The modern diet is based on unhealthy and processed foods. On this diet, the body is out of balance. These foods cause the body to accumulate toxins and increase in acidity. With the lack of nutritionally dense foods and outdoor activities, the body cannot naturally detoxify to neutralize and eliminate toxins. Not surprisingly, the modern diet has been linked to the rise of chronic diseases.
This issue was embraced by Herman Aihara, a pioneer in macrobiotics. He lectured and wrote books on how foods either develop an acidity or alkaline effect in the body. Even though we agree with the basics of his teachings on acid and alkaline diet, we have reinterpreted his work. Here is our take on the benefits of balancing alkaline and acidic foods.