The answer is to gain and maintain wellness…

Perhaps you suffer from fatigue, headaches, anxiety, PMT, or are overweight and despite what you do, you cannot shift the dis-ease.  In some cases the real cause may be down to an upset in the biochemical balance in the cells, in the acid-alkaline balance.

In these instances, the body’s cells are too acidic rather than slightly alkaline.  Not only can your diet effect this but also stress, be it on a physical or emotional basis.   Some high acidity-promoting foods include protein, fat and processed/refined foods – the basis of many a standard Western diet!  Eating a variety of green vegetables and managing your stress levels will lead to cells being more alkaline.  The result of the digestion of a food determines whether cells will be either acidic or alkaline.

Other foods that contribute to acidity include wheat, white flour products, cheese and soft drinks. Those that have an alkaline impact are green foods like, spinach, broccoli and asparagus, as well as watermelon, papaya, mango, almonds, dates and figs.  Very alkalising are the super foods barley grass and spirulina which is why I recommend a daily dose.  I add spirulina to my daily green smoothie.  Even the juice of half a lemon squeezed into a small glass of water is very alkalising and in fact, it’s a great way to start the day. Lemon Water

Generally, cells that are acidic will retain metabolic wastes, have low levels of oxygen and be prone to becoming infected.  Those cells that are slightly alkaline are healthy and function well, so disease simply cannot occur.

The body aims to keep in balance. The regulators of the acid-alkaline balance are the minerals, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, sodium and manganese.  Minerals will be pulled from the body to bring a more alkaline environment if acidity occurs.  When you think of how acidic the average diet has become, is it any wonder that we are seeing a rise in bone-weakening diseases such as osteoporosis, as the alkalising minerals such as calcium and magnesium are leached from the bones to neutralise this rising acidity?

Hence, it is important to eat less of the foods that generate acidic waste. In fact one should generally eat a diet of 80% alkaline forming foods such as onions, carrots, celery, cabbage, fruits like lemons, lime, oranges, pineapple, strawberries, apples, apricots, whey, yoghurt and herbal teas.

By eating more alkaline rich foods, drinking plenty of water, and relaxing, you will get rid of the acidic waste. Highly alkalising super foods like barley grass and spirulina along with an increased intake of alkalising minerals will speed this process up.

It is in this alkaline environment that all chemistry can better work, to elicit the “essence of life”.

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