Myself, my husband and my daughter will be challenging ourselves by following Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s Introduction Diet for 2 months beginning October 11, 2011. This diet is designed to heal and seal the gut. It is reported to reverse some food allergies and alleviate symptoms of autism, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Depression and Schizophrenia. The best part about this diet is that it is NOT a life sentence. You stay on it until your gut is healed and slowly introduce the food you love back into your life. I will be creating a group on Facebook to discuss recipes and support for those participating in the diet. I will post more information about this in next week’s article. For more information about the diet please visit Dr. Natasha or email me at email@example.com.
The reason we are changing our dietary habits again is due to a number of reasons. My husband suffers from ADD and has difficulty digesting and absorbing food in general. He also suffers from gluten intolerance as well as an allergy to milk products. My oldest daughter (3 years old) also appears to have an intolerance to milk products. My youngest daughter (only 9 weeks old) is showing signs of sensitivity to milk products as well. I am sensitive to gluten myself and I suffer from Estrogen Dominance, a hormone imbalance which makes my diet extremely important.
In my last article The Key: Healthy Self Made Easy, I mentioned that I had a moment with a client when I shared what I thought to be the most important key to health. I had originally told her that pH was the most important part. As I said in the article, I now believe that probiotics and a healthy diet are the two most important keys. What is the third you ask? It’s pH!
pH stands for “percent hydrogen” and is a measure of the acidity or basicity of a solution. In our case, the body fluids I test for pH are saliva and urine.
Salivary pH is interesting, as it relates our emotional pH. Continually acidic saliva can be attributed to emotions like anger and fear, while continually basic saliva can be attributed to emotions like happiness and joy. Acidic urine is a good sign, because it means we are excreting acids. What I prefer to see is a slightly alkaline saliva paired with slightly acidic urine. This relates that homeostasis within the body is occurring at the body’s preferred slightly alkaline range.
So, what is the importance of your pH? Each article of food you consume has its own pH. As our body breaks down our food, the byproducts are either acidic or alkaline. For example, lemons are extremely acidic. When we consume lemons or pure lemon juice, our body converts the acidic components of the lemon into an alkaline (basic) solution. So we call lemons alkaline-forming within the body. There needs to be a healthy balance of acidic and alkaline-forming foods. I have found that a 60% alkaline and 40% acidic balance of food helps the body maintain homeostasis more easily. As you can see in the chart, foods form not only acids or bases, but degrees of acidity and basicity.
Refined foods create acidic compounds within the body, contributing to an over-acid internal environment. This type of environment exists in the digestive tract of people who eat lots of white foods (sugar, pasta, breads, sweets) and processed foods. An over-acidic digestive tract stimulates the body to attempt to maintain that acid-base balance. The danger occurs when the majority of the food coming into the system is acid-forming. At this point, the beneficial bacteria all along the digestive tract take a beating. It could damage the bacterial balance in the stomach, and over time lead to indigestion, acid reflux, and ulcers. It could effect the bacteria balance in the gut and lead to IBS, Chrone’s, Colitis, diarrhea and constipation.
This imbalance of bacteria within the digestive tract essentially allows the large and small intestine to become “leaky”. The bacteria that line the digestive tract are what initiates the immune response, so when they are lacking balance, invaders invade and opportunistic bacteria, moulds and viruses move forward and activate the immune system further.
This brings me to why pH is so important. Opportunistic entities (bacteria, viruses, parasites) like acidic environments, while the human body prefers a slightly alkaline environment. If you could alter your pH, you could essentially ensure a healthy bacterial balance is kept within you while keeping opportunistic entities at bay. Diet plays the only role here. The bacteria in your gut will maintain the pH balance of whatever you put into your body. Eat loads of acid forming foods, the beneficial bacteria will die off and opportunistic bacteria take their place. Eat mostly alkaline forming foods and the healthy bacteria will have a chance to regrow and continue to provide you with the numerous vitamins they produce.
If you are concerned about your pH, contact your natural health care provider or fill out my health analysis.
Thanks for reading!
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