Balancing your body pH is one of the most important steps to maintaining good health. The body, through the renal system (kidneys) is constantly seeking to get rid of the excess acids that irritate the tissues and deplete them of minerals. When your body is acidic, it is also low in oxygen, which is the perfect environment that bacteria thrive in.
As a general rule of thumb, fruits and vegetables leave an alkaline residue on the body while animal products. legumes and grains leave an acidic residue on the body. Another daily habit of many people is drinking coffee which is very acidic!
Here is a printer friendly chart to help you guide yourself to achieving a more alkaline diet.