What exactly is the true acid test? The scientific explanation for this leaves most people cold so I like to use a much simpler analogy.

As we are in the South of France most of us have some kind of experience of swimming pools, ours or somebody else’s. We are therefore aware of the green gunge that appears at certain times of year in some of these pools (not your own of course).

This algae is as a result of an acidic pool and germs like acidic environments… and surprise surprise, so do the germs in your body. As the great scientist, Antoine Béchamp famously observed ‘The germ is nothing, the terrain is everything.’ Mosquitoes seek the stagnant water, but they don’t cause the swamp to become stagnant. Whether bad bacteria incubate or remain dormant all depends on the ratio of cellular pH.

The pH balance of a pool should be exactly the same as the human body, above 7 is alkaline, and below 7 is acid. To be exact the human body has a preferred level of 7.35-7.45, slightly alkaline.

Alkaline and the Immune System

Maintaining this balance is key to avoiding all manner of germs, diseases and bacteria. Illnesses caused by an acid environment are long including skin eruptions, headaches, allergies, colds, flu and sinus problems. However, the particular disease depends upon the location of the deposits of this acidic, toxic, ‘soup’ (I am of course simplifying here) that live within your body. If the accumulating acid deposits are in the joints, it’s called arthritis (again, simplifying). If the poisonous waste matter accumulates in the pancreas and saturates the beta cells that synthesise insulin, it’s called diabetes. If the toxic sludge is dumped in the lungs, it’s called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Alkaline Food

Prescribed drugs do not deal with the actual cause and often make the condition much worse. Therefore the goal should be to help your body to ‘become’ more alkaline by what you eat and the lifestyle you live. If we create an alkaline environment then germs are much less likely to breed. ‘Acid’ foods include sodas, wine, bread, pastries, beer, chicken, fruit juices, cheese, beef, sugar as well as other lifestyle choices such as smoking, living in toxic city environments and stress; the list is long.

In the past some have questioned the safety of higher protein intakes, the uric acid content and its effect on kidney disease. Research has shown that for those with healthy kidneys, higher protein intake presents no renal stress and are well tolerated and the concerns about calcium loss are unsubstantiated. This brings me to another point… I will rarely advise dairy consumption in high quantities, for the lactose-content mainly. I have heard it asked many times that without dairy, how do we get our calcium? In fact if you sustain a well-balanced dietary intake, including foods such as broccoli, the one-and-only kale, almonds and sardines, your calcium content will be adequate. One big handful of cooked spinach has the same amount of calcium as a big cup of milk (as with, 1.5 handfuls of broccoli, 1 cup of dried figs and 1 fillet of mackerel).

The Take-Away Message

Straying from the alkaline point, the take away here is that higher protein intakes appear to have no negative consequences if your diet is balanced with healthy fats and carbohydrates from alkaline foods including spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, seaweed, kale, peppers, sweet potatoes, blueberries and asparagus, coupled with plain old fashioned water and a healthy active lifestyle.  I have many clients who swear by ‘green drinks’ as being the number one reason they are never sick. This may be anecdotal but much of today’s research supports this view, as do I.

So if you don’t want your insides to resemble that filthy gungy swimming pool then get to work today on achieving a positive alkaline balance, boosting your immune system and slowing down the aging process.

Have a great evening team 🙂

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