You eat to maximize your fiber. You eat for omega-3s. Well, there's another way to figure out what to put on your plate and what to avoid: the pH your food produces.
Foods that fall on the alkaline side of the pH scale offer many health benefits. Along with fighting inflammation, which is thought to lead to heart disease and some cancers, alkaline-producing foods can help maintain bone density and muscle mass. It is not the food's pH measurement that counts, but what happens to its acidity level during digestion. If a food increases the acidity of your urine, it is considered an acid-producing food. For instance, orange juice is an acidic food source but becomes alkaline as it is metabolized, while cheddar cheese is considerably more acidic than Camembert.
I am not advocating giving up all acid-producing foods — I love cheese too much — but you can make some healthy swaps, which will diversify your diet as well.
To see my ideas,
|Plain yogurt||Hard cheeses|
|Orange juice||Cranberry juice|
|Raw spinach||Cooked spinach|
I have a few friends with inflammatory issues in their digestive tracts, and increasing their intake of alkaline-producing foods has improved their symptoms. Do you pay attention to the pH level your diet creates?