I got a great question on New Year's Day from a client
(Wilma) that deserves repeating.
Here's what she writes:
I have been wondering -- it seems that correct combining
of foods isn't necessary for everyone. Why not?
My mother is the one who is having problems with her
digestion and IBS, but her parents (both of whom lived well
into their 90's) did not have any kind of bowel or
digestion problems and ate what was called a "balanced
diet" -- including miscombined meals -- every day of their
Any insight you can give will be appreciated.
SB: Wilma, that certainly could happen, but it doesn't
mean your grandparents' bodies didn't pay the price of
Let me explain for everyone's benefit here.
First of all, keeping acid low in the body (having an
alkaline pH) is essential for EVERYONE.
We're all put together the same way--our body's pH was
designed by our Creator to be alkaline. There are no
The main cause of acidosis (high acid in the body) is our
diet--specifically, eating lots of acid-creating foods
(including processed food) and miscombining foods.
(Note that drinking lots of alcohol, smoking, high stress
and lack of exercise also contribute to acidity, but far
and away the biggest factor is diet.)
Some people, including Wilma's Mom and (17 years ago)
myself, pay the price of acidity in the most common way--
The digestive tract is sensitive to the effects of acidic,
miscombined foods because it's the "front line"--the first
bodily defense to fight against the assault from these
Acidy, badly combined foods are extremely hard to digest
and wreak havoc from the stomach to where the sun don't
But there are exceptions.
Some people do escape the wrath of acid reflux, IBS,
hiatal hernia, colitis, constipation, diverticulitis, etc.,
but their health is being harmed in other ways.
When a body is acidic, it cannot heal as fast or at all.
It's in a state of constant inflammation.
It uses up its own alkaline minerals (from the bones)
trying to neutralize the acid.
The kidneys get stressed trying to filter acid out of the
blood, and the heart must work much harder to pump 13,000
quarts of acidic blood through the body each day.
Tumors and growths of all kinds can flourish.
Acid in the blood robs it of the precious oxygen which is
essential for growth and energy in all our cells.
In a nutshell, the body literally begins to break down and
The effects of all of this show themselves in a wide
variety of ways including:
High blood pressure
...and much more
So while you may know someone who can "eat anything" and
not get a stomach ache, you can bet your bottom dollar
something else is going on. It is a certainty.
The problem is that most people don't make the connection
between those illnesses I listed and their diet.
For example, elderly people develop arthritis and think,
"Oh well, it's because I'm old."
NO! It's because you're acidic.
People all over the planet are suffering needlessly.
Never attributing their problems to acidity. They think
it's just bad luck, bad genes, old age or "just one of
Another point I want to make regarding Wilma's
grandparents is this:
Back 50-60 years ago or more, there were FAR less
processed foods in existence.
People went to the grocery store and actually bought fresh
vegetables and fruit. They went to the butcher for their
meat and the fishmonger for fish.
The typical meals made at home back then were simpler (and
less grossly miscombined).
Plus you didn't see McDonald's, Burger King, KFC and Taco
Bell on every corner.
Soda wasn't served at every meal (and drunk freely
throughout the day).
TV dinners, frozen pizza and Hamburger Helper were unheard
As a result, many of the meals were inherently less acidic
overall, and therefore fewer people were suffering
digestive problems caused by their foods.
Fast forward to 2009:
The great news is that, even though we're barraged with
acidy, badly combined meal choices at every turn, YOU are
lucky enough to know better.
YOU are not suffering without knowing why.
YOU know how acidity can destroy your health and what to
do about it.
There are just three steps:
1) If you smoke, stop NOW.
2) If you're a couch potato, GET MOVING. You don't need
to become an athlete--even walking is great.
3) And most importantly, take the single biggest step to
getting and maintaining an alkaline pH for LIFE--eat how I
teach in Great Taste No Pain.
- http://www.greattastenopain.com/great.asp It is THE
easiest and tastiest way to get your pH in balance.
Positively delicious meals in the right combinations
filled with foods that will knock the acid down. Common
sense manuals that explain everything step by easy step.
You couldn't do anything nicer for yourself to start this
new year out right.
To your health,
PS: Sonia felt better from hiatal hernia in just 2 days:
Two weeks before Xmas, after having an endoscopy, I was
told I had hiatal hernia.
I started the Great Taste No Pain plan as soon as I found
it on the internet. I immediately felt better in two days.
I cannot say I haven't cheated over the holidays, but I
know this works, and plan to continue.
I have lost 4 pounds and I don't feel bloated anymore. I
have tried to lose weight in the past and this is more
than I've ever lost before.
I can't imagine how many people you have helped and I
appreciate all your research.