Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.-- Hippocrates, father of medicine, 431 B.C.
You give the body what it really needs and it will be healthy or, if necessary, it will even heal itself. This process is called Orthomolecular Nutrition and its importance can be seen from the fact that Linus Pauling was twice awarded a Nobel Prize for his studies in this field.
However, to be effective this process can only operate when food is of natural origin and not contaminated by weed killers, insecticide, hormones, preservatives or GM modifications.
Eat as much Raw Food/vegetables as you can - why?
Because from thirty to eighty-five percent of the nutrition in foods is destroyed in cooking. That is an average fifty percent loss! Fresh, raw [organic] foods contain the highest level of enzymes. Enzymes are the catalyst for the hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions that occur throughout the body. Cooked foods and dry convenient diets have been denatured and are devoid of enzymes- life-promoting elements.
It has been determined that an alkaline body is more conducive to health and well-being than an acidic one. An undesirable pH can lead to a variety of negative health effects. A body that tends toward acidity heightens the risk for infections from bacteria, yeast, parasites, and viruses. All of these seek out and thrive in an acid environment. Not only are you more susceptible to infections such as colds and the flu but also degenerative diseases like cancer, arthritis, heart disease and osteoporosis are promoted if your pH is consistently acid. Furthermore, populations of bacteria, fungi, etc. may be thriving throughout your body without causing acute disease, yet producing copious acid waste products. These stealth infections may underlie a variety of degenerative conditions. Bacteria are found in arthritic joints, arterial plaque, and many other places. If disease is to be prevented or successfully managed, an acid pH must be overcome.
Body acidity is quickly becoming a focus of research in the prevention of many illnesses that result from an increased acidity within the body. Scientists have found that healthy people have systems that are alkaline. Optimum alkalinity at the cellular level equates to optimum health. A healthy person's pH level of their body fluids should be between 7.1 and 7.5 An imbalanced pH can negatively affect the physical health of almost all body systems and lead to diseases including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, kidney stones and many more.
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