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Restore your pH balance and live a healthier life Our caveman ancestors followed a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and legumes, but with time and the advent of agriculture, our diets changed drastically to include grains, dairy products, salt, and large quantities of meat. These new foods altered the level of acid in our diets, disrupting our ideal pH balance and increasing the loss of essential minerals, making us more prone to illness. This easy-to-follow guide shows you how a simple change in diet to restore your body's crucial pH balance can help you lose weight, combat aging, and keep you healthy! Acid Alkaline Diet For Dummies covers the gamut of this healthy lifestyle choice, from the symptoms of a high acid diet to the food you should have on hand to implement an acid alkaline diet and everything in between. * Covers food to avoid and food with a high alkaline quality * Discusses how to lose weight with the acid alkaline diet * Offers trusted guidance on how the acid alkaline diet can prevent illnesses like brain disorders, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and many more * Includes 40+ healthy recipes to help balance your pH Acid Alkaline Diet For Dummies is essential reading for the millions of people with health problems interested in combating illness with a holistic, successful lifestyle change.
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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting to Know the Basics 7 Chapter 1: Rebooting Your Body 9 Chapter 2: You Are What You Eat 19 Chapter 3: Detecting Acids in Your Body 35 Chapter 4: Your Acid Alkaline Toolkit 51 Part II: Homeostasis: Keeping Your Body Happy 65 Chapter 5: What the Heck is a pH and What Can You Do about It? 67 Chapter 6: Finding Some Balance in Your pH and Your Life 85 Chapter 7: Reversing Your Acidic Trend 101 Chapter 8: Getting Personal about Your Plan 117 Part III: Making the Switch: Starting Your Diet 129 Chapter 9: Checking Out Your Cupboards 131 Chapter 10: Talking to Your Doctor 145 Chapter 11: Figuring Out What You Can Eat 157 Chapter 12: Supplements, and Drinks, and Pills (Oh, My!) 169 Part IV: Let?s Eat! 185 Chapter 13: Making a List, Checking It Twice 187 Chapter 14: Breakfasts, Soups, and Salads 199 Chapter 15: Munching on Mains: Filling Up on the Right Stuff 221 Chapter 16: Snacks: Keeping the Belly Happy 239 Chapter 17: Delicious Desserts 259 Part V: Overcoming Obstacles to Your pH Goals 271 Chapter 18: Dining Out 273 Chapter 19: Navigating Holidays and Special Occasions 287 Chapter 20: Dealing with Weight Loss Pitfalls 297 Chapter 21: Finding Support 307 Part VI: The Part of Tens 317 Chapter 22: Ten Worse Foods for pH Balance 319 Chapter 23: Top Ten Ways to Embrace pH Balance 323 Chapter 24: Top Ten Acid Alkaline Swaps (Eat This, Not That) 327 Part VI: Appendixes 331 Appendix A: Substitute Foods for Better pH Choices 333 Appendix B: Metric Conversion Guide 341 Index 345

About the Author

A patient advocate and active registered nurse, Julie Wilkinson RN, BSN has achieved multiple commendations during her career, including the Meritorious Achievement Medal for Civilian Service from the Department of Defense. She is the Guide to Colon Cancer on About.com and writes for many healthcare publications as a freelancer, including LiveSTRONG.com.

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