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A concept that is gaining more and more acceptance in the medical and scientific environment, refers to the need to maintain a balance between acidic substances and basic or alkaline substances contained in our body. This issue is of utmost importance, if one takes into account that the generation and spread of infections caused by bacteria, the proliferation of harmful fungi and everything that promotes the disease, inevitably requires an acid environment for its development.
It follows that the survival of these infectious agents is very difficult, if not impossible, in the presence of alkaline substances inside our body. This is how, due to erratic and unhealthy eating habits, our body accumulates acidic substances, with which we generate an internal environment conducive to disease. There are thousands of autopsies performed on people who died due to cancer, in which the common denominator was the abundant presence of the fungus known as Candida albicans, a fact that allows confirming the antecedent of inappropriate eating habits that, Due to their acidifying effect, they have promoted the development of this lethal fungus, as well as pathogens that cause multiple diseases.
Of course, what is described does not mean that it is convenient for our body to have a completely alkaline environment, since it is clear that both excesses can be equally lethal. Hence the need to obtain a balance in the PH (Hydrogen Potential) of our body, which must be sought in a healthy, natural and balanced diet.
To the object of our study we are struck by the comment expressed by Dr. Robert O. Young, famous microbiologist and author of "The Miraculous PH", who states in his book: "When the waste products of metabolism or acids, do not They are eliminated through urine, respiration, sweating or defecation, in order to protect the blood, the body deposits them in the tissues so that they are later eliminated by the lymphatic system. But when this lymphatic system is unable to eliminate all these residues due to lack of exercise and poor alkaline hydration, the body begins to deteriorate and rot like a banana. " From this it follows that a tumor does not appear as a result of a disease, but on the contrary, Dr. Young continues, “it is a protective mechanism of the organ, used to encapsulate cells damaged or poisoned by excess acid that does not it has been eliminated through urination, sweat, breathing or defecation ”.
Surely these acids are closely linked to the generation of free radicals that decrease our tissues so much. It is worth noting here the adverse effect that sugar has, especially refined sugar, since it is the cause of something that we could call "cellular asphyxia", because when fermented in our organism, cells change their aerobic respiration carried out by the grace of oxygen. , towards anaerobic respiration, in which the energy levels of the cell are diminished in a considerable proportion.
In synthesis we must affirm that good health is closely linked to the PH balance in our organism, whose optimal level has been estimated between 7.35 and 7.45, understanding as acidic substances less than 7 and alkaline substances that exceed this figure, all within a total range of 14 measurements. Dr. Young ends by saying that the best way to reduce acidity in our body is achieved with the adoption of good eating habits and especially through a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. In this sense, he states textually: "When we follow an alkaline lifestyle and an alkaline diet, we begin to adequately eliminate metabolic acids from our tissues and organs, and thus we can lead a long and healthy life, free from discomfort and diseases."
Minerals such as potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium form alkaline reactions in the body and are found mainly in fruits and vegetables. Contrarily, foods that contain iron, sulfur and phosphorus such as meats, eggs, dairy products and nuts, are acidity promoters.
The problem does not consist in accepting some and discarding others, because acids are to a certain extent also essential for the body, since their action is closely related to the contribution of vitamins, proteins, the supply of fats and fibers.
Ideally, our diet is composed of 20 or 25% acidic foods and 75 or 80% alkaline foods. Therein lies the true secret of health. Only in this way can we gradually create a balanced environment within our body, in such a way that it protects us from disease and cell deterioration. This is precisely one of the main virtues of fruits, since they are mostly alkaline in nature, and although some, such as citrus fruits, have an acid taste, their effect on the body once they have been metabolized is completely basic or alkaline.
It is worth noting for a moment to leave the central theme, to highlight the importance of alkalizing foods other than fruits, using a solution prepared with half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate dissolved in a liter of water. This liquid can be used to spray or cook different foods of an acid nature, thereby achieving a better PH balance. We can achieve a similar effect if we boil a large cabbage leaf in a liter of water. Thus the resulting liquid will be a good way to lower the aforementioned acidity. Here it is very appropriate to specify that the vitality of our body is closely related to the PH of the food we eat, because when they are acidic, they certainly provide very little energy, while alkaline ones are of incalculable energy value.
Those who feed mainly on acidic foods will always be more prone to weakness and obesity, since the body will not have enough energy to help the digestive process. Here the blood performs an invaluable job by collecting in the liver the oxygen and nutrients required by the 60 trillion cells that make up the human body, and once the blood deposits these nutrients in each cell, it simultaneously collects toxic waste, especially acids that are derived from the metabolic process, to discharge them upon their return in the different organs that are in charge of eliminating such toxins. In this way, the kidney fulfills its purifying action using urine, the intestine through deposition, the skin through sweat and the lungs with their respiratory function. From all of the above, the need to supply the body with a diet rich in alkalis or alkaline elements, so that the blood can more easily counteract the body acidity.
But here it is convenient to remember something that is very important. When an excess of acids is present in the body and at the same time there is not an adequate supply of alkaline foods that allow seeking balance, the blood is necessarily forced to seek that alkalinity in other sources such as bones, joints and mucous membranes , thus initiating a corrosive process, both in the bone system and in the arterial system, with all its sequelae of arthritic and circulatory disorders.
In addition to the above, excess acidity forces all the body's organs to protect themselves by an envelope of lipids that gradually accumulate and that although in principle they manage to slow down the rigors of that acidic environment, over time they begin to atrophy and to inhibit the function of each organ, and of course, to promote obesity. Thus, for example, a pancreas saturated with fat, will necessarily affect its ability to secrete insulin, with which carbohydrates or sugars cannot be eliminated properly, thereby causing alterations in glycemia and surely the beginning of terrible diabetes.
Although it can be said without fear that most of the fruits are essentially alkaline in nature, it is worth mentioning those in which this condition is most evident. Thus, within this very benefactor group we have varieties such as coconut, prunes, papaya, mango, medlar, sapote, watermelon, pear, grape, apple, apricot, avocado, Banana, melon, cherries, figs, dates, grapefruit, lime, orange, lemon, peach, pineapple, raspberry and mandarin. As can be seen, the spectrum of fruits with this healthy condition is quite wide, with which we can moderate that generalized propensity towards intestinal acidity and favor our health in the process.