Understanding the politics of food (3)

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By Julia Oyefunke Fortune

Fats and carbohydrates break down into acetyl acetic acids and fatty acids, and succinic and pyruvic acids respectively during metabolization, again causing an acidic residue.

And while many of the acidic foods may in fact be healthy for other reasons, (i.e. their specific nutrient value, when eaten in excess,) when they are not balanced by more alkaline foods, they can in fact become extremely unhealthy.

This concept is often hard for people to understand, especially when they have been brought up to think of food from a nutritional standpoint and not as a vehicle to balance their bodies.

As a general rule, the body functions best when we eat more alkaline foods than acidic ones. Most good nutritionists will tell you to strive for an 80 percent alkaline food to 20 percent acidic food ratio.

*Proper storage of food in the refrigerator preserves growth of food-borne micro-organisms, but quality gradually decreases over time.

In fact, by eating a higher ratio of alkaline foods, you can actually build up an alkaline reserve within your body, which can ultimately serve to counteract any excess acid on those occasions when you eat too many acidic foods.

Or the most part, while eating too many alkaline foods is not harmful to the body; the same cannot be said for eating too many acidic foods.

When you consume excessive acidic foods, it not only throws off  your natural pH balance, but it can lead to the development of any number of serious illnesses and even death in prolonged and severe cases.

As discussed earlier, in an attempt to regain its natural balance, the body will immediately neutralize any excessive acid by borrowing alkaline substances from wherever it can.

It further tries to eliminate the excess acid through your skin, kidneys and respiratory system. While this can result as various skin eruptions on the skin, this dumping of acid into the kidneys and lungs, may not always be so apparent until it becomes a serious problem.

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