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Alkaline Diet for Lyme
The human body requires specific chemical processes to work efficiently and properly in order to stay healthy and ward off disease. These processes will only operate within a limited pH (potential of hydrogen) range. pH is a scale or balance system that measures the alkalinity or acidity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14; the lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline it has a pH of 7.0 which is neutral.
(1)__________________________Foods are classified as acid-forming or alkalizing depending on the effect they have on the body. An acid-forming food contributes hydrogen ions to the body, making it more acidic. An alkalizing food removes hydrogen ions from the body, making it more alkaline. It is important to note that this classification is based on the effect foods have on the body after digestion, not on their own intrinsic acidity or alkalinity (or how they taste to us). A common misconception is that if a food tastes acidic, it has an acid-forming effect on the body. This is not necessarily true. Very often, an acidic-tasting food is alkalizing. Citric fruits are a good example. People say that lemons, for example, are "too acidic"; however, they are actually alkalizing because the minerals they leave behind after digestion help remove hydrogen ions, decreasing the acidity of the body
. (2)__________________________Lyme disease can bring patients down to dangerously acidic numbers and keep them there, which some doctors believe are responsible for patients' chronic symptoms. To test your pH, purchase pH strips designed for humans and use them in the morning and one hour after meals. Experiment with meals, and then tweak your diet, eating more of the foods that turn the strip blue, and avoiding or greatly limiting those foods that turn it yellow. Generally, fresh vegetables are alkaline while sweets, grains and meat are acidic. Fruits and oils can be either, depending on the specific choice.
(3)__________________________Bacteria and other parasitic bugs thrive in an acidic environment and find it difficult to survive in a pH above 7. The ideal pH for adults is 7.3, or slightly basic.Although the presence of a bacterial infection is the root cause of Lyme Disease, the majority of ongoing symptoms are actually caused by circulating Lyme Disease toxins. Because alkalizing nutrients neutralize Lyme Disease toxins, alkalizing the body simply makes you feel better quickly. In Lyme Disease, acidic pH can be the cause of numerous symptoms (especially during herx reactions), including extreme sugar cravings, fatigue, lethargy, depression, poor digestion, and a plethora of other symptoms. When alkalizing treatments are used, these symptoms often disappear instantly.
(4)_________________________Remember we are talking about adding more alkaline foods to your diet not removing all acidic foods. Our body is striving for a balanced pH. The western diet and lifestyle is very acidic which is why there is a general need to balance the pH by adding alkaline foods verses acidic foods.Adding more fresh organic vegetables to your diet is the easiest way to make it more alkaline. Some of the most alkaline foods are; soy, barley grass, cucumber, dandelion, jicima and kale.Processed junk foods and foods high in animal protein are acid-forming. Other highly acidic foods include; pickled vegetables, artificial sweeteners, black tea, coffee, and alcohol.Most grains are acid forming, with the exceptions of millet and buckwheat. Sprouting grains and seeds however, makes them more alkaline.
Food chart download available here-http://www.acidalkalinediet.com/foodchart.php?gid=&mid=&yid=I like this chart better than others because the foods are on a scale from highly acidic to highly alkaline.1. http://www.thewolfeclinic.com/newsletters/2009/february/the_acid_alkaline_balance.html2. http://www.advancedhealthplan.com/foods.html3. http://www.ehow.com/how_4776454_later-symptoms-of-lyme-disease.html4. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0976379716
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