Improving your Digestion and Preventing Disease begins with eating a diet of Alkaline Forming foods. Because an Acidic System equals an Unhealthy Digestive System: Creating a Toxic Environment that upsets your body’s PH balance. As this toxic environment “Kills” all good bacteria, causes increased inflammation and digestive problems. Leading to a condition known as Acidosis, being an inappropriate PH balance within your body.
“All disease begins in the gut.”
A major focus of my clinical practice has been in treatment of what could be referred to as cardiometabolic disorders (obesity, diabetes, cholesterol disorders, heart disease, insulin resistance, etc.), so you might say what has acidity and digestion got to do with this?
It became apparent when treating clients with metabolic problems that there was a distant link with cardiac health and digestive problems as well. Symptoms like indigestion, bloating, gas, irritable bowel problems such as diarrhoea and constipation.
As I began to treat clients with improved dietary and lifestyle changes the digestive symptoms subsided and the reversal of insulin resistance became evident.
After many years of supporting clients in these areas I now fully understand the connection between the digestive system, popularly referred to as “gut health,” and optimal health.
The Link between Cardiac, Metabolic, Gut Health & Disease!
It is now recognized within the Health Industry, the co-existence of gut symptoms, cardiac risk and metabolic syndrome with a direct link to disease. This uncovering the recognition how inflammation is the root cause for chronic health conditions like heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and autoimmunity. Inflammation is caused by immune system overactivation and most of your immune system activity resides in your gut. It has become evident that improper gut health, an acidic environment within your body is the primary trigger to these diseases. Being referred to as inflammation-related diseases.
Well before your cholesterol or blood glucose readings becomes abnormal, your digestive symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, excessive gas and irritable bowel could well be early warning signs for excessive inflammation in the body. Listening to these signs and making significant health changes to your diet and lifestyle is a positive way of helping your body in prevention of these diseases.
When your Body is in a state of Acidity the initial problems that occur are within your digestive track. This being an increase in Bad Bacteria, with a Decrease or Elimination of Good Bacteria
This allow for yeast to thrive in your digestive tract leading to a condition known as Candida. If your body remains in an acidic state this then goes on to lead to further health problems such as Cancer, Bowel Disease, Joint and Muscular pain and loss of use.
- Inflamed sensitive gums, cavities
•Sciatica, lumbago, stiff neck
•Respiratory problems, shortness of breath, coughing
•Yeast fungal overgrowth
•Low energy and chronic fatigue
•Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and reduction in oxygen
•Heart problems, arrhythmias, increased heart rate
•Weight gain, obesity and diabetes
•Bladder and kidney infections
•Accelerated free radical damage
•Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
•Osteoporosis, weak brittle bones, hip fractures, bone spurs
•Headaches, confusion, sleepiness
•Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid build-up
When there is excess acidity within the body, the body will take minerals from vital organs and bones, in order to neutralize the acid and remove it from the body.
Due to this happening, the body’s mineral reserves such as calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium become dangerously low and will cause damage that may go undetected for years.
Until it reaches levels that will cause ill health from a term know as acidosis. Disease may well commenced at this stage.
For many of us we are already consuming more than enough acid forming foods, such as dairy, grains, meats and sugar. As the body is constantly generating acidic waste material from these foods being metabolised. It is essential for these waste products to be neutralized and excreted from the body. So to support the body in this neutralizing process we need to supply the body with more alkaline forming foods.
What You Can Do!
Eat Alkalizing Forming Foods: Alkalizing your body is as easy as making your Vegetable intake 75% of your diet and your animal protein only 25% of your daily Dietary intake.
To Begin With: First thing each morning have 1 squeezed lemon in warm water per day and if you are suffering from indigestion or heartburn, then have a teaspoon of Bicarb in a glass of water before going to bed.
Here is a list of Alkaline Foods, especially High Alkaline Foods:
Alkalining Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach
Alkalizing Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon
Alkalizing Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu
Alkalizing Spices: Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt
Note: a food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.
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