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ACID AND ALKALINE BALANCE

 

It is important to address the acid/alkaline balance in the body. An acidic environment causes bacteria and other microbes, including parasites, to flourish and can be caused by a poor diet or excessive consumption of acid forming foods such as sugar or meat protein and smoking tobacco. The body has a number of organs that can naturally neutralise and eliminate excess acid providing these organs are working correctly and that enough alkalising foods are being consumed.


The Western diet is highly acid forming as it consists of excessive amounts of corn, dairy, meat, refined sugars and wheat. An alkalising diet can help to relieve this acid load and reduce the strain on the body’s detoxification systems such as the kidneys.

 

 Check the pH of saliva with pHydrion paper strips that can be obtained from a pharmacy. If the saliva pH is below 7.2 then there may be an imbalance of the bacteria flora in the intestines as the body is too acidic. To increase the oral pH to a normal 7.2 or greater (alkaline), drink one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a cup of water. It is that simple to neutralise the acids that can be the cause of the following health disorders:

If suffering with any of the above disorders it may well be due to acidity and this can be addressed very simply without drugs which can cause further health issues.


Bicarbonate of soda not only causes the body to become more alkaline it also has been shown to decrease dental plaque acidity induced by sucrose and its buffering capacity is important to prevent dental cavities. Other studies have shown that bicarbonate inhibits plaque formation on teeth and, in addition, increases calcium uptake by dental enamel. Cleaning teeth regularly with bicarbonate of soda can help keep the alkaline levels in check and has no toxic chemicals that are added to toothpastes and alcohol in mouthwashes which encourage an environment suitable for the growth of pathogenic bacteria and parasites. Only buy pure mined bicarbonate of soda which has not been tainted with chemicals during the production process.


Coconut oil is also antibacterial and can be mixed with bicarbonate of soda to produce a natural toothpaste. It has been proved that the strong antibacterial mouthwashes, that contain alcohol ,encourages the proliferation of worms and parasites by killing the good bacteria in the intestinal tract. Bicarbonate of soda mixed with coconut oil can be used safely anywhere on the body to treat bacterial or fungal infections and is also useful to treat pets with skin disorders.


CAUTION: Those suffering with high blood pressure should consult their health practitioner before consuming bicarbonate of soda as it has a high sodium content. The alternative is to consume the following natural foods regularly instead.


Natural alkalising foods


Adding some extra natural foods from the list below and reducing corn, meat and refined sugars can help the body to balance itself very easily and will reduce the effect acidity can have. This is especially important during recovery from injury and infections of any type. Many people believe that foods that taste acidic or have an acidic pH themselves such as citrus fruits, will cause more acidity, however, in the body these foods actually have an alkalising effect.

 

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NOTE: Only natural foods grown in organically rich soils will have sufficient mineral content to reduce the acidity of the body.

Almonds
Apples
Apricots
Arugula
Asparagus
Bananas
Beetroot
Berries
Broccoli
Cantaloupe
Cardamom seeds
Carob
Carrots
Cashew nuts
Cauliflower
Celery
Chestnuts
Chilli peppers
Cinnamon

Chlorella
Coriander
Cumin
Dandelion root
Dewberry
Dulse
Endive
Garlic
Ginger (fresh root)
Ginseng
Grapefruit
Grapes
Green beans
Herbs (green leafy)
Himalayan pink crystals
Kale
Kelp
Kiwi fruit
Kohlrabi

Kombucha
Lettuce
Limes
Logan berry
Lotus root
Mango
Melon
Mineral water
Molasses
Mustard
Nectarines
Lemon
Lentils
Olives
Onions
Oranges
Parsley
Parsnips
Passion fruit

Peaches
Pears
Peas
Peppers
Persimmons
Pineapples
Plums
Pumpkin seeds
Raspberries
Sea salt
Seaweed
Soya beans
Spirulina
Spinach
Sweet potatoes
Tangerines
Turmeric
Turnips
Watermelon

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