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#15 - THE ACID / ALKALI FOOD GUIDE

  • It can be an enormous help to our general health to get the pH levels in our body right.
  • Generally, most of us are on the acid side (low pH), and need to increase alkaline foods in our diet. Chronic, low-grade acidosis in our body can lead to...
    • 1.
      Reduced bone strength and formation
    • 2.
      Increased inflammation... leading to pain eg gout, arthritis
    • 3.
      Accelerated protein breakdown leading to muscle wasting and increased age-related muscle tissue loss
    • 4.
      • Irritation of the bladder and urinary tract that can pre-dispose to infection
    • 5.
      Decreased ability to perform high intensity exercise
    • 6.
      Increased risk of kidney stone formation
    • 7.
      Growth and spread of naturally-occurring yeasts and fungi, which thrive in an acid environment, and can cause digestive problems
    • 8.
      Herbal Medicines act as natural laxatives - patients often comment on better bowel function even though I haven't used any laxative herbs in their prescription!
    • 9.
      Reduced immunity due to an increased production of free radicals (unstable molecules that cause cellular damage)
    So to get the balance right, we need to REDUCE our intake of acid-forming foods such as: meat, white flour products, carbonated drinks, sugar, coffee, white rice, white vinegar (apple cider vinegar fine), peanuts, hazelnuts, icecream, chocolate.
  • At the same time, we need to INCREASE our intake of alkaline-forming foods such as: almonds, apples, asparagus, avocado, lentils, capsicum, berries, all citrus fruits, most herbs and spices (except table salt, sea salt fine), most veggies (except tomatoes, rhubarb and spinach).
  • There are extensive lists of acid/alkali foods available - the book "The Acid Alkaline Food Guide by Brown and Trivieri (2006) is particularly good. We also have a list on our website that you can print out www.healthinourhands.com.au.
  • There is a simple saliva test I do at the clinic that gives us a reading of your pH, and I have found it quite informative and reliable for patients.
  • Get the balance right for you, and I'm sure you will be feeling better...
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