The Ultimate pH Solution: Balance Your Body Chemistry to Prevent Disease and Lose Weight

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Control the level of acid in your body and reclaim your health with this simple, step-by-step program

Beginning a healthier lifestyle can be as easy as starting your day sipping a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Drinking this simple drink is only one of the many ways, all outlined in The Ultimate pH Solution, that you can change your body's pH and ward off disease. Too much acid in your blood can cause a host of health problems, but with cutting-edge, medically ...

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Overview

Control the level of acid in your body and reclaim your health with this simple, step-by-step program

Beginning a healthier lifestyle can be as easy as starting your day sipping a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Drinking this simple drink is only one of the many ways, all outlined in The Ultimate pH Solution, that you can change your body's pH and ward off disease. Too much acid in your blood can cause a host of health problems, but with cutting-edge, medically sound research, this indispensable guide offers an easy-to-follow plan and simple lifestyle changes that will help you kick acid and stay healthy.

The Ultimate pH Solution also includes real-life success stories of people who have overcome disease and lost weight by balancing their pH levels, along with 50 recipes for delicious pH-powerful dishes. Learn why high-protein diets may be harmful to your health, why eating dairy may not help you avoid osteoporosis, and how to lower the acid levels in your body for optimal health.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061336430
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 378,440
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Schoffro Cook is a doctor of natural medicine, doctor of acupuncture, biofeedback therapist, and holistic nutritionist. She received a World Leading Intellectual Award in 2006 for her contributions in natural medicine. She is a five-time published author, a columnist for Health 'N Vitality (HNV) magazine, and a contributor to Wellbeing Journal and Herbs for Health. She lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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The Ultimate pH Solution
Balance Your Body Chemistry to Prevent Disease and Lose Weight

Chapter One

The Fatal Flaws in Our Standard American Diet (SAD)

"Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are."

—Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

For thousands of years, our human ancestors lived completely off the land. Their lives depended on their understanding of and connection to nature. Archeological evidence shows that they foraged for wild berries, seeds, nuts, and herbs; researchers estimate that approximately 95 percent of their diet consisted of these foods. To a much lesser extent, they also ate the meat of wild animals. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors subsisted in this way until the agricultural revolution, which started around 10,000 years ago. Over the following centuries, some hunter-gatherer and fishing societies moved to a life of farming and animal domestication. Even after 10,000 years of agriculture, some experts suggest that our bodies are still struggling to adapt to our change in diet from wild berries, greens, and animals to more domesticated animals and cultivated grains.

There is now a far more dangerous revolution taking place even as you read this book. It has the power to wreak havoc on us, damaging our bodies so they are vulnerable to countless diseases and obesity. This revolution was created by industrialization and the commercialization of our food supply.

Over the past 100 years or so, we have denatured our food supply more than ever before during human history and throughout our evolution. We've sprayed produce with chemicals originally derived fromleftover toxic nerve agents when there was no longer a military use for them. We unleash mutant "ghost bugs"—bacteria shells filled with pesticides and injected with viruses—onto our food to kill insects that might dare take a few bites of our produce. Instead of depending on the natural mineralization of soil that occurs over time as Mother Nature composts decaying matter, we add artificially created chemical fertilizers. We even alter the genetic material of seeds before planting them, with the arrogant belief that we can improve upon what nature has created. We subject our food to radiation that destroys its life force in favor of an extended shelf life. To further prolong food's shelf life, its so-called attractiveness, and ultimately the business cycle during which companies can profit from selling it, we add synthetic chemicals in the form of colors; preservatives; stabilizers; flavors and flavor enhancers; ripening gases; waxes; conditioners; firming agents; heavy metals; nutrient "enrichers"; bleach; texturizers; and chemically altered fats, sugars, and amino acids that bear no resemblance to the food molecules they originated from. Mother Nature is marginalized from our food supply in favor of big business, food technologists, and corporate profit margins.

