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How An Alkaline Diet Works Against Cancer

Updated on February 24, 2020
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Acid Versus Alkaline

Can an alkaline diet keep your pH level high enough to prevent cancer cells from living and thriving in your body and keep you cancer free? Will certain foods help you with this?

Food enzymes are very much affected by the pH levels in the blood and body tissue. Their enzymatic functions or lack of determine the state of health or disease that your blood and body tissue can possess.

The acidic state has been linked to many health-related challenges and the body’s rapid aging. Slightly alkaline is healthy, acidic is unhealthy. If the pH in the blood and urine are too acidic the body will not be able to absorb nutrition; being one reason so many have weight problems. After eating; the nutrition in the blood cannot be absorbed into the cells so there is hunger with no energy.

Let's take a look at acid and alkaline for better understanding.

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How Alkaline Diets Avert the Development of Cancer

The human body needs to sustain an alkaline environment of 7.36 to 7.44 on pH scale for every cell to function the very best within this pH range. When we eat the micro-nutrients show themselves to our kidneys as acid or alkaline forming compounds. The amount we eat then can be evaluated as one or the other; net acid or net alkaline load to the body.

If we do not see to it our body has the numbers right then our body takes it upon itself to do it for us; many times robbing our body in places to cause new problems. Our body begins to leach alkaline in order to maintain homeostasis by robbing from the cells. Health conditions can begin to develop when this occurs.

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Alkaline Diet

An Alkaline Diet is a type of diet that emphasizes on the consumption of citrus fruits, fresh vegetables, tubers, legumes, and nuts.

The diet discourages the use of grains, excess salt, dairy, and meat. The diet promotes healthy alkalinity in the blood (pH 7.35 – pH 7.45), and prevents acidity (pH 5.0 – pH 7.0).

The diet maintains this balance, which is essential for the body to sustain itself. Alkaline Diets are known for their ability to counter and prevent various diseases, which include cancer.

Acidosis Chart

General symptoms of acidosis. These usually accompany symptoms of another primary defect (respiratory or metabolic).
General symptoms of acidosis. These usually accompany symptoms of another primary defect (respiratory or metabolic). | Source

Acidity Progresses

Hypercalciuria - Is caused from high concentration of calcium in the urine.

Osteoporosis - Is caused from leaching of the bones neutralizing a highly acid environment; thus having the bones weakened.

Acidosis – Is leading to muscle breakdown caused by glutamine (the most plentiful amino acid in the muscles) becoming leached out neutralizing the acidity in the body just as the calcium was from the bones.

Arthritis When calcium robbed from the joints can cause them to lock up and crack and in time the immune system will start to attack the acidic cells leading to arthritis.

Heartburn - Sodium; also an alkaline mineral that is leached can be leached from the esophagus causing heartburn.

Acid reflux – Is where you go next as heartburn progresses.

Cancer - As the body gets to the point where is can no longer rob the body of alkaline minerals, it will start leaching acid from the bowels, kidneys, skin and respiratory system. With no more minerals to rob, the cells themselves become very acidic.

This will be a problem because the enzymes used to break down cells cannot work properly in an acidic environment.

So then; the enzymes cannot remove the growth of abnormal cancer causing cells and will become protected from the immune system.

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Symptoms of an Acidic Body Affecting Health

All acids are created through the body’s breakdown of foods to create energy.

In other words, acids are created via metabolism, respiration, digestion, and cellular breakdown and regeneration. Excess acid is the expression of sickness and disease. Gout, diabetes and cancer:

You can’t have a specific symptom without a specific acid. Body odor is another sign of excessive acidity, as is bad breath, acid reflux, indigestion, low blood sugars, high blood sugars, low energy and fatigue.

All are expressions of the body’s inability to remove acids sufficiently. Skin blemishes, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, are acids that the body is not eliminating properly.

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A diet low in acidic food has many health benefits.

Low Acid Foods

Clemson University defines low-acid foods as those with a pH greater than 4.6, where a pH of 7 is considered neutral. Even some of the more acidic fruits such as peaches, apples, oranges and orange juice only have a pH of around 4.96 or higher. Beef, pork, lamb, chicken and dairy fall below 4.6. There are a few mildly acidic vegetables, such as basil, bell peppers, cauliflower, chives, onions, peas, squash and zucchini. Vegetables and grains that are not on the low-acid food list include canned vegetables, corn tortillas, pancakes, sourdough bread and white bread.

