The Alkaline Health DietAlkaline diets are vital for good health, strong bones, and prevention of cancer, parasites, candida and other problems.
What is alkalinity?Alkalinity is measured on the pH scale, ranging from 0 (acid) to 14 (alkaline) with 7.0 as neutral.
Lower numbers are more acidic and higher numbers more alkaline.
Our blood should be slightly alkaline (7.35 pH to 7.45 pH) for good health.
Anything above or below this range causes symptoms, sickness, disease and even death if our blood goes below about 6.9 which is just a teeny tiny bit acidic!
The body does an excellent job of controlling pH levels, but at the expense of our bones!
If the body cannot compensate for acidic pH with alkaline minerals from the diet, then the parathyroids go to work extracting calcium from our bones and teeth.
This is why an acidic diet causes osteoporosis - bones that are weak, light, brittle.
Problems with Acid BloodAcid blood (acidosis) decreases mineral absorption ability, decreases energy production in our cells, decreases our ability to repair damaged cells, decreases the ability to detoxify heavy metals, and allows tumour cells, candida (yeast infections), parasites and other infections to thrive, making us tired and sick.
Acid blood can be caused by an acid-forming diet, stress, toxins, immune reactions, oxygen deprivation or nutrient deprivation.
Acidosis is becoming more common today because of the typical acid-forming modern diet, too high in meat, eggs and dairy, and too low in alkaline-forming foods like fresh vegetables.
Even worse, we eat acid-forming processed foods like flour and sugar, and drink acid-forming beverages like coffee and fizzy drinks.
Most fizzy drinks have acid as a preservative, commonly phosphoric acid or acetic acid.
Acetic acid is also used in many processed foods, and most people remember from high school that acetic acid comes from citrus fruits, so it can't be all that bad, but this is NOT the case!
Acetic acid in foods and drinks is an industrial chemical and nothing to do with citrus fruit, and like phosphoric acid, is the fastest way to get osteoporosis, broken bones, rotten teeth, cancer and rotten health.
Many prescription medications are acid-forming, also artificial chemical sweeteners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet 'N Low, Equal, or Aspartame, which are all poisonous and extremely acid-forming.
The only practical use for these is ant poison. Sprinkling some around ant-holes can be as effective as any commercial ant poison.
It is difficult to eliminate every acid-forming food from our diet, but to maintain health, the diet should consist of at least 60% alkaline-forming foods, and to recover from illness or an acid state, we need a minimum of 80% alkaline-forming foods. Healthy alkaline-forming foods include fruits, vegetables, peas, beans, spices, herbs, seeds, almonds and walnuts.
Acid-forming foods include meat, fish, poultry, eggs and grains.
What Causes some foods to be Acid-Forming?It is not the acid in food, but the minerals in food that determine the acid or alkaline properties in the body.
The electrons of elemental atoms in the food interact with other atoms in chemical reactions. The outermost electrons of an atom are valence electrons, usually the only electrons involved in chemical reactions, as inner electrons are more tightly held in the atom. Atoms with a valence of one (Potassium, Sodium, Caesium) or two (Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc, Manganese), have one or two electrons available for chemical reactions, and are very alkaline-forming atoms. Atoms with a valence of three (Boron, Iron) are less alkaline-forming, and atoms with a valence of four (Carbon, Germanium), five (Nitrogen, Phosphorus), or six (Sulfur, Oxygen, Selenium, Chromium), are increasingly acid-forming atoms, and a valence of seven (Iodine, Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine) are highly acid-forming.
Minerals with a valence of 8 are the noble or inert gases which do not combine with anything else and have no effect on the body.
Note that some foods like lemons, for example, are acidic, but the net result from the minerals and being broken down in the mouth, stomach and small intestine results in an alkaline balance, hence the term "alkaline-forming" which is much more important than the acidic or alkaline level in the natural food.
Remember back to High School Chemistry and Physics - looking at the Periodic Chart of the elements, minerals on the left side tend to be alkaline, and on the right side tend to be acidic.
The table below gives alkalinity properties with best foods at the top, worst at the bottom.
Alkaline Food Chart
|Very Low Alkaline
|Very Low Acidic
(OK in moderation)
Notes:Most grains are acid-forming, but sprouted seeds and grains become more alkaline in the process of sprouting. In fact, toxic chemicals in the grain like phytic acid (which cause many problems in humans) disappear, are replaced with far more nutritious compounds when sprouting.
All vegetable and fruit juices are highly alkaline. The most alkali-forming juices are: fig juice, green juices of all green vegetables and tops, carrots, beet, celery, pineapple and citrus juices.
Tap water in much of the Western World is acid-forming because of the Chlorine and Fuoride added, two of the most acid-forming elements known.
Reverse Osmosis systems can remove much of these minerals, (but can also remove magnesium and other beneficial minerals).
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