Many staples of the Old Southern diet - bacon, biscuits, corn, potatoes, butter, etc. - acidify the body's pH. Why does that matter? Per Margaret Durst:
Some of the symptoms of an overly acid pH include joint pains, low energy, muscular pain, osteoporosis, hormone imbalance, sinusitis, flu, colds, allergies, kidney and bladder weakness, and digestive problems such as indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, and diarrhea.. . .Every health condition I know is worsened by an over acid pH. And conversely, every health condition is helped by a balanced pH.
Elsewhere she lists what acidifies and what alkalizes:
Foods that are acid forming include meat, dairy, sugar, refined wheat, coffee, sodas, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners.Foods that offset the acid – or alkaline foods are fruits (raw) and non-starchy vegetables. Oddly enough, lemon and lime juice are alkaline forming – meaning that even though they are mild acids, they metabolize as alkaline and help balance an acid pH. Most good quality nutritional supplements are alkaline too – this includes minerals, herbs, enzymes and probiotics.
Follow this path to see all her advice on balancing the body's pH.