I am a firm believer in treating the root cause of a problem rather than bandaiding the symptoms. That's one of the reasons why I work with Sound Therapy, as one simple method helps rehabilitate the ear and calm the nervous system with the nett result being positive impact in areas from tinnitus through to ADHD. So when I come across other ways of helping truly the body heal itself, I get excited. Learning how alkalising one's body overcomes a large plethora of diseases, including cancer, obesity, diabetes and chronic fatigue, I have to tell you - I was more excited than I have been in ages!
I first came across the concept of alkalising while listening to peak performance coach Anthony Robbins' CD set "Get the Edge". His explanation of how our blood needs to maintain an optimal pH level in the same way that our body needs to maintain an optimal temperature made a lot of sense. That pH level is 7.345, which is slightly alkaline. However, all our bodily processes produce acids, so to maintain a slightly alkaline pH level, we need to ingest primarily alkaline foods. An acid inner environment is what causes cancer and germs to thrive, and leads to obesity as the body tries to surround the excess acid with fat to stop the acid from eating through our organs.
Wondering if this would also assist the disorders I most commonly see in my Sound Therapy clients, I started doing some google searching, and most notably found a reference to the fact that Edgar Cayce regularly pointed to a toxic system being the root cause of tinnitus.
So I started looking further into this - how does one adopt an alkaline diet? The first thing I found was an alkaline cookbook produced by a health professional in Melbourne who had heard Anthony Robbins speak at one of his seminars. So I ordered that, and started getting a hold of the ingredients I needed. At the back of her book I saw she referenced "The pH Miracle", so my next step was to track that down. All I can say is... wow!
I purchased both "The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health" and "The pH Miracle for Weight Loss" (both by Dr Robert Young and Shelley Redford Young). I read the latter first (as it arrived first). It explained extremely well how a western diet is high in acids, and that none of the popular diets around will work long time because they too are high in acids. It's not "fat" in the diet that is the issue - fat is a symptom rather than a cause. It is acid. So if you don't address the acid problem, you can't successfully address a "fat" problem. The first book goes into more detail about why you need to remove various foods and drinks from your diet, and introduce others.
I tell you what - reading the pH Miracle books have cured me of being a chocoholic! For the first time ever I looked at chocolate and though "Ugh!! There is no way I can eat that!" I never thought I'd see that day! I adopted the "Alkalarian" way of eating and drinking just under 3 weeks ago, and I've never felt better! I've lost several kilograms already, my head feels so clear, my arthritis has hardly caused me any pain... it's really been surprising at just how quickly alkalising your body makes a difference.
I have since come across other people who have likewise switched to an alkaline diet, and they have reported the same - they feel so clear and healthy.
So my advice is - get a hold of one of the pH Miracle books and have a read. Even if you aim to ease into each of the changes gradually, it is well worth making a plan to move from a "standard" diet to an alkaline one. Your body will thank you for it!