Your Six Essential Choices

1. What you EAT

 
The pH scale goes from 0 – 14, with 0 being very acidic and 14 being very alkaline. 7.0 on the pH scale is neutral.

The body is alkaline by
design and acid by function
.

This means that our body functions best in an alkaline environment with the exception of the stomach. Different systems have different alkaline ranges, but overall, the body wants to be slightly alkaline.

Opportunistic bacteria and diseases can’t live in an alkaline environment, but are quite comfortable (and can proliferate profusely) in an acid environment. Whether we know it or not, we choose our own pH by the foods we eat. Poor nutrition results in dietary TOXICITY! 

Although there are four food groups, there are only two kinds of foods that we really need to be concerned with: acid-ash and alkaline-ash foods.

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Wellness center, alternative medicine, holistic health,  mind-body, wellness, disease prevention, alternative health 002 Our bodies want alkaline-ash foods. This means your body wants foods, that after being broken down by the digestive process and the nutrients have been absorbed, the leftovers (the ash), are neutral or on the slightly alkaline side. The alkaline-ash foods are good for your health.

We have a storehouse of alkaline-reserve minerals that we’re born with. If your meal has an acid-ash residual after digestion, your body must make a withdrawal from your alkaline reserve to neutralize the acid so the delicate internal tissues after the digestive process won’t be burned.

Everything you eat either makes a deposit into your
“alkaline reserve” savings account, or makes a withdrawal.

Unfortunately, the American diet consists of mostly high protein foods - animal products and grains that have an acid-ash residual.

If you want to eat foods that make a deposit into your alkaline reserve, you need to eat more fruits and vegetables.

We have a very narrow blood pH range of 7.35 - 7.45. If your blood pH moves out of that range, you won't survive.

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So your internal intelligence will compensate by robbing the minerals it needs from other parts of your body to maintain this critical range. It will survive by robbing what it needs from other parts of the body! It will take from the gallbladder, the bones, etc. These withdrawals will be detrimental to your long-term health, and the problems you’d like to see some improvement on won’t occur.

Your body has a priority system of healing

If your body has an acidic pH, that will have a higher priority for healing than most of the symptoms you’re probably concerned about. Since most patient complaints are not life-threatening, your internal intelligence will ignore them so it can concentrate on the low pH problem caused by your diet. When you bring your pH back to its normal range, your body's priority will change and it will now dedicate the energy needed to heal your less serious symptoms.

Wellness center, alternative medicine, holistic health,  mind-body, wellness, disease prevention, alternative health 004 Your body was designed to SURVIVE -- not to be healthy or sick -- and what it must survive is the CHOICES you make everyday pertaining to the Six Essentials. But don’t you want more than just survival and all of its pain and symptoms?

Your body was designed to function in an alkaline state so you must eat alkaline-ash foods. What you eat is a CHOICE you can make on your journey back to health and wellness.

If you want to maintain a healthy storehouse of alkalizing minerals, you need to eat about 70% fruits and vegetables, and the other 30% can be the foods you like.

You can also increase your alkaline reserves by supplementing your diet with a good barley green food supplement.

One of the worst urban legends commonly told in America today is that you can't eat too much protein. You can, and most Americans do.

The most commonly consumed high-protein foods in America is meat (and animal products in general). Becoming a vegetarian isn't necessary though. Vegetarians can have a low pH too, if they eat too many grains which are acidic, and not enough fruits and vegetables.

Make dietary changes slowly

Your body has adapted to your diet and lifestyle, even if those CHOICES are not healthy ones. So if you change your diet quickly, your body will suffer some effects from that. It takes time to adapt the digestive process/enzyme production capability for the new foods you're eating. So allow your body to adapt to the changes slowly. The fruits and vegetables are necessary.

Your diet change may also cause you to go into a detoxification mode. While this is good, it may result in colds, acne, and rashes so that it can flush out toxins that have accumulated in your tissues and cells. Better health will come after some ups and downs.

You may also feel tired. Why? Because your body is not being stimulated by sugar, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, etc. Keep it up, your body will adapt to the right foods, and you will recover your energy levels the right way. You want your body to be internally-regulated, not externally-stimulated.

Avoid incomplete foods (boxed and processed foods), and stimulatory foods (coffee, cola, candy, sugar, tobacco products, etc.). They lack the necessary enzymes, minerals, cofactors, and fiber to properly digest without robbing from the body to do so.

Print the Four Gradual Steps to Improve Your pH
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Print your own copy of the New Food Pyramid to learn
the appropriate portions of food you should consume daily.
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2. What you DRINK

Your body is mostly water and needs water as its primary liquid. Since your body was designed to regulate itself internally, drinking external stimulants puts added stress on your body and interferes with the regulation of blood sugar.

