I’ve recently read Dr. Robert Young’s book, The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health. I valued many points, but what really hit home was the possibility of eating a “healthy’ diet and not feeling healthy. Also, could healthy foods expedite aging and cause diseases? Transitioning from ice cream to yogurt or from Big Mac’s to Boca burgers undoubtedly has its benefits. However, sometimes we find ourselves feeling better but not our best or plateau when attempting to reach our weight loss goals. The pH Miracle addresses all such issues and more.
The contents of the book address how our diet affects the body and organs along with the pH balance of the blood; proper digestion through food combination; hydration with water and juice and green drinks; the importance of cleansing, outstanding recipes, and so much more.
Dr. Young stresses the importance of maintaining a neutral pH or “potential hydrogen” balance. He recommends this and believes this balance can aid in the prevention of overly acidic blood and organs; boosts energy; shed pounds; alleviate pains; and support digestion.
Acidosis is not a commonly used diagnosis, but over acidity of the body is linked to and the cause of acute ailments (candida and yeast infections, renal acidosis and kidney failure, calcium deficiency and osteoporosis).
There are supplements available to promote a neutral pH balance which is equal to or higher than 7 on the pH chart. Yet, a diet high in foods that neutralize the body are the best source. Acidifying or acid-yielding, foods fall below 7 on the pH chart. Alkaline-yielding foods are higher than 7. Keep in mind that water has a pH of 7 and the body is 70% water. So, drinking an adequate amount of water (H2O) is an essential part of neutralizing the body’s pH .
Some healthy foods like whole grains, legumes, meats, dairy products, eggs, and seafood, are acid forming more or less. Alkaline foods are green foods but all fresh fruits and vegetables have alkaline-yielding properties. For instance, lemons and tomatoes are acidic fruits but after ingestion they help the body to become more alkaline. So, the key is balance.
Diets high in sodium and chloride (found in salt) promotes acidity, but diets high in potassium and bicarbonate (a form of potassium) promote alkalizing. Try potassium rich foods like bananas, raisins, dates, and even coconut water which offers electrolytes that replenish the body after a workout.
Dr. Young gives a list of ailments and suggests specific herbs and remedies to treat them.