Excerpt from Healthy Diet and Nutrition for Women
Want to continue enjoying some of your favorite highly acidic foods? Here are some helpful tips to use to reduce the acidity of these foods. While high-alkaline producers can eat these foods as a regular part of their diet, overly acidic individuals cannot. (For a more comprehensive explanation you can click here.)
Fruit drinks. Many overly acidic people would like to enjoy blenderized fruit drinks and smoothies because of their delicious taste and high nutrient content. Unfortunately, the high level of acidity of many fruits can cause canker sores, heartburn, abdominal discomfort, and even a drop in energy in overly acidic people.
To neutralize the acidity of the fruit, I recommend using a product called Acid Check, which is gradually released into your body. It is a mixture containing alkaline minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium that comes in granular and caplet form. I recommend 2 to 3 caplets per day or if you prefer granules mix 1/4 teaspoon into 4-8 ounces of water two times a day between meals.
The granular form comes in a shaker bottle, so you can also use it on the spot to neutralize highly acidic foods such as tomatoes, citrus fruits and juices, berries, salad dressings, spicy foods, sugary foods, and wine. The granules do not alter the flavor or aroma of foods or beverages it’s sprinkled but it may make them taste sweeter due to the reduced acid content. Consider keeping a bottle with you for restaurant meals, special occasions, and other times when you don’t have as much control over what you eat and need to reduce the meal acidity by as much as 90%.
I also recommend using 2 to 3 caplets per day to promote healthy alkalinity or, if you prefer the granules, mix 1/4 teaspoon into 4-8 ounces of water two times a day between meals. You can purchase Acid Check at www.acidcheck.com.
For best digestibility, these drinks should be consumed by themselves on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning. If you wish to add protein powder to this drink, use vegetable protein derived from rice or legumes, which are less acidic than animal protein. In addition, do not consume this drink with a protein-rich meal containing meat or milk, since these proteins require more acid production within the stomach for their digestion.
Wine. Many overly acidic individuals would love to drink an occasional glass of wine but find that it causes heartburn and other digestive symptoms. This is because wine has an acidic pH. The alcohol contained within wine also triggers the production of hydrochloric acid within the stomach. As with the fruit drinks, you can use Acid Check granules to bring up the pH of the wine and neutralize it’s acidity.
For special social occasions, you can take sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or a sodium and potassium bicarbonate mixture right after drinking an alcoholic beverage to blunt its acidic effect on the body. Bicarbonate can also be used to help neutralize the uncomfortable symptoms of an alcohol-induced hangover.
Coffee and tea. If you feel you cannot live without your daily cup of coffee or black tea, low-acid versions are available from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Company (800-TEA-LEAF).
Sparkling water. If you are at a bar or restaurant and want to drink mineral water but only bubbling varieties are available, you can get rid of the carbonation by adding a pinch of table salt. This will allow the water to go flat, leaving you with a more alkaline drink.
Salad dressings. You can substitute Bragg Liquid Aminos for vinegar when making salad dressings. Bragg Liquid Aminos is a delicious flavoring agent that can be purchased in most health food stores. Combine it with olive oil and herbs for a delicious dressing. Alternatively, you can prepare a salad dressing by decreasing the amount of vinegar by half and increasing the amount of water and oil, as well as by adding extra flavoring agents such as herbs.
Marinated vegetables. Avoid vegetables marinated in vinegar. These are highly acidic and are commonly served in Italian and Spanish restaurants and occasionally in American ones. Many restaurants offer alternative vegetable appetizers such as steamed artichokes or asparagus. You can also order small side dishes of whatever cooked vegetables are being served that day.
Salt. Sea vegetables are rich in minerals and can be used to replace the more acidic table salt as a flavoring agent. Sea vegetables are now available in shakers to be used as a condiment in natural-food stores.