The thinking behind the alkaline diet goes like this: Foods are either acidic or alkaline. Alkaline foods are favorable because they decrease the body’s acid load. When the body’s acid load is too high, the body may become overtaxed and chronic low-grade inflammation can set in. This kind of inflammation is linked to a bevvy of unwanted conditions like atherosclerosis and diabetes. It is, by almost all accounts, bad.
Therefore, it is best to avoid acidic foods. However, in this fast-paced modern world, it might be hard to avoid all acidic foods all of the time, and so, it is doubly important then to select foods and juices that are highly alkaline to ease high acid loads when you can. We can measure how acidic or how alkaline a food is on the pH scale.
The pH scale ranges from one to fourteen with zero being the most acidic (battery acid) and fourteen being the most basic (potash). Water, our old buddy, sits in the center at seven. Most foods fall between two and nine. Often times, the most widely popular things like red meat, soda, cheese and chocolate are acidic, making these already dubious edibles much more so.
The traditionally healthy foods like fruits and vegetables are usually alkaline. It should also be noted that many fruits and veggies that are highly acidic due to their citric acid content will actually become alkalized when metabolized (lemons for example), so there is no good reason to fear fruit. They are healthy and ultimately alkaline, so enjoy.
BarleyLife, our flagship product made from the juice of young, fresh barley leaves is considerably more alkaline than a host of common juices. With pH measurement of 6.60, BarleyLife is comparable to water.
That being said, you may wonder if lemon juice–for example–has a more alkalizing effect on the body after it has been metabolized. They have a way to measure that. It’s called a PRAL score. BarleyLife has a potential renal acid load (PRAL) value of -6.77. The PRAL value adds the protein and phosphorus content of a food and subtracts the magnesium, calcium, and potassium content. The lower the PRAL value the more alkalizing the food. Orange juice has a PRAL score of -2.9 and lemon juice has a PRAL score of -2.5. Those are still very respectable scores. Salami, for example, has a PRAL score of +11.6. That is a very bad score.
So if you’re looking for a top-tier alkaline juice to help reduce your acid loads and fight inflammation, then look no further than BarleyLife. It’s a cut above the rest!
A quick test on BarleyLife Xtra. It’s BarleyLife, just mixed with other fruits!