The Alkaline Cure has evolved through the study and research begun by Dr. F. X. Mayr, and is based on a clinical understanding of the effects of different foods on our digestive system.
We know that in order for the body to be healthy, it needs to have an acid-alkaline balance. One of the most important methods for evaluating your health is testing your body’s pH – in other words, whether your body is acid or alkaline, using the same pH scale that is used by doctors around the world. It is the only single test that gives us an indication of the general health of your body and its systems, because the pH of your body’s fluids, especially your blood, affects every cell in the body. Keep your body’s pH in balance and you will stay healthy.
On the scale here (see below), we want to be PH neutral or just leaning towards the alkaline, about 7.3 on the chart.
Excess acid in the body is called acidosis. Acidosis occurs when your kidneys and lungs can’t keep your body’s pH in check. Acidosis is much more dangerous than excessive alkalinity (called alkalosis). That’s why we are focused here on how to prevent and reduce excess acidity.
Both the foods you eat and how you eat them may give rise to excess acidity. The way a western diet has evolved in recent decades means many or, perhaps, most of us eat too much of the wrong kinds of foods (and drink the wrong drinks) with the result that they just clog up our systems and weigh us down.
To a trained Mayr doctor, the symptoms of an acidic diet are easy enough to read.
Constipation and bloating: both are caused by eating too fast, too much and/or overly acidic meals.
Lack of energy: acid depletes blood oxygen availability, and consequently you feel sluggish.
Weight problems: being overweight suggests that your diet is incompatible with your body’s ability to deal with the food it’s given.
Poor complexion and lifeless skin: excess acid is eliminated through the skin, causing skin corrosion and inflammation.
Gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath: these can be directly related to a high-acid diet.