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What is a pH balanced diet?
By definition, a pH balanced diet is one that creates a slightly alkaline pH level in your body. A pH balanced diet requires eating the right combination of acidifying and alkalinizing foods to create a urine pH level of 7.0 – 7.5 which will in turn help maintain the blood's natural pH level of 7.4. By recognizing a food's natural PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load), one can balance their intake of acidifying and alkalinizing foods.

Why is a pH Balanced Diet Important?

Eating an acidic diet can lead to metabolic acidosis. This means that when acid-generating foods are eaten and metabolized those acids enter your blood and is transported throughout your body creating an acidic environment. For example, animal protein metabolized in the liver creates sulfuric acid that enters the bloodstream. Blood pH is affected by chronic acid generation and results in a condition known as metabolic acidosis. Blood pH needs to stay at 7.4 for the body to stay healthy. When the blood is too acidic the body compensates for it by taking away essential minerals and nutrients from other parts of the body, especially calcium, leading to decreased bodily function and disease. An alkalinizing diet does help to neutralize the acids that are produced and can adversely affect our body.

What health concerns does maintaining a pH balanced diet address?

As we age our kidney function is reduced, which leads to increased retention of acids that are generated and results in a state of low-grade metabolic acidosis. It takes several organ systems, such as bone and muscle to compensate for this increased acid retention, which in turn can lead to many of our major diseases. These 8 diseases are heart/cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, ocular disease, Alzheimer's, and hypothyroidism /obesity. Because every system in the body is intertwined and works together, when one is compromised it can lead to the demise or decreased integrity of the others. The easiest way to stay at a healthy pH level is by maintaining a balanced pH diet. Additionally, because our foods are lacking in most of the essential minerals, correct mineral forms, vitamins and phytonutrients, it is important to supplement our diet with these nutrients to complement balancing our pH.

How to follow a pH balanced diet

By reading and learning the PRAL values listed in the book Molecular Fitness: The Connexin Connection to Optimal Health or online at MolecularFItness,com , it is very simple to maintain a pH balanced diet. The PRAL value of a food is its Potential Renal Acid Load. It is the potential for a food to either acidify or alkalinize your body; therefore, foods must be net balanced at each meal. Acidic foods are represented by a positive sign (+) and alkaline foods are represented by a negative sign (-)

A meal that is neutral or negative is much healthier that a net positive meal. Each of the ConnexinCuisine dishes are created with foods that have connexin enhancers in them that adds to their benefit. By combining these dishes with smarter choices in beverages (choose red wine over beer) and side dishes (spinach over broccoli) you may create a balanced meal resulting in a healthier body. Once you are familiar with the PRAL list for the major food groups, it is easy to shop for food as well as to order out at restaurants.

Here is an example of two variations of the same steak dinner, one net alkalinizing (negative) and the other acidifying (positive):

Dinner A: Alkalinizing

PRAL Value

Dinner B: Acidifying

PRAL Value

 

 

 

 

Mineral Water, 12 oz

-6.5

Soft drink, 2 oz

1.6

Red Wine, 7.3 oz

-4.8

Beer, 12 oz

-0.34

Baked Potato, 7 oz

-8.0

Pasta, 7 oz

14.6

Steak (lean), 7 oz

15.6

Steak (lean), 7 oz

15.6

Spinach, 3.5 oz

-14.0

Broccoli, 3.5 oz

-1.2

 

 

 

 

Total

-17.7

Total

30.3

How to measure if you are pH balanced?

It is easiest to measure your urine pH (generally 3-4 hours after a meal) as it is an immediate reflection of your diet. You can quickly learn which foods are acid-generating and which foods are alkalinizing and combined with the proper minerals and vitamins , you can easily learn how to regulate your pH . All you need are good quality urine pH test strips . Take a test strip and pass the colored end through your urine stream. Match the three colors to the chart on the box.  The number next to the closest 3-color match is your pH.

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