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                             BODY CHEMISTRY TO HEAL

Given the optimum environment, your body cells can replicate themselves throughout your life because they are most resilient and rejuvenating. Healing begins with healthy body cells, which require balanced body chemistry of acid and alkaline.

If you have reduced or stopped your medications, and you have also been detoxing your body, now is the time to use foods as your medicine for maintenance and sustenance to further promote your ongoing self-healing process.

Acid-Alkaline Balance

Your body cells need an optimum environment for replication and rejuvenation. They need a balanced acid-and-alkaline environment.

Acid and alkaline are substances that have opposing qualities. Your body functions at its best when the pH is optimum, which is slightly alkaline. The pH of your blood, tissues, and body fluids directly affects the state of your cellular health, and hence your immune system, which plays a pivotal role in the continual healing of your autoimmune disease, including myasthenia gravis.

The pH scale ranges between one and fourteen. Seven is considered neutral. Anything below seven is considered acidic, while anything above seven is considered alkaline. Deviations above or below a 7.30 and 7.40 pH range can signal potentially serious and dangerous symptoms, forewarning you of a disease in process.

When your body is too acidic, the tissues of your cells are forced to relinquish their alkaline reserves, depleting them of alkaline minerals, which are the components of the tissues themselves.

The acute shortage of alkaline minerals will lead to disease and the malfunctioning of the immune system, causing an autoimmune disease, including myasthenia gravis.

Acidification

Acidification may come from the following:

Excess intake of foods containing great amounts of acid

Insufficient elimination of acid by the body through the kidneys (urination) and the skin (sweating).

Not too much acid can actually stay in the bloodstream, and, accordingly, any excess is then directed to other body organs and tissues, where it can accumulate. Too much acidification makes your body become sick:

Acid corrosion

The corrosive nature of acid irritates your body organs, causing inflammation (which is often a source of body pain), pain, and hardening of tissues.

Acidic sweat may cause skin allergy, especially in areas where sweat seems to accumulate, such as the armpits.

Acidic urine may also cause infection and inflammation in the urinary tract, resulting in bladder problems.

Acidification not only causes lesions of the mucous membranes (e.g. your respiratory system), making them more vulnerable to infections, but also impairs the immune system.

Decreased enzyme activity

Acidification decreases the activity of enzymes in the body, which are responsible for proper digestion of foods and assimilation of nutrients.

Loss of minerals

Loss of minerals may result in: bone loss (osteoporosis); brittle bones (hip fracture); joint inflammation (arthritis); hair loss (baldness); split fingernails; dry skin, and wrinkles.

Sources of Acidification

Contemporary lifestyle is the main cause of excess acidification in body cells, which may ultimately lead to diseases.

Diet

Diet is the main contributor to excess acidification in the body. The main sources of acid from foods are: cereals (good for the food industry, not for the health); sugars (bad for the body’s metabolism); animal proteins (difficult for digestion and assimilation by the body).

The main sources of acidification from drinks are: alcohol, coffee, sodas, sugary drinks (often disguised as health drinks), and tea.

Tobacco

Tobacco smoke causes acidification in the respiratory system. Quit smoking now, if you are still a smoker!

Exercise

Too much exercise (more may not be better), or the lack of it, may lead to acidification.

Stress

Stress in everyday life and living may cause physiological disturbances, often resulting in acidification of your body system.

Diseases caused by acidification

Diseases caused by too much acidification are related to the following:

The immune system -- autoimmune diseases

The skin-allergies and rashes

The respiratory system -- bronchitis, colds, flu, laryngitis

The nervous system -- chronic fatigue, mental depression (due to deficiency in alkaline minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and potassium)

The urinary system (due to lesions in mucous membranes of the urinary tract).

Acidification is often the inability of the body to metabolize a particular nutrient, such as sugar and animal protein. The wisdom is to avoid sugar totally and to reduce the intake of animal protein, both of which are the main culprits of excess acidification in the body.

Foods rich in weak acids, such as fruits, vinegar, and yogurt, are normally quite easy to oxidize, contributing to a large number of alkaline elements in the body. However, if you experience poor oxidation in these foods, your metabolism debility may then make you more prone to acidification. There are certainly no hard-and-fast rules governing how these weak-acid foods may become either acidic or alkaline for different individuals.

The bottom line: get rid of your sugar addiction.

Symptoms of excess acidification

Too much acid in your body may result in some of the following symptoms: acid regurgitation; acidic sweat or dry skin; brittle and fungal nails; conjunctivitis; cracks at the corners of the lips; diarrhea; frequent headaches; insomnia; irritability; leg crams and spasms; lack of energy; lower body temperature; pimples; runny nose; and weight loss.

Measuring and changing acid-alkaline levels

Measure the acid-alkaline levels in you body by performing a simple urine test with litmus paper (obtainable at pharmacies).

Reduce or eliminate acidification in your body by the following:

Change your lifestyle: make it less stressful.

Adjust your diet for more alkaline foods and drinks.

Consume medicinal plants to promote the flow of your urine (diuretics) and to increase the production of sweat.

