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Your Health
by Pati Kearns
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Finding The Balance Nutritionally
Understanding the acid/alkaline balance in your body is an important step in creating health. Current research indicates that a highly acidic system is linked to inflammation, which may be the precursor to such diseases as cancer and heart disease. If we suffer from such conditions as low energy, high irritability, nervousness, headaches, inflamed gums, loose or chipped teeth, excess stomach acid, frequent colds, allergies, dry itchy skin, stiff neck or a feeling of aching all over, weak, brittle bones, or poor circulation, we may be experiencing a highly acidic state.

Our diet, the food and drink choices that we make, is the factor that most influences the acid/alkaline or pH balance in the body. Most people that eat a traditional American diet have a system that is far too acidic. If we look at a typical diet, we might see something like this: Breakfast - eggs, bacon and toast with juice or coffee. Lunch might be a turkey sandwich, chips, a cookie, maybe a piece of fruit, and a soda or diet soda. Both of these examples are highly acidic. When we say a food is highly acidic, we're saying it is low in minerals, and conversely, when we say a food is alkaline, we're saying it is rich in minerals. We need to find a healthy balance between alkaline and acidic foods to have and maintain good health.

Some excellent foods that are alkaline (loaded with minerals) are dark leafy greens (eat lots of salads!) almonds, brazil nuts, raisins, dates, bananas, potatoes, celery, green beans, broccoli, spinach, zucchini, egg yolk, fresh mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, and virgin cold pressed olive oil. It can be extremely helpful to include some of these mineral rich foods in each meal.

For much more information on this subject, including how to determine your body's pH, I suggest reading The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey, N.D.

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