Does Eating Alkaline Foods vs Acidic Foods Affect Your Health?

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How to find the balance between alkaline foods vs acidic foods

On today’s #TBT episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering a viewer question on does eating alkaline foods vs acidic foods affect your health and body composition?

Before I share my quick thoughts, this is a post from our #TBT Q&A series.

Every Thursday, we will be uploading one #TBT question to our YouTube channel, from our old #LLTV Q&A series that I filmed in 2012.

Here is today’s viewer question:

Brad, could you please explain more about alkaline foods vs acidic foods? Does eating alkaline foods vs acidic foods affect your health, performance, and body composition?

Excellent question and it absolutely does.

Did you know that working out actually puts your body in an acidic state due to the by-products created by exercise?

When your body is acidic, it naturally neutralizes the acidity by breaking down muscle tissue.

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So this makes it even more important for people who workout to be eating more alkaline foods.

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Alkaline Foods vs Acidic Foods

And if this concept of alkaline foods vs acidic foods is confusing, let me simplify it.

After digestion, foods in the body become either acidic or alkaline.

Green vegetables and most vegetables are very alkaline.

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This is important because you want to make sure your body is in more of an alkaline state.

So on a pH balance, with 7 being right in the middle, you want to have a pH balance a little bit more towards the alkaline state, with an optimal pH of approximately 7.3.

Alkaline Foods vs Acidic Foods

To do this, make sure to always have a good serving of vegetables with each meal.

When it comes to acidic foods, a lot of foods high in protein, which I always talk about being healthy, are more acidic.

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These acidic foods include: beefchicken breasts, and eggs.

This is why I always balance my serving of protein with green vegetables, as it gives the meal the necessary balance of alkaline to acidic foods.

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Other acidic foods include, dairy, wheat, and processed foods filled sugar.

Alkaline Foods vs Acidic Foods

When your body is consistently acidic from eating too much sugar, this is an environment where cancer cells can breed and grow.

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On top of this, an acidic body can also be the cause of weight problems and many other illnesses.

Alkaline Foods vs Acidic Foods

This is just another reason why it’s important to drink a lot of water and eat your green vegetables, to bring your body back into an alkaline state.

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