The human body is a truly magnificent creation. And because of its ability to regulate, balance, repair, and protect itself, the latest scientific research shows that each of us has the capacity to function well for at least one hundred and twenty years. So why do most of us only make it to our seventies? Why are so many of us afflicted with degenerative diseases? And why are the diseases that once only plagued the elderly—heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and cancer—now increasingly affecting our younger generations? Why does the gift of long, healthy live seem so unattainable. What is it that we are missing? In The Acid-Alkaline Lifestyle, bestselling author Larry Trivieri, Jr. and Dr. Neil Raff provide a simple solution to that very important question.
For decades, physicians and medical researchers have used the body’s acid-alkaline balance, or pH levels, as a way of determining a patient’s overall health status. The problem is that the most accurate and commonly used test used to check acid-alkaline balance—the pH blood test—rarely reveals a shift away from a normal pH reading until acute, life-threatening diseases strike. And by then it is often too late to do anything. While a pH blood test may read normal, what the test does not show is what your body may be forced to do to keep it that way as it combats and seeks to compensate for the excess acidity that inside that afflicts the vast majority of us today. Left undetected, this corrosive buildup of acid set the stage for most of the disease conditions afflicting our nation today.
Over the years, a number of books have appeared promoting ways to keep acid-alkaline levels in check through diet and nutrition. But to truly achieve and maintain acid-alkaline balance requires far more than diet and nutrition, alone. And now, for the first time, here is a book that lays out all of the other essential elements for creating vibrant health.
The Acid-Alkaline Lifestyle is not simply another book about diet and pH. It's a book about the first and only complete and comprehensive acid-alkaline balancing program of its kind—one that goes far beyond diet and nutrition alone. What the authors have done in this book not only explains the problems caused by excess acidity, but also, and more importantly, spells out the proven safe and effective self-care methods that anyone can use to dramatically improve their health, enhance their sleep, cope with stress, and get the most out of exercise with a lot less effort—all while providing the best nutritional eating plan for balancing pH throughout the body. The Acid-Alkaline Lifestyle provides all the practical information you need to restore and maintain your health and boost your energy so that you can achieve a longer, healthier life—the way nature intended.
Neil Raff, M.D. is medical director at Integrated Medicine and Nutrition, P.C. He has specialized in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology for over thirty-three years. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, completed his medical internship at NYU-Bellevue, and carried out his medical residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the Bronx VA Hospital. While serving in the United States Air Force (USAF) he became a member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, which integrates physical and psychological function (the mind-body connection). Dr. Raff is a Certified Nutritional Specialist (C.N.S.) as well. Besides his work as a doctor and nutritionist, Dr. Raff is an educator and popular lecturer.
Larry Trivieri, Jr. is a professional writer in the field of holistic health. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers throughout the US, and he served as senior writer for the bestseller Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide.
Part One Understanding Acid-Alkaline Balance
1. Acid-Alkaline Balance—What It Is
and Why It Is So Vital to Your Health,
2. Causes and Effects of Acid-Alkaline Imbalance,
3. Are You Out of Balance? Determining
Your Body’s pH Levels,
Part Two Creating the Acid-Alkaline Lifestyle
4. How Diet Can Restore Acid-Alkaline Balance,
5. Water—The Overlooked Healer,
6. Helpful Nutrients,
7. Restoring Acid-Alkaline Balance With Your Breath,
8. Coping With Stress,
9. If You Don’t Use It, You Will Definitely Lose It,
10. To Sleep, Perchance to Heal,
Glossary of Terms,
About the Authors,
Today, more than ever, it is obvious to most people that our nation is facing a health crisis that threatens to bankrupt us. Even with the advent of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” the cost of health care continues to rise, both in terms of treatment costs and insurance premiums. At the same time, more people in the US suffer from chronic, degenerative disease than ever before, while nearly half of our population is dangerously overweight or obese. While our politicians, economists, and health experts argue about how best to address these concerns, few, if any, seem to have any realistic long-term solutions.
Perhaps that’s because they are overlooking the obvious. The truth is that the solution they are looking for does exists. It is a solution that isn’t complicated, doesn’t require billions of tax dollars, and doesn’t need a giant bureaucratic overseer. What is that answer?
