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It was my understanding that fruits are alkaline to the body.....at least that is what I thought??
A very smart lady who is also a raw friend shared with me that they--fruits--are acidic to the body?? esp apples, kiwis and pears which is what I live on?? Does anyone know about this??
The reason the topic came up is that I took out most fat and protein (nuts , flax oil, and avocado)... and just added more fruit because it was easier to carry etc... I noticed that i have put on about 6 lbs and she thinks it is b/c my body is acidic from fruit??
I do food combine and use organic etc...
Thoughts??? (I am trying to get the lbs. down so I am cutting back on fruit and doing more salads with avocado and some soaked almonds now...)
02-28-2006, 09:23 AM
I was going to start another thread on acidity adn alkalinity b/c
There's a difference in terms here that I think may be crossing over.
Every food has a determined PH level that categorizes it either on the varying acid or alkaline side--then there is netural on the scale 7 which water falls into (if it's correctly mineralized).
Then, there the "other" distinction is, whether it is [acid forming] vs [alkaline forming] in the body.
Few foods I have read are acid but once they are in contact with saliva,it converts to alkaline.
Apple and kiwi are said to be not the highest in alkalininty like melons but are less than but still are alkaline.
Here is a hlepful chart of acid/alkaline foods
and this second site, has a great overviewon PH itself and a small cart hcart
02-28-2006, 09:34 AM
I consulted The Detox Miracle Sourcebook which is by Robert Morse and is a great reference book. According to their chart of acid/alkaline foods, pears and apples are alkaline forming foods and are "good" to eat.
Also, bear in mind that a few acid forming foods aren't a bad thing. Many nuts, for instance, are acid forming. I eat a varied diet, but stick mainly to alkaline foods, but I DO eat a lot of nuts and I test my urine every day at various times, and my body stays alkaline most of the time. It took me a few months to get it this way, no matter what I was eating. But it seems that as times passes and I stay on RAW, my body remains alkaline more and more. So don't get discouraged.
You can buy the little pH strips at most pharmacies. Test your urine an hour to an hour and a half after eating. I just keep them by the toilet and test every other time I pee.
Once I'm maintaining alkalinity,I'll ease off of this, but for me, it helps to SEE I'm making progress.
I couldn't find kiwis, but you can probably find them if you do a google search on acid/alkalinity charts.
Good luck and don't worry! :)
02-28-2006, 11:02 AM
Very interesting. I think that I'll get some of those strips this week. I agree, that would be a good way to track progress. I'm glad to know that it takes a few months...I won't get discouraged if I don't see immediate results. I mean, I saw results within the same day I went raw, so I will be more patient with waiting for the PH to change.
Do I need to buy anything other than the strips? I hope they're not expensive.
02-28-2006, 11:07 AM
I just re-read a book by Harvey Diamond and he says that fruits (even citrus ones) are alkaline in the body... but once they have been altered by heat, etc. then they are acidic to the body. Just wanted to add 2 cents :p
Thanks so much to you all.....I have more clarity and patience now:) And MISSL!! thanks for the chart on your site you posted...very helpful!!
02-28-2006, 08:02 PM
I think I paid between $6 and $10 for a bottle of 100 strips.
That's anywhere from one to three months' supply, depending on how often you test yourself.
I heard/read it is most reliable to test the urine in the a.m. right when you awaken. I , too, will get the strips and start to test.
Blessings to all.
03-01-2006, 08:54 AM
pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14the lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline it has a pH of 7 which is neutral.
Water is the most abundant compound in the human body, comprising 70% of the body. The body has an acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio called the pH which is a balance between positively charges ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming.) The body continually strives to balance pH. When this balance is compromised many problems can occur.
It is important to understand that we are not talking about stomach acid or the pH of the stomach. We are talking about the pH of the body's fluids and tissues which is an entirely different matter.
To Test Your Body's Acidity or Alkalinity with pH Strips:
It is recommended that you test your pH levels to determine if your body's pH needs immediate attention. By using pH test strips, you can determine your pH factor quickly and easily in the privacy of your own home. If your urinary pH fluctuates between 6.0 to 6.5 in the morning and between 6.5 and 7.0 in the evening, your body is functioning within a healthy range. If your saliva stays between 6.5 and 7.5 all day, your body is functioning within a healthy range The best time to test your pH is about one hour before a meal and two hours after a meal. Test your pH two days a week.
You are SO HELPFUL!!! Thanks so very much...Since I pee so often I will probably blow through a package of test strips in a week...LOL
Seriously, isn't it AMAZING how we can heal ourselves and become mini-doctors!! :)
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