Alkalise and Energise – How to Add Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years. By Pádraic Ó Máille. The SMACHT Guy.

The stark facts make for alarming reading.

The 3 top killers in the modern world today are cancer, heart disease and diabetes. All are directly related to diet.

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Half of us will die from heart disease or diabetes. A third will die from cancer. I

n fact there’s evidence to suggest that eight of the top ten causes of death in the world today are (diet related) – not to mention that diet is obviously the cause of the obesity of 60% of Americans.

This makes for depressing reading and the cynics in my courses say ‘sure you have to die from something so what’s the problem with eating what you like?’ The answer is that you can greatly improve both the quantity and quality of your life by having the Smácht to make a few simple and doable dietary changes. You owe it to yourself, your family and those who depend on you.

The single biggest cause of death, disease, obesity and ageing is a word called ACIDOSIS.

Farmers know all about it. Noel Kelly, one of Smáchts finest, is one of Ireland’s finest and most successful dairy farmers. His parents breed the world famous Creva cows. Noel will tell you categorically that cattle ‘have five tummies and are hugely prone to acidosis. Severe bouts will kill them’. (Noels secret solution is fresh grass (chlorophyl) and mineral salt. It saves him thousands on vets fees and makes him a fortune on the finest looking cattle in Ireland.)

Here is Noel testing inside the tummy of a cow for it’s Ph level.

Mechanics know about it. John Donnellan, Smáchts greatest mechanic and car doctor explains what wears batteries and cars out, is ACIDOSIS.

Beauticians know about it. Why is it that country people who rarely use cosmetics or exfoliants have such translucent, clear and radiant skin? They have a diet rich in alkaline foods.

Most pertinently, food scientists know about it. Robert and Shelley Young, in their outstanding book, ‘The Ph Miracle’ state:

‘Forget cholesterol and carbohydrate counts. Forget calories and fat grams. Forget blood pressure, blood sugar, hormone levels. It turns out that the single measurement most important to your health is the pH of your blood and tissues – how acidic or alkaline it is. The pH level of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. The entire

metabolic process depends on an alkaline environment. Chronic over acidity corrodes body tissue, and if left unchecked will interrupt all cellular activities and functions. In other words, overacidity interferes with life itself. It is at the root of all sickness, dis-ease, and disease. There is only one ‘disease’. And that one disease is acidosis’.

And if that fails to motivate you: Overacidity is also what’s keeping you fat.

Your health SHAG should be to achieve a blood pH balance of 7.365.

Here’s how.

Alkalising Foods:

  • Multi-strain probiotics
  • Greens – especially green vegetables, chlorella and wheatgrass, plus fibrous cruciferous vegetables and broccoli, alfa-alfa
  • I’ll repeat wheatgrass.
  • Avocado’s
  • Vegetables and natural herbs like aubergines, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, cauliflower, celery, chard, chicory, chives, cucumber, dandelion, dill, endive, fennel,green beans, kale, kelp, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, peppers, potatoes, radishes, sorrel, soya beans, spinach, squash, turnips, watercress
  • Whole grains, seeds, nuts
  • Olive oil, fish oils, flaxseed oil, walnut oil
  • Sunshine and vitamin D
  • Ginger, natural willow bark, garlic, onions, apples, curcumin/turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg
  • Lemon and lime juice, despite what you think, are alkaline
  • Whole brown rice
  • Sea salt and mineral salt
  • Exercise, yoga, meditation
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Apple cider vinegar (raw organic), fresh lemon or lime juice

Acid Causing Foods:

  • Sugar
  • Dairy
  • Meat – especially mass-market fatty red meat.
  • Chicken
  • Fruit – it all breaks down to sugar
  • Pulses – if you do not skim off the phytic acid (the surface scum) when you cook them
  • Shell fish – especially prawns, crab, scallops
  • Processed, prepared, canned foods – because of the sodium chloride content
  • Dried meats – hams, saugage, bacon – because of the sodium chloride content
  • Chinese foods – because of the MSG content
  • All refined carbohydrate products – pasta, white bread, white rice, pies, pastries, cakes, noodles, refined breakfast cereals, doughnuts, dumplings
  • Salted snacks – crisps, peanuts
  • Fizzy sweet drinks
  • Prepared fruit juices and ‘smoothies’ (high sugar, processed)
  • Caffeine – stimulates liver to release glucose into blood stream (even diet drinks!)
  • Preservatives, jams etc
  • Pickled products
  • Alcohol, especially beer and spirits
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress, negative emotions, guilt
  • Tobacco

The list is meant to be indicative, not exhaustive. There is debate about tomatoes and oranges, which some people say are acid forming. But lemons and limes are certainly not – a drink of fresh lemon, ginger and honey with hot water is a great way to start the day. Other foods like liver, shell fish and crab also have issues to do with stored toxins and chemicals. And of course, factors such as white can liners (BPA), plastic bottles (BPA, phthalates), nail polishes containing toluene, perfumes on your skin contain certain toxins etc can all heighten your oestrogen levels and set up the acid cell syndrome described above.

I leave the last word with my great friend Noel Kelly.

Having being transformed by two beautiful pints of life enhancing Guinness in Sean’s Pub in Athlone after a recent Smácht session, I ordered a chicken sandwich for enhanced absorption. Noel forbade it. He texted me what he described as ‘a slightly risqué photo of two birds he once had feasted on’. He conceded that it ‘had profoundly changed his view on birds forever’. What do you think. Email the Smácht Guy at p@omaille.ie

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