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The Ultimate pH Solution: Balance Your Body Chemistry to Prevent Disease and Lose Weight

May 9th, 2012

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Control the level of acid in your body and reclaim your health with this simple, step-by-step program Beginning a healthier lifestyle can be as easy as starting your day sipping a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Drinking this simple drink is only one of the many ways, all outlined in The Ultimate pH Solution, that you can change your body's pH and ward off disease. Too much acid in your blood can cause a host of health problems, but with cutting-edge, medically sound research, this indispensable guide offers an easy-to-follow plan and simple lifestyle changes that will help you kick acid and stay healthy. The Ultimate pH Solution also includes real-life success stories of people who have overcome disease and lost weight by balancing their pH levels, along with 50 recipes for delicious pH-powerful dishes. Learn why high-protein diets may be harmful to your health, why eating dairy may not help you avoid osteoporosis, and how to lower the acid levels in your body for optimal health.


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Weight Loss Books Control the level of acid in your body and reclaim your health with this simple, step-by-step program Beginning a healthier lifestyle can be as easy as starting your day sipping a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Drinking this simple drink is only one of the many ways, all outlined in The Ultimate pH Solution, that you can change your body's pH and ward off disease. Too much acid in your blood can cause a host of health problems, but with cutting-edge, medically sound research, this indispensable guide offers an easy-to-follow plan and simple lifestyle changes that will help you kick acid and stay healthy. The Ultimate pH Solution also includes real-life success stories of people who have overcome disease and lost weight by balancing their pH levels, along with 50 recipes for delicious pH-powerful dishes. Learn why high-protein diets may be harmful to your health, why eating dairy may not help you avoid osteoporosis, and how to lower the acid levels in your body for optimal health.
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  1. victoriasaur
    May 10th, 2012 at 08:23 | #1

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    I went to a chiropractor who did a thorough exam. he said I was “toxic” and acidic. when I came home I went on amazon and typed in pH, and Dr. Cooks book came up. so, I bought it. let me tell you, this woman knows her stuff! within a few days I was able to balance my pH by changing a few simple things in my diet. I am never hungry and am losing weight!! WOW, am I glad I got this info. I just ordered her other book, “The 4-week detox”.

    Why doesn’t the rest of America know this stuff?

  2. Dorothy J. Brenneman
    May 10th, 2012 at 16:47 | #2

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    The book was very well written. It was reader friendly and explanned issues related to the PH balance in our bodies inorder to be healthy and well! Would highly recommend for any one looking at the pH balance for health.

  3. Frances C. Webb
    May 11th, 2012 at 01:06 | #3

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    Easy to read and when you are reading it everything just makes sense. I have started to change the way I eat & I now drink anywhere from 2-4 liters of lemon water a day and I have tons more energy. I have also lost 11 lbs in 3 weeks and I have been somewhat lazy so have only worked out 1 of those weeks.

  4. Kelly
    May 14th, 2012 at 05:42 | #4

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    I just finished reading “The Ultimate pH Solution”. As the first book that I read on the topic of acid/alkaline balance, I thought it gave a great overview and was easy to read. I was first introduced to the acid/alkaline balance concept during a recent vacation (a cruise). There were a series of health seminars with the focus on acid/alkaline balance and detoxification. I thought this book supported what I had been told in the health seminars and made a lot of sense. I plan to read other books on the topic, but I highly recommend this book as a starter. I have not yet tried any of the recipes, but soon will. I have already begun drinking water with lemon added, green tea and green drinks instead of my usual coffee and diet cokes. It’s only been a week but I am already feeling a ton of energy and am excited about the future weeks and months…and the changes that will occur. Again, I recommend this book for anyone interested in the topic, especially “newbies” like me!

  5. Cosmo
    May 14th, 2012 at 22:22 | #5

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    I began to read this book with no knowledge of the acids/alkylines. By only the 2nd chapter I have learned so much as to how the whole thing works. Its a easy read smooth and doesn’t bore you with all the medical vernacular. I’m sure this book will open alot of peoples eyes as to why they are fat, overweight, etc and how it happens… So unless I miss my guess and Ms. Cook is off-base,(which I wouldnt say she is), this book is a must to buy to start you journey to a smarter slimmer you. It’s amazing how our body functions and what certain parts do, once you get a handle on that… forget all that diet junk (money machine). If you give the body what it needs and nothing of what is doesn’t, it(the body) does a pretty good job getting rid of the junk in the trunk… Read it…you’ll be all the wiser for it!!

