The pH miracle diet teaches a balanced approach to our eating habits. If we want to optimize our health and balance the pH levels in our body, we should eat less acidic foods and increase the intake of alkaline foods. Sugar is one of the foods that is responsible for high acidic pH levels.
It can be described as an epidemic if we look at the amount of sugar consumed by the average American. 2 to 3 pounds of sugar a week can be translated to more than 135 pounds of sugar per person per year. Sugar is not only popular but can also be highly addictive. We use it in everything and it also comes in various forms. Dextrose, sucrose, fructose and corn syrup are all active ingredients that are used in processed foods and condiments. When a person starts out on the pH miracle diet, sugar and its refined byproducts are some of the ingredients that are most difficult to omit from the diet.
Sugar can have a severe impact on the insulin levels in the body and the body does not have any defenses against the effects and damage. The moment insulin levels drop; growth hormones that slow down the immune system are released. This in turn leaves the body vulnerable to numerous diseases. Insulin also lowers the body’s ability to prevent weight gain and lead to higher triglyceride (fat) levels. When food is high in simple sugars, also known as simple carbohydrates, it is more likely that fat will be stored in the cells of the body. These fat cells are then more likely to store acidic waste that can damage the structure of red blood cells in the bloodstream.
Sugar and Vitamin C fights for control of cellular development in the body. Simple sugar and Vitamin C are very similar in structure and when sugar levels in the body rise, they compete with each other to enter the cells. High concentrations of sugar will release more sugar into cells leaving little or no room for Vitamin C to enter these cells.
When cellular structures are prevented from the phagocytizing effects of Vitamin C, they cannot fend off attacks from bacteria and viruses. If there is not enough white blood cells in the body, the immune system is not strong enough to protect the body.
Sugar does not contain minerals and vitamins; when the body absorbs it, it actually steals micronutrients to help it metabolize into the system. When these micronutrients are not replaced, a shortage can occur that in turn can cause fat cells and cholesterol not to be metabolized. This leads to high blood pressure and obesity. Sugar is able to raise insulin levels artificially and this causes the pancreas to dysfunction and the body to develop a dependency on sugar. This condition is commonly known as diabetes. Other diseases or illnesses that have been linked to simple sugars are heart disease and asthma, mood disorders and even gallstones. If we consider all the negative effects that have been linked to sugar, we should seriously avoid this highly acidic food in our diets.
Cancer is linked to our dependence on sugar because cancerous cells thrive on lactic acid. Lactic acid is a product of glucose fermentation and is then send to the liver. When lactic acid builds up in cancerous cells, the pH levels become more acidic. Cancerous tumours have a high acidic level. There is a definitive link between glucose and cancerous cell. Too much simple sugars can poison the body and in the end the cellular growth can be affected in such a way that the immune system is prevented from functioning fully and even sometimes fail to perform the necessary functions.
The pH Miracle diet provides guidelines on how to balance your diet by eating 80% alkaline food and 20% acidic foods. This will help to lower the risk of diseases. You can also replace simple sugars with alkaline-based sweeteners like Stevia. Take time to learn the names of “hidden sugars” and always read the ingredient labels on packaged foods. Educate yourself on the metabolism processes in the body to understand how carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars. To be forewarned is to be forearmed and this is the only way that you will be able to improve your health and quality of life.