The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health: Restore Your Health by Creating pH Balance in Your Diet

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This expanded second edition provides the latest information on restoring your body’s acid-alkaline balance

• Discusses the role of enzyme supplements, prebiotic and probiotic complexes, and antioxidants in neutralizing and eliminating acids

• Addresses the relationship of proper hydration to essential enzyme activity and acid elimination

• Outlines a sample alkaline detoxification diet

Most people consume an abundance of highly processed foods that acidify the body. As a ...

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Overview

This expanded second edition provides the latest information on restoring your body’s acid-alkaline balance

• Discusses the role of enzyme supplements, prebiotic and probiotic complexes, and antioxidants in neutralizing and eliminating acids

• Addresses the relationship of proper hydration to essential enzyme activity and acid elimination

• Outlines a sample alkaline detoxification diet

Most people consume an abundance of highly processed foods that acidify the body. As a result, they are afflicted with health problems ranging from minor skin irritations, chronic fatigue, back pain, and depression to arthritis, ulcers, and osteoporosis. To enjoy optimum health, the body needs balanced quantities of alkaline and acid substances. In The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health, naturopath and detoxification expert Christopher Vasey shows how a simple change in diet to restore your acid-alkaline balance can result in vast improvements in health.

With two new chapters, this updated and expanded second edition provides the latest information on proper hydration and deacidification, important alkalizing supplements, and how to eliminate the body’s accumulated acids through intestinal cleansing. It also includes a new, detailed example of an alkaline detoxifying diet. Rather than organizing alkaline and acid foods based on their chemical composition, Vasey categorizes foods by their effect on the body, explaining that some foods, such as fruits, can have either an alkalizing or an acidifying effect, depending on who eats them. He describes how to determine your acid levels and how to design a diet best suited for your particular health needs.

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"The Acid Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey is an excellent book, and an easy-to-follow addition to your library of health knowledge. We highly recommend it to any individual who is actively seeking a healthier lifestyle."

"The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Chrisopher Vasey is an important book to be read. Designing our own diet to obtain and maintain a balanced body is the next step in having optimum health, something that most of us desire. Let's get rid of over-the-counter antacids and heal our body naturally!"

"I am happy to report that this book is certainly exhaustive in its approach and is, at the same time, very well-written and highly readable."

"If you are plagued by any of the disorders or discomforts ranging from lack of energy to dry skin or from falling hair to arthritis. . . then you will want to dash to read The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health at your first opportunity to learn all you can to improve your health."

"Shows how a simple change in diet to restore the acid-alkaline balance can result in vast improvements of health."

Swamy's Book Reviews Swamy Swarna
"I am happy to report that this book is certainly exhaustive in its approach and is, at the same time, very well-written and highly readable."
September 2010 - Officialwire.com
"The Acid Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey is an excellent book, and an easy-to-follow addition to your library of health knowledge. We highly recommend it to any individual who is actively seeking a healthier lifestyle."
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"Shows how a simple change in diet to restore the acid-alkaline balance can result in vast improvements of health."
Linda Davis Kyle
"If you are plagued by any of the disorders or discomforts ranging from lack of energy to dry skin or from falling hair to arthritis. . . then you will want to dash to read The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health at your first opportunity to learn all you can to improve your health."
Swamy Swarna

"I am happy to report that this book is certainly exhaustive in its approach and is, at the same time, very well-written and highly readable."
September 2010 Officialwire.com
"The Acid Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey is an excellent book, and an easy-to-follow addition to your library of health knowledge. We highly recommend it to any individual who is actively seeking a healthier lifestyle."
Irene Watson
"The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Chrisopher Vasey is an important book to be read. Designing our own diet to obtain and maintain a balanced body is the next step in having optimum health, something that most of us desire. Let's get rid of over-the-counter antacids and heal our body naturally!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594771545
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 9/15/2006
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition, Revised, Revised Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 160,790
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Vasey, N.D., is a naturopath specializing in detoxification and rejuvenation. He is the author of The Water Prescription, The Whey Prescription, and The Detox Mono Diet. He lives near Montreux, Switzerland.
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Other Important Supplements

In addition to the alkaline minerals mentioned in the previous chapter, there are other supplements that are quite useful for deacidifying the body: green food, enzyme supplements, prebiotic and probiotic complexes, and antioxidant complexes. All four reduce the production of acids by the body.

ENZYME SUPPLEMENTS

People suffering from an acidified internal cellular environment are generally not eating enough vegetables, the principal food source for alkaline minerals. The result is a deficiency not only of alkaline substances, but also of enzymes. Enzymes play an important role for maintaining the acid-alkaline balance.

Enzymes are protein-based molecules that act as catalysts in biochemical reactions, triggering and supervising the reactions. Enzymes perform numerous transformations in the body without which it could not survive.

Every enzyme has a specific function that no other enzyme can perform. Enzymes are necessary for the digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates and for their assimilation and incorporation into the tissues; for the production of energy; for cellular repair; for the breakdown and elimination of toxins; for the body’s defense system; and so forth. There are thousands of enzymes in the body, acting in synergy. As each is responsible for only a specific part of the work, different enzymes work together, each stepping in at a specific moment and at a precise place in the long chain of biochemical transformations.

Enzymes are distributed throughout the cells and tissues, each type of enzyme located at the exact spot the body needs it. The body is constantly producing new enzymes to replace those that have been used. This production is not a quick-and-easy process, though. It is sufficient to compensate for the normal loss of enzymes, but not when abnormal demands are made on the body at this level. Such demands are made in the digestion of cooked food.

