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Alkalizing the body

Alkalizing the body

 

Unhealthy acid to alkaline levels in the body can lead to many health problems including:cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and arthritis,

                                                                                                                            

When your doctor orders blood tests, sometimes they will ask for an electrolyte panel. Contained in this panel is a test for pH of the blood. Optimal pH of the blood is 7.2. Inherently the body will do everything it can to maintain that pH. This is necessary to run the entire body's biochemical pathways for detoxification, building, and general maintenance. The body has several control mechanisms to keep it at this pH and they include getting rid of excess acid or base by-products through the lungs, saliva and urine.

 

When your body is sick in any way this pH is disrupted. Most times your body is trying to keep up with the extra acid produced. Acids are produced from lack of oxygen, eating an imbalance of protein, fried fats, and processed carbohydrates (white flour)  and other acid producing foods, and by cellular breakdown and production of metabolic waste.  Dr. Bernard Jensen's books also mention chronic emotional stress releases stress hormones that can lead higher acid in the body.

 

There is lots of information out there on using pH paper to measure your urine and saliva in the morning but I've found that the paper is sometimes (often I'd have to say) not that accurate so I no longer recommend doing it. I've also noticed that people who don't know how to use the paper will take their pH too soon after they've eaten or during the day when the body is actually producing a post prandial alkaline tide (which means the body is releasing a bunch of bicarbonate to help neutralize the stomach acids so that it won't eat up the small intestine.) When this happens the pH is falsely elevated.

 

So you may want to check on your acid/alkaline status by filling in a monthly report of your symptoms. My favorite method is to grade the symptoms on a scale of 0-4 with zero meaning you have not had the symptom in the last month and 4 meaning you experience it every day and it's quite bothersome. Here's the list:

 

Here is a list of symptoms associated with an acid body:

 

 

 

 

Appendicitis

 

Hot flashes

 

Back/Disc disease

 

Joint pain

 

Blurred vision

 

Nasal drip

 

Chest pains

 

Numbness in legs

 

Continuous mucous

 

Osteoporosis

 

Corneal Ulcers

 

Rectal itching

 

Crying spells

 

Rheumatic pains

 

Deafness

 

Ringing in the ears-tinnitus

 

Elbow pains

 

Sensitive skin

 

Estrogen imbalances

 

Sensitive stomach

 

Extreme acidity

 

Skin breaking out

 

Fasting often

 

Stiff joints

 

Finger pains

 

Swollen ankles

 

Gallbladder problems

 

Tense shoulders

 

Hardening of the arteries

 

Tired legs

 

Hemorrhoids

 

Ulcers

 

Herpes

 

Weak spells

 

Hip pains

   

 

Date the page and keep it for future reference. See how many things have improved after alkalizing for 2-3 months. 
 

Here is a list of acid producing foods that need to be balanced and decreased from your diet to increase your alkaline reserve. How many of these do you eat regularly? If you "must" have them, cut back on the volume initially. I also advocate eating for your Body Type to avoid those foods that cause dis-ease in your body. These foods are in alphabetical order and not in order of acidity or alkalinity.

 

 

 

 

 

Barley

 

Lentils

 

Beans, Lima

 

Lobster

 

Beans, white

 

Macaroni

 

Beef

 

Maize

 

Bread

 

Millet

 

Buttermilk

 

Mutton

 

Cereals

 

Nuts

 

Chestnuts

 

Oatmeal

 

Chicken

 

Oyster

 

Clams

 

Peanut Butter

 

Corn

 

Peanuts

 

Cornmeal

 

Peas

 

Cornstarch

 

Pork

 

Cottage Cheese

 

Rabbit

 

Crab

 

Rice, brown

 

Crackers

 

Rice, polished

 

Duck

 

Rye

 

Eggs

 

Rye flour

 

Fish

 

Sauerkraut

 

Gluten flour

 

Sugar, Raw

 

Goose

 

Turkey

 

Honey

 

Veal

 

Lamb

   

 

Replace the acid producing foods with foods from the list below.

The more alkaline the food is the faster the replacement and replenishment of the alkaline reserve. Remember this is a balancing process so go slow.

 

Note: There are supplements and herbs that can assist in this alkalizing process. The best way to determine what to take is make an appointment with your acupuncturist/herbalist or naturapath. That said, you are the best person to determine what you need if you learn to listen to your body. As health care providers, that is what we aim to teach you.

 

If you take supplements/drugs/foods that are not making your body strong and healthy the body has to expend extra energy to get rid of the substance putting extra stress on your body and depleting it of the resources it could use towards the healing process. This is very important for the effective treatment of chronic diseases such as cancer.

 

Alkaline Foods (from most alkaline to least):

 

 

 

 

Figs, dried

 

Continued from bottom:

 

Lima beans, dried

 

Orange

 

Apricots, dried

 

Lettuce, Cos or loose leaf

 

Raisins

 

Prickly pear

 

Swiss chard

 

Sweet potato

 

Prunes, dried

 

Apricot, fresh

 

Dandelion greens

 

Turnip

 

Soybean sprouts

 

Grapefruit

 

Spinach

 

Nectarine

 

Taro root

 

Cabbage

 

Cucumber

 

Banana

 

Lima beans, fresh

 

Kohlrabi

 

Almonds

 

Pineapple

 

Peaches, dried

 

Raspberry

 

Beets

 

Tangerine

 

Avocado

 

Gooseberry

 

Kale

 

Mango

 

Chives

 

Quince

 

Carrots

 

Mushroom

 

Rhubarb

 

Snap bean

 

Endive (Escarole)

 

Radish

 

Dates

 

Orange juice-fresh squeezed

 

Chestnuts

 

Eggplant

 

Parsnips

 

Okra

 

Lemon (with peel)

 

Brussels sprouts

 

 

 

Coconut meat, dried

 

Broccoli

 

Rutabaga

 

Horseradish, raw

 

Onion

 

Cherry, sour red

 

Tomato, ripe

 

Lemon Juice

 

Peaches, fresh

 

Cabbage, red

 

Plums

 

Pomegranate

 

Celery

 

Pear, fresh

 

Watercress

 

Cauliflower

 

Blackberry

 

Chicory

 

Guava

 

Pumpkin

 

Lemon

 

Squash, winter

 

Bamboo Shoots

 

Grapes

 

Iceberg lettuce

 

Cabbage, Savoy

 

Cantaloupe

 

Strawberry

 

Coconut milk

 

Apple

 

Loganberry

 

Watermelon

 

Peas, dried

 

Corn, sweet

 

Sweet cherry

 

Pea, fresh green

 

Leek

 

Olive oil

 

Potato

   

 

Neutral foods include: (Listed from most neutral to least)

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

Continued:

 

Grains

 

Water chestnuts

 

Asparagus

 

Blueberries

 

Artichoke, globe or Jerusalem

 

Olives, gee

 

Remember unhealthy acid to alkaline levels in the body can lead to many health problems including:cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and arthritis,

 

                          

References:

  • Your Health, Your Choice by Dr. Ted Morter of Morter Health Systems 1-800-874-1478

  • Iridology: The Science and Practice In The Healing Arts, Volume II, by Bernard Jensen, D.C. ND        

  • Dr. Denice Moffat