Alkaline? Acid? What does that all mean when it comes to food??

All the cells (billions of them) that make up the human body are slightly alkaline, and must maintain alkalinity in order to function and remain healthy and alive. Any time a pH imbalance occurs and results in acidic blood that is out of this range, the blood becomes unable to deliver adequate oxygen and protect the body from disease.

Luckily, your body is equipped with several control mechanisms that help regulate your pH and protect you from falling into this danger zone.

But like any good piece of machinery, your body can become less efficient if you keep filling it with the wrong type of fuel. Wait, fuel? Yes, fuel, or in your body’s case, food.

Every single type of food has its own pH. Some foods, such as avocado and quinoa, are alkalizing. While other foods, like most meats and dairy, are acidifying.

The typical western diet is full of foods like meat and dairy products that tend to increase the acidity of your blood. Recent research suggests that eating too many acid-promoting foods could potentially damage your kidney and your liver and might even raise diabetes risk.

Fortunately, by filling up on alkaline foods, you can actually help detoxify your body, avoid having overly acidic blood and counter the acidic impact of both diet and lifestyle. Of course, the ultimate goal is balance. It’s unrealistic to get rid of acid-forming foods altogether. Ideally, you should aim for 75% of your diet to be composed of alkaline foods and 25% of your diet to be acidic.

FIT TIP: The Arbonne nutrition line is alkaline forming!

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