Issue #6

The Raw Materials You Need To Eat
To Build Healthy Blood


Before we get started, I want to let you know that I'm first going to quickly cover in general what you need to eat and drink to grow healthy blood then go back over each area in greater detail in future Foundations of Health issues. The reason I'm going to do this is so that you can get started immediately with building your own healthy blood.

When we talk about creating healthy blood, we are talking about achieving two things. One is creating healthy red blood cells. The other is making sure that your blood plasma becomes clean and remains clean. That is, free of molds, yeast, bacteria, etc.

So when you think about the raw materials that you are going to use to build healthy blood, you are going to want foods and liquids that not only are good building blocks for your blood but also are such that the environment these raw materials create make it very hard for things like mold, yeast and bacteria to grow and live.

So one of the overriding themes of what should be passing your lips in terms of building blocks is the concept of what happens to the foods and liquids when your body begins digesting them all the way up to when your body is done digesting them. This brings us to the subject of pH.

I'm going to go into more detail about pH in future issues but for now, here's a quick summary of pH and why it's important. PH is a scale that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The scale ranges from 1 to 14 with 1 being very acid, 7 neutral and 14 very alkaline.

Your body functions at its best when, on average, the pH of its internal biochemical environment is equal to 7.4. This is slightly alkaline on the pH scale.

The other reason you want your body fluids to be slightly alkaline is because an acid internal environment allows for bacteria, yeast, mold and other microforms to grow. And as you already know, you don't want these microforms in your blood. You want your blood clean. However, in an acid environment, as these microforms grow they produce wastes from their own metabolism which are also acid. This results in more acid that your body has to buffer.

So one of the basics to building good blood is you want foods and liquids that are good raw materials for blood but are at the same time alkaline. Or at the very least neutral, meaning not acid or alkaline.

Here's an example of what I mean. It is clear that you need some fats in your diet because, for one thing, red blood cells need fat (lipids) for their membranes. Now, one source of fat you can get is from animals, such as fat from steak or from cheese for example. Unfortunately, not all fats are the same. Fat that comes from steak is saturated fat which, because it's "saturated" with positively charged hydrogen ions, is extremely acid.

Contrast that with fat from an avocado. This fat is monounsaturated and is actually slightly alkaline. So which source of fat is going to be better for building healthy blood? The answer is obvious; the one that is alkaline. The avocado.

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