Acidosis Causes: Animal Protein, Grains, Salt

Origins and evolution of the Western diet: health implications for the 21st century

"food staples and food-processing procedures introduced during the Neolithic and Industrial Periods have fundamentally altered 7 crucial nutritional characteristics of ancestral human diets: 1) glycemic load, 2) fatty acid composition, 3) macronutrient composition, 4) micronutrient density, 5)acid-base balance, 6) sodium-potassium ratio, and 7) fiber content. The evolutionary collision of our ancient genome with the nutritional qualities of recently introduced foods may underlie many of the chronic diseases of Western civilization."

"After digestion, absorption, and metabolism, nearly all foods release either acid or bicarbonate (base) into the systemiccirculation. Fish, meat, poultry, eggs, shellfish, cheese, milk, and cereal grains are net acid producing, whereas fresh fruit, vegetables, tubers, roots, and nuts are net base producing. Legumes yield near-zero mean acid values, which reflects an overlapping distribution from slightly net acid producing to slightly net base producing. Additionally, salt is net acid producing because of the chloride ion."

"healthy adults consuming the standard US diet sustain a chronic, low-grade pathogenic metabolic acidosis that worsens with age as kidney function declines. Virtually all preagricultural diets were net base yielding because of the absence of cereals and energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods—foods that were introduced during the Neolithic and Industrial Eras and that displaced base-yielding fruit and vegetables. Consequently, a net base-producing diet wasthe norm throughout most of human evolution. The known health benefits of a net base-yielding diet include preventing and treating osteoporosis, age-related muscle wasting, calcium kidney stones, hypertension, and exercise-induced asthma and slow the progression of age- and disease-related chronic renal insufficiency."

Partial Neutralization of the Acidogenic Western Diet with Potassium Citrate Increases Bone Mass in Postmenopausal Women with Osteopenia

"An important characteristic of the modern Western diet, when compared with ancestral diet forms, is that it imposes an acidload on the body via acid-generating proteins, a characteristicthat is tightly coupled with a low potassium (K) content."

More Ranked Foods: Alkaline (pH)  to  Acidic (pH)

  Alkaline:  Meditation, Prayer, Peace, Kindness & Love  Acid:  Overwork, Anger, Fear, Jealousy & Stress
  Extremely Alkaline Forming Foods - pH 8.5 to 9.0   Extremely Acid Forming Foods - pH 5.0 to 5.5

  9.0  Lemons 1, Watermelon 2

  8.5  Agar Agar 3, Cantaloupe, Cayenne (Capsicum) 4,
        Dried dates & figs, Kelp, Karengo, Kudzu root, Limes,
        Mango, Melons, Papaya, Parsley 5, Seedless grapes
        (sweet), Watercress, Seaweeds

        Asparagus 6, Endive, Kiwifruit, Fruit juices 7, Grapes
        (sweet), Passion fruit, Pears (sweet), Pineapple,
        Raisins, Umeboshi plum, Vegetable juices 8

 5.0  Artificial sweeteners

  5.5  Beef, Carbonated soft drinks & fizzy drinks 38,
        Cigarettes (tailor made), Drugs, Flour (white, wheat)
        39, Goat, Lamb, Pastries & cakes from white flour,
        Pork, Sugar (white) 40

        Beer 34, Brown sugar 35, Chicken, Deer, Chocolate,
        Coffee 36, Custard with white sugar, Jams, Jellies,
        Liquor 37, Pasta (white), Rabbit, Semolina, Table
        salt refined and iodized, Tea black, Turkey, Wheat
        bread, White rice, White vinegar (processed).

