The Eight Acid Forming Foods
Sound nutritional advice for all conditions.
"Every tissue is fed by the blood, which is supplied by the intestinal
system. When the intestines are dirty, the blood is dirty, and so are the
organs and tissues. It is the intestinal system that has to be cared for
first before any effective healing can take place". Dr. Bernard Jensen,
Dr. Jensen, a world renowned nutritionist, was a great mentor and teacher.
His contribution to the field of nutrition should be your cornerstone to
recovery and continued good health. Dr Jensen taught that disease as well as good health begins
in the colon. Based on that knowledge Dr Jensen recommend a diet consisting
of at least 70% fresh raw organic vegetables and fruits. He did not expect
everyone to become vegetarians, instead he offered better alternatives
to foods he considered to be a hazard to your good health.
Researchers from the University of Buffalo published a report in the April
2004 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showing that people who ate an Egg McMuffin and hash browns for breakfast
had high levels of inflammatory markers in their blood for three to four
hours after the meal.
“Eating that 900-calorie, high-fat meal temporarily floods the bloodstream
with inflammatory components, overwhelming the body's natural inflammation-fighting
mechanisms,” says Ahmad Aljada, the lead author on the study. “People who
experience repeated, short-lived bouts of inflammation resulting from many
such unhealthy meals can end up with blood vessels in a chronic state of
inflammation,” Aljada says. In a still-unpublished study, the UB researchers
found that a breakfast with the same number of calories, but comprised
of fruits and fiber, does not promote inflammation.
For better or for worse food is the most powerful drug you'll ever take.
Shoko and I (Mike) have continued in Dr. Jensen's teaching. We urge all
of our customers, friends and family to follow his dietary guidelines.
Over the years we have seen consistent health improvement in our own lives
and in the lives of our customers by following these guidelines. Please
consider the fact that "health" (good or bad) and diet has a
cumulative effect in the body. Your poor choice of foods may have taken
20 or 30 years or more to play a negative role in your good health but
I can assure you that the process of disease set in long before you began
to notice any symptoms. Likewise the process of recovery through the selection
of positive food choices is also linked to time. Fortunately most people
respond much quicker to recovery but you can typically expect what Dr.
Jensen called a healing crisis time line to emerge as you begin your path
on the road to recovery. Please feel free to contact either myself (Mike)
or Shoko if you are experiencing specific health challenges and do please
follow these guidelines. 1-800-654-4394
Food - your best friend and your worst enemy
The dangers of Table salt:
Table salt has been linked to everything from high blood pressure to mineral
depletion. Processed rock salt (common table salt), put simply, is a food
additive drug. It is in large amounts in almost every single processed
food and fast food in the world. It can kill you by robbing the body of
a necessary mineral/hormonal balance. The natural sodium found in foods
like celery and goat whey helps us to have elasticity, limberness, and
youthfulness in our tissues, it is necessary to normal chemical balance
not only to the walls of the stomach, but also the walls of the intestine.
It is necessary to the regulation of the fluid content and to normal flora
in the intestinal tract, and is necessary to good bowel evacuation. Natural
sodium greatly affects the fluid balance throughout the body. Calcium,
with its quality of harshness, can make tissues immobile: the joints may
become rigid unless there is sufficient sodium present to keep the calcium
in solution. Such disorders as neuritis, neuralgia, rheumatism, and arthritis
follow. Many doctors merely say that waste acids are responsible for such
conditions, but actually these acids would not be present if there was
an adequate natural sodium reserve to neutralize them. Plants that are
matured in the sunshine are high in natural sodium. The acids in green
fruits are sour, but when allowed to mature the sodium content gives them
their sweet taste. Citrus fruits, when tree ripened, are high in sodium,
but so many of them are picked green and expected to ripen in storage that
eating them may cause disturbance -- especially in a stomach deficient
in sodium. Unripe fruit never sets well in the human stomach. Cabbage juice
and strawberry juice are good sources of sodium, as is celery stalk. Okra
is one of our highest sodium-containing foods, is very soothing to the
stomach wall, and therefore excellent for cases of ulcer.
The dangers of White Sugar:
White Sugar is the second on the list of food additive drugs.
In addition to being the major source of
tooth decay its health destroying effects
extend to the very core of our bodies, our
bones and our nervous system. Our experience
is that white sugar is the no.1 culprit in
low back nerve pain commonly called siatica.
White sugar is not a food it is an isolated
chemical compound and it is addictive. The
next time you crave a candy bar or a piece
of chocolate cake try a fresh tree ripened
organic apple, pear, or peach. Your body
will feel the difference. In place of sugar
in baking try stevia, real maple syrup or raw honey. Raw Wildflower Honey, an excellent mineral rich raw honey, is available in any good health
food store. These products can also supplement your sugar cravings. You can find these products in any good health food store.
