The Remarkable Health Benefits of an Alkaline Diet

In a recent article about drinking pH balanced water to treat common ailments, I explained the health problems you might face if your body is too acidic. These problems include, but are not limited to, chronic inflammation, mineral deficiencies, and kidney stones.

 

Your pH scale runs from 0 to 14, with 0 being the highest in acidity, 14 being the most alkaline, and 7 being neutral. For optimum health, your body must maintain a pH level of or around 7.4, which is just on the alkaline side of neutral.

 

So, if you’ve been feeling fatigued or have been recently diagnosed with a chronic illness, you may benefit greatly from an alkaline diet.

 

However, even if you are completely healthy, keep reading to learn how you can prevent future disease with the remarkable benefits of an alkaline diet!

 

Cancer Prevention and Treatment Possibilities With an Alkaline Diet

 

Cancer cells have a very narrow pH tolerance (between 6.5 and 7.5) for cellular reproduction. This means raising or lowering the internal pH of a cancer cell can interfere with its metabolism and could theoretically halt cancer progression.

 

Health Problems Linked to an Acidic Body

 

In addition to cancer, an acidic body can also contribute to the following health problems:

 

  • Osteoporosis

According to research, the modern diet has been estimated to cause approximately 480 gm of calcium loss in urine over the span of 20 years.

 

That’s almost half the skeletal mass of calcium!

 

This means if your body continues to stay acidic, you could be at much greater risk for osteoporosis and other brittle bone diseases.

 

Ironically, even though Americans consume large quantities of dairy products, the US still has high rates of osteoporosis. This is because, although they contain calcium, dairy products are acid-forming, which swings the pH level of the body to the acidic side.

 

  • Kidney Disease

If you’re prone to kidney stones, it could be because your bones are releasing calcium to buffer the acidity in your body. This alone would be enough reason to try an alkaline diet.

 

According to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1,486 patients (who were followed for an average of 14.2 years), were three times more likely to develop kidney failure with higher levels of dietary acidic load!

 

If you’ve already been diagnosed with kidney disease, an alkaline diet is critical to the maintenance of your health.

 

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  • Chronic Inflammation

An acidic body causes chronic inflammation, which, in turn, greatly increases your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke.

 

Reduce These Acidic and Acidic-Forming Foods in Your Diet

I recommend significantly reducing the consumption of the foods listed below. It doesn’t mean you have to cut them out entirely, but they should only make up about 20 percent your diet.

 

Bacon

Oats

Bagels

Parmesan cheese

Biscuits

Pasta

Canned fish

Pastries

Coffee

Peanuts

Cookies

Pepperoni

Crackers

Pork

Doughnuts

Rabbit

Hard cheese

Red meat

Hot dogs

Sausage

 

Prevent and Treat Disease With an Alkaline Diet

 

An acidic diet can increase the risk of an overgrowth of the fungus, Candida albicans, which can spill into your bloodstream via a leaky gut.

 

If allowed to grow unchecked, this yeast can cause health problems, including, chronic yeast infections, autoimmune disease, allergies, chronic fatigue, brain fog, learning impairment, and irritability.

 

An alkaline diet helps reduce the risk of yeast overgrowth. It also helps regulate your body’s natural inflammatory response and cuts down on the number of infections you’ll get.

 

Further benefits of an alkaline diet include improved look and feel of skin, vibrant energy levels, better digestion, more refreshing sleep, and increased mental alertness.

 

Load up on These Alkaline and Alkaline-Forming Foods and Supplements

 

The foods and supplements listed below should be the staples of your diet. When you eat these foods regularly, you’ll not only keep your body in a safe, alkaline state, you also offset the effects of acid-forming foods!

 

Foods

 

Amaranth

Flax seed

Apple cider vinegar

Garlic

Asparagus

Ginger

Avocado

Herbal tea

Beans

Homemade vegetable juices

Broccoli

Miso

Cabbage

New potatoes

Chia seeds

Seaweed

Cucumber

Sprouts

Dark leafy greens

Raw nuts

 

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Supplements

 

The most alkalizing minerals are calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. We need calcium for proper brain and nervous system function, magnesium is essential for muscle relaxation, stress relief, and sleep, sodium alkalizes the blood and tissues, and potassium is necessary for fluid balance.

 

Note: If you have not done so already, I highly recommend replacing your table salt with natural sea salt or Himalayan pink salt. They are much healthier for you.

 

You deserve to be healthy, happy, and full of energy. An alkaline diet can help you achieve these goals while preventing the development of serious disease in the future.

 

If you’re in the local area, I encourage you to stop by our Meriden, CT store and try some of our alkaline foods and mineral supplements. Should you have any questions, I and my staff will be happy to answer them as we guide you on your journey to wellness!

 

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Sources:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/why-alkaline-approach-can-successfully-treat-cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/

http://www.medicaldaily.com/patients-chronic-kidney-disease-may-risk-full-failure-when-eating-too-many-acidic-322020

http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/proper-ph-balance/

http://www.navacenter.com/community/blogs/the-27-acidic-foods-that-can-cause-inflammation

http://thechalkboardmag.com/alkalizing-101-the-truth-about-salt-for-your-health