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Are You Too Acidic?

The acidity or alkalinity of foods can be classified by how we process them. Our bodies transform nearly all foods we eat into acid or alkaline bases. Though we need a balance of different foods for good health, most people eat far more acid-producing foods than alkaline-forming foods. Too many acid-producing substances cause a chronic condition called acidosis, which means the body has become too acidic. Additionally, acid is produced in the body whenever we experience stress or strong emotions such as anger or fear. As you can see, the typical Western diet and lifestyle moves us in the opposite direction of optimal health. Cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment.  They do not do as well in a slightly alkaline body.

When your blood is optimally pH balanced, it carries oxygen more efficiently. Oxygen contributes to a strong metabolism, gives you energy, and keeps you healthy. It helps to destroy cancer cells because they are anaerobic.  They do not do well in a body that has plenty of oxygen. It also plays a key role in how well you sleep. Blood cells tend to clump together in a more acidic environment. Healthy red blood cells are spaced apart from each other. Consequently, the blood can move freely throughout the body and get into even the small capillaries.  As a result, you feel like your whole body is in harmony.  During deep sleep, proper blood flow is important for healing and repair of the body. When the blood is healthy, your sleep is energizing, rejuvenating, and you need less of it. Conversely, research confirms that when we don’t sleep well, we are tired and lack energy; we tend to eat more food, especially the fattening, high-carb fare that packs on the pounds, and we don’t have the optimal chance of healing from disease, illness, or injury.  Also, without ample oxygen, the metabolism slows down, and food digests more slowly, causing weight gain, sluggishness, and food fermentation. Fermented food contributes to yeast overgrowth, fungus, and mold throughout the body.

Too much acid impairs thyroid and adrenal function, meaning there’s a drop in the hormones needed for a fired-up metabolism.  With slow hormone activity, the body won’t turn fat and calories into energy as easily.  Many people in this condition say they don’t eat much and should be losing weight, but just can’t seem to drop even a pound or two with a very strict diet.

Foods that are acidic in the final metabolism

  • Meat, poultry, fish, eggs
  • Dairy
  • Sweets
  • Grains
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Black tea
  • Soda pop
  • Sports drinks
  • Alcohol (wine, beer, liquor)
  • Junk food
  • (Also, negative emotions)

Alkaline foods

  • Vegetables & veggie juices
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Sprouts
  • Legumes (beans, lentils, split peas)

About 75% of your diet should be alkaline and 25% can come from the acid-promoting foods category.  Vegetable juicing is one way to greatly increase the alkaline foods in your diet.  Also raw food dishes are alkaline.  These “live foods” also give us biophotons, which feed the mitochondria of our cells–the energy units that produce ATP, our energy fuel.  Dehydrated foods are considered live food if you dehydrate them at a temperature below 118 degrees. With all the fresh vegetables available in the summer, its easy to eat plenty of raw dishes and bring the body back into pH balance.


  1. I’ve been blending fruit’s and vegetables for about two years. I use my juicer for sweet potatoes,carrots and beets. But, I cannot give up my beef,chicken and fish.

    • You don’t have to give them up. I haven’t either. If you are a type O blood type, you need meat.

  2. peg smith

    How long does it take for the body to become alkalined?
    Thanks for your good info.!

    • You can notice a difference in a few days. Start juicing right away.

  3. Donna Ratliff

    Hi Cherie, Just want you to know I am so thoroughly enjoying my Omega 8006 juicer. Daily I look forward to juicing with my husband. Not sure, but I do think possibly it is helping him gain weight which is so needed. He’s had about 6 years of fighting bacteria in lungs, and is skin and bones. He’s 6’2″ and weighs 119. When we began juicing he was 110. I think maybe the veggie juices are helping his gut and thereby he’s getting more nutrients from juicing. Thank you for the alkaline/acidic guide. It helped me years ago during my bouts with cancer, and serves as a good reminder for us. I am wondering if when we have an issue such as tired adrenals, should we stick with the juice recipe appropriate for adrenals, or address other issues as heavy metals on a rotating basis? I am so thankful I belabored regarding the right juicer for us (even though I was pesky as I sought your advice),as it is so right for us. Thank you, so much. I sometimes salivate just looking at the machine in anticipation for more juice. Blessings, dear lady.

    • Dear Donna,
      This is so exciting that your husband is gaining weight. That does happen when people start juicing. I would love to share your comments in Monday’s newsletter. I’ll just use your first initial. I think it might be a good idea to do the 30-day detox. It starts Monday.

  4. Beatrice

    I am suffering from Gastritis and Colitis. I am diabetic and Hypertension as well. Please advise what type of food I have to take.

    • I recommend you get my book The Juice Lady’s Remedies for Diabetes. Also, I recommend The Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet. This will give you recipes and foods for healing.

  5. Hello Cherie,

    I would love to start juicing (to feel better and lose weight) but I have a hard time getting past the taste! Any suggestions?

    • Donna, Add apple to your juice combo. Also, lemon helps a lot. That way you have a lemonade base.

  6. Hi Cherie
    I’ve been told this I had an abnormal amount of mucus in my stomach area and sometimes the reflux from it is unbearable along with fatigue . I’m O positive and have has allergy testing done and sensitive to many foods now. I’m naturally petite and want to know what is the best strategy to take in cleansing/ restoring my body while maintaining a healthy weight and ridding this muscus?

    • I would recommend you do my 30-day detox. Get the Internal Cleanse Kit. It’s on sale now.

  7. Hi what can you recommend for patient who has ALL Leukemia, what type of fruits and vegetables combination. Sometimes he has swelling of the face something that fight against infection and boost his energy level,

    Thank you and God bless.

    • He should juice mostly greens, very little fruit. cancer loves sugar. Get my book The Juice Lady’s Guide to Juicing for Health. I have a chapter on cancer.