Edgar Cayce on Keeping Our Body in Balance Nutritionally

Acid-alkaline foods, proper food combining, mental attitude

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From the Edgar Cayce research papers

Never eat any food which your body does not agree with.

An incorrect mental attitude produces more poisons and toxins than does eating bad food, Cayce said.
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Acid- and alkaline-forming foods

One of the hallmarks of the Cayce philosophy is to keep the system alkaline by maintaining a ratio of about 80% alkaline-reacting foods to about 20% acid-reacting foods. The reason given for this was that cold germs and many other germs cannot even live in an alkaline environment.

That is real protection: alkaline/acid-reacting foods! What this means is the following: all foods produce certain reactions in the body, for instance fats with sugars will produce an acid reaction, whereas most vegetables such as lettuce, carrots and celery produce an alkaline reaction.

Indeed Cayce said that if we were to keep alkalinity in the system, it would maintain such a condition so as to immunise a person against certain contagious diseases.

Proper food combining

He also mentioned that it was not good to combine certain foodstuffs with others such as alkaline-reacting foods with starches, apart from the one exception of wheat. Combining edibles like citrus fruit with certain cereals is not recommended. In fact he said that for most people it was the combination of different categories of foodstuffs i.e. proteins, fats, starches and vegetables which gives most disturbances to their bodies.

Thus he emphasised to avoid certain combinations of foodstuffs at the same meal, such as starches and proteins at the same time. Starches with vegetables are fine as are proteins with vegetables. This is the basis of the modern term and concept of food combining [Dr. Hay, Dr. Herbert Shelton].

The rationale behind not combining starches with proteins is the fact that digestion of proteins requires one type of digestive chemical while digestion of starches requires a different type. So as you can see when you eat both foodstuffs together digestion can be more problematic. In fact Cayce said it was the leading cause of stomach/digestive upsets.

For details re recommended proper food combining, see Food Combining Table according to Dr. Hay & Dr. Walb.

List of acid- and alkaline-forming foods

Alkaline-forming fruits
Apples, apricots, avocadoes, bananas, berries (all except blueberries and cranberries), cherries, citrus fruits like grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges and tangerines, dates, figs, grapes, melons, papaya, passion fruit, peaches, pears, pineapples, pomegranates, tomatoes

Alkaline-forming grains
Amaranth, millet, quinoa. All other grains are acid-forming.

Alkaline-forming vegetables
Alfalfa and other sprouts, Artichokes, Asparagus, Bamboo shoots, Beans, Beets, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Chicory, Collard greens, Corn, Sweet cucumber, Dandelion, Eggplant (Aubergine), Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard greens, Okra, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Rhubarb, Sea vegetables, Spinach, Squashes, Watercress, Yams and Sweet potatoes.

Alkaline-forming nuts
Almonds, chestnuts and coconut, all others are acid-forming.

Alkaline-forming, miscellaneous
Agar-agar, apple cider vinegar, coffee, egg yolks, fruit juices, gelatin taken with fruit or vegetables, Glycothymoline, herbal teas, herbs fresh and dried, and most spices, honey raw (unpasteurised) and mineral water.

Alkaline-forming dairy
Buttermilk fresh, milk - raw, whey, yogurt.

Acid-forming fruits
Blueberries, cranberries, plums, prunes and sulfurated dried fruits.

Acid-forming vegetables
Beans (dried), lentils and chickpeas.

Acid-forming dairy
Butter, cream, cheese, cottage cheese, milk pasteurized, homogenized, boiled, canned, dried

Acid-forming misc.
Alcoholic drinks, drugs-most prescription, egg whites, gelatin, soft drinks, tea (black), and tobacco. Some vegetable oils, vinegar. All meats, all fish.
Compare Acid-Forming & Alkaline-Forming Food Table.

Also, as ever, spiritual healing has been shown to be of huge and extreme benefit in many illnesses, as millions have testified. This can also help those who are just about to pass to the other side of life.

Note by Healing Cancer Naturally: According to Dr. Janet Starr Hull, Ph.D., CN, “The acid and alkaline balance can be changed by simple practices such as:

  • Soak mildly acid-forming foods such as whole grains and legumes before cooking them, starting the sprouting process, which is alkalizing.

  • Chew thoroughly the complex carbohydrates as grains, vegetables, and legumes in order to mix them with saliva, a very alkaline fluid that begins the digestive process.

  • Do not drink while eating, as this stops the digestive process from beginning within the mouth (”
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