Alkalize and Balance Your Body's pH and
Reverse Acidosis, Aging and Disease
Follow The Suggestions Below To Alkalize Your Body and
Flush Out Harmful Acid Waste
In its natural state, the body is slightly alkaline. It must maintain this slightly alkaline state for your very survival, and has developed complex mechanisms to ensure that this balance is maintained. Most of us are natural alkaline producers in our early years. This is why many children can get away with eating an imbalanced diet and still be healthy and slender right up until they are in their twenties.
But as we reach our thirties and forties, the majority of us have become overly acidic. That's because nearly everything we are exposed to - foods, environmental toxins, even stress - contribute to an acidic condition in our bodies, and our natural buffer systems become less efficient over time at neutralizing that acid. We go from being in a more or less continuous alkaline state to having chronic acidosis, or chronic excess acidity.
An imbalanced pH affects all cellular activity in the body, leading to the progression of most degenerative diseases, including cardiovascular disease and heart disease,high blood pressure, high cholestorol levels, kidney stones, urinary incontinence, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, systemic weight gain and obesity.
An imbalanced body pH can also be at the root of many common symptoms such as constipation, digestive problems, heartburn, headaches, frequent colds, fatigue, and sleeplessness, just to mention a few.
Three Steps to Counteract Excess Acidity
1. Proper Diet
Generally speaking, as far as diet goes, most vegetables and fruits alkalize, as do whey, yogurt, soybeans, almonds, buckwheat, millet and quinoa. All meats are acidic, as are rice, pastas, cheeses, soft drinks, coffee, alcoholic beverages, condiments, and most sweeteners except raw, unpasteurized honey.
Roughly 75 to 80 percent of your diet should consist of alkaline-producing foods. Making these changes in your diet will jump-start your health to whole new levels, as an alkaline body is more effective at warding off all kinds of infections and disease. As we have seen, several researchers now believe that chronic acidosis is a major contributing factor to insulin sensitivity problems that lead to diabetes, to the early formation of cancer, and to heart disease.
One of the best books on learning what foods to eat that alkalize and what foods to stay away from that are acidic is called "The pH Miracle" by Dr. Robert O. Young. Another good book is "Alkalize or Die" by Dr. Theodore Baroody.
2. The Importance of Drinking Good Water
Water is the driving force behind all forms of life. Our bodies are over 70 percent water and all of our body fluids contain it. Even the food we eat is predominantly made of water. Water adjusts the body's temperature and through urination and perspiration rids the body of toxins. Health authorities recommend that we drink at least 64 ounces (8 glasses) of water per day to attain proper hydration. Most of us are dehydrated and dehydration can lead to great physical impairment. Dehydration is especially prevalent among men and women over forty years of age. For the body to function properly, it is imperative that it be properly hydrated.
Drinking enough water is one thing, but the other thing is the type of water we are drinking. Tap water is treated with many chemicals like chlorine and flouride, which are toxins to the body. A lot of people these days drink bottled water which is often purified through reverse osmosis, or it is distilled, or it is spring water. However, many of the bottled waters on the market we have tested were actually acidic, as is distilled water. This is because when the minerals are removed the water loses its alkalinity.
The best water to drink is alkalized or ionized water, which is produced by running normal tap water over a positive (anode) and a negative (cathode) electrode. This creates positive and negative ions in the water that are then separated, creating two different waters, one that is alkaline and one that is acidic. To ionize simply means to gain or lose an electron. Basically, the ionization process robs an electron from one molecule and donates or transfers it to another molecule. Alkaline and acid water, although very different, each have their benefits. Alkaline water is for flushing out internal toxins, scavenging free radicals, and oxygenating the body. Acid water, which is really a by-product of ionizing water, can be used externally for cleansing the skin, cleaning any surface and watering your plants.
There are a number of water ionizers on the market that can divide your tap water into acid and alkaline water. The water ionizers were developed in Japan in the 1950's and they were approved by the Japanese Government as "health improvement medical devices".
3. Alkalizing Supplements/ pH Balancers
In addition to eating an alkaline diet and drinking alkaline water, alkalizing supplements are an easy and powerful way to rapidly alkalize the bloodstream and bring homeostasis back to the body. Also for those of you who would find a water ionizer simply too expensive, and sticking to a strict alkaline diet to difficult, there are a number of effective alternatives. One is adding alkalizing drops to ordinary tap water to make the water alkaline. Keep in mind that alkalizing drops only alkalize the water, they do not purify the water.