reflect this by eating an alkaline rich diet (80:20 alkaline:acid ratio).
The recommendation from health experts in the UK and USA is to double your five-a-day fruit and vege to live longer and healthier lives. They found that people who had the highest intakes of fruit and vege were 25% less likely to die from cancer and 31% less likely to die from heart disease.
Clare Hughes, Program Manager for the Australia Cancer Council Nutrition Program welcomes this large scale research saying “this is exciting research in cancer preventions.”
the study also showed that vegetables were far more beneficial than fruit. Each portion of vegetables lowered the risk of death by 16% compared to each piece of fruit lowering the risk by 4%.