As promised last week, we will look into how an acidic body will cause problems, and ways to alkalize it.
If you recall, this stared out with an e-mail from a dear reader, who asked if taking bicarbonate of soda could help with cartilage erosion in her knees, and whether all the hype about taking bicarbonate of soda was exaggerated. We’ll get to the bicarbonate of soda subject a bit later; first some fundamentals.
The acidity level affects each organ in the human organism: the lungs, bones, brain, heart, liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines, and skin. If your body is too acidic, then you will feel the adverse affects.
When the organism gets into a state of acidosis, it becomes an ideal breeding ground for illness and disease. Bacteria, fungi and cancer cells love an acidic environment.
If your body preserves its alkalinity, it will not provide an optimal environment for disease, and inflammation will cease to be a problem.
When your body remains in a chronic acidic state, all the necessary minerals are eliminated from the organs and bones in order to reduce the effects of the acid.
I won’t bore you with further technical details. I think you get the message.
Below is a list of indicators that tell you your body is acidic:
- Excess mucus/phlegm
- Persistent cough
- Chest pain
- Persistent fatigue
- Decreased mental clarity
- Neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia
- Cardiovascular damage
- Weight gain or obesity
- Sinus problems
- Stomach problems, like bloating, indigestion, acid reflux and excess gas
- Allergic reactions
- Skin issues like eczema, acne, rashes, and dermatitis
- Bladder and kidney infections
- Cavities and sensitive gums
- Slowdown of the immune system
- Joint discomfort and aching muscles
- Yeast and yeast infections
- Sciatica and stiff neck
So, what causes this acidic mess? TERRIBLE EATING HABITS.
A simple acid/alkaline food chart:
Many grains, dairy products, meat, foul, and fish are acidic.
Extremely acidic foods and drinks are, coffee, alcohol, processed foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners, GMO containing foods and oils.
As you can see, some of the above acidic foods have to be be consumed in order to provide the body with needed nutrients.
- THE FIRST RULE
Balance the acidic foods you eat with alkaline foods. Particularly, plenty of green leafed vegetables and some fruit.
My usual breakfast is 3 soft boiled eggs, mixed with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, a had full of wall nuts, salt, and cayenne pepper. With the exception of the coconut oil everything is quite acidic.
How to I balance this?
Freshly extracted vegetable juice or pickled beet roots, and
- THE SECOND RULE
I drink a glass of water mixed with the juice of ½ lemon and a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda EVERY MORNING.
Please re-read “Lemon Juice and Bicarbonate of Soda-A Super Combination”, posted on August 21, 2015.
I strongly recommend this. It is nothing harmful or unpleasant to drink, so just try it.
You can buy pH-testing strips in pharmacies. I suggest you do this and test your pH level, for example, before and after drinking your bicarbonate of soda.
My pH level is above 7.0, even after a couple of drinks.
If you feel the sniffles coming on, take the lemon/bicarbonate of soda drink 6 times the first day. One is usually back to normal after the first day, but if it persists, take it 4 times the next day, 2 times after that and all should be well.
I have also read unbelievable stories on the Internet about bicarbonate of soda curing everything, including cancer. In fact, after watching a “credible” video, I almost forced a close friend who had bladder cancer to consume a mixture of maple syrup and bicarbonate of soda everyday. He also had TB shots, but no chemo, etc., and is completely cured today.
- SOME OTHER SUGGESTIONS
- Drink plenty of water every day and flush out toxins from your body
- Lower the intake of acidic foods, or balance them with alkaline foods.
- Avoid soda, popcorn, dairy, pastries, alcohol, coffee, white vinegar, artificial sweeteners, wheat products, and soya
- Consume more greens
- De-stress yourself; meditate
- Avoid GMO food
- Drink lemon water throughout the day
Hope this has been useful; see you next week.