The Pursuit of Paleo: “Acid vs. Alkaline”

Posted: January 16, 2012 in CrossFit, Media, Nutrition
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Today’s post on “The Pursuit of Paleo” will explain, very simply, the impact that foods will have on our ingrained “nutritional teeter-totter” (I hope Nicole Carroll of CFHQ didn’t patent/copyright that term in her speech about it! At least I’ll reference you guys to my favorite “Paleo” video of all-time. Part 1 is here. Here’s Part 2). Any food that you put in your body will have some sort of effect on your “PH scale” (rated from a score of “0” for Acid to 14 for Alkaline).

This short video does a great job of explaining how, and WHY, the human body needs to maintain a balance for us to stay healthy, and briefly lists some of the major consequences of what happens when either that balance is lost, or when the body needs to work extra hard to maintain it. Imbalances in this scale (as stated in the video) usually stem from the over-consumption of acid-forming foods and beverages, and unhealthy stress in our lives.

From the video:
“Another general rule is the more processed the food, the more acidic it will be.” Hmm… where have we heard that before?

However, while too much acidity in our diet is definitely bad for us, just because a food is acidic does NOT mean it’s bad for you! It’s all about the balance and the QUALITY of the food we eat.

***Let me note, the video featured in this is not a post that focuses on a “pro-paleo” position. I don’t want to incorrectly give that impression.***

What I’m suggesting, is that by being more aware of what we put into our bodies, by learning about the impact that foods have on our “PH balance” as humans AND by following a nutritional guideline of “meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar,” (taken from that we will be healthier.


Education is power, so hopefully I’m dropping some knowledge on you guys and gals. 🙂

Enjoy. (Thanks for sharing this video, Trish!)

  1. Alon says:

    This was helpful. Good stuff.

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