According to registered dietitian Rebecca Slayton, a diet low in acidic food has many health benefits. A review published in the "Journal of Environmental and Public Health" in 2012 states that an alkaline diet reduces the risk of chronic disease and premature death among the elderly. In addition to disease prevention, most low-acid diets are also low in sodium.

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Maintain pH Through Drinks and Food.

The idea of an alkaline diet is based on eating foods high in alkaline to help the body neutralize acid in the body. Meats and diary products in our diet contain very high levels of acid and we can only process this in small amounts. By adding high alkaline foods our body uses this to help break down the bad acid. An added benefit is that high alkaline foods are loaded with vitamins and minerals to satisfy our body's needs.

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There are claims that ionized water is better at hydrating your body than regular water.

Alkaline Water Benefits

Alkaline water (also known as ionized water) is water with a pH level greater than seven. It is normally made with the help of a faucet-based water ionizer and marks a number of health benefits.

Many claim that drinking alkaline water on a regular basis will slow down the aging process, help fight tooth decay and prevent bone loss. Because most people eat a highly acidic diet, subsequently causing their bodies to have lower pH levels taking vital minerals, such as magnesium and calcium, from their bones, tissue and teeth. So this water is said to help balance those levels. Also it is said that regular alkaline water consumption can help prevent diseases associated with the bone and cellular degeneration, like arthritis, osteoporosis and different types of kidney disorders.

It has said too that alkaline water is also thought to stabilize blood flow as a result of normalizing blood pH levels. Also; because of the efficient way it penetrates cells, there are claims that ionized water is better at hydrating your body than regular water.

Alkalizing Tea

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How About Alkalizing Tea?

There are alkaline teas which I think is one of the best and most economical ways to get your pH balance. I like mine with raw honey and Ceylon cinnamon.

Cancer

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How it Works

Alkaline Diets maintain healthy levels of alkalinity in the body.

When the cells are highly alkaline, they absorb more oxygen.

Alkalized cells hold up to twenty times more oxygen, as compared to acidic cells.

Cancer cells cannot survive in oxygen rich environments.

If the cells in the body contain high levels of oxygen, consequently, cancer cells remain in a dormant state, and the chances of developing cancer narrows down.

Therefore, high levels of acidity are the ideal conditions for cancer cells to thrive, and maintaining high levels of Alkalinity are vital in preventing or eliminating the spread of cancer.

Not only do Alkaline Diets prevent disease, they also maintain vigor and health.

Know where you are by testing yourself. This can be done at home and strips can be ordered right online from many places.
Know where you are by testing yourself. This can be done at home and strips can be ordered right online from many places.

Test pH Level with Saliva or Urine

It is good practice to either test 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating. If testing your saliva, it is a good idea to try to fill your mouth with saliva and then swallow. This helps remove any acidic bacteria that might be lurking. Do not try to wash your mouth out with anything else as this will simply record the alkalinity of the water/liquid you have just used.

For testing urine, let some urine flow before testing as this will give more of an average reading.

It is also a good idea to test 2-3 times in a day in order to get an average, as first thing in the morning the body has retained fluids over a long period of time and it will engage in different processes to remove acid wastes from the body throughout the day (depending on activity and diet).

Disclaimer

* Alkaline diet has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

* All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.

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Foods to Eat

* Salad greens, green vegetable juices, lemon-infused water, raisins, spinach, banana, carrots, celery, potato, cauliflower and apricot are a few of alkaline-promoting foods.

* Some foods that contain the most alkaline include honey, butter, asparagus, white and red wine, mineral water, watermelon, broccoli, apples, zucchini, marmalade, hazelnuts, radishes, cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, green beans, cherries, celery, tomatoes, apricots, bananas and spinach. Raisins are highly recommended.

* To make food more alkaline-promoting, cook with alkaline spices and herbs such as paprika, chili powder, parsley leaves, ground ginger and curry.

* Cut out foods with alcohol, gluten and caffeine on the alkaline diet.

The American diet is full of foods like meat and dairy products that tend to increase acidity of your blood. Research suggests eating too many acid-promoting foods can potentially damage your kidney and your liver and potentially even raise diabetes risk.

* Alkaline has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

* All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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