A Balancing Act
The concept of balance through either alkalising or acidifying foods originated in the east and was known as Yin and Yang. This concept stresses the need for balance when eating from all types of food groups and notes that disease is preventable through eating a slightly more alkaline diet. The Macrobiotic Diet, popularised by George Ohsawa the in the 1960’s, is built on the idea of Yin & Yang.
Most western approaches have strayed significantly from the original meaning of Yin and Yang as balancing properties of health. The western interpretation of eating acid and alkalising foods primary focus is that acidic foods promotes disease and that alkalising foods prevent disease. However, this notion does not provide the full story. As we know, a body fluid pH of 7.0 is neutral; below 7.0 is acidic and above 7.0 is alkaline. The preference is to maintain a fluid pH (intra-cellular and extra-cellular fluids) of approximately 7.3, which is slightly alkaline.
Western acid/alkaline diets focus on the following:
- Eating 80% of alkaline foods and 20% of acid foods – this helps to reduce excess acid forming in the bodily fluid.
- Frequently detoxifying the body.
- Using alkalising supplements to help the body replenish excess acid.
Alkaline against cancer and other viruses
Alternative/holistic doctors currently state that that any type of virus or cancer can only thrive in an acidic environment. Therefore, if the ph level of your body measures between 9.0 to 9.5, a virus cannot mutate. A great start to a full recovery from any illness is to alkaline your body with food, combined with high alkaline vitamins and nutrients. Dr. Leonard Coldwell has famously reported that due to Magic Johnson (basketball player) maintaining an alkaline body for years this has cured him of the Aids virus.
Determining Whether a Food is Alkaline or Acid
A food is determined acid or alkaline by burning the food to ash, adding water to make a solution and then testing that solution to see where it falls on the scale relative to its reaction to other tested foods. Very basically, those foods that produce more acidic residues have come to be deemed potentially harmful and disease-producing while those that are alkaline are deemed to be more health promoting. This approach is an incomplete and incorrect way of ascertaining which foods are supportive and which foods are un-supportive. Nowadays, you will find that the original Eastern Yin/Yang list has been modified derpending on which author has compiled each particular list. Thus, the measurement and methodology used to determine what constitute an acid vs. an alkaline food comes into play. If you Google ‘Acid & Alkaline’ you will get many different lists that have specific foods in one category or the other, and explanations on how the author has categorised them. Of course, all of this conflicting information becomes very confusing for most people.
Unfortunately too many people get so focused on the lists of acid and alkaline foods that they lose sight of the fact that the body is in a state of constantly going from acidic to alkalising and back as a necessary and natural process of digestion of food. It is best drinking alkaline water, around 4 to5 litres a day. Alkaline your body anyway you can. Dark green vegetables, such as wheat grass etc, are a great source of alkaline. Pure water in glass containers, remove the toxic chemicals you get from plastic. We need to rid ourselves of all the pollutants we accumulate everyday. We have a very dense body and those bodies need to be dense to navigate the heavy 3d energies. Now we need to lighten them up to move forward. We are light beings, and not the flesh and blood you see. The real you is inside the vehicle (the human body) you chose. Think of the movie Avatar, it is much the same.
Alkaline vegetables include:
- Brussels sprouts
Alkaline fruits include:
- Berries, Blackberries, Cherries