Alkalize Your Body or Die:Is This Really Among the Most Important of All Health Advice?
The author of "Alkalize
or Die," Dr. Theodore Baroody, says we "are
facing the largest health crisis in recorded history."
It's not heart disease. It's not cancer. It's not even obesity.
It is overacidity in our bodies -- and it's linked to all
kinds of illness and disease.
Though it sounds more like a chemistry lesson than a health
warning, Baroody says that we must alkalize our bodies, thereby
restoring our alkaline-acid balance, if we are to reach high
levels of vitality and strength.
Piling on the fresh veggies can make your body less
"The countless names of illnesses do not really matter.
What does matter is that they all come from the same root
cause... too much tissue acid waste in the body!" Baroody
And he's not alone. Many holistic doctors and nutritionists
believe finding this balance is key to fighting cancer and
other diseases and reaching optimal health.
The Acid-Alkaline Balance
The healthy blood pH level of the human body is a slightly
alkaline range of 7.36 to 7.44 (a pH value under 7 is considered
acid and above 7 alkaline). While your body has mechanisms
to keep your blood within a narrow pH range, your tissues
may become acidic.
To put it simply, proponents of the theory hold that when
your body becomes too acidic it can become depleted of alkaline
minerals like sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium, paving
the way for chronic and degenerative disease.
Further, says Dr. Virginia Worthington, ScD, many functions
of your body require certain levels of acidity or alkalinity
to be carried out, as enzymes and chemical reactions work
best at certain pHs.
For instance, as your body becomes acidic, the ability of
your muscles to contract goes down while hormones like adrenaline
increase. Even slight changes in pH can have a profound effect
on your body function, Worthington says.
Your system's pH can be measured not only from the blood,
but also from the urine and the saliva, using pH paper. Your
morning urine should ideally be between 6.4 and 6.8 while
your first morning saliva pH should range from 6.8 to 7.2.
What Makes a Person Too Acidic?
A key factor is eating too many acidic foods and not enough
Says Raymond Francis, author of "Never
be Sick Again," "The traditional diets and lifestyles
of our ancestors kept pH in balance. Tragically, the bizarre
diet consumed by most Americans is guaranteed to alter cellular
pH and cause disease."
The foods that are causing all of this acidity include animal
protein, sugar, caffeine and processed foods, while most vegetables
and fruits are alkaline.
Ironically, even citrus fruits, which most would consider
acidic, are actually alkalizing in the body. That's because
once their citric acid is metabolized, it becomes alkaline.
Following is a more specific list of some alkaline and acid
foods, but for a complete list, refer to "Alkalize or
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Banana (high glycemic)
Whey Protein Powder
Apple Cider Vinegar
Fresh Fruit Juice
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
FATS & OILS
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Flour
NUTS & BUTTERS
DRUGS & CHEMICALS
BEANS & LEGUMES
For best results, most experts say you should choose foods
so that your diet is 75-80 percent alkaline and 20-25 percent
Eat lots of fast food? You may be too acidic.
Other Things Make Us Acidic Too
Diet is a major factor, but it's not the only one. Other
factors that also encourage the body to produce acid wastes,
which contribute to overacidity, include:
Once you become too acidic, your body will probably let you
know. According to Cathy Wong, N.D., the following symptoms
may indicate excess acidity:
Low energy, chronic fatigue
Excess mucous production
Frequent colds, flus and infections
Nervous, stressed, irritable, anxious, agitated
Weak nails, dry hair, dry skin
Formation of cysts, such as ovarian cysts, polycystic
ovaries, benign breast cysts (fibrocystic breasts)
Something Worth Trying?
It should be mentioned that there are no scientific studies
proving much of the benefits of an acid-alkaline diet, and
some conventional doctors dismiss it entirely.
That said, at the heart of the theory is increasing vegetables,
fruits and other whole, fresh foods in your diet while reducing
processed foods and oils, sugar and caffeine. Admittedly,
most of us could stand to eat a few more vegetables (and a
few less cheeseburgers and doughnuts), so converting your
diet to a more alkaline one may be something worth trying
out for yourself.
For more extensive information on the topic and a plan for
how to balance the alkaline/acid in your body, check out the
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