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Alkalinity: The Secret to a Healthy, Energized Body and Life-Long Health

Yuri Elkaim is a registered holistic nutritionist, certified kinesiologist, and former professional soccer player.  He is the owner of Total Wellness Consulting, a world-renowned fitness, nutrition and conditioning expert, and the author of Eating for Energy. Yuri is also the man behind the service Fitter U, which places personal trainer sessions on your MP3 player.

Have you ever wondered why certain people rarely get sick, look younger than they really are, have glowing skin, and seem to have boundless energy?

Well, their secret lies in what they do and do not eat!

What you put into your body ultimately determines how you look, feel, and function.  Most people attribute getting sick or lacking energy to “external” factors such as the latest “bug” or the aging process, respectively, but fail to realize that what’s happening inside their body at a cellular level is much more important.

Your body (your blood specifically) is constantly working to maintain a slightly alkaline pH in order to function properly.  When this pH gets out of balance (i.e. becomes acidic), your energy is depleted, you more readily pack on weight, and you experience problems such as fatigue, stress, depression, and various diseases.

Unfortunately, the modern Western lifestyle and diet has led most people to live in an overly acidic state.  This has led to numerous health problems.

Which Foods are Acid-Forming?

Ideally, we should be following a healthy eating diet that is 80% alkaline and 20% acidic. Obviously, this is not the case for people.  In fact, it’s the complete opposite.  Unfortunately, our society enjoys the most acid forming foods such as milk and dairy products, meat and animal products, and refined grains.  At the same time, the vast majority of North Americans consume less than the recommended amount of alkalizing fruits and vegetables.

The following are just two of the numerous consequences of eating a nutrient void, acid-forming diet.

Acidosis and Weight Loss

When your blood becomes too acidic, your body goes to great lengths to protect its vital organs and tissues by storing the excess acid into your fat cells.  More acid, means more storage needed.  Therefore, your fat stores grow in size to accommodate the extra acid.

To lose weight for good, then, you should adopt an alkaline diet that will cleanse your body of acid.

Cancer Cannot Grow in an Alkaline Environment

Alkalinity increases the oxygen in your body. The Nobel Prize winning work (1931) of Dr. Otto Warburg showed that cells weaken, mutate, or die in the absence of oxygen.  Several years later, 2-time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling was the first to show that cancer cells are unable grow in an oxygen-rich, alkaline environment.

When your body is alkaline, you create an environment for it to thrive, to feel energized, and to prevent disease.

How to Alkalize Your Body for the Best Health Ever!

1. Minimize your intake of acid-forming foods such as refined sugars, dairy, meat, and most other animal products.

2. Eat more greens. Green vegetables are your greatest source of alkalinity! Challenge yourself to eat one green salad and/or one green juice each day.  After just a few days, see how you look and feel!  Some ideas include wheat or barley grass shots, and fresh juice made from kale, parsley, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon, and ginger.

3. Start your day with a glass of lemon water. Contrary to what you might think, lemon is actually alkalizing once metabolized.  Adding fresh-squeezed lemon to a tall glass of water is one of the easiest ways to immediately add alkalinity to your body.

 

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November 7th, 2008

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4 Responses to “Alkalinity: The Secret to a Healthy, Energized Body and Life-Long Health”


anskysue
Nov 7th, 2008
7:50 pm

I’m not so sure about the wheat or barley grass shots, but I will see what happens with the daily green salad and lemon water each morning! Has anyone else had good results?


jene
Dec 21st, 2008
10:54 pm

should one drink a teaspoon of baking soda plus glass of water to achieve alkalinity?


jene
Dec 21st, 2008
10:55 pm

or should one drink applecider vinegar to achieve alkalinity?


jene
Feb 19th, 2009
3:34 am

OR should one eat and/or hurl their own feces? or is animal feces better to hurl/eat?? very confusing, i’ve heard good things about both.