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The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health: Restore Your Health by Creating Balance in Your Diet Paperback – January 31, 2004

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Editorial Reviews


"Shows how a simple change in diet to restore the acid-alkaline balance can result in vast improvements of health."
(Celebrity, May 2004)

"If you are plagued by any of the disorders or discomforts ranging from lack of energy to dry skin or from falling hair to arthritis. . . then you will want to dash to read The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health at your first opportunity to learn all you can to improve your health."
(Linda Davis Kyle, The Midwest Book Review, Nov 2005)

"I am happy to report that this book is certainly exhaustive in its approach and is, at the same time, very well-written and highly readable."
(Swamy Swarna, Swamy's Book Reviews)

"If you are looking for a simple plan for detoxification and rejuvenation, you will find this book very useful." (
Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide magazine, Nov/Dec 08

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To enjoy optimum health, the body needs balanced quantities of alkaline substances and acids. An imbalance can result in health problems ranging from minor skin irritations, chronic fatigue, back pain, and depression to arthritis, ulcers, and osteoporosis.

Most people consume an abundance of highly processed foods that acidify the body and, as a result, they are afflicted with many of these ailments. Naturopath and detoxification expert Christopher Vasey shows how a simple change in diet to restore your acid-alkaline balance can result in vast improvements of health.

Vasey provides easy test methods to determine your acid levels and instructs how to interpret these test results. Rather than organizing alkaline and acid foods on the basis of their chemical composition, Vasey categorizes foods based on their actual alkalizing or acidifying effect on the body in order to design a diet best suited for your particular health needs. He goes further to explain how some foods, such as fruits, can have either an alkalizing or an acidifying effect, depending on who eats them, and how to use alkaline supplements to support your dietary needs.

CHRISTOPHER VASEY is a naturopath who specializes in detoxification and rejuvenation. He lives in Switzerland

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press (November 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892810998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892810994
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christopher Vasey, N.D., is a naturopath specializing in detoxification and rejuvenation. He is the author of The Acid-Alkaline Diet, The Naturopathic Way, The Water Prescription, The Whey Prescription, and The Detox Mono Diet. He lives near Montreux, Switzerland.

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155 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Dora on February 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue some years ago, and I have been suffering from bad digestive problems, insomnia and various other ailments for a long time.

This book has made a huge difference to my life. I came to it thinking I knew quite a lot about diet and nutrition, but it has opened my eyes. Most importantly, it has made me understand why some "healthy" foods that many nutritionists insist are "really good for you" make me feel unwell.

Of course asparagus, onions and garlic are "really good" for many people, but sadly they're not good for me. I feel unwell when I eat them, and Vasey is the first person who has given me an explanation that feels right: they are sulfurous vegetables, and sulfur being an acid, they can be hard to handle for a system that's become as weak and sensitized to acids as mine.

There were many other revelations. You come across so much conflicting advice, sometimes it's hard to know what to believe. Some people tell you to eat lots of fruit "because they're alkalizing". Others, like Young, tell you not to eat them "because of the sugar". Who do you believe ? Well, neither advice made sense to me because my own experience was different. How could fruit be alkalizing when I felt so unwell after eating most of them ? Yet how could it be because of the sugar since I was doing well on "sugary" bananas ?

Again, it is Vasey who has given me the answers: for some people fruit are alkalizing, for others they are acidifying. It depends on the person. Some people's systems aren't able to metabolize fruit acids, and therefore eating fruit can acidify them even more, but since the banana's acid content is too weak to cause acidification it is usually well tolerated by them. I believe Vasey is right because of personal experience.
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219 of 232 people found the following review helpful By Michael M. on February 23, 2005
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This book is a great resource when it comes to eliminating acids (and their related adverse health effects) from your body.

Mr. Vasey starts the book with a quick review of the chemistry of acids and alkalines, what the pH does, and how the body reacts to over-acidifcation. His review is not as scientific or as thorough as that of San Whang in his book "Reverse Aging"... but it's sufficient to help you understand the rest of the book.

He then goes through a list of symptoms associated with over-acification so that you can identify if you are suffering from this problem. He does this better than many other authors... I specially like the table he gives about the pH measurements of urine and what they mean. He gives instruction for 6 "acid tests" you can perform at home to help you figure out whether you are suffering from over-acidifcation.

The rest of the book is dedicated to eliminating acidification through diet, supplementation, and non-pharmaceutical remedies.

In the diet section, he doest a good job of suggesting alkaline foods and _meals_ you can take instead of acidic ones. Like most other books, he also gives a nice list of foods and whether they are alkalizing, slightly acidifying, or highly acidifying.

The section on alkaline supplements is not really useful. It's not detailed enough, and he doesn't seem to make any clear recommendations for what kinds or which ones to use.

Finally, the section on drainin acids gives some good tips and techniques for removing acids through the lungs and skin.

What's sorely missing from this book is some practical, step-by-step instructions on what to do tomorrow to become more alkaline.
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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful By RS Joni on June 20, 2005
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Finally, an author who simply does what he says he will do. Vasey does a great job presenting how to balance the pH of your blood - gives very practical instructions and then how to analyze the results of all testing. He doesn't seem to have an ulterior motive, like Young, to create vegetarians or raw food groupies. Vasey sticks to one single diet rather than adding an additional 5 - 10 diet plans as Kliment does in her book.

If you want to learn how to manage your blood's pH, then use this book.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By MJM on June 25, 2008
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After reading all the reviews for this book, I decided to contribute because there is one important aspect that has not been mentioned, which has helped me immensely: it is a fine point on the subject of physiological acidity / alkalinity that I have not found in other books on the subject.

The author frequently states that he actually wrote this book for people who have an innate or periodically acquired metabolic deficiency for oxidizing acids (here is the fine point), particularly weak acid foods that for many people, even most people, are alkalinizing in effect. He further explains that for people having this metabolic deficiency, urine PH testing commonly shows false results, i.e., alkaline results when in fact the body's internal state is acid. In this case, urine's alkalinity is not reflective of a healthy system but a loss of needed minerals in an attempt to balance against internal acids.

If you are someone who has tried many "health" foods, such as berries, yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and even many of the current "super foods," as well as popular health protocols such as fruit or lemon (citrus) juice fasts or using apple cider vinegar as a tonic and even as a regular salad dressing, and consequently, felt worse instead of better, you really might benefit from this book, as I did.

Also addressed is the obvious, though not often perceived, fact that an "acid" condition is not merely a physical state but an holistic creation, which can be replaced by application of opposites, not only in diet, but in behavior and lifestyle.
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