Acidic foods, acidic water, acidic beverages, and an acid producing lifestyle contribute to a wide range of illnesses. Excess acid in the body and blood stream leads to a build-up of mineral deposits in the joints and arteries, resulting in a restricted range of motion and eventually arthritis, other degenerative diseases and inflammation. Our internal system operates at peak efficiency when the pH of the blood is slightly alkaline with a pH of 7.3-7.4. At this concentration your cells will thrive. By following a diet of primarily alkaline foods, by drinking alkaline water and by modifying your lifestyle to avoid acid producing activities (smoking, drinking alcohol and negative emotions are all acid producing), you can begin to detoxify your body, removing the excess proteins and acid wastes, which create inflammation and degenerative changes. A primarily alkaline environment within the body also helps with weight loss and is a good remedy for countless ailments.
When foods oxidize in your body, they leave a residue or ash that is composed of various minerals. If the minerals are primarily sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium, these foods are considered alkaline. The same goes for the dissolved minerals in water. Water can be either acidic or alkaline. If the residue from food or water is primarily sulfur, phosphorus, chlorine and incombustible organic acid radicals, then an acidic condition results.
Energy is the byproduct of the foods we eat. The body oxidizes or burns up foods to release nutrients. The wastes are predominately acidic. When your body cannot get rid of all the acidic wastes it produces, they become stored somewhere in your body. This accumulation of non-disposed acidic wastes builds up in your tissues, joints, fat, urine, and blood. Acidic wastes accelerate the aging process of the human body. Some examples of solidified acidic wastes are cholesterol, fatty acid, uric acid, kidney stones, gallstones, urates, sulfates, and phosphates. Alkaline water helps to rid the body of acidic wastes.