Alkalizing the Body

Remember, I’m the health nut who had cancer – so, I decided four years ago when this happened that I must have been missing something. One friend loaned me Dr. Theodore Baroody’s book, Alkalize or Die, and another friend introduced me to Holographic Health, a system for health developed by Dr.  Baroody.

Alkalize or Die makes one aware of how food acts once it is in the body – creating an alkaline or acidic condition –
and how combinations of foods do this, as well. I have heard many tout the importance of food combining; and yet, their explanations are very complex.  Dr.  Baroody includes a graphical representation of food combining in this book that makes this process quite simple.

For example, Americans love sandwiches and meat with potatoes – combinations that are extremely acid forming. Another misconception is eating fruit for dessert. Think about this: fruit digests very quickly and meat digests very slowly – these do not mesh well together at all.

Vegetables are in the center of the chart where they belong. We need to make vegetables the center of our diets!

There is also a very nice laminated 80/20 chart available that reminds us to eat 80% alkaline forming foods and only 20% acid-forming foods. Lemon, while seeming acidic on the outside, is one of the most alkaline-forming foods available when taken internally. Watermelon is also very alkaline-forming – along with Love, Kindness, Meditation, Prayer,  etc.

On the most acid-producing side of this chart are artificial sweeteners, sugar, meats and Stress, Anger, etc. An Indian mystic once said that if you knew the damage a fit or anger did to your liver, you would never get angry over anything!

Food is your first medicine. Take a close look at what you’re eating. Shop around the edges of the grocery store – and don’t eat from windows!  Learning to eat a better diet is a process – and you and your health are worth it! You carry your health with you every moment of every day in that wonderful body of yours! Make them a priority now – or they will become a priority at some time in your life, maybe in an unfortunate way when you least expect it. Especially, if you are currently facing a health challenge, whether large or small, your diet is extremely important. Remember, food is your first medicine.

If you’re local, I keep copies of Alkalize or Die and the 80/20 Chart for sale.  Or, you can go to to order. I also teach classes on low-glycemic impact and alkaline eating.  Contact me for more information.

About ambyars

Owner and founder of Balanced Lives Resources, a small business dedicated to developing unique beauty, health and wellness solutions. Merged in 2016 with Holographic Health, Inc., and now General Manager, providing nutritional supplements, skincare, and training classes - including CEUs for massage therapists.
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