Ph. Probably the two most important letters you forgot to pay attention to in Biology class. Maybe they didn’t teach it. At least I can’t recall being taught. Certainly not about how important it is to you and your ability to live a healthy life. You have probably read my article on Ph already. Understanding your own Ph level and how it is impacting your life is crucial. This is because most diseases thrive and survive in an acidic environment. Your goal therefore must be to take measures to make your body alkaline. How your live your life affects this.

The foods you eat. The quantum of water you drink. The quantum of foods that are alkaline in the make up of your cuisine all affect the Ph level in your body. Thus, understanding which foods are alkaline or acidic is important. Equally, it is important to know the ratio in which you should consume acidic and alkaline foods. If you manage to get this right, you will turn your body increasingly alkaline. This will prevent a significant number of diseases from thriving. This is because most causes of diseases require an acidic environment to grow.

Acidic foods include foods high in sugar such as sugar, grain, processes foods and even certain protein supplements. Foods that are high in phosphorous such as beer are also acidic. I was surprised to learn that nuts and seeds such as walnuts, cashew, pecans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are also acidic in high quantities.

To balance these eat a lot of eggs, soy, tofu, all leafy vegetables, herbs and spices (excluding salt), most fruits particularly those that are low in sugar. In particular raw broccoli, wheat grass, spinach, celery are great to lower your acidity levels. The king perhaps is turmeric. If you can start your day with a glass of warm water with turmeric and crushed pepper. If nothing else, you will remember me when you curse in your head at the bitter taste.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.