A Balanced Diet of Real Fool is the Core of Good Nutrition and Heart Health
We have all heard the old adage, “an Apple a day keeps the Doctor away.”
Proven Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) modalities such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda all speak of keeping the body’s “vital energies” in proper balance to support good health.
Recent scientific research indicates that “balance” may indeed have a lot to do with preventing heart disease and maintaining overall wellness, and may actually be at the core of much of this folk wisdom about nutrition and the effectiveness of some CAM practices.
In this case, we are not talking about the balance of some esoteric energies, but the real effects of proper pH balance.
pH stands for Potential Hydrogen, which is a calculation of the hydrogen ions in a given solution or substance.
That means it is a measure of how acidic or basic that particular thing is. In a fish tank, you know this if you ever owned one, if the water is too acidic, or too basic, the delicate balance of your Aquarium’s environment is off, and your fish can get sick, and/or die. The same is true of the human body.
pH range is measured on a scale from 0 –14. The pH of water is 7.0, or “Neutral.” The normal pH of the human body is between 7.35 and 7.45, or slightly basic, or alkaline. Just as there is an ideal pH for your Aquarium, this slightly basic normal range is the ideal environment for the human body’s metabolic processes.
According to researchers, heart health, better digestion, and the prevention of major diseases such as cancer, can all be supported by proper pH balance.
So, it stands to reason that the foods we eat should be mostly alkaline, to help maintain the body’s proper pH levels.
But for Americans the opposite is true.
The diets of most Americans is highly acidic. The foods generally recognized to contribute to heart disease; processed sugars, animal fats and proteins, high-fat dairy products, and salt are all highly acidic.
A heart-healthy diet as recommended by the American Heart Association, includes fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains, nuts, and legumes; all foods that when digested, release alkaline, rather than acids.
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate a diet that was much more in line with the human body’s ideal pH level and the design of its digestive system.
Heart disease, cancer, and the many other plagues of modern society were virtually non-existent until about 100 years ago. With the advent of agriculture, animal husbandry, and later on, commercial industrialized food production the Western diet changed dramatically, but our bodily systems have not.
Western medicine has yet to accept the theory that the so-called Alkaline Diet can actually prevent heart disease and improve overall health.
As research into the benefits of the Alkaline Diet continues at Johns Hopkins University and other well-known facilities, even traditional physicians admit the practical health benefits of increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables and reducing one’s consumption of meats, salt, and refined grains.
So, the Alkaline Diet is good nutrition and the core of good health.
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