“Whatever people eat, half of it fills their stomach and half of it fills the stomachs of the doctors. If they eat only half of what they usually eat then they would not be sick at all, and there would be no need of doctors”
We humans are the only species whose diet is unpredictable. The diet of all other animals is certain. Their basic physical needs and their nature decides what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. We have all seen common pets like dogs and cats refuse or become selective of the food when ill. They ask for no medicine, they just go into the backyard sniff and chew on certain plants or grass guided by the medicine-man within them. The same doctor dwells within us too, but modern living has created a disconnect between man’s nature and his awareness. We are unable to tell what is good to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. Our physiology is confused, numbed, blunted, and obliterated by the persistent desire for instant cure, instant gratification, instant nirvana, instant karma and instant food.
As part of the cosmos, our body is made up of chemical elements. It’s a beautiful self regulating chemical factory producing bio-chemicals useful for sustenance of life. If poison (toxic food) enters a man’s body its does not see if the man is saint or a sinner. It will cause the same harm.
We have made eating food a completely mechanical process. We just shove food into the mouth whilst watching television or talking over the mobile or just being preoccupied with our business and then leave the dining table. It is no longer a psychological process and this is dangerous eating.
A ‘mindful’ process of eating compromises the following:
a) On the body level, the right food should be healthy, non- stimulating (food that does not induce you to eat more – pickles for example is a stimulant) and non-violent (eating your food in a state of anger and resentment makes the diet violent).
b) On the psychological level the mind should be in a blissful state, graceful and joyous – a meditative state where you taste the flavors produced by a burst of the grain being munched and chewed. Some of us can’t even recollect what they ate an after their meals.
c) On the level of the soul there should be a feeling of gratitude, of thankfulness. Grace (Prayers) before and after meals are meant to fulfill this third condition.
These three make food the right.
Diet & Immunity
To maintain health our body needs to perform 3 functions on a daily basis viz. cleaning, maintaining and repairing. To ensure that these three functions are performed at optimum level our blood needs to be at a pH of 7.325.
When healthy, the pH of blood is 7.325, the pH of spinal fluid is 7.325, and the pH of saliva is 7.325. Thus the pH of saliva parallels the extra cellular fluid.
Virtually all degenerative diseases including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, kidney and gall stones, and tooth decay are associated with excess acidity in the body. While the body has a homeostatic mechanism that maintains a constant pH 7.325 in the blood, this mechanism works by depositing and withdrawing acid and alkaline minerals from other locations including the bones, soft tissues, body fluids and saliva. Therefore, the pH of these other tissues can fluctuate greatly. The pH of saliva offers a window through which you can see the overall pH balance in your body.
Cancer cannot exist in an alkaline environment. All forms of arthritis are associated with excess acidity. Acid in the body dissolves both teeth and bones. Whatever health situation you are faced with, you can monitor your progress toward a proper acid/alkaline balance by testing your saliva pH. If we with our lifestyle make our blood acidic then body regains balance by throwing the acid out.
At this time of ill-health, it is important that we support the body by making sure our internal environment is not conducive for viral activation i.e. we need to boost our immunity to be able to deal with anything that comes our way. An alkaline diet is one way to energize our cells and thereby boost our immunity.
When ill, we can do so by increasing the quantity of fruits, lemon, ginger and plain water which helps in cleaning and providing essential energy. Eating easy to digest cooked meal and also eating just one or two small meal in a day will help conserves energy. Avoiding food that leave behind a toxic, acidic residue viz. grains, milk and milk products, sugar, fried foods and meat help maintain the acid-alkaline balance (pH balance). Following this simple rule will see you recover quicker.
In health a diet of 90% alkaline and 10% acidic is allowable. This means that 90% of what we eat should be vegetables and fruits and 10% can be a diet of meat as a side-dish, more as an appetizer. But today meat has become the main dish and vegetable the side-dish.