The body of knowledge is still accumulating, but there is emerging evidence from around the world that supports the benefits of pursuing a more alkaline diet. While an alkaline diet cannot influence blood pH levels, it appears the benefits of the diet stem from the large intake of nutrient dense plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables. For example, a study undertaken by a team at Norwich Medical School in the U.K. found that an alkaline diet may help women maintain more muscle mass independent of age, physical activity and protein intake (Welch AA et al, 2013). A review article by a researcher at the University of Alberta concluded, “There may be some value in considering an alkaline diet in reducing morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases and further studies are warranted in this area of medicine” (Schwalfenberg, 2012). We will continue to follow the story and share the results from further studies as they become available.
Are you ready for the ugly truth? Most people in the Western world today live on a diet that causes chronic inflammation and latent acidosis, both of which are known to promote cancer. Then again, given the constant rise of cancer diagnoses every year, perhaps you’re not surprised.
Chronic Inflammation and Cancer
What you eat is the single biggest non-genetic factor for developing cancer. Everything you eat (and your cooking method of choice) has short term and long term effects on your body. There are certain types of food that lead to an inflammation response from your body. These include high sugar-content foods, gluten grains, and cow dairy products.
Look familiar? Millions of people eat multiple servings of these inflammation-causing foods every day. While inflammation in general is a healthy immune response, chronic inflammation is associated with a number of health risks, not the least of which is cancer. Here are some of the major culprits:
- High fructose corn syrup and refined sugar (these can also cause insulin resistance… another cancer risk factor)
- Dairy products like yogurt, cheese, milk, and ice cream
- Muffins, breads, pizza, pasta
- Store-bought gluten-free products (highly processed)
- Processed oils and margarine (these interfere with cell functions, and many are GMO)
Latent Acidosis and Cancer
Inflammation isn’t the only dietary cause of cancer. There’s another condition brought on by the mainstream Western diet known as latent acidosis. It’s caused by a diet that increases intracellular pH levels …and it’s known to create a perfect environment for cancer to grow and spread.
When people eat an acidogenic diet on a regular basis their bodies are no longer able to return to a balanced pH level. In time, this increases the risk of cancer by promoting abnormal cell and tumor growth. (It’s also known to result in bone deterioration and loss of muscle mass.) So what characterizes an acidogenic diet?
- Red meats
- Store-bought fruit juices
- High-fat content foods
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What is the alkaline diet?
If diet is such a massive factor in whether or not a person develops cancer, the best way to prevent cancer also has to be about diet! Enter the alkaline diet. This method focuses on eliminating inflammation from the body, and allowing your cells to return to a balanced acid-base level. Once you’ve gotten rid of the inflammatory and acidogenic foods, here’s what you have to do:
Eat The Good Stuff:
- Start with lots of veggies. And we mean lots. Try organic leafy green vegetables, herbs and spices, root vegetables, onions, garlic, leek and chives, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages.
- Add a small amount of whole fruits every day for necessary vitamins and minerals. Don’t eat more fruits than veggies, though, because of their high natural sugar content. You can snack on applesauce, figs, or pineapple if you have a sweet craving.
- Load up on beans, lentils, peas, nuts, and seeds.
- Limit yourself to 1 or 2 cups per day of non-gluten grains (like buckwheat or quinoa).
- Enjoy 1 serving (2-4 oz) of clean fish, organic poultry or grass-fed meat, several times per week
Cook With The Good Stuff:
It’s important that you stick to only cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil in your diet. Not only will this eliminate low-quality processed oils, but it allows you to benefit from the anti-inflammatory property of these good oils!
- These oils are naturally anti-inflammatory, thus providing a healing benefit to inflamed and potentially cancerous body cells.
- Coconut oil in particular is useful for people already diagnosed with cancer, and who have a compromised immune system. Coconut oil can provide antibacterial and anti-fungal effects which will help your body fight infections during your treatment of choice.
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