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A pillar is a support. Without a support, thestructure crumbles.
When we look at personal health and longevity we canchoose to look at that which is supported by the pillars - orat the pillars themselves. It goes without saying that if thepillars are strong, the structure survives. So what are thepillars of health, our ‘foundaons’?
We were taught at school that good health came from a pyr-maid of food. Eat the right foods and good health will follow.Since we le school, that pyramid has been turned upsidedown as Harvard University, originators of the food pyramidtheory, have rethought foods and its eects. The newly re-leased 2008 food pyramid shows alkaline foods as the mostimportant food of all, and our old favourites of white breadand meat way down the scale in terms of amount we shouldconsume.It has also added water as the most important of all foodsources.
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Most people have the idea that a healthy alkaline diet is notpalatable. What they don’t understand is that an alkalinebody has a lot more to say about what it likes than an acidbody. Because an acid body is connuously struggling torebalance itself and overcome ongoing inammaon, it isn’treally capable of enjoying life like an alkaline body.A naturally alkaline body talks to you in many ways; youmay, for instance, nd yourself eang foods you’ve neverliked before - and enjoying them.You may nd some recreaonal drugs like coee becometoo intense in eect to connue as your body frees itself of the insensivity of an acidic metabolism.You may nd changes sleeping habits as your blood changesto alkaline, and increases its ability to hold oxygen, yoursource of energy.
You may also experience detox symptoms including cold-likesymptoms, rashes, headaches and more as stored acid isliberated, along with other toxins held with the acid waste.You may also lose weight spontaneously, as your bodyrelieves itself of the need to use input fat to ‘stash’ acids - alatecomer to the body’s arsenal of self-protecve responses,in this case due to the extreme danger of renal damagethrough excess acid eliminaon.
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The body has some very clever ways of alkalizing, or rebal-ancing itself. Because it is a complex, sophiscated orgaism,it is always monitoring acid and responding to it.
We don’t just breathe to obtain oxygen. Our outbreath, asall the yogis know, is as important as our inbreath. Our out-breath is the mechanism to break down carbonic acid intocarbon dioxide and salt. The salt is re-used by the body, andthe carbon dioxide is exhaled. That’s why we pant so heavilyas we run; we are ridding the body of poisonous acidicmetabolic waste!
The body will use the bladder as a convenient place to dumpexcess acid when necessary.
Sweat is basically acid waste. In a beauful example of theingenuity of our body design, this same waste acid is meantto coat the skin and kill bacteria that land on it, therebyprotecng us from dermal infecon.In reality we jump into the shower, and wash o all of ouracid mantle, then use alkaline soap to completely riun allthe body’s good work. In eect, we have told germs that weare clean and ready for them to infect us. Users of ION LIFEAlkalizers also use the by-product anbacterial acid water towash down before leaving the shower, restoring their acidmantle.
Moderate exercise supports healthy lymphac vessel move-ment and transport of the wastes within.
supports excessive acid producon)
Few people realise that the lymphac system does not workof itself. It needs muscle movement to squeeze the lymphducts and therefore transport wastes to the eliminatoryorgans. Not enough exercise will cause a slowing or backupof the lymphacs and consequent increase in ‘held’ acidwaste. This unhealthy situaon has been linked to seriouslymphac diseases.
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The body reacts quickly and radically to an acid aack. Therst thing it does is look for the usual suspects as potenalalkali donors. The blood is a major buer of alkalis andacids, primarily to supply the digesve system with correctamounts of hydrochloric acid for digeson and bicarbonateof soda for protecon of the stomach water from the acid.However an excessively acidic body will have lowered alkalibuers in the blood, and so the body will look for othersources. It will seek alkalize from the alkaline producing pan-creas, and then the ssues, and nally the bones and teeth.This explains why so many Westerners have bones likehoneycomb; this is the body’s disaster protecon plan. Likea white ant infestaon, It carefully leaves a supporve webof bone as it steals calcium. Again, we are now seeing a rashof broken hips in older people, especially women.Summarizing, acid waste is so destrucve to the body that itwill even rob its own skeleton to neutralise it.
the ‘tilt’ eFFeCt
When our bodies are acidic, nothing works properly. It’s likea pinball machine with a lt, a polluted ecosystem.