Take daily alkaline mineral supplements to facilitate internal cleansing.

Go on a regular water or juice fast to enhance the elimination of toxins lodged in the deep tissues of your body.

Exercise moderately to prevent acidification.

Foods to balance acid-alkaline levels

Your diet is the primary source that determines your acid-alkaline levels in your body.

Always choose the right foods for better body chemistry for better immunity health.

Acidifying foods

Acidifying foods are characterized by their high protein content, and/or fats, including the following: meat, poultry, fish and seafood; eggs; cheese; vegetable oils; whole grains; beans, such as broad bean, chickpeas, peanuts, soybeans, and white beans; bread, pasta, and cereals; sweets and sugars, including brown sugar and honey; sugary drinks and sodas; alcohol, coffee, and tea.

Your digestion of protein produces amino acids (containing acid minerals, such as phosphorus and sulfur) during digestion, and uric acids during acidic degradation.

You utilize fat in the form of fatty acids, and your digestion of saturated fat is often incomplete, resulting in toxic acid substances that contribute to acidification.

Your digestion of glucose may be adversely affected by inadequate or poor metabolism, turning originally alkaline elements into acidic ones.

Your consumption of too much sugar strains your body metabolism in converting it into energy, and thus creating more acid in the process.

The bottom line: consume less acidifying foods.

Acid foods may be alkalizing if your body’s metabolism is efficient. In other words, if your body can easily metabolize and oxidize them, these foods can be transformed into alkaline elements, making your body more alkaline, instead of more acidic.

Acid foods contain a good deal of acid, and are acidic in taste, including the following: blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries; oranges, grapefruit, lemons, Mandarin oranges, and tangerines; sweet fruits, such as watermelon; unripe fruits; acid vegetables, such as rhubarb, tomato, and watercress; honey; vinegar; and yogurt.

Always eat the fruit, instead of drinking its juice. The reason is that alkaline minerals are present in the pulp; the juice without the pulp is only more acidic. Cooking fruits does not remove their acidity.

Alkalizing foods, on the other hand, contain little or no acid substances, and they do not produce acids when metabolized by your body. Alkalizing foods include the following: green vegetables; colored vegetables (except tomato); chestnut; potato; avocado; black olives; bananas; dried fruits; almonds and Brazil nuts; milk; alkaline mineral waters; and cold-pressed oils.

Potato, especially its juice, is good for stomach acidity and ulcers. It is often an ideal alternative to acidifying cereal grains.

Dried fruits are alkalizing because much of the acid is removed through the drying process. Eat more dried fruits.

Alkalizing medicinal plants

Black currant fruits are a good source of vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals, including an omega-6 fatty acid to increase blood flow, to decrease blood clotting, and to reduce inflammation (often a source of many types of body pain).

Black currant seed oil is especially good for rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease), due to its anti-inflammatory properties in decreasing the morning stiffness in the joints.

Burdock is a plant native to Asia and Europe, which has become available to all parts of the world. Ancient Chinese and Indian herbalists always used burdock to treat respiratory infections, abscesses, and joint pain. The root of burdock is one of the primary sources of most herbal preparations. Eat burdock every day to have a healthy immune system to eliminate many of the symptoms of  myasthenia gravis

Cranberry has been in use since the Iron Age, but the Romans were the first to recognize its medicinal values. Cranberry, which is high in vitamin C and  antioxidants, contains anti-asthmatic compounds.

Alkalizing energy boosters

Spirulina is a green alga, rich in chlorophyll, containing the highest protein and beta-carotene levels of all green super foods. It is the highest known vegetable source of B-12, minerals, trace elements, cell salts, amino acids, DNA and RNA, and enzymes.

Spirulina helps with digestion, elimination, detoxification, internal cleansing, tissue repair, skin problems, healing and prevention of degenerative diseases. It also promotes longevity. Spirulina is effective in any weight-control diet because its high nutritional value helps satisfying the hidden hunger or deficiencies.

Blackstrap molasses is an excellent source of iron and calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. It can even reverse grey hair due to its copper content.

Make a healthy drink with a tablespoon of organic blackstrap molasses (mixed in some hot water first) and ¾ cup of soymilk. Add ice.

Cod liver oil, which comes from fatty fish, such as salmon and sardines, is rich in vitamin A and vitamin D, and essential omega 3 oils. It enhances the absorption of calcium and maintains a constant level of blood calcium. Cod liver oil also improves brain functions and the nervous system.

In 2005, researchers at the University of California reported that vitamin D might lower the risk of developing different types of cancers, cutting in half the chances of getting breast, ovarian, or colon cancer.

Alkaline supplements

Alkaline supplements should contain calcium (Ca), sodium (Na), silica and copper, and other minerals to help de-acidification of your body. More importantly, they should contain every mineral in similar proportion to that found in the human body.

Remember, your body functions synergistically: that is, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Every mineral has a crucial role to play in the human anatomy.

Supplement your diet with coral calcium to keep all mineral levels up, as well as in their proper balance.

Always use your diet to balance your body chemistry to heal.

Stephen Lau
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