  6. Joanne of joanneunleashed-dot-com
    May 16th, 2012 at 06:27 | #6

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    This book is a simple and well-written explanation for those unfamiliar with the importance of eating a predominantly alkaline diet to maintain a healthy acid/alkaline balance in tissues. If people ate just to promote alkalinity, they’d maintain healthy weight, feel great, and wouldn’t have to worry about most degenerative diseases.

    pH is the measurement of potential hydrogen: simplified, it’s the amount of positively charged hydrogen ions (acid) and negatively charged hydroxyl ions (alkaline) we carry. Our blood is slightly alkaline and most tissues should be as well. But our body is forced to store acids in our tissues when too many are consumed or generated for our body to excrete.

    Additionally, alkaline minererals, such as calcium and magnesium, are robbed from bones and muscle to buffer these excess acids. A diet high in acid foods, such as sugar, meats, grains, coffee, and drugs, causes an improper pH balance in our tissues, which leads to poor health and, according to some, proliferation of microbes, fungus, yeast and molds.

    The author writes:

    “Instead of being addicted to sugar, stress, adrenaline rushes, conflict, or food additives, you will be addicted to feeling energetic, sleeping well at night, thinking clearly, and maintaining a balanced mood. Your body, your mind, and your spirit will feel strong in a way that can never be achieved with an acidic lifestyle.”

    In this book you’ll discover:

    * some problems with our current food choices

    * an example of a typical acid diet

    * how acids are produced internally

    * how various diseases are caused by this diet: e.g., diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, CFS, arthritis, obesity, cancer

    * how our body responds physiologically to ingestion of acids

    * a quiz to rate your potential level of acidity

    * case studies of various individuals who transformed their health through modifying their acid/alkaline balance

    * supplements and therapies

    * a chart of acid and alkaline foods

    * a one-week meal plan for increasing alkalinity

    * over 30 pages of recipes, some of which look quite appetizing and easy to make

    The shortcomings include too little information on physiology (which is only important to someone like me who wants to understand the finer details), superficial instructions for testing urine and saliva pH and interpreting the results (which probably only matters to the anal retentive among us), too much cooked food with improper food combining, and minor reliance on gadgetry and technology. But these shortcoming pale in comparison the wealth of information from which anyone can benefit. Definitely recommended for the health seeker.

  7. Blessed Bee
    May 17th, 2012 at 01:25 | #7

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    This is an excellent book on many common sense holistic levels. The author did an excellent research job and wrote in a manner in which most can understand. I haven’t tried any of the interesting recipes she shares at the end of the book although I’m looking forward to trying them. The author promotes a vegan diet yet most carnivores can still get a lot out of this book to help live a healthier life.

  8. H. Blagg
    May 17th, 2012 at 05:47 | #8

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    First book review – I just happened to come across this book while doing some research on body acidity and diet (I had a weird week, wasn’t feeling well and I got a fever blister) I got the book the same day and started doing the suggestions on balancing my PH that night and the full-blown diet changes the next day. It’s been three weeks and I feel great and I never thought it would be possible for me to make this kind of diet change commitment but I don’t feel deprived, I have more energy and I’m sleeping better. Granted the first part of the book was a little heavy and I actually didn’t read all of the information because I wanted to understand more of the PH Balance stuff. But I understand some people wil find the info helpful. I am already pretty healthy but I think this book just took me to the next level of staying healthy and feeling great. Thanks Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook!

  9. my 2 cents
    May 18th, 2012 at 05:07 | #9

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    This is a fast and easy read! Very helpful! My pH was 5.5 when I started and I’ve remained a healthy 7.0 since following her guidance! Bravo!

  10. Sarai
    May 18th, 2012 at 15:23 | #10

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    This is a really great book, to the point and easy to understand. I wish there were more recipes though.

  11. Kathryn Esplin
    May 19th, 2012 at 07:03 | #11

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    I am sitting here drinking lemon slices squeezed into my water, and I just have to tell you: this is the best health advice book I have ever read. I am still reading it, but this book WILL change your life.

    I have lost about 7 pounds in a few weeks by adding lemon water, juicing my carrots, apples, fruits – eating oranges and more salads and a LOT less of the processed foods I used to eat.

    In truth, I used to drink a quart of orange juice a day and eat mostly salads. But that was before kids. Things got very busy and I had a bad accident, which hampered my energy for a few years. So then the poor eating habits started.

    But man, I will tell you, I really appreciate having my great eating habits back.

    People have told me for years that I look way younger than my chronological years. Great skin, for one.

