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November 27, 2011

Acid vs. Alkaline: All you need to know about your body pH in less than 10 minutes.

Or why diet soda isn’t diet.

Nutrition is not boring, tasteless or complicated.

Nurturing yourself and taking an active part in your becoming is one the most creative and revolutionary acts, because through it, you are literally making new pieces of You, building new cells that form your body and your mind. Your brain—the place where you design the rest of your life—is also made of flesh.

“You are what you eat” is not a metaphor but a literal statement.

You can always do something, under any circumstances or excuses. And it’s never too late…until it is.

It all starts with educating ourselves and unlearning a lifetime of madness, artificial food, and unconscious self-destruction.

Here’s an entertaining 9 minute video that shows you how to maintain your pH on the healthy side of town, like they never taught us in elementary school.

You can’t possibly know thyself if you don’t know thy food. You’re voting for your health and wellbeing with a fork at least three times a day and these votes add up, one way or another.

So, dear you (and dear me), start acting like the president of your body, mostly because you are. Invest in balance and your healthcare will come free of charge—or at least cheaper, in every way.

 

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Ringo Gato Apr 3, 2014 10:11pm

I am a little late to the discussion but I assume you mean to illustrate the acid/base balance of foods (the term “alkaline” is not truly correct in this matter). The relative acidity of a food before it is eaten isn’t necessarily an indication of how the body deals with it as it is processed. As Loren Cordain, Ph.D. points out, “All foods upon digestion ultimately must report to the kidneys as either acid or base. When the diet yields a net acid load (such as low-carb fad diets that restrict consumption of fruits and vegetables), the acid must be buffered by the alkaline stores of base in the body. Calcium salts in the bones represent the largest store of alkaline base in the body and are depleted and eliminated in the urine when the diet produces a net acid load. The highest acid-producing foods are hard cheeses, cereal grains, salted foods, meats, and legumes, whereas the only alkaline, base-producing foods are fruits and vegetables. Because the average American diet is overloaded with grains, cheeses, salted processed foods, and fatty meats at the expense of fruits and vegetables, it produces a net acid load and promotes bone demineralization. By replacing hard cheeses, cereal grains, and processed foods with plenty of green vegetables and fruits, the body comes back into acid/base balance which brings us also back into calcium balance. The goal is to avoid a net acid load on your kidneys.”

A net acid-producing diet contributes to calcium kidney stones, age-related muscle wasting, hypertension, stroke, asthma and exercise-induced asthma. On the other hand, a balanced diet that supplies of acidic and basic foods (i.e., grass produced or free ranging meats, fish and seafood, fruits, and vegetables) and will not cause bone demineralization or other maladies associated with a net acid-producing diet.

Jennifer Apr 3, 2014 9:35pm

Rick, exactly. I have no idea if this is pseudo-science mumbo jumbo or reality because it was presented with nothing to back it up. I have been burned too many times before with that approach. Show us the science, lady, or else stay out of it.

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