Master Cleanse Part 2

One of the reasons I think the Master Cleanse helps us lose weight is because it improves the acid-alkaline balance in our body.  Eating more alkaline vegetables and less sugary and processed foods will change our body’s acid/alkaline chemistry, with the result of weight loss, a stronger immune system and overall body stamina and strength.

We need to look for 70-80% alkaline foods and 20-30% acidifying foods for a balanced diet, since our body is slightly alkaline, between 7.35 and 7.45 on the pH scale.  (A pH of 7 is neutral, higher numbers are alkaline and lower numbers are acidic).

Acidifying foods include those that contain sugars and other sweeteners, alcohol, preservatives and chemicals, dairy, white refined foods, processed foods, chips, etc, because as they are digested and metabolized, they release acids into the bloodstream.

Alkaline foods include those with low sugar, fresh vegetables, seeds and nuts, salads and foods that are rich in water. As they are metabolized, they release an alkaline base (bicarbonate) into the blood stream.

Increasing alkaline foods and decreasing acidifying foods helps to achieve the best balance. Cutting out all acidifying foods does not seem to be the best path either.  We do need some acidifying foods, so to improve your diet overall, choose the best quality — whole grains instead of refined grains. Better fats such as olive oil, leaner meats . . . you’ve probably heard this all before, but now it’s actually starting to make sense as I see how these foods affect our acid-alkaline balance.

Another reason why I think the Master Cleanse was helpful for me is because there is no salt.  The FDA just reduced their salt recommendations by a half.  I do very well with unsalted foods up to a point and then I have a salt attack!  I love chips (the vinegar and salt kind) and just can’t keep them in the house.  They’re too tempting.

By flushing your system with the Master Cleanse concoction and water and herbal teas, you reduce the amount of salt you’re taking in daily, and you also reduce the amount of salt in your body.

Some salt is necessary for your body.  But when you have excess salt, you tend to hold water so your body can keep the same concentration of salt that it needs. Excess salt needs water to be eliminated.

In folk medicine, apple cider vinegar has been recommended as a tonic for aiding digestion. Perhaps you’ve seen it in health food stores with the “mother” or cloudiness caused by acetic acid bacteria settling near the bottom.  Vinegar in rich in potassium and also helps to lower blood glucose levels in the body. It’s been suggested to add a little honey to the vinegar and mix it into a glass of water . . . . kind of sounds very similar to the Master Cleanse . . .

I think my grandma used to drink a tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of water.  I used to make a raspberry vinegar by steeping raspberries in apple cider vinegar.  Then I put a few tablespoons in a glass of seltzer and added a little honey.  It’s very refreshing, even if it sounds odd.

The last reason the Master Cleanse works is because with fiber, food will go zinging through your intestinal system.  The extra belly weight you may be carrying is in part due to overstuffed intestines.  Cleaning them out . . . . I don’t think I need to say any more.

So  — I’ll be making more low sugar jams and jellies, and more pickled foods and salsas (with vinegar) this year.   I’ll also be looking into balance.  Jams and jellies are, after all, condiments, and should be consumed in that way.  If you keep that in perspective, they add to the quality of diet, and can make up a portion of the 20-30 percent of our daily diet.

Getting back on the right track with food becomes easier if you just take it one step at a time.

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