Acid-alkaline balance

14 July 2014


Marcia Pitman © 2014

Acid-alkaline balance

Baroody recommends a diet comprising 80 percent of foods that leave an alkaline residue and 20 percent being acid forming.[1] The purpose is to reduce the body’s acidity. The diet will involve reducing your protein intake. This is because proteins consist of sulphur-containing amino acids which, when metabolised, produce sulphuric and phosphoric acid.[2]In contrast, fruits and vegetables leave an alkaline residue and therefore reduce acid levels throughout the body. These foods are also high in potassium and magnesium, both of which can become depleted under conditions of high acidity.[1]

Testing is necessary before undertaking this diet, however, because when your acidity levels are extreme, this alkalising diet can be suitable for you, but if your system is already alkaline, it will make matters worse. Testing for the acid-alkaline levels in the body is usually done by litmus strips. However, I (M.P.) have found that these tests are often inaccurate and give insufficient information on which to base treatment decisions. For example, if a urine test is taken first thing in the morning, it will always provide an acid result.

[1] Lazarides, undated: 29

[1] Baroody 1991

[2] Lazarides 2010: 43