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Not all acidic foods are acid-forming.
Take a lemon, for example. You know that a lemon tastes tart. The sour taste gives it away, and you could easily guess that lemon is an acidic fruit.
While the nature of lemon is acidic, once it enters the body, it’s alkalizing.
In other words, even though lemon is an acidic fruit, it can help balance and cleanse someone who is overly acidic. If this sounds confusing, you’re not alone.
Lauren, a reader of the Body Ecology Newsletter, recently asked:
“I thought the goal was to be more alkaline. How is eating something that will create lactic acid helpful to heartburn or acid reflux?”
Foods that are acidic in nature are not always acid-forming once they are consumed.
Drinking fresh squeezed lemon juice with water first thing in the morning can put your body into a healing, alkaline state.
This point is especially important to remember when healing the gut or rebuilding the immune system. Many acidic foods—like lemon, kefir, and sauerkraut—are healing and alkalizing! Many charts on acidifying and alkalizing foods simply use the words “acid foods” and “alkaline foods.”
To clear up some of the confusion:
Please do not feel like you need to memorize lists of acidifying and alkalizing foods to get well.
The Body Ecology Diet has the Principle of Acid/Alkaline built into it. We teach that the body thrives in a slightly alkaline state. We show that too much acidity—which comes from stress and poor sleep patterns, as well as an acidifying diet—allows yeast, chronic bacterial infection, and parasites to take over.
Common signs of acidity include:
As you familiarize yourself with the principles of the Body Ecology Diet, you will naturally choose foods that are alkalizing and healing.
The good bacteria found in cultured foods naturally produce a chemical called lactic acid, which gives cultured foods (like kefir and sauerkraut) their sour taste.
Lactic acid does more than make food sour.
Research shows that lactic acid controls the growth of competing, harmful microbes—like Candida yeast. (1) While yeast overgrowth can occur anywhere in the body, it is very common in the digestive tract and vaginal tract, where tissue is thin and sensitive. Candida overgrowth in the digestive tract leads to an inflamed and leaky gut.
While acid reflux and heartburn seem to only involve the stomach, studies show that there is more to the story. Heartburn may actually be a sign of a wounded inner ecosystem. The burning sensation that arises during heartburn has more to do with too little stomach acid—rather than too much. (2)(3)
This means that the lactic acid found in cultured foods might actually reach the root cause of heartburn, while repairing leaky gut at the same time. (4)
The Body Ecology Principle of Acid/Alkaline tells us to eat a diet that is 80%-100% alkalizing.
While you can find more information in The Body Ecology Diet, alkalizing foods include:
One easy way to move your body into an alkaline state is to drink fresh squeezed lemon juice in a glass of water first thing in the morning. Lemon contains up to 6% citric acid—but like lactic acid, this doesn’t make the body acidic! In fact, quite the opposite is true. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is a traditional remedy that stimulates the colon, which in turn encourages bile flow and waste release from the liver.
We recommend rehydrating and alkalizing the body first thing in the morning.
If you want to begin your day feeling refreshed and energized, make this morning routine a habit:
An acidic food may not be acid-forming once it is digested. Even though a lemon is acidic, for example, it is alkalizing once it enters the body. A lemon is an acidic fruit that can balance and cleanse by making the body more alkaline.
The Body Ecology Diet teaches the Principle of Acid/Alkaline. The body thrives in a slightly alkaline state. Too much acidity caused by stress, poor sleep, or an acidifying diet can support chronic bacterial infection and yeast and parasite growth.
Eat a diet that is 80%-100% alkalizing, along with probiotic-rich cultured foods. Cultured vegetables contain lactic acid to create a sour taste. Lactic acid also controls the growth of harmful microbes, like Candida yeast, to prevent a leaky gut. Other alkalizing foods include ocean vegetables, millet, amaranth, quinoa, lemons, limes, berries, probiotic drinks, and sea salt, to name a few.
Body Ecology Top Tip: Start your day off right by rehydrating and alkalizing first thing in the morning. Drink one cup of room temperature water upon waking; then, drink one more cup of room temperature water with the juice of one lemon.
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