There is a well-known saying: ‘You are what you eat.’ This, however, is not really true. It’s more appropriate to say: ‘You are what your body digests and then absorbs.
The point of setting the record straight on this matter is when you consider certain foods and their possible harmful effect to your Healthy Life. I am talking about the types of food that when digested and absorbed give an acid ash residue in our bodies. This unhealthy internal ‘acidic’ environment can be a prerequisite to the introduction of so many illnesses since many harmful microorganisms can invade and cause disease. Cancer, for example, can occur through the result of an ‘acid body’ by eating too many acid-giving foods. The body’s blood pH is normally around 7.4 a healthy alkaline state, but acid foods lower this figure.
Besides cancer, other effects of eating too many acid foods include: Your living habits take you to:
Overweight, diabetes, immune deficiency, kidney and bladder problems, fatigue, premature aging, osteoporosis, aching joints, aching muscles, heart disease, high blood pressure strokes, parasitic infection, digestive disorders, mood swings and difficulties in concentrating….
Generally, the acids foods to be careful of are:
Beef, pork, and pork-based products, lamb, mutton, chicken, turkey, and pheasant… Crab, shrimps, prawns, lobsters…i.e. crustaceans. Sardines, cod, haddock, and salmon.
Cheese, cream, butter, milk and milk-based drinks, eggs, yogurt, and ice cream.
Spaghetti, macaroni… i.e. all types of pasta foods, white bread, wholemeal bread, bran oat, bran wheat, wheat germ, blueberries, honey, oatmeal, peanut butter, peanuts, pistachio nuts rice (brown and white), plums and prunes.
From the Convenience store
All refined sugar products. Microwavable, ready-made or instant meals. Beware of the cans of, tins of, packets of… foods with all their mysterious E -numbers, preservatives, chemicals, over saltiness… Dehydrated soups, fast foods, soy sauce, cooking fats and oils, saturated fats and hydrogenated oils. Sunflower oil, corn oil, and margarine, which, by the way, is worse than butter. Canned drinks, fizzy drinks, tea, coffee, and artificially sweetened drinks…
Some foods that are neutral, but have the effect of acidifying…are corn oil, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup.
Generally speaking, the acids foods to be careful of are:
Meats, fatty foods, dairy products, factory-processed foods, sweets… If foods are overheated then the vitamin and enzyme content will be spoiled, causing the nutrition value to be greatly reduced. If you maintain good habits then you will be happy with your healthy living habits.