Maintaining a proper ratio between acid and alkaline foods in your diet is of vital importance to maintaining health. In fact, too much acidity in the body's tissues is the cause of cell mutation, which leads to disease. One of the highest priorities of your body is to make sure that the blood alkalinity remains at a level supporting cellular life. To do that, your blood needs to be maintained at an ideal pH of 7.365. When the body becomes more acidic, the body needs alkaline salts (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium). It is so important that the body maintains alkali reserves of these to have available at all times. But, if you have a diet that is extremely acidic (or a stressful lifestyle) you may be depleting those reserves to the point where you have none for the body and its tissues.

In a normal, healthy diet, a ratio of four parts alkaline to one part acid is needed in order to maintain your blood at an ideal pH of 7.365. When your diet and lifestyle maintain this kind of balance, microorganisms such as pleomorphic virus, bacteria, yeast, and fungus will de-evolve back into their original, healthful state. However, when your body becomes extremely acidic because alkaline reserves have been depleted (or when your diet becomes extremely acidic), your health can be seriously compromised and cells begin to mutate. Your body can function normally and sustain health ONLY in the presence of adequate alkaline reserves and the proper acid-alkaline ratio in all of the body's tissues and blood.

The following are some common examples of acid and alkali forming foods:

ALKALI-FORMING - almonds, carrots, dates, avocados, lemons, limes, coconuts, celery, cucumbers, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, green/red/yellow peppers, onions, garlic, radishes, green leafy vegetables, Wheatgrass, cabbage, walnuts, soy beans, tofu, lima beans, spinach, turnip tops, and beet tops.

ACID-FORMING - pork, veal, fish, beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, shrimp, lobster, oysters, hot dogs, whole wheat and rye breads, refined sugar, cheese, milk, sour cream, yogurt, butter, margarine, mushrooms, coffee, tea, wine, and beer.

Head to your local drugstore or online retailer and pick up a pack of pH test strips. You can test your pH levels often throughout the day, but try to do so at the same time each morning, as your body will be more acidic the earlier you measure. The goal is to get your morning urine pH between 6.5 and 7.5.