Acidic & Alkaline, What You Need to Know!
Some people say it doesn’t matter what you eat; some say you should only eat alkalizing foods. But really, it’s all about balance!
Unfortunately, many people’s diets are too high in acidic foods, which make the body work harder to stay at a healthy balance.
So it’s important to eat enough alkalizing foods in order to counter the immense amount of acidic foods consumed in our diet.
Many of the foods we eat are acidic: meats, sugar, grains, cheese, soda, most bottled water, alcohol, and coffee. While it isn’t good to consume unhealthy amounts of acidic foods, some acid-forming foods are necessary for our health.
Some examples of alkalizing foods are: almost all vegetables, potatoes, garlic, almonds, beans, and “practically all fruits, except blueberries, plums, prunes, and cranberries. Even citrus fruits such as lemons, which we think of as being acidic, are alkaline-producing in the body. They are rich in organic salts, like citrates, which are converted into bicarbonates”. (A more detailed list of foods, both acidic and alkalizing, can be found on Dr. David Williams’ website.)
When I first started looking at the importance of a balanced acidic/alkaline diet, I was surprised that most bottled water is, in fact, acidic; while tap and salt water are neutral.
My family drinks only bottled water (our well water is not filtered enough to drink currently), so I looked into finding a way to get alkaline water. Turns out, the bottled water that is alkaline (Fiji, Evian, and only a few others) is very expensive if you’re solely drinking it.
Take Evian water for example, 24 bottles/case at a little under 12 oz/bottle is $32. For one person to get the recommended 64 oz of water/day (8 oz x 8 servings – this amount varies based on body weight, activity level, etc) you would need to drink about 5.5 bottles. Each bottle in the case is $1.33 so times that by 5.5 and you get $7.31 for the cost of your water for one person/day. Holy cow! So I looked for a better way to get healthier water without breaking the bank. And I stumbled upon the EHM Alkaline Mineral Water Ionizer Pitcher 3.5L.
This nifty water pitcher has been part of my family since February 2016 and I am very glad it has. At first I was thinking, $65 for a water pitcher?? But when I factored in the price of the expensive bottled water, the amount of bottled water I’d need for my family would exceed that of the water pitcher in only 9 days.
Not only is it a good investment, but I love the taste of water! It’s always been hard for me to get enough water each day, but it’s much easier with this pitcher. I highly recommend it if you want better water for you and your family.
Too Acidic vs. Too Alkaline
- Immune deficiency
- Shortness of breath, breathing problems
- Cardiovascular damage
- Increased heart rate
- Weight gain
- Nausea, vomiting
- Kidney and bladder infections
There are also problems with your body having too high alkaline levels such as:
- Muscle spasms
Truly, the key is balance. It’s all about having a balanced diet and making sure we eat enough alkalizing foods to help offset the acid-forming foods.