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Correct Acid Alkaline Diet to Reduce Inflammation

Everyone – should follow a diet of 20 % acid and 80 % alkali for optimal health

In nutrition, acidic foods are those that have an acidic effect on the human body. Maintaining a balance between acidic foods and alkaline foods is essential, as to much acid can cause acidosis disease in the body and too much alkaline substances may lead to alkalosis. Acidosis causes fatigue, weakness, drowsiness, confusion as well as headaches and shortness of breaths, while alkalosis shows signs of nauåsea, numbness, hand tremors, muscle twitching and muscle spasms.

Inflammation is a natural protection response by the body. It’s a localised, physical condition in which a section of the human body becomes swollen, painful, hot and reddened due to an infection or injury. In addition to infections or injuries, diet is also a common cause of inflammation in the body. Fats and oils are a massive problem in maintaining a balance between omega-6 (inflammatory) and omega-3 (anti-inflammatory) fatty acids. It’s been proven that, sustaining a healthy balance of 80% alkaline foods with 20% acidic foods, has a substantial positive effect on inflammation; however, many humans consume 20-30 times more acidic foods with respect to alkaline foods.

These foods are highly acidic and can result in inflammation:

  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  • Wheat and grains
  • Beef, pork and chicken

While these foods that are considered alkaline, reduce inflammation:

  • Fruits: Apricots, apples, bananas and avocados
  • Vegetables: Asparagus, broccoli and carrots
  • Gluten free grains: Brown rice and quinoa
  • Almonds
  • Leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach and kale

Maintaining a balance between these foods is possible, as different foods correspond to different levels of pH on the alkaline/acidic food chart. The table below illustrates what foods resemble the different levels of pH, with the highly alkaline foods being at the top of the chart and the acidic foods located at the bottom. Ideally the average person wants to maintain a diet consisting of 1 acidic food for every 4 alkaline food consumed. A healthy alkaline-acidic food ratio is crucial in reducing the effects of inflammation and can also improve one’s health by reducing blood sugar levels and maintaining your weight as well as your cholesterol levels.



Lakeside Chiropractic is located centrally to Perth’s Northern Suburbs; Central Walk, Joondalup WA 6027. We have a various visitors from surrounding suburbs, such as: Kinross, Alkimos, Jindalee, Banksia Grove, Wanneroo, Merriwa, Quinns Rocks, Iluka, Mindarie, Neerabup, Carramar, Currambine, Ashby. We also have HICAPS facilities onsite for all major health insurance providers (BUPA, HBF, HCF, AHM, NIB) and we are a Medibank preferred practitioner. If you have any further enquiries regarding Acid/Alkaline diets and how it can reduce inflammation or you would like to book an appointment, please feel free to contact us on 08 9300 0095 or you can head to our website

April 17, 2018