Acidic foods can exacerbate underlying inflammatory reactions that can make cervical fluid hostile, and the entire body, including the uterus, joints, muscles, and tissues reactive. An alkaline environment is at rest, and conducive to growth, restoration and receptivity. Keep in mind that dietary intake is only one source of acidity in the body. A stressful, reactive lifestyle leads to an acidic, reactive body. A restful, restorative approach to life is more conducive to alkalinity.
How do you know if your body is acidic or alkaline?
You may test your urine with pH strips, which you can purchase at most drug stores. Match the color of the pH paper to the chart and it will tell you if your body is acidic – below 7, or alkaline – above 7. The idea pH for your body is a pH of 7.3 The range can be between 7.0 and 7.8
Here is a checklist of acidic and alkaline foods.
Highest in Acid Forming Foods:
Alcohol, artichoke root, barley, bread, buckwheat, caffeine, coffee, corn (when processed and not fresh), custards, drugs, most flours, ginger preserves, honey, lentils, pate, oatmeal, peanuts rice, rye grain, soy bred, soy noodles, sorghum, spaghetti, and other pastas, sugar cane, raw beets, tobacco, walnut, wheat.
Acid Forming Foods:
Dried beans, cashews, coconut, cranberry juice and concentrate, egg yolk, filberts, fruit jellies, (canned jams, sulfured, sugared, dried), grapes, pasteurized milk products, dry peas, pecans, Damson plums, tofu, fries and water-chestnuts.
Acid Forming Fats:
Butter, cream, margarine and lard.
Neutral Oils – Cold pressed or expeller pressed only:
Almond, avocado, coconut, cottonseed, linseed (flaxseed), olive, safflower, sesame, sunflower, and walnut.
Highest Alkaline Forming Foods:
String beans, banana, dandelion greens, dates, figs, prunes, raisins and Swiss Chard
High Alkaline Forming Foods:
Almonds, asparagus, avocado, fresh beans, beets, black-berries, carrot, cranberries, chives, endive, sour grapes, kale, dried peach, persimmon, plum, pomegranate, raspberries, rooibos tea and spinach.
Alkaline Forming Foods:
Agar, alfalfa, apple, fresh apricot, globe artichokes, bamboo shoots, snap beans, sprouted beans, most berries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, celery, cherries, chestnuts, chicory, coconut milk, collards, corn (when fresh), cucumbers, daikon, eggplant, escarole, garlic, ginger root, gooseberry, grapefruit, guava, horseradish (fresh and raw), kelp, kohlrabi, leek, lemon, lettuce, line, loganberry, mango, melons, raw, milk, m illet, acidophilus yogurt and whey.