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Diet Considerations - Alkalizing for Health©

Virtually all degenerative conditions involve some degree of acidity in the body. Cancer and many pathogenic disease-causing organisms cannot exist in an alkaline environment. Each of our tissues and body fluids has an optimum p.H. range that is unique. When one of our tissues or fluids is too acidic, our body will try to adjust - sometimes compensating by making another tissue or fluid overly alkaline.

In order to correct over acidity, the body must borrow minerals-including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium-from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acidic condition. Over time, this drain on the body's mineral stores can cause severe mineral imbalances that dramatically affect many essential physiological functions. Health challenges associated with chronically-acid body states include low blood pressure, insomnia, water retention, headaches, fatigue, eczema, immune deficiency, joint and muscle pain, premature aging, obesity, and in severe cases, kidney disease, cardiovascular illness, osteoporosis, and cancer.

Generally speaking, an immune-boosting, yeast-starving diet is quite alkalizing. By doing a search on the internet, you'll find plenty of food charts to help you examine the acid/alkaline theory in more detail. Be aware that as with almost any field of nutrition, you can expect to find a level of disagreement out there.

There is some controversy on the classification of certain foods as acid-producing or alkaline-producing because some foods can have both an alkalizing and acidifying effect. Cranberry for example, is an acidic fruit. It is said to acidify the urine but alkalize the tissues. This kind of duplicity is not that uncommon and serves to complicate the classification of foods.

When it comes to the adaptation of our diet with optimum pH in mind, there is some consensus that most health problems stem from general over-acidity. We also know that a diet of meats, cheeses, mucous-producing foods, starches, sugar and coffee produce symptoms of over-acidity. A diet of primarily whole foods, vegetables and beans is less likely to produce these conditions. Most of the foods that are recommended in the WholeApproach® Candida Diet are alkaline-forming.