(NaturalNews) Foods are of two types, acid or alkaline. If too many acidic foods are consumed, the body's Ph becomes unbalanced and one will feel unhealthy and sick. Over-sugared junk food is highly acidic, as are meats such as pork and beef. Nat. Phos. (tissue salt no. 10) is an acid neutralizer and acid/alkaline balancer. It reduces acid in the whole body and keeps the digestive system healthy.
Sour reflux, heartburn attacks, stomach ulcers and digestive problems indicate that Nat. Phos is badly deficient. For frequent cases of indigestion, keep a bottle of this tissue salt on hand. Take 2 tablets prior to eating and dissolve 2 tablets under the tongue after a meal in order to help the body clean itself of acid build up.
Herbs that contain Nat. Phos
Coriander, cumin, anise and ginger are herbs that aid digestion. Fennel, mint, basil, nettles and lemon balm detoxify the system and contribute to making the body more alkaline. Fresh parsley should be eaten daily by those whose diet is acidic and who are trying to restore their health.
Foods rich in Nat. Phos
Eat plenty of organically grown apples, peaches, apricots, papaya, raisins, asparagus and watermelons which are high in Nat. Phos and are excellent in flushing the body of acidity.
Maintain an alkaline diet
Remain in good health by consuming a diet that is 70-80% alkaline and 20-30% acid. Avoid digestive upsets and acidity by regularly consuming alkaline foods. Foods that are alkaline are as follows:
Nuts: The least acidic nuts are almonds. Nuts high in acid are peanuts and walnuts.
Sweeteners: Stevia is alkaline, while processed honey and refined sugar are very high acid foods. The worst sweeteners to ingest because of their extremely high acidity are the artificial sweeteners commonly used as sugar substitutes.
Fruits: Lemons, watermelons, papaya, mangoes and grapefruits are alkaline in the body and help counter excess acidity. Blueberries, cranberries and prunes, although healthy, are highly acidic fruits.
Dairy: Dairy produce, including raw milk and cheeses are acidic. The more alkaline milk and cheese comes from goats.
Meat, chicken and fish are acidic foods.
Soft drinks, tea and coffee are acidic – lemon water and herbal teas are alkaline.
Tissue salts for healthy living by Margeret Roberts, pages 75 – 82, published by Struik, 2008 edition
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