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04/17/2010 12:27 AM

Alkaline Foods Vs. Acidic Foods for Better Health!

ohfaithful

I've been trying to get more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I have also been trying to focus on improving my body PH. As you are probably aware, an alkaline body is more RESISTANT to disease than an acidic body!

I use PH strips to test my bodies acidity, from what I've discovered mouth acidity is different from body acidity.

What I have noticed, is that the more ALKALINE foods that I incorporate into my meals every day, the higher my ph ratings, the BETTER I feel.

Here is a list that I found years ago, that I'm trying to use more often in my attempt to increase the ALKALINE foods! I posted this on our refrigerator for my daughter so that she can refer to it when she is trying to make better choices. So far, so good, she checks it regularly and so do I.

http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

Post edited by: ohfaithful, at: 04/17/2010 12:29 AM

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04/17/2010 08:04 AM
openmymind
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I really like the post! I think I'll put it on my fridge, too.

04/28/2010 09:32 PM
ohfaithful

I've been working hard over the past four months to get my alkalinity up. While eating the right foods is the key to this, getting the right minerals into your body can also help to boost alkalinity.

The alkaline minerals are calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, better known as electrolytes. getting these in balance has been the key for me.

One of the things that I've learned about alkalinity is that drugs are very acidic so if we are taking a lot of drugs, then we have to balance out that acidity with a lot of alkaline foods. It's also been my experience that the meds cause AN ELECTROLYTE imbalance in some people!

In my quest for alkalinity I've also learned that many people have reversed illnesses by improving their alkalinity. The methods that I use are green smoothies twice a day, fermented foods/probiotics, and an alkalizing drink.

Here's an article that explains alkalzing a bit better!

So What Are the Fundamentals

The fundamentals of achieving an energy-boosting, life-giving acid alkaline balance are quite straightforward. I spent a lot of time researching and constructing this list of alkaline and acid foods which does simplyfy things a little – but I want to go a step further here.

Step One: Increase Alkalinity

Drink at least three litres of alkaline/pH neutral water mixed with Green Drink per day: drinking 3-5 litres of water per day will give your body the tools to flush toxins from your system, while the greens will give your body a real alkaline boost.

Drink at least 1 fresh vegetable juice per day: getting into the habit of juicing daily will give your body a real gift. Fresh, nutrient packed juices will also increase your alkalinity and provide you with the goodness of a gargantuan salad in a small glass. Brilliant.

Give your body ‘good fats' daily: this is probably the easiest of all the fundamentals to stick to, but is probably one of the most important. Your body cannot make these fats by itself, but it needs them. Its why they are called essential fatty acids. I have waxed lyrical about EFAs heaps of times before, here and for more information have a look at Udo's Site.

Have a salad as one of your meals every day: this is easier than it sounds and it will make a big difference to your energy levels and overall wellbeing. Don't just think of a normal lame salad. Think of giant, colourful, varied salads. Think of avocado, spinach, pine nuts, almonds, chickpeas, red cabbage, roma tomatoes, cucumber, snowpeas, sprouts, kidney beans, green beans, radish, fig, sunflower seeds, beets, artichoke, watermelon and herbs, herbs, herbs! Now think of beautiful dressings with lemons, limes and olive oils. See? Lovely.

Exercise aerobically three times a week (again, at least): exercising aerobically increases alkalinity by helping to flush the body of toxins, cleansing the lymph system and increases your energy, clarity and wellbeing. C'mon, I don't have to explain to you why it is essential that you must exercise regularly do I?

Just eat loads of green vegetables every single day! If you do this, you will feel the difference.

Step Two: Decrease Acidity

Stop eating these foods (don't even contemplate it!):

Dairy – cheese, milk, yoghurt, cream etc. They are cloggers.

Meat – apart from some fish if necessary.

Sweets and Snacks – you know this already – chocolate, ice creams, lollies, crisps, biscuits: anything that you already know is bad for you and that you shouldnt keep eating. It just makes sense.

Sugary, unhealthy drinks – coffee, tea, coke, pepsi, lemonade etc: so, so much wrong with these drinks. If it isnt the caffeine (and the added milk and sugar we put in coffee and tea) it is the absurd amounts of sugar in fizzy drinks. This also includes packaged juice drinks, cordials and despite their best intentions ‘innocent'-type juices. Sugar-tastic. Just by cutting out tea and coffee when I first started out took approx one pint of milk and 15 teaspoons of sugar from my daily diet.