The dangers of Dairy Products:
Cow products were not meant for human consumption, and not just because
we could save the destruction of the rain forests and feed the entire population
of the world with the grain and pasture land it takes to maintain the worlds
cow population. Nutritionally it is a human mismatch and milk is the worst
of the problem. Calcium rich but magnesium deficient it actually robs the
body of its own natural sodium calcium balance. The plant kingdom is full
of natural sources of calcium in proper balance for human consumption.
Raw sesame seeds, sprouts, raw dark green leafy vegetables like kale and
broccoli also fresh organic eggs (poached or soft boiled). If you need assistance converting from
dairy try rice dream in place of ice cream, "Eden Blend" (rice/soy)
or goats milk in place of cow milk and goat cheese or soy cheese in place
of normal cheese. Yogurt and cottage cheese were the only two cow products
not on Dr.Jensen's dangerous dairy foods list because they are already
partially broken down for digestion and because they are rich in acidophilus.
Butter is better than margarine, but no butter or margarine is the best
solution. Personally I (mike) recommend Earth balance or smart balance
because they contain no hydrogenated oils and in fact contain beneficial
EFAs (essential fatty acids).
The dangers of Wheat:
Health killer no.4 Wheat. Surprised? Todays hy-bread wheat is a far cry
nutritionally from its ancient ancestor. Todays wheat is selectively bread
for a high yield crop with a high wheat sugar content (gluten). The gluten
in wheat forms a paste in the intestines preventing the proper absorption
of nutrients. Wheat has been linked in numerous human studies to have a
direct correlation on mental health including depression and anxiety.
There are plenty of ancient grains to choose from to take the place of
wheat. Brown rice, wild rice, kamut, millet, oats just to name a few. A
word of caution however, grain storage in America (even organic grain storage)
is overseen by the government and is based on the number of bug body parts
per kilo of grain if you think they use a lot of pesticide when they are
growing it you should see how much they use to control the product in storage.
Even organic grains are bug treated with "natural pesticides"
that can kill you. Wash all of your raw grain products thoroughly. Sprouting
your own grains is the best and safest source.
NO Wheat, what do I eat? Click here to learn more about the dangers of wheat and to discover some
great food source alternatives to wheat.
The dangers of the Tasty Deadly Night-Shades.
Dr. Norman Chillers, a professor of horticulture at Cook College in New
Jersey who has worked with plants all his life, reported that regular consumption
of tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and bell peppers is a primary cause of
arthritis. He noted that in arthritic patients symptoms of this potentially
crippling disease go away usually in a period of several weeks to several
months when they stop eating these foods.
Source: Norman Chillers, The and Health, N.J.: Horticulture Publications,
Dr. Jensen also found this to be the case. Night-shades are acid forming
foods that will set up your body for a variety of disease states including
cancer and arthritis.
The dangers of Unripened Fruit:
We have already mentioned that unripened fruit (particularly citrus fruits)
can be very hard on the digestive process because unripened they are also
acid forming. It is always preferable to get locally grown ripe fruit and
vegetables even if it is not organic. Please frequent the farmers markets
in your area instead of buying all of your produce from the supermarket.
Fruit should always be eaten alone, never with other foods as it is digested
in a totally different manner than protein or carbohydrate starches.
Citrus fruit and melons should be eaten separate from other fruits and
cranberries should should be avoided altogether as they are acid forming
even when fully ripened.
The dangers of Meat:
OK you must have known this was coming MEAT. Frankly this is a hotly debated
topic among doctors and alternative practitioners. Shoko and I know you
can get everything you need nutritionally from plants, seeds, nuts, fruits
Some animal products can provide you with
an abundance of essential fatty acids however
there are excellent plant sources as well
as fish and eggs that will provide you with
these life and health giving nutrients.
Meat has, we feel, too many negatives to
justify its positives. If you are going to
eat dairy and meat products regardless of
what anyone tells you about your health risks
please at least consider organically fed
free ranging meats. I understand from my
research in this area that New Zealand produces
some of the worlds most nutritionally rich
and pesticide free animal products.
The dangers of Diet Foods:
Deadly diet products. In an effort to combat the rising problem of obesity,
America has turned to diet food products. This is not only a mistake but
it just may be the biggest potential health risk facing our country. If
a diet product says "low fat" it is usually loaded with sugars
and wheat. Because it is low fat it will contain no beneficial fats as
well. If a product says low sugar or no sugar (like diet soda) then it
probably contains aspartame. This is by far one of the deadliest products
ever to find its way into our food supplies.
I remember reading a lengthy human weight study done using only diet products
78% of the people in this study gained weight the other 22% stayed virtually