    I used to exercise a lot but that has fallen a bit. But back to the book.

    European eating habits have been following this for years. This is not a newcomer idea according to the way I grew up.

    What is this pH stuff and what is ‘balance your body chemistry’?

    You may remember pH and acid/base – acid/alkaline from Chemistry class perhaps.

    Michelle Schoffro Cook tells us that our bodies function best when the pH is on the alkaline side – that our blood is more alkaline than acid. That would mean a pH or litmus reading of about 7.0- to 7.364 or slightly higher. Sounds easy?

    Well, most people in the Western industrialized world eat foods that are processed as acid in our body, Michelle tells us. Our beloved dairy, meat, chicken, fish, eggs and even grains are all processed as acids, leaving us often with acid-blood levels rather than alkaline blood levels.

    Add to that all the stuff we eat that is not actually food but a food product: Mickey D, other fast food and many other foods we eat are all processed with preservatives added and nutrients that have been removed or rendered inactive by Pasteurization and other processing. The enzymes in food are all rendered inactive by Pasteurization or any heating above 118 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Meat processing is full of antibiotics as well as bacteria. So our beloved meat is not as healthy as it was for our grandparents, when cattle and poultry roamed free and were not given antibiotics or growth hormone, or had water or other agents injected into them to make the product more appealing.

    So what is happening?

    Michelle tells us that meat, dairy and grains are largely acidic in our blood. The countries that consume the most dairy products ALSO have the greatest amount of osteoporosis. How can that be? We’ve been told from time immemorial to drink our milk for strong bones and teeth.

    Our diets are acidic – acid diets cause the elimination of calcium in our bones.

    So how do we make our bones strong?

    By changing our diets from acidic to alkaline.

    Are there other benefits to having an alkaline diet?

    You bet, Michelle tells us.

    Research Michelle quotes reveals some potential links between acidic diets and cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, Alzheimers, asthma, allergies, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and a host of other disorders and illnesses.

    Not that diet alone can necessarily prevent or cure everything. But it cannot hurt. And can go a long way toward helping you feel better.

    The corollary is also true: Research reveals that an alkaline diet can help prevent these diseases and may improve these diseases when they are already in place, Michelle tells us.

    The countries with the lowest incidence of osteoporosis do not consume vast quantities of animal protein. These countries eat fresh fruits and vegetables and legumes. Legumes, unlike grains, are alkaline and are highly beneficial to our diets, according to Michelle.

    Is it difficult to change from an acid diet to an alkaline one?

    Michelle provides many easy tips for doing this.

    !. Do not drink Soda or Diet Soda. Not only are these highly acidic in our blood, it takes many cups of alkaline-based water to neutralize these effects.

    2. Squeeze fresh lemon into your tap water. Lemon in water turns the water alkaline. All our cells need fresh water – not soda, not commercial lemonade or commercial juices, coffees or tea – but plain water to function. By having several cups of lemon water daily, you are on your way to neutralizing some of the harmful effects of the acids in our diet.

    3. Keep coffee and tea to a minimum, as these are acidic in the body.

    4. Eating fresh citrus fruits are alkaline in our body. Even though citrus fruits and tomatoes are acidic as we eat them, they turn alkaline in our body and are very beneficial.

    (In the last three weeks, I have been eating 3 oranges a day at break or with lunch and drinking lemon water. I bought a ring two months ago that fit snugly on my finger. In the last three weeks, since adding lemon water and oranges to my diet, my ring is now loose on my finger. That means I am processing water more effectively; my body is operating much more efficiently than before I drank lemon water and ate oranges.)

    Michelle provides some excellent recipes such as Sweet Potato Fries (a great alkaline substitute for acidic white potato French Fries) and Chocolate Mousse with Avocado – avocados are loaded with alkaline properties.

    Kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans are all alkaline.

    The avoidance of white sugar and white flour is important for reasons I never actually understood. White sugar is a sugar of course; bacteria and other microbes FEED off of sugar. White flour is also a sugar in our bodies, as is Alcohol. Not only are these acidic in our bodies but they are the PARTY HARDY DISCOTHEQUES for bacteria and other illnesses that weaken our bodies.

    If you are ill or in pain, do not despair. It is never too late.

    Michelle has numerous stories of clients who came to her with illness and/or pain; after making some easy changes in diet, the clients returned a few weeks later with great improvement in their symptoms.

