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July 24, 2004

Eat Right for Your pH


Foods to Avoid

While certain foods are more acidic than others,

there are certain classes of food and drink you should stay away

from regardless of where you fall on the acid/alkaline scale. These

foods not only have little if any nutritional value, but may even

cause you to lose valuable nutrients as your body processes them.

They include:


Numerous studies show that women are less able to tolerate alcohol

than men. Women metabolize alcohol slower than men, thus it takes

longer to clear out alcohol’s toxic effects. Also, because women are

smaller and have a higher body fat content than men, they tend to

concentrate alcohol more in their body and fluids. Alcohol also increases

estrogen levels, associated with endometriosis, heavy bleeding (menorrhagia),

the development of breast cancer, PMS, and may inhibit ovulation.

Alcohol can exacerbate hot flashes and mood swings,

intensify menopausal fatigue and depression and can lead to dehydration.

Other health problems with alcohol:

  • It can reduce testosterone levels,

    causing problems with libido, or sexual desire.

  • It is toxic to the heart, decreasing

    heart muscle action and electrical conductivity that can, over

    time, lead to congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias and

    cardiac enlargement.

  • Its high sugar content feeds the

    candida fungus, resulting in mood swings, fatigue and vaginal



If you habitually drink too much coffee, you’re putting undue stress

on your adrenal glands, which secrete stress hormones. The caffeine

stimulates the release of additional stress hormones, increasing

your nervousness and anxiety, and sucking valuable nutrients from

the rest of your body. Caffeine can also increase estrogen levels,

contributing to menstrual problems as well as certain cancers.

Caffeine can also:

  • Act as a diuretic, speeding elimination

    of many valuable minerals and vitamins.

  • Increase frequency of hot flashes.
  • Reduce absorption of iron and


  • Worsen breast pain.
  • Raise blood levels of cholesterol

    and triglycerides, increasing your risk of heart disease.

Dairy products

Whether you stick with skim or full-fat, dairy products are one

of the primary sources of food allergies in the American diet. Symptoms

include wheezing, teary eyes, itching, nasal congestion, and hives.

You may also have a delayed reaction to dairy, which manifests as

anxiety, irritability, depression or mood swings, insomnia, fatigue,

spaciness, dizziness, confusion and disorientation, headaches and

aching joints. Such food allergies can also make PMS symptoms worse,

and weaken your adrenal glands over time, greatly increasing your

susceptibility to stress. Dairy also contains saturated fats, which

carry with them a whole host of additional health problems.

Fruit juice

You’re so much better off reaching for a piece

of fruit and a glass of water rather than pouring yourself a cup

of fruit juice. Fruit juice is loaded with sugar, with none of the

nutrient-enhancing fiber and other natural digestive enzymes found

in the fruit itself. That’s because the pasteurization process commercially

sold fruit juice undergoes inactivates these enzymes.

Because fruit juice has so much sugar, it

acts as a simple carbohydrate in the bloodstream, much like a piece

of chocolate candy, making stress symptoms worse, including mood

swings, fatigue and shakiness.


For decades, we’ve been told that margarine, a semi-solid vegetable

oil spread, is healthier than butter. That couldn’t be further from

the truth. Margarine is made by altering polyunsaturated vegetable

oil to make it solid. This process creates hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated

fats called trans fatty acids. Just four or more teaspoons a day

of margarine actually increases your risk of heart disease.


Sodium is one of the body’s main minerals. Along with potassium,

sodium helps regulate cells’ water balance. Yet too much salt in

your diet can cause fluid retention and promote premenstrual bloating.

In addition, it can make menstrual cramps worse and cause breast

tenderness. Plus, it increases your risk of heart disease and hypertension.

Saturated fats

Forty percent of calories in the typical American diet come from

saturated fats, found primarily in dairy, red meat and eggs. They

contribute to numerous health problems, including heart disease,

cancer, obesity and arthritis. But a diet high in saturated fats

has additional risks for women. It also increases the likelihood

of menstrual cramps, PMS, ovarian cysts, benign breast disease,

endometriosis, fibroid tumors, heavy menstrual bleeding, fatigue

and other female health problems.

Sugar and artificial sweeteners

Sugar is a major source of dietary acid. And

since many processed foods contain both refined sugar and wheat

products (think donuts, cakes, pastries, cookies, pasta, crackers

and white bread), eating too many of these simple carbohydrates

can not only leave you nutritionally bereft, but drain you of valuable

nutrients in the digestive process.

When sugar is processed, all the vitamins

and minerals are removed; what remains is simple sugar, glucose,

which breaks down rapidly in your digestive system producing acids.

Sugar also makes your liver work harder to produce bile and other

essential digestive enzymes.

Refined sugar may also:

  • Contribute to blood sugar imbalances,

    including food cravings, PMS symptoms and anxiety symptoms.

  • Increase the perimenopausal anxiety,

    irritability and nervous tension many women feel.

  • Deplete B-complex vitamins and

    valuable minerals.

  • Intensify fatigue by narrowing

    blood vessels, making your heart and lungs work harder to move

    blood through your body.

  • Feed the candida fungus, leading

    to yeast infections, and worsening emotional symptoms like depression

    and nervous tension.

Wheat/gluten containing


Many women find they’re intolerant to or allergic to wheat products.

That’s because wheat contains a protein called gluten, which is

difficult for your body to break down, absorb and assimilate. Women

with wheat intolerance are prone to fatigue, depression, bloating,

intestinal gas and bowel changes.

Wheat can also:

  • Trigger emotional symptoms and

    fatigue in women with PMS.

  • Intensify sinus and nasal congestion,

    particularly in women with allergies.

  • Contribute to yeast infections,

    since wheat is leavened with yeast.

Read More on pH Balance:

Getting Started

Tending Toward Acidity or a High-Alkaline


Quiz: Are you Overly Acidic or

a High Alkaline Producer?

Foods to Avoid

Keep it SIMPLE pH Balancing Tip

— Baking Soda

Nutritional Therapies

Alkaline Power Food Plan

Cornerstones of Alkaline Food


Substitutions for Acidic Foods

Typical Alkalinizing Meals

Complementary Therapies

Oatmeal Cookies



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