The book Get Off Your Acid- 7 Steps in 7 Days was published on January 9, 2018. Dr. Daryl Gioffre offers a solution on how to create a balance in the body for too much acidity or alkalinity. I wrote about our diet’s acid and alkaline balance a while ago. Although I was familiar with the topic of the book, I was curious to see what else I could learn. The book did not disappoint.
The article I wrote before introduced the concept of acidity and alkalinity in the body, how to know if our bodies are acidic, and provided a basic way in which to adjust the balance towards a more balanced pH in the body. The truth is that most people’s bodies are too acidic, and we need to learn to balance towards a more alkaline body. Get Off Your Acid agrees with this, and goes more in depth.
It provides different conditions that are indicative of a body that has too much acidity, such as fatigue, food sensitivities and/or food allergies, inflammation, sclerosis and/or ulcers, and degenerative diseases, such as cancer. It also provides a quiz to help determine the level of alkalinity or acidity imbalance in our body. It is a simple 20-question quiz, and not as complicated as what I originally wrote about.
The book then goes in depth explaining the different types of pH in the body, including blood, saliva, and urine pH; how the body manages pH; and what happens when the body is not able to properly balance pH, which effectively means the body cannot work properly and we suffer from illnesses, or diseases. That is all included within the first part of the book.
The second part of the book provides the steps to take to reduce acid. It offers a rationale for each step, explaining what effect it has in the body, and what it is correcting.
It also explains the major disruptors of the acid and alkaline balance, which are sugar, dairy, bad fats, animal proteins, caffeine, soy-based foods, mushrooms, peanuts, corn, vinegar, table salt, carbonated water, fermented foods, and alcohol.
It then provides the foods that we need to consume in order to ensure that we get less acidity and more alkalinity in our body. The suggestions are the ones we would expect, such as eating dark green-leafy vegetables, good fats, low-sugar fruits, other vegetables, nuts, plant-based proteins, and some others.
Then the book provides the 7-steps the title of the book promises. The 7 steps are increasing the levels of oxygen in the body, drinking alkaline water, adding chlorophyll, additional supplements we can take, draining the lymph, daily detox, and alkaline exercise. It explains what each step involves as well as its benefits and effects in the body.
The book ends with explaining the importance of stress management, and how this affects the acid and alkaline balance, and finally provides a description of how to put it all together.
My Take on the Steps
The information provided in the book is valuable, but given the food and the stress management components, there are more than 7-steps that Dr. Gioffre offers. In fact, the most important component of achieving the acid and alkaline balance is changing the foods we eat, and this is not one of the steps. I think Dr. Gioffre should have renamed his books to say it was 9-steps in 7 days.
The plan he proposes is comprehensive, and can probably get accomplished in 7 days. It includes the components he suggests that are vital for us to modify in order to achieve the acid and alkaline balance. It is practical, and easy to follow because he provides tips on how to achieve the steps. For instance, he provides a chart where he recommends what acidic foods can be swapped out for other foods that are more alkaline. It also gives recipes, which I feel are especially beneficial, given that even with a list of foods we do not always know how to combine them or make the best use of them to make a delicious meal. The recipes are simple yet delicious, and easy to follow.
I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in balancing their body’s pH in a practical and comprehensive way. It is important to start with the quiz and then determine which steps to take, if not all.
Gioffre, D. (2018). Get Off Your Acid. New York, NY: De Capo Press.
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