Some people believe that health problems arise when a person's body is too acidic. This acidity comes primarily from the foods that you eat, especially meats, soda and coffee. By consciously eating foods that promote a more alkaline environment in your body, you will feel better and help prevent diseases. Changing your body chemistry from acid to alkaline comes primarily through eating the right types of foods. The more healthy foods you eat, the more alkaline your pH levels will become.
Check your body's pH level. Purchase pH test strips to test the current pH level of your body. You can test with saliva or urine. A pH level of 7 is neutral. Anything less than that is acidic and everything higher than that is alkaline. You want to do this so that you know where your body is starting.
Start your day with a green smoothie. A green smoothie is a juice drink that you make using leafy greens, such as spinach, kale or romaine lettuce. You can use water or apple juice as the base. These foods are all alkaline and get you off to a great start.
Eat less meat. Meat is one of the most acidic foods that you can eat. Even just one less serving a day will help, but you should avoid meat if you can.
Choose foods that are more alkaline in nature and base your meals around this. Most fruits and vegetables are alkaline, while processed foods are acidic.
Purchase and drink water than has been alkalized. This is preferable to drinking regular tap water.
Aim to change your diet so that it is about 70 percent to 80 percent alkaline foods. While it may be impossible to eat a completely alkaline diet, eating more alkaline than acidic foods will help tip your body's overall balance toward the alkaline side.
Continue monitoring your body's pH level. After focusing your meals on alkaline foods, recheck the your body's pH level to see if there has been an improvement. You should see that it is now alkaline. Continue following this plan with periodic checks to your body's pH level.
Print out an acid-alkaline food list to keep with you in your purse or wallet. This will help you make wise choices in supermarkets or restaurants.
Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.