The human body is slightly alkaline by nature. The typical American diet is highly acidic. This dissonance results in a train wreck of American disease statistics when charted against those of other countries. The average American is overweight and suffers the “misfortune” of one or more chronic conditions:
- heart disease, stroke
- multiple sclerosis
- acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis/itis, Crohn’s disease, etc.
- chronic infections
- migraine headaches
And these are just a few. Most people dutifully gulp prescription drugs, which add side effects to suffering, and also add to the source of our problems: excess acid in the body.
Here’s How Dietary Acid Works in the Body
The body naturally produces acid to break down food in the digestive tract. When the process works efficiently, food passes quickly through the system, nutrients are absorbed, and waste is eliminated. But what the body calls food and what the American marketplace sells as “food” are, largely, two different things. Products that start out as food but then are over-processed lack the enzymes necessary for digestion. These dead substances include:
- junk food
- white four
- white sugar
The digestive system creates extra acid in an effort to break down these foreign substances; but even then they don’t digest well, and can remain in the stomach sometimes hours too long. Putrefaction sets in, creating tons more acid. Constipation becomes a likelihood, which causes a buildup in the colon (setting the stage for cancer there), and gradually an acid condition reigns throughout the system. The body tries to neutralize excess acid by stealing calcium from the bones, causing osteoporosis (now at an alarming rate in America). Still acid roams the body, creating what medical science lately has recognized as the strongest predictor of dread diseases like heart attack, stroke, and cancer: inflammation. In fact, many of the chronic diseases Americans believe they “inherited” genetically are synonymous with inflammation, which is exacerbated by dietary acid.
Good News: The Body Responds Immediately When You Correct Your pH
You can return to good health and even correct some of the damage done, because wellness really is the natural state of the body, no matter what Big Pharma preaches. Learn about foods that create acid and foods that promote an alkaline condition in the body. Eat more of those. Ask your doctor to test you for C-reactive protein (a marker for inflammation), along with your regular cholesterol check. And look into the Mediterranean diet (be sure to compare disease statistics between America and Mediterranean peoples).
Get Started on a Healthier Future
Sherry Brescia, nutritionist and author of Great Taste No Pain (Holistic Blends Inc., 2007) has advised thousands of people on how to balance their pH and correct any number of conditions related to inflammation caused by excess acid in the diet. Brescia’s advice is to ease back on red meats; eat more fish. Add more plant proteins, like beans and nuts. Eat tons of green and watery vegetables. Avoid combining high protein with high carbohydrate. (Eat pasta with salad and a hot vegetable. Save the meatball for later.) Make your sandwiches vegetarian, your breads whole grain. Eat lots of fruit, but on an empty stomach (even citric acid is alkaline in the body if eaten this way). Cheat once in awhile with a luscious dessert, but eat that on an empty stomach, too.
By the way, if you think this is a fad diet, or promises too much, try it for five days anyway. You may surprise yourself.