Although all systems sll work,
(due mainly to the marvel
lous failsafe survival engineering we call the body)
they can’tdo the job well enough, and because all systems in the bodyrely on all other systems for cooperaon and support, each‘downline’ system suers even more. Let’s look at a trip toour kid’s favourite fast foodery.As your body receives word of the avalanche of acid produc-ing ‘food’ about to arrive, it sends a call out to the blood-stream to start pumping acid and alkalis into the stomach.Of course, if you’ve partaken of too many of these sorts of meal, there isn’t enough acid or alkali. Also, your blood isprobably the consistencey of rasberry jam due to excessacidity so the body experiences great diculty actuallypushing blood towards the stomach, much less supply thenecessary acid and alkalis. This is the eect of the commoncomplaint known as high blood pressure.So down comes the food, and an ‘aempt’ is made at diges-on. Because the stomach nerves monitor the process, theyknow there is sll not enough acid, so the callup for alkalisgoes out to all ssues, organs, bones and teeth.Finally, the body, in desperaon, passes the parally digest-ed food on into the small intesne. The pancreas, normallythe organ that neutralises acids le in the digested food, hasbeen exhausted of alkalis by your constant demands, so thefood ends up down into the lower intesne in a putrefacve,acidic state. Because it really shouldn’t sll be acidic, thelining of the small intesne can’t protect itself -and leakageof pud food can occur, causing inamed intesne, and anabdominal cavity with acidic, roen food rolling around!Now comes the Free Radical story:Free radicals are not ‘bad’ as we have been led to believe.Free radicals are a necessary tool of the body to clean upwaste that escapes all the other janitorial systems of thebody. A free radical is simply a posively charged oxygenatom, which is seeking an atom of chemically and electri-cally opposite qualies to neutralise and eliminate.Unfortunately, as we have already discussed, an acidic bodyis an unbalanced body, and like other automac systemsrelated to digeson and eliminaon, this can cause it towork either too well or not well enough. In the case of freeradicals in an acidic body, they work to excess, aackinghealthy body cells as well as unhealthy material. Hence theneed for anoxidants.Alkaline food and water are natural anoxidants. In factalkaline ionized water is perhaps the highest power, lowestcost anoxidant available, for it is loaded with negavehydrogen ions, which are the chemical opposite of freeradicals. On contact, they both unite and turn into harmlesswater.It’s easy to see the problem with taking anoxidants if youconnue an acidic lifestyle. The free radicals are aempt-ing to clean up your acid waste, and the anoxidants areneutralising them. However by returning to an alkaline bal-ance, we are actually supporng the rebalancing of the bodysystems and the prevenon of the imbalance which causesthe putrefacve waste in the rst place!Dr Susan Dr Lark, MD, in her book
The Chemistry of Success
,proles an alkaline balanced person. They may have:
Increased physical vitality and stamina•Enhanced mental clarity and acuity•Increased ability to get on with other people.•Increased opmism and vision.•Faster recovery from illness, injury, and exeron•
(incl.colds, u, sinusis, bronchis, pneumonia, allergies,traumac injury and surgery)
Increased resistance to illness (colds, u, sinusis,•bronchis, pneumonia)
She also cites health benets you may receive from becom-ing naturally alkaline again:
Reduced incidence of digesve problems such as heart-•burn, irritable colon, Crohn’s disease and colis.Reduced risk of and increases relief from urinary tract•condions such as bacterial cyss, intersal cyss,and uric-acid kidney stones.Reduced risk of gout.•Reduced risk of and helps in treatment of rheumatoid•artris and other autoimmune diseases.Lower risk of osteoporosis and promotes bone and•teeth growth.Beer ability in prevenon and treatment of diabetes.•Reduced hypertension.
BeGiNNiNG your AlkAliNe BAlANCeJourNey
Changing to alkaline isn’t hard. Although you may not be fa-miliar with the food and water you eat and drink, your bodyremembers it well, and will rejopice as it returns to what itKNOWS to be right.
Over the last ve years our thousands of clients have all saidthe same; alkalizing changes your life for the beer, not onlyin health but in atute and food preferences. Your bodyknows best!Aer years of alkalarian diet we also have a few hints for youthat will assist the transion.