Foods also contain enzymes, but they are very sensitive to heat. Too high a temperature during the cooking process destroys them. Cooked foods, whether boiled, steamed, or baked in an oven or microwave, are more or less impoverished of enzymes, depending on the mode of cooking used. Only the enzymes that survive the heat can take part in the digestion of the food from which they came. The body consequently has to supply the enzymes that were destroyed when the food was cooked, which gradually reduces its own reserves, especially if meals consist primarily or exclusively of cooked foods, if the individual overeats, or if the foods are refined (refined foods have already been stripped of a portion of their enzymes).

With these eating habits, which are followed by the majority of people today, over the long term the body’s enzymatic capability shrinks. This means that biochemical transformations are not being performed as well, and that much more acid waste is produced during the metabolic process than normal. So just how does this occur? For example, let’s take the transformation of glucose--that is, sugar--into energy. Because of the activity of various enzymes, glucose is first transformed into citric acid, then pyruvic acid, succinic acid, and fumaric acid in succession, ending finally as lactic acid. This acid is then attacked by another enzyme that transforms it into energy.

Normally, these transformations are carried out to the final stage, and the acids do not survive as acids because they have been converted into energy. But if there is an enzyme deficiency, the glucose transformation comes to a halt during the acid stages, and the result is acidification of the body’s internal cellular environment, which would not occur if enough enzymes were available.

Transition through a series of acid stages also takes place when the body converts fats and proteins for its use. This process is so extensive that the inevitable consequence of any enzyme deficiency is acidification of the body. Of course, the more extensive the enzyme deficiency, the more acidic the body becomes, eventually resulting in illness. This process is exacerbated by the fact that an acid organic environment inhibits enzyme activity, which reduces the enzymes’ effectiveness and increases the production of acid wastes even more.

To escape this vicious cycle, it is crucial to give the body the enzymes it needs. One way of doing this is to sharply increase consumption of raw vegetables at the two major meals of the day, noon and evening. Raw foods can be eaten either in the form of salad greens or as a side dish of colored vegetables like carrots or beets, or even as a mixed salad incorporating both. Thoroughly chewing these raw foods increases the benefit of this intake, because this frees more enzymes from the cellulose framework that binds them.

The benefits offered by a larger intake of enzymes can be easily seen: a cooked meal is digested more easily when raw foods have been added to it. We feel lighter after a meal accompanied by salad or raw vegetables because the digestion of the enzyme-poor cooked foods has been facilitated by the extra enzymes contributed by the raw foods.

Another way for the body to obtain the enzymes it needs is via enzymatic supplements. This additional support is often essential, because eating more raw foods is sufficient to address only minor enzyme deficiencies and maintain the proper acid–alkaline balance; if an individual’s enzymatic capacity has been overdrawn, deacidification requires a contribution of enzymes from supplements in addition to those supplied by the food in the diet.

The enzymes in commercial supplements are prepared so that they retain their properties even after they have entered the digestive tract, resisting stomach acids and other substances that could destroy them on their way to the cells. Taken on a daily basis in combination with a diet high in raw vegetables, the enzymes supplied by supplements should cause a sharp reduction in the body’s level of acidification. They help the body burn acids away, contributing to a quicker restoration of the body’s pH.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One
DEFINING ACIDITY

1 What Is Acid-Alkaline Balance?
2 Detecting Acidification

Part Two
DIMINISHING ACIDIFICATION THROUGH DIET

3 Acidifying, Alkalizing, and Weak-Acid Foods
4 Classifying the Acidification Potential of Foods
5 Acidifying Meals and Alkalizing Alternatives

Part Three
NEUTRALIZING AND ELIMINATING ACIDS

6 Water and Deacidification
7 Alkaline Supplements
8 Other Important Supplements
9 Draining Acids
10 Alkaline Energy Boosters

Urinary pH Record

Resources

Index

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey

    This is a great syllabus for those interested in having a healthy body. If you have not been exposed to the acid/alkaline thesis, now is the time. The author is an N.D. who lives in Switzerland. He is an advocate for health. His verbiage is sophisticated but understandable. I read it in small chunks, took notes, and then reread it again. I continue to keep it at my bedside for review and reminding me that eating alkaline is a very smart thing to do, albeit sometimes challenging. (simply-be)

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Finally, an eating life-style that is doable!

    I found this book one of the best ones around regarding the acid-alkaline diet. The author explains things very clearly, and unlike the other writers on this topic, he divides foods in THREE categories --- because he makes allowances for people who are especially sensitive to certain foods. He also explains clearly the difference between an acid food, and an acidifying-food. There are certain foods which you think of as alkaline, but they become acidifying inside your body. I started eating as he recommended and slowly and gradually started feeling better, my digestive problems are almost gone, my blood pressure is down, and my arthritis hardly bothers me. Thank you, Dr. Vassey!

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  • Anonymous

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    Good

    It's a good book that explains the benefits of knowing acid and alkaline food. But he didn't include the pH rating of these foods. Knowing the pH value of food helps you buy and eat the right food. The book recommends some acid foods that have a pH value well below 7.0, which is alkaline. Healthy human blood has a pH value of 7.365 yet his book recommends garlic, potatoes, and dairy products, including yogurt. All of them have pH values well below 7.0. Garlic has a pH value of 2.9 or 3, that's highly acidic and toxic. A new book, Sojourn to Honduras Sojourn to Healing, has an acid and alkaline food chart with pH ratings and it has an acid and alkaline scale. Overall The Acid-Alkaline Diet is a good user-friendly book that educates.

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