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									                              Easy Ways to Balance an Acidic Diet

                                by: Dr. Phil Domenico, citizen journalist

                    http://www.naturalnews.com/026774_food_foods_health.html

(NaturalNews) The American diet is anything but balanced. The mass consumption of meat, grains
and processed foods causes the body to become overly acidic, which strips it of minerals. Over the
long haul, those who do not balance their diet with alkaline foods (fruits and veggies, primarily)
become prone to weak bones, joints and muscles, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and a
host of other health problems. In other words, long-term health and longevity have everything to do
with acid-alkaline balance.


Consider the Inuit (a.k.a., Eskimos), who do not have access to many fruits and vegetables. Their
diets consist largely of seal meat, fish and whale blubber. While they eat few grains, their diet is
nevertheless highly acidic. Though a sturdy bunch, with healthy hearts, their bones start breaking
down prematurely. Indeed, the Inuit people have the worst longevity statistics in North America.


In contrast is Okinawa, where more people live to 100 years of age than anywhere in the world. While
meat, rice, soy and seafood (highly acidic foods) are squarely in the diet, so are a vast range of
different vegetables and fruits, rich in anti-oxidants, as well as minerals that counteract acidity. A
wealth of fascinating anthropologic and scientific evidence exists that supports the acid-alkaline
theory of health and longevity; there is much information to research this further.


The typical American diet is similar to that of the Inuit in that there is entirely too much meat and not
enough alkaline vegetables to balance it. Factory farms in the US manufacture meat and animal
products in unhealthy ways, leaving them loaded with toxins and inflammatory compounds.
Furthermore, charring meat adds flavor, as well as cancer-causing substances.


To make matters worse, the acidity of the American diet is compounded by all the starches and
sweets consumed. Many of these processed foods can be as acidic as meat, chicken, fish and
seafood (colas are even more acidic), but are not nearly as full of nutrients. Acidic foods are also
generally lacking in fiber, which helps control blood sugar and improves bowel health. The friendly
bacteria in the gut need fiber to function. Without them, not only does the digestive system suffer, but
also the immune defenses.


The problem is not so much any particular food, but rather the cumulative effect of a highly acidic diet
over many decades that eats away at our health. For some, the answer is to give up meat. However,
this choice is not that easy or fun, and could lead to protein, zinc, iron and vitamin B12 deficiencies.
There is also nothing easy about giving up sweets and starches, as most people crave these foods,
especially if there is delicious fat, salt, or caffeine in them. The food industry knows how to get us
hooked, and it is not easy going cold turkey.


So, where does that leave us? What can we do to reduce the impact of an acidic diet? For one,
reduce the serving sizes of the acidic foods, while increasing the amount of greens and other alkaline
veggies during a meal. Think of it as a deck of cards (the acidic food serving size) surrounded by a
forest of greens. This markedly reduces the total number of calories consumed, while reducing the
acid impact. Eating organic foods (especially animal foods) helps, because it reduces the toxins
present while increasing the nutritional content and alkaline balance. Learning about what foods are
highly acidic or alkaline can help one balance the diet better.


Yet, to make it easy, here are a few highly alkaline foods that - if used liberally at breakfast, lunch and
dinner - would go a long way towards improving the diet. It is as easy as sprinkling a bunch of black
pepper on everything. Consider adding paprika, parsley and horseradish as well, or squeeze lemon
or lime juice on fish, salads, or in your beverage. Add onions to everything. Munch on pumpkin seeds,
or add them to the salad. Use sea salt (Celtic, French or Himalayan preferred) rather than regular
table salt. Substitute sweet potatoes for white potatoes. Use Apple cider vinegar rather than
Balsamic vinegar. Choose miso soup with seaweed. Drink ginger tea, or add crushed ginger to your
morning eggs and other foods. If you like radishes, eat them like candy. If you want something sweet,
eat unsweetened pineapple, mango, cantaloupe, tangerines, mandarin oranges, kiwi and assorted
berries. Let watermelon or vegetable juice be your summer thirst quencher. Quell a hunger with
celery smeared with nut butter. Smear half of an avocado on toast, rather than margarine. Add
asparagus, winter squash and chestnuts to round out the list of extreme alkaline foods.


Along with green leafy vegetables (especially collard or mustard greens, endive and kale), the foods
mentioned above can make a major difference in the balance of things, and protect the bones, joints,
muscles, heart, brain, liver and kidneys. Alkaline bodies are also much more resistant to infection and
cancer. As diets go, these are not boring foods by any means. Indeed, there is a great variety to
choose from, and hundreds of simple recipes to play with. In addition, many other healthy and tasty
foods are alkaline forming, though not with the same impact as the foods listed above. There are also
alkaline mineral supplements, such as the citrates of potassium, magnesium and calcium, which can
have profound effects on health and well-being. Who knows? You may enjoy these foods and the
health benefits so much you will wean off the refined grains, sodas and toxic meats - the easy
way...one alkaline food at a time.

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