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The Benefits of Alkaline Foods and a Healthy pH Balance

A healthy diet that includes more alkaline foods can help realign pH balance and allow the body to work in a far more natural state.

Author: Everett Smith
Date: Dec 30, 2010 - 5:53:27 AM

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From increased energy to the prevention of cancer, alkaline foods and a healthy pH balance have been revered as a universal remedy in modern Western culture. While the science of using alkaline foods to keep a healthy pH balance may not yet be fully studied, there is certainly enough anecdotal (and scientific) evidence to make the topic critical for overall well-being.

Even susceptibility to arthritis and cancer may be increased by an unhealthy pH balance in the body. Direct links to these illnesses may have yet to be determined, but for those suffering from their symptoms, the hope of relief is enough to get them looking at a variety of alternatives. One available option is to consume more alkaline foods that help the body maintain a healthy pH balance.

The biggest culprit in the acidification of body fluids and tissues is simply the fact that most people do not select enough alkaline foods. Instead, the Standard Americn Diet (SAD) leans heavily upon acid foods such as animal protein, white flour, sugar, and artificial ingredients.

Unlike alkaline foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, sugar and processed foods are the fuel source for unwanted organisms in the body, such as yeast and bacteria. These enemies feed off of the sugars and proteins ingested. As a result, they excrete various toxic elements that are acid forming. This makes the body work very hard to maintain pH balance, causing internal systems to fight for the alkaline condition that is required for total health and wellness. Food is not the only reason for improper pH balance, however. High levels of stress can cause the buildup of toxins, too. Environmental toxins may also be blamed for the overly acidic state of many bodies in modern society.

By selecting more alkaline foods, the body has the tools it needs to manage a healthy pH balance. Replacing acid foods with alkaline foods allows the body to function in a far more natural state. Undesirable organisms such as fungus, bacteria, and yeast will not thrive in an alkaline environment. The same can be said for many molds and viruses. When they cannot survive, they are less likely to cause deterioration to the body.

Some of these chronic disorders and diseases have pointed to links with the acidification of blood, tissues, and organ systems:

• Breast, Bone and Colon Cancers

• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

• Depression

• Gum Disease/Gingivitis

• Multiple Sclerosis

• Loss of Bone Density

While the idea of completely overhauling the diet is intimidating, it may very well be the best way to improve overall health. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with slowly but steadily introducing more alkaline foods while removing the acid foods. Once implemented, healthy adjustments are more beneficial than one might even expect. For example, rather than using eggs when baking, many goodies will turn out just as well by substituting applesauce. Eggs are acid foods, while apples are alkaline foods. Taking a few small steps and making simple changes like this can be a great start in restoring a natural pH balance.

Cliff Everett Smith created the free Alkaline Food Test so that health conscious consumers may see how their dietary choices contribute to pH balance. Take the test for yourself and investigate alkaline foods and drinks for a healthy body at his online health food store.

Cliff Everett Smith created the free Alkaline Food Test so that health conscious consumers may see how their dietary choices contribute to pH balance. Take the test for yourself and investigate alkaline foods and drinks for a healthy body at his online health food store.

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