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Acidic vs. Alkaline Foods

Learn the difference between acidic foods and alkaline foods from nutrition expert Alex Jamieson in this Howcast video.

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You may have heard about acidic vs. alkaline foods. Well, our bodies like to stay in a very narrow range of PH balance. That means acidity vs. alkalinity, and our bodies don't like to get out of that range very far. What happens if you get too acidic is you start to become very inflamed. Your organs don't work as well. You don't think as well. You may feel pain more and faster. So, you want to stay more alkaline than acidic. Unfortunately, our modern diets are filled with acidic foods. Some of those acidic foods are processed refined carbohydrates like white flour and sugar. Dairy products can be very acidic. Animal foods can be very acidic. Whether it's meats or eggs. Especially if you have an egg allergy. Other acidic foods can be fruits and vegetables, but most fruits and vegetables are more alkaline. But, some of the vegetables and fruits that are more acidic, and again it depends on the person, but some people find citrus fruits to be very acidic or tropical fruits, things like mangoes, papaya, pineapple. Those can cause an acidic response in some people. So, you want to focus more on having alkaline foods in your diet. Those are things like green leafy vegetables, whole grains, most fruits and vegetables. Those are going to help your body stay in that acid alkaline balance and calm the resulting inflammation, and you're going to feel a lot better.

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