‘Bad' fats and oils – anything that is hydrogenated (partially or fully), saturated, solid (butter and marge), stored outside of a fridge and in a plastic/perspex container (light, air and heat make ALL oils toxic) or cooked. These fats are bad news.

Yeast – sadly that includes marmite and beer. Yeast is responsible for so many illnesses, diseases and symptoms of poor health including fatigue, indigestion, asthma, colds and flu, joint pain, bad breath, PMS, heartburn, lack of sex drive, hernia, headaches, lethargy, muscle aches, allergies, IBS, irratability, dry skin, infections, weight gain, multiple sclerosis, tumors, dizziness, food cravings, mood swings, depression…need I go on?

To conclude…

OK – not a stroll in the park, but it is hardly rocket science. Eat the things you already know are good for you and stay away from the things that you know are bad for you.

Of course, do not try to do everything all at once, it will never work. But perhaps this could be a good transition program for you. Over the next 12 weeks try to master each of these 12 fundamentals one at a time, week-by-week. Go on – I dare you!

http://www.energiseforlife.com/wordpress/2006/03/25/acid- alkaline-balance-is-it-really-that-hard-to-achieve/

Here is an alkalizing drink that I use at least once a day, sometimes more depending up how I'm feeling.

The Moreless Alkalizing Drink

Here's a great alkalizing drink that can help

remineralise you quickly and cheaply!

This is an amazing power packed, mineral and nutrient

dense drink that will not only help to alkalize you, but will give you loads of electrically charged energy! It may be taken 2-3 times a day as needed.

Ingredients:

1. 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses (POTASSIUM, it may be Unsulphured )

2. Juice of half a lemon (OR 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar if you can't take citrus or get hold of lemons)

3. 1 + tablespoon Pickling Lime (CALCIUM, I use Mrs. Wages) water (how to make pickling lime water : 1 tablespoon of pickling lime powder, aka calcium hydroxide, diluted in 1 gallon (=4 litre) of distilled water) *see safety notes below*

4. Small pinch of Epsom Salts (MAGNESIUM)

5. Norwegian kelp powder 1 + teaspoons (SODIUM)

6. 1 glass of clean water to mix it with

*** you can take a lot MORE pickling lime water and "Kelp"

than is suggested above. Start slow and if things don't

improve, slowly build up. Some of us use up to 20

tablespoons of pickling lime water and up to 2

tablespoons of kelp powder each time ***

The chemical reaction between the acid in the lemon

juice and the alkaline minerals in the molasses releases

energy into the body and makes the minerals more

bioavailable.

Method:

*Dissolve the blackstrap molasses and epsom salts in

warm water (leave to cool if desired)

*Add 1 (or more) tablespoons of pickling lime water

*Add the lemon or ACV (I sometimes add both) Add these

only when the drink has cooled down, you don't want to

destroy the enzymes

*Some people like to mix their kelp in with their drink, some just put the kelp straight into their mouths Special note on the kelp!: Most people find the taste absolutely vile?

it may help to moisten it and your mouth first so you

don't gag! Some people use a straw to bypass the taste.

But this really is an essential part of the drink and is packed with loads of minerals and complex carbohydrates, so do what you need to do to get it down! And yes, kelp is available in capsules, but the powder is much cheaper.

Ted's Alkalizing Formulas:

1. ACID DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS AND EXTREME ACIDITY FORMULA

1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/2 glass of water taken after every meal.' I am assuming you take three meals a day. So this would mean you take it twice a day. This will help the digestion and stop the constipation.

2. Alkalizing the Blood Formula

1/4 teaspoon of baking soda added to only 1/2 glass of water. This is taken once in the morning and once before bedtime.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Formula

Two tablespoon of ACV plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Take this two to three times a day on an empty stomach. It is supposed to give you more energy. The pH of this formula is about 7.

Read much more about this formula here.

