I have tried to gather as much information as I can to help people fully understand the importance of having a balanced pH level in their body. It was gaining the full knowledge on the effects of acidosis in the body that has inspired me to detox myself and to do whatever I can to help others regain their health with alkalization through fresh fruits and vegetables. I know how important it is to FULLY understand the science behind any changes you make with your body because it helps healing to occur faster when your brain and belief is backing up the physical processes. Yes, physically you will be doing the right thing for recovery of illness but you will also be mentally and emotionally on board as well because you are empowered with the knowledge of what you are undertaking with your changes in diet and lifestyle.
As you probably know, people get into raw foods for many different reasons. For anyone who has read Dr. Arnold Ehret's "Mucusless Diet Healing System" or is familiar with Dr.Morse's teachings- then you already have a good understanding as to what Dan and I are reaching for with raw foods, herbs and fasting. Throughout the last 7 months I have seen and heard thousands of testimonials from people all over the world who have used my partner Dan McDonald's program of clean raw foods, herbs, fasting and cultivation of self-love to heal or reverse symptoms of every type of ailment and illness I can think of. This includes cancer, diabetes, chronic pain and inflammation in the body, digestive problems, adrenal weakness and fatigue, morbid obesity, arthritis, ulcers, constipation, diarrhea, depression and many more random conditions. If that wasn't enough proof to give me confidence in the power of living foods, I was soon enrolled in the International School of Detoxification where I studied with Dr. Robert Morse and learned how and why raw foods can literally "cleanse" out dis-ease conditions in the body- even the ones our doctors would tell us are incurable.
The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause...too much tissue acid waste in the body!—Theodore A. Baroody, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.
For anyone who isn't familiar with the findings of these doctors, you may be surprised to hear that most illness in the body stems from acidosis- an over acidic condition in the body. Our bodies work very hard to maintain a balance of acid vs. alkalinity or pH level. This over acidic state then creates an excess of mucus in the body--mainly within the lymphatic system. Our body creates excess mucus to protect the cells from acid irritants, or any other toxins for that matter, that we mainly bring into the body through our diet, the air we breathe and what we put on our skin. Interestingly, negative emotions such as fear and guilt can also add to the acidic load in the body.
This is why alkalization is so important to regaining our health and vitality. The pH balance of the human body should be approximately 80% alkaline to 20% acidic. Many humans on the planet don't have a balanced pH level because the main foods that create alkalinity are primarily fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. What happens when you spend years consuming mostly cooked, dead, processed, genetically modified foods? Acidosis, inflammation, excess mucus, interstitial lymphatic constipation and/or autointoxication.
autointoxication [auto-, self + toxi-, poison] (n) (lit. "self-poisoning") is a term used by William Howard Hay, M.D. in his book A New Health Era (1933) to refer to what he considered the most fundamental cause of disease; i.e., accumulation of excess acid in the body (acidosis) which occurs when the body's intake and production of acid residue exceeds its ability to adequately eliminate it. This occurs primarily as a result of unwise food choices, improper food combining, and consumption of chemical food additives and drugs.
The most powerful method of removing mucus from the intestines and mucoid from the organs and lymph glands is the combined cleansing effect of a non-mucus/mucoid-forming diet
Allopathic medicine never gets to the root of the problem, it always deals with the symptoms. You can't make billions of dollars by telling someone to change their diet and lifestyle, but you can through the prescribing of chemical medicine-which in most cases makes the situation worse (chemical medicine is acidic.) This is the reason why I am so in love with the power of raw foods. And be careful because many "raw" foods are still acid forming- especially raw "gourmet" recipes that contain nuts and seeds. Excess fat (even good fats from avocados, coconuts, oils, nuts/seeds) can cause autointoxication because our body will only utilize a certain amount of fats per day, and its a lot less then what we eat. With those exceptions, many people can go on an all fruit and vegetable diet and see great improvements in there health and energy.
Detoxification will usually occur and the more you have abused your body with poor diet or drug use (this includes medications), the more difficult your detoxifixcation process can be. You may experience temporary headaches, rashes, weight gain, dramatic weight loss, constipation, diahrea, mood swings, fatigue, cold and flu like symptoms (especially if you suppressed your colds/flu with chemical medicine or antibiotics in the past), etc. The "detox crisis" or "detox event" is a positive thing. Wait for it and greet it with joy! Your body will always get sick before it gets better because it is doing whatever it needs to rid the body of toxins. Yes, it can be scary to take your health into your own hands but it doesn't have to be. Read books on natural health, educate yourself. Begin juicing and eating more raw foods. Experiment with a vegan diet and see how you feel.
I promise you won't regret it :)
This is the most accurate list I have found on Alkaline vs. Acid foods. I highly recommend "The Detox Miracle Source Book" by Dr.Robert Morse for a more extensive/accurate list of foods.
This blog post is dedicated to my boyfriend Dan who inspires me everyday to choose life :)