In order for your body to function properly, your saliva, blood, urine and the fluids in your cells must maintain a balanced pH level or a healthy balance between alkalinity and acidity.
The pH level of a healthy blood should be around 7.4 to 7.5 which is slightly alkaline.
The kind of food you eat affect the pH levels of your body, either by making your body become more acidic than alkaline or helps it maintain a natural pH balance.
– Is Cow Milk Acidic?
Cow milk as well as other dairy products are acid-forming substances.
As in the case of all foods, the pH level of milk in the body is not determined by the pH level of milk itself but by the end product of metabolizing it.
An average serving of 3.5 ounces of either full-cream or skimmed milk is slightly acid-forming and it puts an acid load of 0.7 mill equivalents, or 1/1,000 of an equivalent on the kidneys while a serving if whole evaporated milk puts an acid load of 1.1 mill equivalents on the kidneys.
Processed cheeses made of cow milk is much more acid forming and puts an acid load of 28.7 mill equivalents.
– What is the Effect of Eating Acid-forming Foods.
The effect of eating acid-forming foods is in two forms: it promotes acid build ups (acidosis) and depletes the alkaline reverses of the body.
Your body has a complex process where it neutralize then expel excess levels of acidity, mainly though the kidneys, lungs and skin. It uses the reserved alkalizing compounds to prevent damage of the delicate tissues in the process of eliminating excess acid.
Your kidneys can only eliminate a certain amount of acid and can’t exceed. Acidosis happen when you consume too much acid-forming foods. Acidosis disrupt the natural way cells function in your body and can put you at risk of developing inflammatory diseases like gout, arthritis and osteoporosis.
– Alkaline Forming Foods.
In order to replenish your body’s alkalizing reserves you should consume more alkaline-forming foods than acid-forming foods. Most fruits and vegetables are alkaline in nature except skinless potatoes, plums, cranberries, blueberries and prunes which are all slightly acid-forming.
Grains that are alkaline forming include quinoa, millet, amaranth while most other types of grains like brown rice and whole wheat are acid-forming.
Most legumes are alkaline-forming and also some nuts, seeds and most types of herbs are alkaline-forming.
Not all types of milk are acid-forming. While pasteurized goat milk and cow milk are acid forming, other types of milk like raw goat milk and almond milk are alkaline-forming.
Soy milk has a neutral effect, it is neither alkaline nor acidic in the effect on the body.
Other alkalizing beverages include unsweetened fruits and vegetable juices, green tea and herbal teas.