After Cleansing, the next step to healing and rejuvenation is keeping an ideal body pH.
Most parts of the body, except the stomach, maintain a slightly alkaline pH at 7.4. Change in this acid-alkaline balance (or pH) can result to different diseases. According to Dr. Linus Pauling, virtually all degenerative diseases, including cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and kidney disease are associated with EXCESS ACIDITY in the body. If there is too much acid present, the body will use up its nutrient reserves to neutralize the acids and maintain the ideal pH. For instance, your body will leach calcium from both your bones and teeth in an attempt to neutralize acids and this can lead to osteoporosis and fractures. The body can also utilize iron in your blood and this can lead to anemia. It also makes use of the oxygen supply in the body, decreasing supply of this vital element to the cells, which can lead to cancer. Similarly, all forms of arthritis may be associated with acidity.
Stress, negative emotions and acid-forming food, which are part of our daily living result in the accumulation of acids in the body. Acidity can be neutralized by bicarbonates, chlorophyll and alkaline minerals which are mostly found in fruits and vegetables. Experts encourage us to have a diet composed of 80% fruits and vegetables and only 20% of the acid-forming meat. But for many of us, this is hard to do, hence acidity is a major unnoticed root cause of diseases today.
Wheatgrass, hailed as "King of Alkaline Foods", can easily neutralize the blood’s acidity level when consumed on a daily basis. It is the most alkaline among veggies and grasses since it is rich in bicarbonates, alkaline minerals, like calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium and iron. It is the most alkaline among vegetables and grasses since it's rich in bicarbonates, alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium and iron.
Chlorophyll plays an important role in deacidifying the body by oxygenating the tissues, enabling the tissues to oxidize many more weak and volatile acids than normal and eliminate them via respiration. It also has the property of breaking down carbon dioxide (which is acidic) and dissolving the deposits of strong acids such as kidney stones. Furthermore, chlorophyll has diuretic and purifying properties that facilitate the elimination of acids.