    People think that ‘drinking their fruit’ as it says on the front of some commercial juices is great. But there is really no benefit to drinking these kinds of juices. Not only do they not have any pulp of the fruit, they are laden with corn syrup, sweeteners and artificial flavors or preservatives, and the original enzymes in whatever amount of fruit juice these concoctions originally contained has been killed or rendered inactive by the required heating process of Pasteurization.

    So how do you get your recommended fruit and vegetables?

    A good Caesar salad, side of fruit or fresh veggie, lemon water, citrus fruits, blueberries, tomatoes, avocados, legumes, bean or alfalfa sprouts. Many others.

    Eating some alkaline foods to balance the acid-based foods we eat can go a long way to preventing or restoring our health.

    Food processing removes so many nutrients that we need.

    (I have a little story to tell you. About 15 years ago, I had an injury and was in chronic pain for years. I had a juicer – a juice extractor. I began to make carrot juice. I was in a LOT less pain just from drinking the carrot juice than I had been before drinking it.)

    How is this possible? Juice extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables is a highly concentrated way of getting nutrients. Make your own V-8 – it will be much healthier.

    These extracted juices have phytochemicals that are so essential to health.

    We have now begun to juice our carrots and other fruits and vegetables again.

    Do not worry if you think you cannot be perfect; except for people who are Vegan (no consumption of animal products), it is not possible to be perfect. Just making positive steps in the direction of alkaline diets will help you.

    Michelle has a lot of terrific recipes and ways to tests one’s saliva or urine for alkalinity/acidity – as markers on the road to better health.

    For the many who do not feel up to par or who do not feel well, this book WILL change your life. I’m buying several for people I know.

    People at my work have ALREADY bought this book because they saw the results on me within a week.

    A MUST READ.

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  12. Judy W. Rosati
    May 20th, 2012 at 10:16 | #12

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    I found this book to be helpful, as to which foods to eat and to avoid. I especially liked knowing that fresh lemon in water is alkaline.

  13. Brittany Vasseur
    May 22nd, 2012 at 01:42 | #13

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    I felt compelled to write this book, because the advice contained within it really did change my life. I developed severe arthritis and my doctor just told me to take asprin to decrease the pain. Well, that wasn’t good enough for me – I wanted to take control of the problem and stop it from the inside out. I have a friend who swears by a alkaline diet (and he NEVER gets sick), so I decided to read this book to learn more. I started this diet in January of 2010 and I have gotten my arthritis completely under control. If I ever do get flare ups, its becuase I sway from the diet.

    But, there are a few things you should know.

    1) This diet is VERY, VERY strict. It seems almost impossible at first, and you will almost certainly not be able to follow it 100% – but that’s ok, just do your best. I started by going through my kitchen and getting rid of everything not alkaline or acid-friendly (read: crap, junk food, most processed foods). That way, I was not tempted. It will take true commitment, proximity or access to fresh vegetables and the ability and time to cook your own meals in order to be successful. I struggle the most with breakfast, as there are not many alkaline friendly options besides green drinks (which are not filling). I have now settled with gluten-free cereal with almond milk.

    2) It is very difficult to eat out when on this diet. Beyond salads, it is very tough to find alkaline-friendly items on the menu. Know this going in and try to avoid eating out.

    3) I found the process of making fresh lemon juice every day very time consuming. Now what I do is squeeze enough lemon for the week and freeze it in ice cubes. Throughout the week, I drop the ice cubes in my water. Sometime I switch out lemon water for cucumber water.

    Anyway – if you are very serious and committed about your health – this diet will really change your life and your relationship with food . Beyond containing my arthritis, my skin has cleared up and I have more energy than ever. Good luck!

  14. Shell Bell
    May 22nd, 2012 at 13:45 | #14

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    This is an outstanding book both in content and in readability. It is practical, many of the books out there on acid-alkaline are over the top extreme, recommending all vegan or only raw foods – this book has a plan I can actually implement in my life.

    Also, she includes a bibliography in the back of the book (references – yeah!) which I find reassuring as there are too many health and alternative medicine books out there that make many a statement and claim, but you have to wonder if they have a foot to stand on. A section of recipes is included also, every one that I have tried has turned out well, tasting great and surprisingly satisfying.

    I think this will be a life changing book for many. I should add that those who have read a great deal of alternative medicine/health books may not like this book, as it is with out all the hype and salesmanship type motivational talk (but that is what I like about this particular book).

  15. Kathy S. Shelton
    May 24th, 2012 at 16:26 | #15

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    Lots of to-the-point information about pH and some good recipes and tips to help reduce acid.

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