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Geng upset over your inability to immediately make thechange to an alkaline lifestyle only acidies you further.Accept that an acid metabolism is in a state of addicon.Observe your moods and body messages and you’ll see thatthis is true. Deprive an acid body of its sugar hit and it willscratch and claw for its ‘sugar hit’.Perhaps the very easiest way is through drinking alkalineionized water. Water in this unique form is constantlyneutralising acids in the body, ushing away accumulatedwastes (usually stored in fat) and ensuring maximum hydra-on. Replacing your acidic tap water or any other commonliquid beverage will return you tenfold in health benets.Drinking sucient alkaline water has other side benets.In our experience a body drinking alkaline water regularlywill begin to alkalize anyway. It’s common to hear of peoplelosing their sweet tooth, or eang less, or acquiring a love of unfamiliar alkaline foods.Good hydraon will also allow the body to detoxify for aslong as needed, as stored acids are neutralised and maketheir way via the lymphac system to the bowel and out.Alkaline ionized water is ‘weer’ water, meaning it has lessmolecules per molecular cluster. Its ‘smaller’ clusters meanit penetrates ssue and fat far more eecvely than tapwater. Fat is the acid storehouse of a seriously acidic body.
When acids are neutralised and eliminated, the bodyoen decides that the fat is no longer needed.
You can gain condence by tackling on meal at a me. Agood meal to begin with is breakfast. A healthy alkalinebreakfast can be a luscious quick and easy Asian Greenssrfry, using organic coconut oil, along with your choice of zucchini, tomato and eggs.Or if you’re very keen you can juice some greens. Just take alook at the chart overleaf, select your greens and put themthrough your juicer.If you’re in a hurry, try concentrated Green Food. Mix it withapple or carrot juice, and you’ve ingested the equivalent of aday’s greens in a glass.
MORE ALKALINE BALANCE TIPS
Some people are beer digesters than others. They have abeer stomach acid supply. Complete digeson is para-mount in importance for alkalizing. Did you know that foodyou eat in excess of your needs becomes acid waste thatbegins eang you?Think of meal me as a meditaon. eat wth peace on yourmind.Chew your food. Salivaon is a natural result of properchewing and it is saliva that contributes to alkalizing thefood, especially grains which are normally an acid problemfood.Protein and Starch are, generally speaking, acid-forming, sowhen you need to eat these groups, accompany them withfruit or vegetables.If you have experienced an unavoidable ‘acid excess’ period,you can choose all alkaline foods for a couple of days toregain your natural balance.if you must eat grains, choose alkaline-forming ones, likeamaranth, millet or quinoa.Animal protein is extremely acid-forming. Try to balance itwith lashings of greens to an 8/20 rao.Add lemon or lime juice to anything you like. It will soonbecome a staple that you will love every way you use it!Think of your body as a river; it ows, and is never the same.So it is with your alkaline/acid balance. The body’s manyfuncons all have an eect on our acid/alkaline balance just as rocks, bends and inows change the form of a river.Therefore constant aenon to alkalizing is needed; wedon’t just alkalize and remain so.Change is not immediate. Have paence.Deep breathing alkalizes. It converts carbonic acids to car-bon dioxide and salts.Sleep alkalizes. Rest alkalizes. Gentle exercise, like walking,alkalizes. Negave emoons acidify. Love alkalizes.If you cook food, if your food is canned or frozen, it will bemore acid-forming.If your food is chemically grown it will be more acidic.Diluon is the soluon to polluon. Drink LOTS of alkalinewater.Countless peope suering from acidicaon don’t evenknow it. Others who eat good alkaline food may sll beacidic because of their low stress tolerance or metabolictype. You are an individual in mind and body. Take the meto learn enough about your own type. A good source: www.ionlife.infoAcids are already contained in some foods. Other formsof acid in food may only result from metabolism (breakingdown) of a protein (uric and phosphoric acids) fat (fayacids, acetylacec acids) carbs (pyruvic or succinic acids) etc.Try to choose foods for the eect they will have on yourfuture health rather than how they look or taste. Make achoice for future health and your individual tastes will fallinto line. Your body
