Tuesday, February 13, 2018

80% Alkaline + 20% Acid = Balance

The Rule of 80/20: The body needs a balance of alkaline-forming and acid-forming natural vegetarian food. The following rule has evolved as a consequence of many years of research and clinical findings vis-a-vis the use of nutrition to heal disease.

To replenish and sustain your proper alkaline and acid reserves, eat 80% of your foods from the alkaline-forming list and 20% from the acid-forming list.

The following is an outline of the major vegetarian food groups and their chemical reaction tendencies in the body. All of the food items should be raw and organically grown (this collection of data from Hippocrates Health Institute).

  • sprouts of small seeds, beans and most grains
  • leafy and root vegetables
  • vine-ripened fruits/vegetables (cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc)
  • sea vegetables (dulse, nori, wakame)
  • fresh food herbs
  • cayenne pepper
  • garlic and onions
  • tree-ripened fruits
  • small grains (amaranth, millet, quinoa, teff, etc)
  • fresh beans
  • fresh sweet corn
  • sesame seeds (soaked 3 hours)
  • nuts (soaked 12-24 hours) (most are acid-forming but exception to the rule -- almonds, fresh coconut with jelly, pine nuts
  • freshly-squeezed green vegetable juices, consumed on an empty stomach
ACID-FORMING (recommended)
  • fruits (most are alkaline-forming, exception to the rule) -- blueberries, cranberries, plums, prunes
  • grains (soaked 8-12 hours) most are not recommended, but buckwheat (slightly acid) and rye ok
  • dry beans (soaked 12-16 hours)
  • nuts (soaked 12-16 hours) filberts/hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts
  • seeds (soaked 5-8 hours) pumpkin, sunflower
Not recommended (listed for reference)
  • large grains -- barley, rice (basmati, brown, white), oats, wheat (slightly acid)
  • refined sugar
  • salt (all types)
  • alcoholic beverages
  • coffee
  • tobacco
  • vinegar
  • refined condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, etc)
BEWARE -- the following are not only acid-forming in the cell but also cause excessive mucous in the body:
  • meat
  • dairy products
  • wheat flour
  • eggs
  • salt
  •  refined sugars
  • alcohol
  • tobacco

  • moderate sunshine
  • proper food combining
  • rest--sleep
  • deep breathing of fresh air
  • fasting and eating less
  • relaxation
  • soothing music
  • moderate exercise
  • adequate water intake
Emotional and Mental
  • laughter
  • releasing processes
  • self-esteem

  • cooking and processing food
  • improper food combining
  • lack of rest -- lack of sleep
  • lack of oxygen
  • overeating (too much or too often)
  • stress
  • noise
  • excessive or no excercise
  • dehydration
Emotional and Mental
  • anger
  • denial
  • confusion
  • fear

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