How to balance your diet’ is an article series all about achieving balance in your diet, and what that looks (and tastes) like. It’s a common phrase, but what does it mean, and how do you do it? Find out here.

Acid & alkaline levels

Your body’s pH level – the measure of its acidity-level – is important. Very, very important. An overly acidic body is an unhealthy one. And the problem is, our ‘normal’ diet is one that is really high in acid-producing foods.

You see, each food that you eat leaves either an acidic or alkaline environment behind in your gut. And your body uses that environmental state to decide on how to function.

If you’re in a balanced, slightly alkaline state then the body is happy, and it goes ahead with keeping you healthy in the most optimal manner. If your gut is acidic all the time then the body has to deal with this somehow – this may or may not be possible – so it uses a lot of resources in dealing with this issue.

What foods should you eat?

Well, simply put, junk foods and toxins (like alcohol) create an acidic environment. Fruits, veggies and other plant foods are mostly alkaline. Meat is acidic, so is coffee.

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So how does one get the pH balance right?

The same way you should be eating anyway. MOSTLY vegetables and fruits. Some other plant foods and dairy. Some meat. Limited alcohol, very limited junk and processed foods.

If you do that you’ll be in decent (pH) balance.

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This is how balance can be achieved while living a predominantly healthy and active lifestyle. You don’t have to be BORING to be on diet!

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