  Moderate Alkaline - pH 7.5 to 8.0   Moderate Acid - pH 6.0 to 6.5

  8.0  Apples (sweet), Apricots, Alfalfa sprouts 9,
        Arrowroot, Flour 10, Avocados, Bananas (ripe),
        Berries, Carrots, Celery, Currants, Dates & figs
        (fresh), Garlic 11, Gooseberry, Grapes (less sweet),
        Grapefruit, Guavas, Herbs (leafy green), Lettuce
        (leafy green), Nectarine, Peaches (sweet), Pears
        (less sweet), Peas (fresh sweet), Persimmon,
        Pumpkin (sweet), Sea salt (vegetable) 12, Spinach

  7.5  Apples (sour), Bamboo shoots, Beans (fresh green),
        Beets, Bell Pepper, Broccoli, Cabbage;Cauli, Carob
        13, Daikon, Ginger (fresh), Grapes (sour), Kale,
        Kohlrabi, Lettuce (pale green), Oranges, Parsnip,
        Peaches (less sweet), Peas (less sweet), Potatoes
        & skin, Pumpkin (less sweet), Raspberry, Sapote,
        Strawberry, Squash 14, Sweet corn (fresh), Tamari
        15, Turnip, Vinegar (apple cider) 16

  6.0  Cigarette tobacco (roll your own), Cream of Wheat
        (unrefined), Fish, Fruit juices with sugar, Maple
        syrup (processed), Molasses (sulphured), Pickles
        (commercial), Breads (refined) of corn, oats, rice &
        rye, Cereals (refined) eg weetbix, corn flakes,
        Shellfish, Wheat germ, Whole Wheat foods 32,
        Wine 33, Yogurt (sweetened)

  6.5  Bananas (green), Buckwheat, Cheeses (sharp),
        Corn & rice breads, Egg whole (cooked hard),
        Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Oats, Pasta (whole grain),
        Pastry (wholegrain & honey), Peanuts, Potatoes
        (with no skins), Popcorn (with salt & butter), Rice
        (basmati), Rice (brown), Soy sauce (commercial),
        Tapioca, Wheat bread (sprouted organic)

  Slightly Alkaline to Neutral pH 7.0  Slightly Acid to Neutral pH 7.0

  7.0  Almonds 17, Artichokes (Jerusalem), Barley-Malt
        (sweetener-Bronner), Brown Rice Syrup, Brussel
        Sprouts, Cherries, Coconut (fresh), Cucumbers, Egg
        plant, Honey (raw), Leeks, Miso, Mushrooms, Okra,
        Olives ripe 18, Onions, Pickles 19, (home made),
        Radish, Sea salt 20, Spices 21, Taro, Tomatoes
        (sweet), Vinegar (sweet brown rice), Water Chestnut

        Amaranth, Artichoke (globe), Chestnuts (dry
        roasted), Egg yolks (soft cooked), Essene bread 22,
        Goat's milk and whey (raw) 23, Horseradish,
        Mayonnaise (home made), Millet, Olive oil, Quinoa,
        Rhubarb, Sesame seeds (whole) 24, Soy beans
        (dry), Soy cheese, Soy milk, Sprouted grains 25,
        Tempeh, Tofu, Tomatoes (less sweet), Yeast
        (nutritional flakes)

  7.0  Barley malt syrup, Barley, Bran, Cashews, Cereals
        (unrefined with honey-fruit-maple syrup), Cornmeal,
        Cranberries 30, Fructose, Honey (pasteurized),
        Lentils, Macadamias, Maple syrup (unprocessed),
        Milk (homogenized) and most processed dairy
        products, Molasses (unsulphered organic) 31,
        Nutmeg, Mustard, Pistachios, Popcorn & butter
        (plain), Rice or wheat crackers (unrefined), Rye
        (grain), Rye bread (organic sprouted), Seeds
        (pumpkin & sunflower), Walnuts

        Blueberries, Brazil nuts, Butter (salted), Cheeses
        (mild & crumbly) 28, Crackers (unrefined rye),
        Dried beans (mung, adzuki, pinto, kidney,
        garbanzo) 29, Dry coconut, Egg whites, Goats
        milk (homogenized), Olives (pickled), Pecans,
        Plums 30, Prunes 30, Spelt

Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 - 7.45 ).  Below or above this range means symptoms and disease.  A pH of 7.0 is neutral.  A pH below 7.0 is acidic.  A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.

An acidic pH can occur from an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.  The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals.  If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.

Acidic blood will:  decrease the body's ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it's ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it's ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness.  A blood pH of 6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma and death.

The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables.  Additionally, we eat acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks.  We use too many drugs, which are acid forming; and we use artificial chemical sweeteners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet 'N Low, Equal, or Aspartame, which are poison and extremely acid forming.  One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle.

To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods.  To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.

Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.