I know I’ve already mentioned that I don’t like partitioning out the holistic approach into components that muddle it’s simplicity. But I do believe in a well rounded education and there really is no ignoring the acid/alkaline discussion. The book “The PH Miracle” by Robert and Shelley Young is what I would consider to be the authority on the topic. I have stated in a previous blog post that inflammation is the root cause of most disease, while that is true, it is only one way of looking at the matter. I have also suggested that if only we had healthy guts and ate traditional foods we would come into balance. The truth is that an unhealthy gut can lead to inflammation the same way that acidic food causes inflammation.
Eat alkalizing food to be healthy. Avoid systemic inflammation to be healthy. Nurture a balanced and well supported gut to be healthy. All of those statements are true and they are all intrinsically connected.
Here is the connection: A stomach lining that is constantly nurtured with food of a slightly alkaline nature, food rich in enzymes and probiotics and food full of bioavailable nutrients, is a gut that has a proper acidic balance. It can easily digest food and extract the necessary nutrients. It safely funnels unusable portions of the diet into the liver and kidneys for proper processing. The liver and kidneys function well and efficiently because they are not overburdened with an excess of alcohol, salt, sugars and other poisons.
Elimination is easy and the body need not have any inflammatory response because there are no improperly disposed of poisons. Fat tissues no longer have to store toxins because the filter organs have enough time in their schedule to deal with those toxins. Cellulite disappears, holding onto excess fat becomes unnecessary as the bodies systems come into balance and begin functioning properly and unburdened.
I truly believe that the real key at the end of the day is almost as simple as Michael Pollan puts it. “Eat Food. (meaning actual real food, nothing that the “food industry” has got its dirty hands on) Not too much, (bring your emotional state into balance so that food serves a physiological purpose and not a physiological one) Mostly plants.” (Benefits of a plant based diet cannot be denied, however small amounts of pastured meat, and wild caught fish have their place).
All that being said, a food education would really be incomplete without a foray into which foods have an alkalizing effect on the body and which have an acidic effect on it. If you read The Young’s book (which i think you should) you will learn that alkalizing foods tend to be anti-inflammatory. You will learn what you have been told your whole life. Eat your Vegetables. Only now you will have a better idea of why.