What we call "food" has few of the building blocks of life left in it. Based on our current understanding of nutrition, we know that food should contain several dozen vitamins and minerals, plentiful amounts of enzymes to aid in digestion, hundreds of phytochemicals (natural plant nutrients and pigments) that slow aging and prevent disease processes, fiber, amino acids, natural sugars, and essential fatty acids—all of which our bodies require to create healthy cells. Our bodies need healthful sugars from complex carbohydrates for the energy production required by every cell. We need amino acids from healthy and digestible proteins to build new tissues and organs. We require essential fatty acids from the fats found in vegetables, seeds, and nuts to protect our brains and nervous systems and ensure healthy immune systems that can fight off illness. We need enzymes to ensure healthy digestion of all these foods so our bodies will have the building blocks they require for healthy cell formation. These healthy cells create healthy tissues. Healthy tissues create healthy organs. Healthy organs create healthy organ systems. And healthy organ systems create healthy human bodies.

So it should come as no surprise that denatured food creates disease-prone, disease-laden, and overweight bodies. Even cooking food at temperatures higher than 118ºF destroys its enzyme content. Yet millions continue to eat denatured food as part of the Standard American Diet (SAD).

The Standard American Diet truly is SAD when it comes to preventing disease and maintaining great health. Our excessive consumption of fast food, sugar, trans fats, meat, and food additives is the fast track to disease. We need to make simple changes to break free of the Standard American Diet or risk suffering one or more of the many diseases linked to it, including obesity, heart disease, brain disease, and many forms of cancer.

Don't worry: I'm not suggesting that you give up all of your favorite foods or pursue a vegetarian diet. You can still enjoy your favorites on occasion; you just need to know simple tricks to restore the balance, tricks you'll learn later in this book.

But first, let's take a look at the components (and deficiencies) of the typical North American diet.

Sweet nothings

The average person consumes 150 pounds of refined sugar per year, which is astronomical in contrast to the 5 pounds per year our grandparents or great-grandparents ate at the turn of the 20th century. That's 30 times more sugar every year! While there are some inherent and well-known problems associated with refined sugar consumption (which you will learn more about in chapter 5), sugar is also extremely acid-forming in our bodies. Our sugar addiction has severe ramifications, none of which is particularly sweet.

Refined sugar is one of the worst poisons we put into our bodies. It can block our immune response for between four and six hours, lowering our natural defenses and making us less capable of fighting viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Sugar makes our bodies' pH very acidic, and with the average North American consuming 150 pounds of sugar annually, that's a great deal of acidity to overcome. It's not surprising that research has linked sugar to cancer, hormonal disruptions, arthritis, osteoporosis, cataracts, and many other degenerative diseases.

The manner in which sugar is processed exacerbates the problem. More than 60 chemicals are used in the processing of natural sugarcane . . .

The Ultimate pH Solution
Balance Your Body Chemistry to Prevent Disease and Lose Weight
. Copyright © by Michelle Cook. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. <%END%>
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2011

    Could be a good cleansing diet

    The premise of this book, from what I gather, is that the foods you eat affect the pH level of your blood, which should always be slightly alkaline for good health. Some foods contribute to blood acidity and some foods promote alkaline - you want most of your diet to include those foods that promote an alkaline blood balance. The body goes through a balancing act every time we eat trying to maintain the right pH level, so even if your pH level is at the neutral/alkaline point, giving it more alkaline foods makes it easier for your body.

    I was disappointed that it turned out to be a very limited diet - basically vegan. The author presented numerous stories of people who were cured of ailments like allergies and chronic fatigue (some others I can't recall) after following this diet plan and they were very inspirational. But there are people who don't follow this diet that are still very healthy, and people used to eat meat during winter when there wasn't a global food industry.

    The author was very good at presenting her ideas and supporting evidence but I think this diet is better as a month-long body cleanse. Interesting reading in any case.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Highly recommended

    This book opened my eyes to the effects that certain acidic or alkaline foods has on our bodies, especially all of the meat, not just beef and pork. Since making a slight shift in the foods I eat, those stubborn few pounds and ab fat has been coming off.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    Must Read

    Anyone concerned about their health, weight, or that of your family. Read this and make your health better you ever thought possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Worth the read

    I learned a lot from this book

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