health.”Food has no intrinsic value. The only value it posessescomes from the digesve tract that receives it.” P.V.Marchessau, French nutrionalist and naturopath.It makes no sense to aempt to eliminate all acid-formingfoods. Many of these foods are those that carry life energyto the body. We must intake sucient proteins to allow alka-line minerals to be properly absorbed.True alkalizaon needs consumpon of a balanced alkaline-forming diet at every meal. One acid meal or one acid ‘bignight out’ can cancel out the good work of many days’alkalizing.Go Green at every meal. The author’s breakfast is (acid-forming) cherry tomatoes and zucchini sauteed in organiccoconut oil with added Chinese greens. Yum! The rao is20% acid-forming (tomato) and 80% alkaline forming greens.If you must snack, snack on dried fruit. Generally, they arealkalizing because some of their fruit acids are oxidised asthey dry.Research your foods. Apricots are very acidic prior tomaturity even if they are already orange. They are alkalinewhen they are ripe and so. Acidity varies with variety andmaturity.Drinking juices does not reduce the acid. It concentrates itas the acids are in the juice, not the (oen) alkaline ssues.Balance is the key: design your meals so that alaklizing foodsare always greater in content than acidifying.Never partake of a completely acid-forming meal. This willforce your body to withdraw vital alkaline minerals fromyour reserves and is usually followed by a sudden reduconin vitality, teeth feeling on edge, chills, itches or even jointpains.Be gentle. Alkalizing is returning to your natural balancestate. A naturally balanced person has no need to inictharsh regimens on themselves even if they think it is forhealth. Learn more about alkaline balance so you can tailoryour lifestyle and diet to what your parcular metabolismreally needs.
“Oranges are like gold in the morning, silver at noon, and lead in the evening.”
(Arab Proverb)Eat acid foods when you are ready to digest them.We handle acids dierently depending on the state of oursystem. When we have had the benet of our nightly lym-phac janitorial service and are therefore as ‘cleansed’ asour body can make itself, it is beer to intake acid-formingfoods.If you have problems digesng acids, oranges and otherfruits may be beer later in the morning or even later be-cause your body may take half the day to wake up fully. Yourbody needs to be both hydrated and fully ‘pumping; to beable to safely oxidise acid-formimng foods. (Many easternMonasc orders skip meals completely, and many monkshave extraordinary health and longevity).Nuts, generally speaking, are not great alkaline spourceswith the excepon of almonds and Brazil nuts. Brazil nutsare so alkalizing that they form an excellent snack for seri-ously acidic people.Black olives are great alkalizers but green olives are not.However only oil-preserved black olives are alkalizing; notthose in brine!Whole Milk from a cow is alkalizing.Whole milk that has been pasteurized is alkalizing.Milk that has been sterilized, ultra-pasteurized, homog-enized or processed any other way, causes it to becomeharder to digest, which in turn has an acidifying eect onthe body.Hard or so crust cheeses are alkalizing as long as you arenot dairy intolerant, when the allergic eect has an inam-matory eect, which in turn is acidifying.Any allergic reacon to foods is acidifying.
Tips for an Alkaline Lifestyle
Eating processed or acidic food is like slicingbits off your toe. It’s going to hurt, and it’sgoing to disable you sooner or later. What’smore, chances are it’s going to gobble up allof your savings when you least expect it -trying to repair the long term damage you’ve
inicted on yourself.
Organic food may seem more expensivebut it is alive. It has more life force andmore ability to support your immune systeminstead of compromise it like processed,chemically preserved food.
Over eating isn’t cool. The food you eat inexcess of your body’s needs converts toacidic ,toxic waste.It doesn’t just make you fat. it poisons you.
If you must drink wine, drink it made fromthe San Giovese grape, which thrives inalkaline soils. You’ll be surprised at the lackof day-after effect.
We sweat, spit and eliminate around twolitres of water per day. To just maintain hy-dration levels you need a net liquid intake of at least the same amount.
No more sodas, no more beers, no more
sugar lled juices, shakes, alcopops... ittakes a little research to nd the food and
liquid gangsters that are really hurting you.But water in its alkaline ionized form is theperfect beverage.
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If you take the steps to change to an Alkalarian lifestyle youmay expect changes to condions such as nervousness, fa-gue, skin inammaon, heartburn, itches and red blotches.If you do not experience these improvements it’s advisableto consult a trusted, qualied health professional.
Information contained on this posterdoes not offer any therapeutic resultand is for the sole purpose of educa-tion and support for the reader.You should always consult your preferred qualified health profession-al when contemplating any change to your normal health regimen.