You are what you eat
The late Tom Bowen - the man who devised the original Bowen Technique - felt the food we put into our bodies was very important to health and well-being. For a wide range of conditions he recommended a diet high in alkaline-forming foods with alkaline-forming foods being 80% of the whole diet. There is a reliable body of research which looks into the beneficial effects of ingesting alkaline-forming foods.
Note that acidic foods are not necessarily acid-forming in the gut. For instance, lemons, which are acidic in nature, are metabolised by the body into an alkalising nature and have an alkanising effect generally on the tissues. A list of acid and alkaline forming foods is given below.
was also keen to promote the drinking of pure water. Water not only
hydrates the body tissues but also helps to flush it of toxins. Unfortunately,
most tap water is acidic and can contain many substances that are not
good for your health - fluoride, chlorine, heavy metals and residues
of prescribed and non-presribed medication. Many health professionals
recommend the drinking of alkalised and de-ionised water especially
when ill, recovering or frail, and again there has been much research,
most notably in Japan, of conditions improved by this practice.
Your body pH affects everything and balancing the pH is a major step toward well-being and greater health.
The pH scale is calculated
from 0 - 14
Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 - 7.45 ). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.
An acidic pH can occur from an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overloadsate for acidic pH, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.
An acidic balance will decrease the body's ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it's ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it's ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness.
The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical western diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables. Additionally, we eat acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many drugs, which are acid forming, and we use artificial chemical sweetners which are poison and extremely acid forming. One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up our diet and lifestyle.
To maintain good health, the diet should consist of no less than 60% alkaline forming foods and no more than 40% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.
Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, seeds and nuts.
Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains and legumes.
The chart below is for those trying to "adjust" their body pH. The pH scale is from 0 to 14, with numbers below 7 being acidic (low on oxygen) and numbers above 7 are alkaline. An acidic body is a sickness magnet. What you eat and drink will impact where your body's pH level falls.
Balance is Key
This chart is intended only as a general guide to alkalizing and acidifying foods.
|ALKALINE FORMING FOODS||ACID FORMING FOODS|
Parsnips (high glycemic)
ALKALISING ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
SPICES & SEASONINGS
Note that a food's acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.
GRAINS, GRAIN PRODUCTS
BEANS & LEGUMES
FATS & OILS
DRUGS & CHEMICALS
There are several versions of the acidic and alkaline food chart to be found in different books and on the Internet. The following foods are sometimes attributed to the acidic side of the chart and sometimes to the alkaline side. Remember, you don't need to adhere strictly to the alkaline side of the chart, just make sure a good percentage of the foods you eat come from that side.
Organic Milk (unpasteurized)
Butter (fresh, unsalted), cream (fresh, raw), cow's milk and whey (raw), margarine, oils (except olive), and plain yogurt.