Alkaline or Acid ... and what does that mean ..
Original Article by Scott Cansdell
Are you more Alkaline or Acidic? What does this actually mean?
Simply put, if you are more acidic you make it harder for your body to keep the ideal pH balance!
To live a healthy vibrant life we are to find a balance between acid and alkaline foods.
One of our body's highest priorities is to keep the blood at an ideal pH balance of 7.365.
Eating pH balanced foods allows your blood to be able to extract the maximum amount of nutrition available from those foods. If you are eating more acid producing foods your body may start breaking down and the signs of aging will show before their time.
Fat is an Acid Problem!
A man by the name of Dr. Young has a theory that the cause of obesity is actually an acid problem!
What does that mean?
The body creates fat cells to carry acids away from your vital organs so the acids don't choke your organs to death. Fat could be saving your life! Dr Young goes on to say, "Fat is actually a response from the body to an alarming over acidic condition" and the solution is to Alkalize and Energize to rid the body of both acid and fat.
This theory was also the belief of the early Taoists. (Taoism is the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine - TCM). Dr Stephen T. Chang who comes from a 400 year lineage of Taoist practitioner's put it this way; "If one ever goes to the back door of any restaurant, one will find food corruption in garbage cans. Not long ago, this food was served to customers. So the only thing separating the front and back of the restaurant is a wall and a few hours time".- "We would not purposely eat garbage because we know we will become sick from ingesting poisons. Yet, we do eat garbage every time we eat without a thought for pH balance".
Fatigue, a major complaint in our society, comes from an acidic body.
The toxins produced in an acidic body reduce the absorption of proteins and minerals. This will then weaken the body's ability to produce enzymes and hormones interfering with the reconstruction of cells and other necessary components of energy production. The result is fatigue, poor endurance, an inability to add muscle tone, and general weakness.
Some other signs of an acidic body; yellow smelly urine, gas, indigestion, heart burn, headaches, sore eyes, foul smelling stools, bad breath, sore gums and teeth, allergies, aches / pains and nightmares.
So what can we do?
It will help to eat four parts alkaline to one part acid, and this will support your system ability to keep and maintain your bloods pH level at 7.365.
Note: The ph of your blood will always be regulated to the optimal level, if it wouldn't, you would be in serious trouble. However, as more regulation is needed, because of possible detrimental and acid food intake, as harder your body has to work to keep that ideal PH.
Give your body a chance, make it easy on yourself, and adopt a more alkaline diet to support your bodies acid - alkaline regulation.
*For people with bladder problems, it may be even more important to be alkaline, if you are too acid, you urine will be acid, which may effect the linings of your bladder in a negative way. You easily can test the ph of your urine, (check first morning urine.)
What to eat?
Alkali forming foods - Millet, avocado, sunflower sprouts, raw almonds, carrots, dates, coconuts, celery, cucumbers, lemons, limes, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, cabbage, green leafy vegetables, soy beans, walnuts, soy beans, wheat grass, tofu, lima beans, turnip tops, peppers, beet tops.
Acid producing foods - butter, margarine, eggs, veal, fish, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, prawns, lobster, oysters, whole wheat, rye, cheese, milk, sour cream, yogurt, mushrooms, coffee, tea, alcohol, refined sugar.
I am not saying not to eat these things, or that you should only eat alkali forming foods. Though to live a healthy, disease free life you may consider balancing your diet if you show signs of acidity.
PS: You may not go as far as becoming a vegetarian, but it could help :-)
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Article provided by : Scott Cansdell - May you have a peaceful mind and a warm happy heart.
Disclaimer: The information provided is intended for general use and for personal interest only. It should not be used or understood as suggestion or medical advice.
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