PH BALANCE AND ACID/ALKALINE FOODS
A surprising number and variety of physical challenges can be caused by the foods that produce acids after digestion. Today the vast majority of the populations in industrialized nations suffer from many problems caused by the stress of an acidic environment. Both modern lifestyle and modern diet promote this acidification of the body.
The current typical Western diet is largely composed of acid-forming foods like proteins, cereals, and sugars. Alkaline-producing foods such as vegetables are now being eaten in much smaller quantities. Stimulants like tobacco, coffee, tea, and alcohol are also extremely acidifying. Stress and physical activity (either insufficient or excessive amounts) also can contribute acidification.
Many foods are alkaline-producing by nature, but today's manufactured processed foods are mostly acid producing. It is important to consume at least 60% alkaline-producing foods in our diet in order to maintain health. Our diet should include plenty of fresh fruits and particularly vegetables (alkaline-producing) to balance our necessary protein intake (acid producing).
We also need to avoid processed, sugary or simple-carbohydrate foods because they help raise blood sugar level too quickly (high glycemic index and therefore fattening). In addition, they tend to be nutrient lacking and are in some cases very unhealthy.
WHAT YOU EAT MAKES A pH DIFFERENCE
Today's imbalanced diets high in acidic-producing foods puts extreme pressure on the body's regulating systems that are designed to maintain pH neutrality. The extra pH buffering effort required depletes the body of alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium and opens the door to challenges to your overall health.
Minerals are borrowed from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body. Over time this process inflicts the the body with severe and prolonged damage— although often undetected for years.
AN ACID ENVIRONMENT IS RELATED TO HEALTH ISSUES
Research shows that unless the body's pH level is slightly alkaline, the body cannot function properly to maintain its overall wellness and vibrancy. Irrespective of what steps you take to care for your health, the effort is greatly hindered until the pH level is balanced. For example, if your body's pH is not balanced, you cannot effectively assimilate vitamins, minerals, and food supplements. Your body pH is an important and very critical aspect of the "inner terrain" of your body (70% water) which if not in order will GREATLY affect the ability of the body to maintain health.
An acid environment may not only decrease the body's ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, but may also decrease energy production in the cells, decreases the ability of the body to repair damaged cells, decreases its ability to detoxify heavy metals and, in general, makes the body more susceptible to fatigue and more serious events. Simply put, acidosis makes the body PRONE to disease and illness.
An acidic pH can occur from an acid-forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the ongoing diet does not provide enough minerals, a buildup of acids in the cells will occur.
REFERENCE INFORMATION ON pH BALANCE AND HEALTH
We encourage you to research pH levels in the body and the impact they can have upon your health. We have also attached Acid-Alkaline Food Charts to help you identify the different foods and their pH impact to the body.
The following is recommended reading*** for research:
• "Alkalize or Die" by: Theodore Baroody N.D.. D.c., PhD.
• "The Ultimate pH Solution" by: Michelle Cook DNM, DAc, CNC
• "The pH Miracle" by: Robert O. Young PhD
• "The Acid Alkaline Food Guide" by: Susan Brown & Larry Traveri
• "Acid Alkaline Diet" by: Christopher Vasey N.D.
• "The Naturopathic Way" by: Christopher Vasey N.D.
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