Water and alcohol are the only substances that can go directly into your bloodstream. Other liquids must go through the digestive process. You should drink mostly water (but some fruit and vegetable juices would be okay, too).

You should drink reverse osmosis (RO) water. It's the best available. You can purchase your own RO system for under $200. Another option is to purchase your RO water from a machine at Wal-Mart, your local grocery store, or health food store. Filtered tap water would be suitable, too.

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How much water should I drink daily?
Drink half your weight in ounces of water every day. Example: If you weigh 200 lbs, drink 100 ounces of water a day. If your diet is 70% fruits and vegetables, just drink water when you feel thirsty. You'll get the rest from the fruits and vegetables which are loaded with water.

   
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3. How you EXERCISE

Your body needs exercise that increases your heart rate, promotes muscle activity and aids neurological integration, so your body works as it was designed.

Excellent exercises that achieve all three are swimming or walking correctly. You should exercise at least three times a week for 30 minute or more.

   
If you're strong enough to be involved in a lifestyle sport, like mountain biking, hiking, or kayaking, you'll receive some additional benefits. It's refreshing to be out in nature, to face the challenges, and to meet new people. It will be a great stress-reliever and you'll have friends to talk with and keep you accountable.
   

4. How you REST

 
   
Adequate, uninterrupted sleep each night is essential for cell repair. If you eat large meals too close to bedtime or drink the wrong liquids throughout the day, you over-stimulate your body. This makes uninterrupted, restful, repairing sleep difficult.

You should get a minimum of 5 hours of sleep per night; 6-8 hours would be better. If you have a consistent exercise program, you'll sleep much better and feel more rested when you wake up.

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5. How and what you BREATHE

How - Take DEEP breaths through your nose that expand your abdomen. Don't be a shallow breather! Correct breathing is important. It causes the diaphragm to work the way it was designed to, which augments heart action. Correct breathing helps rebalance the autonomic nervous system.

   
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While the toxins in your food and liquids are cleaned by the liver before entering the bloodstream, the toxins you breathe from smoking or living and working in a smoke and smog-filled environment go directly into your bloodstream.

   

6. What you THINK about

How you think is probably the only thing on earth that you have absolute control over, and if you harness this concept, you’ll see an improvement in your attitude, life, and health.

You can CHOOSE how you respond to life’s situations. Everyone has challenges in their lives and we can’t stop the challenges. But what we can do is determine HOW we go through those challenges.

Your boss, coworkers, family members, neighbors, etc. might do things that annoy you, but you’re the one who decides to get offended. It’s a choice you can make or not make.

No one can make you angry without
your permission. YOU GET TO CHOOSE!

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STRESS is a similar challenge and it’s not good or bad. It’s your interpretation of that stress that makes it good or bad. Once again, YOU GET TO CHOOSE!

One person goes ballistic and becomes a madman on a busy highway. Another person relaxes and enjoys some music or self-development material. He defines this extra time spent in his car as a form of therapy; he chooses to benefit from the delay; it is his opportunity to train his mind, and to learn and grow!

What's the difference? Is it not the INTERPRETATION of the event?

   

How do I go through life without causing interference?

LEARN THE LESSON! We must observe and interact with everybody and everything in such a way that it never causes interference. There are no neutral thoughts. Every thought has a dynamic effect on your body that is either health enhancing or disease producing. There are no exceptions to this rule.

We choose our thoughts; those thoughts then generate feelings that are followed by emotions; the emotions then cause a change in your hormonal-chemical balance that affects the WHOLE of you.

The school of life

People often adopt self-defeating, physically harmful feelings; they have this attitude of, "Wow, look what happened to me! Oh, poor me, did you see what happened to me!" But that’s a detrimental way to live, and most of the life mismanagement we have comes from replaying the past like this.

It's better to believe that nothing happens TO you, it only happens FOR you so you can learn and grow.

So if you observe something that is upsetting for you, that’s a part of your training, a part of your life that you are trying to correct. You’re learning. Be aware of the journey and where you are on it. So think about what you “think about” when you think about it.

Man is the only creature on earth who can injure himself with his own conscious thought.

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So be aware of the progression and conversion of your thought energy into feeling-emotion-hormone-chemical processes that can harm you. Adopt a mentality that says "nothing happens TO me, it always happens FOR me, so I can learn and grow." If you use your conscious mind in this way, you won't cause interference with the creative power that made and sustains you. Learning to use your conscious mind in a way that will help you is one of life's most important lessons.

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