Most people consume an abundance of highly processed foods that acidify the body. As a result, they are afflicted with health problems ranging from minor skin irritations, chronic fatigue, back pain and depression to arthritis, ulcers and osteoporosis. To enjoy optimum health, the body needs balanced quantities of alkaline and acid substances. In "The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health", naturopath and detoxification expert, Christopher Vasey, shows how a simple change in diet to restore your acid-alkaline balance can result in vast improvements in health. Discusses the role of enzyme supplements, prebiotic and probiotic complexes and antioxidants in neutralising and eliminating acids. Addresses the relationship of proper hydration to essential enzyme activity and acid elimination. and Outlines a sample alkaline detoxification diet. With two new chapters, this updated and expanded second edition provides the latest information on proper hydration and de-acidification, important alkalising supplements and how to eliminate the body's accumulated acids through intestinal cleansing. It, also, includes a new, detailed example of an alkaline detoxifying diet. Rather than organising alkaline and acid foods based on their chemical composition, Vasey categorises foods by their effect on the body, explaining that some foods, such as fruits, can have either an alkalising or an acidifying effect, depending on who eats them. He describes how to determine your acid levels and how to design a diet best suited for your particular health needs.