by Jenna Smith
The body is like a fish tank. Imagine what happens when the filter stops working after a week, or a month. Now try to imagine that fish tank after not being filtered for years. This scenario is similar to what happens to our blood when the pH isn’t balanced. The fish in our “body” tank are our cells and the fish water is our body fluids, which transport food and remove wastes.
Basically, this is a small example of what we are doing to our internal fluids every day if we don’t eat properly. We are fouling them with pollution, smoking, alcohol, drugs, excessive intake of food, over-consumption of acid-forming foods, and any number of transgressions which compromise the delicate balance of our internal fluids.
A body with balanced pH is neither too acidic, or too alkaline too much alkaline can cause terrible health consequences. However, most of us are exteremely acidic due to our diet and lifestyle.
Some of us have fish tanks (bodies) that are barely able to support life, yet we somehow manage to struggle from day to day, building more sever imbalances until there is the inevitable crash and debilitating chronic, disturbing and disorganizing symptoms to deal with.
The pH level (the acid-alkaline measurement) of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. Extended acid imbalances of any kind are not well tolerated by the body. In fact, the entire metabolic process depends on a balanced internal pH.
A chronically over-acidic pH corrodes body tissue, slowly eating into the 60,000 miles of veins and arteries like acid eating into marble. If left unchecked, it will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain.
Dr. Robert O. Young states in his book “Sick & Tired” that the over-acidification of the body is the single underlying cause of all disease.
In summary, acid terrains in our bodies either cause or at the very least feed all health problems such as:
Perhaps one of Dr. Young’s most well known discoveries is his theory of the cause of overweight. He has shown that fat is actually an over-acidification problem.
How can that be?
The body creates fat cells to carry acids away from your vital organs, so these acids literally don’t choke your organs to death. Fat is saving your life! Fat is actually a response from the body to an alarming over-acidic condition.
Healthy bodies are not overweight or underweight . A healthy body naturally maintains its own ideal weight. As alkalizing and oxygenation begins to take place, the body naturally begins to seek its own ideal weight.
The toxins produced within an overly acidic, oxygen deprived body may contribute significantly to what are often called the symptoms of allergy. In addition, the absorption of undigested proteins is a major cause of allergy conditions. The digestive system is weakened, which prevents the total breakdown of amino acids – often causing food allergies. This alone may produce a wide spectrum of severe allergic reactions.
Fatigue is probably the major symptom or complaint of an overly acidic body. The toxins produced in an acidic body environment reduce the absorption of protein and minerals, which in turn weakens the body’s ability to produce enzymes and hormones. This also interferes 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.
Most of all western medicine focuses on the germ, not the terrain, in spite of the evidence that has been discovered by hundreds of scientists in addition to Dr. Young. Study after study agrees with patient testimonials from Dr. Young and others that when the body is in healthy alkaline balance, germs are unable to get a foothold.
How do we balance our body’s pH?
The first important consideration in correcting our body’s pH balance is water.
Like the earth on which we live, our bodies are 70% water. Food cravings are often the body’s cry for water. You can test this by tossing down a glass of water the next time you feel hunger pains between planned meals. Conversely, you will notice that hunger pains taper off when your body is properly hydrated.
Obviously diet is a big part of balancing our pH. According to Dr. Young the more green vegetables you can eat the better – six to eight servings per day. Of course they must be organic and free of any possible toxins, and they need to be absolutely fresh.
This presents an enormousl problem for those of us with Lyme disease:
· Effort involved in going to the market frequently.
· Financial burden of purchasing vast quantities of organic produce.
· Effort preparing vegetables.
I solve all of these problems with a Green Mix called ProGreens, but there are several good ones on the market.
One serving of a high quality Greens Drink can replace the required servings of fruit and vegetables; bringing you vital nutrient elements and easily digested protein.
In addition, the following diet guidelines should be followed.
Acid forming foods to avoid:
*Meats especially processed meats
*All refined packaged foods
*All ready-made meals including “fat-free”, “organic” and “all natural”
*Breads and pastas made from white flour
*All products made with white flour and sugar
*Pre-packaged fruit juices
Alkaline forming foods to enjoy:
*Whole grains especially sprouted
*Fresh fruit (just ripe, not overly ripe)
*Nuts and beans
*Fish and lean white meats
Don’t wait until the frightening symptoms of sickness begin to shadow your steps.