GRAIN DOES A BODY “BAD” (The Dangers of Refined Grains -
This week we are going to continue sharing the dangers of
refined grains, as well as the potential dangers of
consuming even too many whole grains:
(4) MOST GRAINS ARE ACIDIC
The physical body we each possess was designed by God to
consume predominantly ALKALINE foods, and to maintain an
ALKALINE environment, for both health and survival. Some of
the reasons an alkaline environment is critical to our
health are: (1) In an alkaline environment disease has
great difficulty proliferating. (2) Bone structure is kept
strong. (3) The alkalinity of the blood must be maintained
in order to sustain our very life.
Thus, in order to maintain our health or to overcome
disease, protect our body from disease, maintain a sound
bone structure, and provide sufficient ALKALINITY within
the blood to sustain life, it is of vital importance that
our basic body chemistry be kept ALKALINE!
All foods consumed go through a digestive process where
the food is “burned,” leaving a resulting ash. This ash can
be either NEUTRAL, ACID, or ALKALINE, depending primarily
on the mineral composition of the food. Most foods of
animal origin are acidic and leave an ACID ash. Most fruits
and vegetables are ALKALINE, and leave an ALKALINE ash.
Most grains leave an ACID ash.
When too many ACID foods are consumed, with animal sourced
foods and soda pop, (as well as the consuming of too many
refined ACID grains), being the biggest culprits, the body
becomes ACIDIC. The blood especially, considers an ACID
environment so intolerable, that for survival purposes the
body seeks for a means of neutralizing all this ACIDITY.
The body makes every effort to maintain a pH in the blood
of approximately 7.4 on the pH scale, which is slightly
ALKALINE. On the pH scale, 7.0 is considered neutral, while
everything above 7.0 is ALKALINE, and everything below 7.0
The pH of the blood must be kept ALKALINE for survival! If
the pH of the blood becomes ACID, by dropping to a pH of
6.9 or lower, the body goes into a coma and dies.
CALCIUM IS A VERY ALKALIZING MINERAL
In a normal healthy body, there is a very plentiful supply
of calcium, a mineral greatly used by the body for numerous
functions. Calcium is also a very ALKALIZING mineral, and
is found in greatest supply in the bones. When the blood
finds its pH tending ACID (dropping below 7.4 on the pH
scale), the result of consuming too many ACID foods, the
body automatically, and in an effort to maintain and
sustain life, seeks to neutralize that ACIDITY.
Since calcium is a very ALKALIZING mineral, the body will
start drawing calcium from the bones in an effort to
neutralize the ACIDITY. As the ACIDITY of the body
increases, ever increasing amounts of calcium are removed
from the bones to neutralize the ACIDITY.
This removal of calcium from the bones produces what the
medical community calls “Low Bone Density”, or
“Osteoporosis,” resulting in an ever-increasing risk of
bone fracture. Thus it is imperative that we maintain a
good supply of plant source calcium within the body, so
that we can keep our bone structure strong and resistant to
fracture. Calcium supplementation will not do the job, but
can be accomplished by making sure that the foods we eat
contain a proper ratio between ALKALINE and ACID.
THE IDEAL RATIO OF ALKALINE TO ACID IS 4 TO 1
The ideal ratio of ALKALINE to ACID is approximately 4 TO
1 – that is four parts (80%) ALKALINE to one part (20%)
ACID. When this ratio is maintained, the body has strong
resistance to disease as well as bone fractures, but when
the diet is overly ACID, disease resistance diminishes, and
bone density decreases.
To overcome disease and low bone density, the greater the
amount of ALKALIZING foods in the diet, the faster the
recovery! ALKALIZING foods neutralize the ACID, strengthen
the immune system, while rebuilding and strengthening the
The Hallelujah Acres Diet is primarily a raw ALKALINE
diet, which produces and maintains an ALKALINE environment
within the body! Some of the most ALKALIZING foods in The
Hallelujah Acres Diet are BarleyMax, carrot juice, and the
abundance of green vegetables the diet contains. These raw
and ALKALIZING foods build up a healthy reserve of ALKALINE
minerals, especially calcium, which are ready on demand to
neutralize any excess ACIDITY, when too many ACID foods are
When the ratio of 4 to 1, ALKALINE to ACID drops to just 3
to 1, health can be seriously challenged! Unbelievably, the
average person of today, on the typical SAD meat based,
highly ACID diet, is consuming a diet that may have a ratio
as low as a 1 to 4, ALKALINE to ACID, or even lower.
The human physical body can only function properly, and
sustain health and a sound bone structure that is resistant
to disease and fracture, when there are adequate ALKALINE
reserves, and the ACID to ALKALINE ratio in the body’s
blood are in proper balance.
Below are tables of common foods, grouped into both ALKALI-
FORMING and ACID FORMING:
Alfalfa Grass Apple
Barley Grass Apricot
Wheat Grass Banana
Collard Greens Figs
Beet Brazil Nuts
ACID FORMING FOODS
Beef Wheat & most grains
Veal Most Nuts (except almonds)
Fish *MOST ACID FORMING
Eggs Coffee: pH 4
Milk Beer: pH 2.5
Cheese Coca-Cola: pH 2
From the chart above, you can readily see that most grains
are ACID forming, with the exception of millet and
buckwheat, which are considered ALKALINE. You can also see
that wheat is a highly ACIDIC grain, the grain that is
consumed in greatest quantity in our society, and
especially in its refined form. Sprouted seeds and whole
grains become more ALKALINE in the process of sprouting.
Almost all vegetable and grass juices are HIGHLY ALKALINE!
The most ALKALINE juices are the juices from grasses
(BarleyMax), green vegetables, and spinach, along with
carrots, beets (especially beet tops), and celery. On The
Hallelujah Acres Diet, the abundance of juices and the
abundance of raw fruits and vegetables in the diet, helps
the body maintain a predominantly ALKALINE environment,
while the cooked whole grains, seeds and nuts, provide the
20% ACID foods needed to maintain the desired 4 to 1 ratio
of ALKALINE to ACID.
If we want to sustain life, maintain our health and keep a
sound bone structure, or recover from health challenges and
low bone density, it is imperative that we nourish our body
with a predominantly raw ALKALINE plant sourced diet, a
diet with a ratio of approximately 80/20, ALKALINE to ACID,
being the ideal.
The Hallelujah Acres diet also provides a ratio that is
approximately 85% raw and 15% cooked. Almost all of the raw
fruits and vegetables are ALKALINE, while allowing 15% of
the diet to be in the cooked form. This cooked portion
includes some ACID foods, especially in the form of cooked
whole grains, and raw seeds and nuts.
Thus the Hallelujah Acres diet, because of the highly
ALKALIZING foods with which it is comprised, keeps the
bones and immune system strong, while helping a person
recover from health challenges and low bone density. But
most important of all, is that on The Hallelujah Acres Diet
the pH of the blood is easily kept in a healthy, life
sustaining, ALKALINE state.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The use of pH strips to determine the
ACIDITY or ALKALINITY of saliva and/or urine are basically
worthless and can be the cause of unnecessary concern. The
pH of both urine and saliva can vary from ACID to ALKALINE
depending on time of day, foods consumed, and other
factors, and thus using pH strips to determine ACIDITY or
ALKALINITY are an unreliable means of determining physical
problems or even body pH.
(by George Malkumus, Founder of Hallelujah Acres)