The human body requires the intake and digestion of food to provide fuel for growth and energy. It must maintain a positive level of alkalinity to function properly. By nature the body tends to be an acid producing entity which creates a problem, as acidity causes illness and disease. Too much acid is toxic.
Measuring the body for acidity and alkalinity is done by ph (potential hydrogen) testing. The ph scale runs from 0 -14 with 7.0 being neutral. Below 7.0 on the ph scale is acidic and above 7.0 is alkaline. Human blood should test out with a ph between 7.35 – 7.45 for peak performance and wellness. The body utilizes and stores acid neutralizers from the food it ingests. Calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium are all neutralizers. When the body is too acidic it will use up its stores of neutralizers and then start stripping itself of these minerals from bones, teeth and vital organs. It is this process that results in deficiencies.
Too much acidity causes: fatigue, headache, insomnia, indigestion, nausea, dehydration, diabetes, lupus, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, bladder and kidney damage, immune deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, lactic acid build up, yeast and fungal overgrowth, constipation and more. Diet is the number one cause of alkalinity imbalance. Meat, eggs, bread, dairy products, artificial sweeteners, sugar, white flour, coffee, carbonated drinks and preservatives are the main culprits.
Balancing the body’s ph level requires perfecting the digestive process. The proper digestion of food requires enzymes. In fact the human body cannot survive without enzymes. Digestive enzymes are primarily produced by the stomach, liver and pancreas. Raw foods are packed with enzymes. A raw food diet provides the necessary enzymes for proper food digestion and optimal disease free health. The body stores enzymes that are not needed for immediate energy as a back up supply for later use.
Cooking food destroys all of its natural enzymes and changes its molecular structure adding indigestible compounds to the formula. The body perceives these new compounds as enemy invaders and produces excess white blood cells in an attempt to destroy them. It also reaches into its store of enzymes to compensate for the addition of these compounds. Deleting the body’s natural store of enzymes quickens the aging process, creates illness and speeds death.
A proper digestive program ends with disposal of excess intake as natural waste. A raw food diet is easily digestible. The body has no problem eliminating waste from a raw food diet. Some ingested compounds, like those caused by cooking are not easily eliminated. Some can never be disposed of properly and are stored. It is the attempt and impossible efforts put forth by the digestive system toward these compounds that cause all the illness and disease. In storage of these indigestible compounds the body forms: kidney stones, excessive gas, cancer and more.
Human consumption of acid producing foods and foods outside of the raw food diet cause the storage of toxic waste in the body. Autopsies have revealed spoiling meats and other non-digestible foods within the stomach that were consumed months prior to death. It is apparent that at least one old adage is true. “We are what we eat.”