4. The Lemon Bicarbonate Formula

This simple formula will normalized many biological parameters, pH, ORP, phosphates, bicarbonates and antioxidants of vitamin C. A potential miracle water. One whole lemon freshly squeezed. Keep adding baking soda slowly bit by bit until the fizz stops. Then you will add water to one half glass. This is often taken twice a day. To be taken once in the morning and once before bedtime on an empty stomach.

5. The Lime Bicarbonate Formula

Same as above, but I use lime instead. The lime formula is the one I actually used in Bangkok and all measurements that normalized many biological parameters were based on lime formula. The reason is simple: lemon is non-existent in Bangkok. We use only lime. One whole lime freshly squeezed. Keep adding baking soda slowly bit by bit until the fizz stops. Then you will add water to one half glass. This is often taken either twice a day on an empty stomach, once in the morning and once before bedtime.

Note: Basically, lemon/lime juice idea is also good for people who fear some sodium retention issues. Since the lemon is already high on potassium, adding the sodium to neutralize the acid along the way will also create a sodium potassium balance.

6. For People with Sodium Issues and Want to Alkalize

1/8 teaspoon of baking soda 1/16 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid. Add water to 1/2 glass of water. Take this twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening on an empty stomach. This is done to avoid diarrhea problems, if taken along with food.

7. For People with Sodium Issues and Want to Alkalize and Normalize Many Biological Parameters: One whole freshly squeezed lemon (or lime) and keep adding the bicarbonate until the fizz stops. The bicarbonate is made of 50/50, sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate. Sorry, sodium must always be there to achieve somewhat of a sodium/potassium balance. Take this twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening on an empty stomach. This is done to avoid diarrhea problems, if taken along with food.

IMPORTANT:

To make these alkalizing formulas work, it is necessary that you drink plenty of water while you are eating any food. The water you drink will allow the food to be properly pH neutralized so that there is no "pockets" of acid that exists. Chewing and eating slowly is another thing that helps.

To allow the foods to be properly digested without unnecessary acid/base interaction in foods. Make sure you eat just one kind of food category for one meal, and another kind of food a category for another meals. It tends to bring homogeneity and less upset for the stomach. So do not eat many kinds of food in one meal.

If you want just protein, then protein for morning meal. And maybe starch for lunch meal, then finally a vegetarian meal in the evening.

Make sure the last meal of the day is a light meal so the body doesn't need to do extra homework while it is resting during the night!

And to repeat again: drink plenty of water while you are eating. Do not try to conserve water to sacrifice pH imbalances. Water is a natural neutralizer. Ted"

Additional Notes:

12/6/2006: Ted adds: "A formula or any formulas can be stopped and started at any time. Often the best times to start can be in the morning, early afternoon, or late evening. However, the best times seems to be in the afternoon or evening because that is the time that the body's pH has the most problem. Morning is really never much a problem bcecause the body had enough rest.

In my opinion the best formula to use is the lime-baking soda formula, after drinking it many biological terrain parameters would be normalized the best.

But when people do get sick, certain problems of very specific nutrition had to be addressed first depending on the condition.

If the body's pH buffer is quite serious, such as an acid tongue, then it is very likely baking soda alone would do. In some cases of acid reflux, of course ACV and baking soda would work.

If you are having trouble getting your pH to normal despite efforts to take plenty of bicarbonates, then a lime baking soda formula would do best. But there are also a hidden problem of your diets, often it is the bread, vitamin B6 (usually in HCl form, instead of the correct pyridoxine 5 phosphate form, too much table salt instead of sea salt (too much halogens and not enough minerals on the left handed side of the periodic tables!), or drinking excess coke, and coffee.

One case had a love of pizzas and burgers which after I asked him to discontinue, his pH went to normal within one day, but he too had to take the bicarbonate still, from some of the meats he eat. This is unusually fast since he had trouble normalizing the pH for over a month, despite taking baking soda.

If your body is of low energy level, then an ACV and bicarbonate would do. In fact this issue becomes quite common in U.S. on low energy level, which is why ACV remains most popular so far. The problems often occurs when ACV is alone. The correct way of taking it is to use ACV and plenty of baking soda.

It also is indicative of subnormal levels of iodine that the body. Often in my opinion, a decolorized form of iodine is better then a povidone iodine. While I have not yet gotten a chance to measure the U.S. form of decolorized form of Iodine (I make my own), the ORP of decolorized form of iodine is often better and less acid forming than a non-decolorized form of iodine. But this is just a theory of mine as well as the advantages of non-staining. Ted"

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/ alkalizing_formulas.html

Good luck!

