Everything we eat influences our body's pH level. By consuming too many acid-forming or acidic foods, like a typical continental breakfast, white bread, hot-dogs, muffins with coffee or coke, our body is continuously fighting to neutralize the excessive acid and to retain a pH balance [which is a pH level of 7.356 on the pH scale]. Symptoms of a pH imbalance can be weight problems such as overweight and underweight, as well as other health conditions such as allergies, arthritis, acne and heart attacks.
To optimize our health and well being, the ideal balance of food and food residue in our body is 80% alkaline and 20% acidic, and is referred to as an alkaline diet, also called an acid alkaline balance diet. The theory behind this pH diet is that the pH produced by the food we eat should reflect the pH level of our bloodstream, which is approximately 7.36, and that if it does not, the pH of our bloodstream may be disrupted. Dr. Robert O. Young claims that health depends primarily on proper balance between an alkaline and acid environment - as when our bodies become too acidic, our bodies will take whatever action necessary to regulate the pH and the acid-alkaline balance of the blood. In this environment our bodies will begin to break down and show signs of disease including cancer, obesity, flu, skin disorders, osteoporosis, yeast overgrowth, etc.
Dr. Young is author of several books, e.g. 'The pH miracle' and 'The pH miracle for Diabetes'.
The logic approach to following an alkaline diet is to eat the things that are good for you - fruits and vegetables, and avoid the things that you know are not - processed foods, sugar, alcohol, tobacco, yeast, etc. Most fruits and vegetables are alkaline producing foods, as well as Green Superfoods like Wheatgrass, Barley, Alfalfa and Spirulina.
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