Learn about acidic foods and base producing foods with Competitor's Dr. Berardi.
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It’s Dr. John Berardi here with competitor.com and today I’d like to talk about balancing out your dietary acids. You see each time we eat a food that food presents itself to your body as either an acid or a base. Now, don’t get confused. Just because a food is acidic on the outside of the body that doesn’t mean it’s acidic on the inside. Oranges and most other fruits are great example although, their acidic outside the body. Oranges are actually base producing inside the body. In fact, the most based producing foods are fruits and vegetables while the most acid producing foods are grains and proteins. So, why this all matter? Well, on either diet that’s too high in acids our bodies must find a way to balance out all the acidity coming in. Of course, we get the host of normal buffering systems but even though it can get overwhelmed over time. That’s when calcium from out bones and glutamine from our muscles, both are very basic or alkaline are released to help neutralize our dietary acids. That’s great for acid base balance but not so good for our bones and our muscles. They get weaker and smaller. An catabolic sequence is kick off in our bodies resulting in high amounts of stress hormones and suppressed testosterone, insulin like growth factor and growth hormone. Not a good recipe for being strong bodies and high performance. And guess whose most at risk? If you answered endurance athlete with high carb diets, you're right. But here’s the good news. It’s quite easy to balance out our dietary acids preserving our bones and our muscles in the process. All we have to do is up our fruit and veggie intake. To this end, I recommend eating about two servings of fruits and/or veggies with every meal that you eat. This way whether you’re eating a carb rich or a protein rich meal, those dietary acids will be balanced out. Other excellent buffers include glutamine and keratin, even potassium bicarbonate, although, I wouldn’t recommend trying to buffer your diet exclusively with these supplements. Chances are your dietary acids status is too great and you’ll need some fruit and veggie power as well. In the meantime, continue you eat well and train hard and I’ll see you next time on Eat and Run.