Faith Smile

Post edited by: ohfaithful, at: 04/28/2010 09:33 PM

Post edited by: ohfaithful, at: 04/29/2010 11:38 AM


04/29/2010 01:43 PM
ohfaithful

The Benefits of Cultured Vegetables/UNPASTERIZED Fermented Foods/Probiotics

According to Donna Gates in The Body Ecology Diet, "Cultured vegetables...are already pre-digested. This means that before they enter your mouth, the friendly bacteria have already converted the natural sugars and starches in the vegetables into lactic acid, a job your own saliva would do anyway. The enzymes in cultured vegetables also help digest other foods eaten with them."

Raw cultured vegetables help reestablish your inner ecosystem.

The friendly bacteria in raw cultured vegetables are a less expensive alternative to probiotics....

They improve digestion.

Knowing the benefits of raw foods, you may have decided to include raw vegetables with each meal. Cultured vegetables eliminate this concern, since they are already pre-digested. This means that even before they enter your mouth, the friendly bacteria have already converted the natural sugars and starches in the vegetables into lactic acid, a job your own saliva and digestive enzymes would do anyway.

The enzymes in the cultured vegetables also help digest other foods eaten with them.

They increase longevity.

You could think of the friendly bacteria in raw cultured vegetables as little enzyme powerhouses. By eating the vegetables, you will maintain your own enzyme reserve and use it to eliminate toxins, rejuvenate your cells, and strengthen your immune system—which all adds up to a longer, healthier life.

They control cravings.

Homemade cultured vegetables are ideal for appetite control and thus weight control. The veggies help take away cravings for the sweet taste in pastries, colas, bread, pasta, dairy, fruit, and other expansive foods not on the Diet.

They are ideal for pregnant and nursing women.

Pregnant women should eat cultured vegetables to ensure their ecosystems will be rich in friendly bacteria. The vegetables also help alleviate morning sickness during the early part of the pregnancy. Once the baby is born, the mother should continue eating the vegetables and drinking the juice. And the liquid from the cultured vegetables can be fed to the baby in tiny spoonfuls to relieve colic.

Raw cultured vegetables are alkaline and very cleansing. They help restore balance if your body is in a toxic, acidic condition. Because they do trigger cleansing, you may have an increase in intestinal gas initially as the vegetables stir up waste and toxins in the intestinal tract. Soon, however, you will notice an improvement in your stools. To ease the discomfort of the gas, colonics and enemas are very useful during this period.

Babies love the juice or liquid found in salt-free cultured vegetables....A child who is fed in this manner never has digestive problems.

One way to combat your sweet tooth [is to eat] lots of cultured vegetables. Besides providing an abundance of friendly bacteria, these enzyme-rich foods are a high-quality, alkaline, expansive food, which balances out the more contracting animal proteins and salty foods that make us crave acid-forming sugars.

If you find yourself craving sweets, try the following before giving in to the demands of your yeast: ... Eat one-half cup cultured vegetables.

Vitamin and mineral supplements also can be mucus forming. It's better to spend your money instead on raw cultured vegetables.

Pregnant women would do well to...eat lots of cultured vegetables....Nursing mothers of colicky babies have gotten relief from many sleepless nights just by eating raw cultured vegetables....All babies (especially necessary for bottle-fed babies) can be fed finy spoonfuls of the juice of cultured vegetabes.

Raw cultured vegetables are excellent because they are cleansing and easily digested.

Raw cultured vegetables [are] an excellent expansive food....These enzyme-rich vegetables greatly enhance digestion of protein.

Unsalted raw cultured vetetables...provide these important plant enzymes. Remember, foods properly used balance our bodies.

Menu Tip: Try oil-free, blue corn chips with...cultured vegetables to reduce the drying, contracting effect of the chips.

If you're constipated...eat...raw cultured vegetables.

Include at least 1/4 cup of cultured vegetables with your morning meals. Animal protein foods and grain dishes always digest better when eaten with these enzyme-rich vegetables. No medicine can replace the benefit of the friendly bacteria they create.

Good Luck!

Faith Smile

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