Good health. If fewer people needed pills to lower blood pressure, decrease cholesterol levels, or stimulate their love lives, think about the impact it would have on our health care system. If fewer people suffered from the severe pain of arthritis, rheumatism, and other degenerative diseases, think of how much emptier doctors’ offices would be. And, if the number of people diagnosed with cancer and heart disease started to drop sharply, think of how much less sorrow and grief there would be in our lives.
The sad truth is that health is something the majority of people in this country are lacking. The incidence of chronic illness is at an all-time high. Just as alarming, even among people who don’t suffer from any obvious disease symptoms, is that lack of energy seems to be epidemic, as well. Yet, paradoxically, at no time in history has such a wealth of health information been available to us, as evidenced by the abundant supply of books, newsletters, magazines, seminars, and web sites all devoted to providing health information. So why is it that, as a nation, we remain so unhealthy? And, more importantly, what can be done about it?
That’s what this book is all about. We wrote it to answer these questions, and to empower you with the information you need to reclaim and maintain your health and vitality now and for the rest of your life. After years of careful research, study, and observation, we can say with absolute confidence that the solution to our health problems does exist, and it starts with the type of “medicine” that healers throughout history have recommended for more than 2,500 years—healthy food.
Your body is designed to be healthy. This is a scientific truth. And it will be healthy if you provide it with the right foods and the abundant supply of life-supporting nutrients they contain to repair and maintain itself. This fact has been known and taught by physicians and healers throughout the ages.
In recent decades, however, our understanding of what eating healthy means has changed thanks to the growing body of research focused on pH or acid-alkaline balance and the paramount role it plays in our health. Thanks to this research, we now know that eating healthy foods alone is not enough; we also need to eat them in the right proportions so that our bodies’ pH levels are properly maintained. You will learn why this is so important in the pages ahead. Moreover, we will provide you with everything you need to know to create health-enhancing, pH-balancing meals quickly and easily.
But diet alone, no matter how healthy it may be, is rarely enough to completely provide you with adequate health. Think of your diet as the foundation upon which your health is built. Without such a strong foundation, long-term health simply is not possible. However, once that foundation is put in place, you still need to add the other elements that create the “house of health” in which you want to reside. These other elements are what make up your daily routine. Combined together, we call this living the acid-alkaline lifestyle.
No matter what state of health you may currently be in, if you apply the guidelines we will share with you, we guarantee that you will experience a noticeable difference in how well you feel. A bold claim, to be sure, but we make it with confidence, because we have witnessed how people from all walks of life have already experienced dramatic improvements in their health after implementing the very same principles you will discover in this book. Even if you are already healthy, these principles can help you.
In the pages that follow, you will not only learn how your body works, but also how you can begin to move it from a state of degeneration and fatigue into a state of regeneration and vitality. First, you will also learn about the foundational key—proper acid-alkaline balance, including its importance and how you can quickly begin to achieve and maintain it; why it is misunderstood or ignored by most health practitioners; and why unhealthy pH levels—a disruption of proper acid-alkaline balance—are at the root of all disease conditions.
Then we will guide you on how to most effectively create the acid-alkaline lifestyle for yourself and your loved ones. Throughout the rest of this book you will learn why this way of life is fundamental. Why the foods you eat are the key to good health. By knowing what foods to eat, how to prepare these foods, and when to eat them, you can take charge of your health once and for all. The following principles that will be addressed are fundamental to a healthy lifestyle.
· Why water may be the missing key to better health and more energy.
· The importance of nutritional supplements in today’s ever-increasingly toxic world, and the nutritional supplement program we recommend for taking your health to the next level.
· How to improve your health simply by breathing properly, something most people don’t pay attention to or know how to do.
· How to easily incorporate daily exercise into your lifestyle without having to spend a lot of time, money, or to use expensive exercise equipment.
· How to cope with stress with proven, easy-to-use self-care stress management techniques.
· The vital importance of adequate, restful sleep and how to ensure it.
Fortunately, the principles you are about to discover are easy to understand, and even easier to implement. By applying them to your daily life, you will be taking back control of your health and starting down the road to optimal vitality. No matter what health challenge you may presently be facing, you can improve it by adopting the guidelines that follow. This is our message to you: You don’t have to be sick!
So, if you are ready to reclaim your health, turn the page and read on.