“Eating an alkaline diet was key in helping me get my health back; it saved my life!” — Diana
According to Doctor William Howard Hay from New York, all disease is caused by ‘self-poisoning’ due to acid accumulation in the body. Acid/alkaline imbalance causing disease is not a new concept: Dr. Hay said that in 1933, in his book A New Health Era.
Results of eating too many foods that are acid-forming:
1. Acid-forming foods deplete the minerals in our body. Our blood and cellular fluid will become too acidic. To control this, the body will steal minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium from the bones, cartilage tissue, and muscles to create the balance. This is the beginning of osteoporosis and arthritis.
- Joints dry out, becoming stiff and less flexible.
- There is pain in the lower back and muscle stiffness.
2. Risk of heart attack and stroke increases due to the build-up of plaque and weakened blood vessels.
3. Dry and wrinkled skin occurs more rapidly.
4. Blood sugar fluctuations and diabetes are more likely.7. Weight gain occurs, with a difficulty in losing weight.
5. Digestive problems increase.
6. Constipation increases, due to lack of digestion.
8. Weakened immune system.
9. Weakened glands and organs.
10. Headaches and depression.
are many other ailments that are caused by over-acidity. While there are other ways to decrease acidity, diet is your obvious first step.
In short… Acid is for Your Car Battery – Not Your Body!
What Research and Experts Say and Do:
- An overly acidic condition weakens the body and can become dangerous. Our body requires a slightly alkaline condition to function well. Blood, for example, needs to be at 7.4 pH. A shift in blood pH of just 0.2 could result in death. Obviously, the body does not want to die, so it is forced to borrow minerals (calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium) from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid.
- A seven-year study, conducted on 9,000 women at the University of California, showed that those who have chronic acidosis are at greater risk for bone loss than those who have normal pH levels. Many of the hip fractures among middle-aged women are connected to high acidity, caused by a diet rich in animal foods and low in vegetables. –American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
- “The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause… too much tissue acid waste in the body!” Dr. Theodore A. Baroody says in his remarkable book Alkalize or Die.
- “Immune cells that are too acid or too alkaline do not produce antibodies or cytokines (chemical messengers to regulate other immune cells), and they have impaired phagocytosis (the ability to engulf and destroy microbes). As a result, the affected individual becomes susceptible to viral, bacterial, fungal and other infectious microbes as well as cancer,” says Dr. William Lee Cowden.
There are many more of what the experts say and recipes at the end.
Just thought I would let everyone know that Diana is hosting a Alkalize Your Body Weekend Web Bootcamp on Sept 21-23.
You can get details here: http://realfoodforlife.com/alkalize-your-body-bootcamp/
Almost everyone KNOWS alkaline is good for you. We have all seen the charts.... but we often don't take action because it seems too complicated or whatever.
Can you give us a list of foods or liquids that will raise the alkaline levels? I hear drinking water with lemon juice in it helps.
Christian, in Healthy Cooking we have a discussion that has been going on for years about this subject; there is a list of foods too: http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=48&pst=173955
Yes Lemon Water is great!
The most alkaline forming food you can eat is a lemon. Here is a simple way to get some quick alkalizing going into your body. Lemon juice has great digestive qualities so symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are often relieved. Also, lemons also help cleanse the body of toxins. Read more benefits below.
- Wash lemon well
- Cut lemon in half, horizontally
- Squeeze each half of a lemon
- Add to 2 – 4 cups of water. The lemon juice can be diluted more according to taste.
- Add stevia to taste
I was impressed that "Wheat Belly' a New York Times best-seller had a chapter with a very clear description of acid/alkaline balance and how wheat comtributes 37% of the acidity in the average American's diet. I have some mixed feelings about the book but it does contain some great information.
This is a must try I believe.
I never knew that we should maintain the balance of acid/alkaline in our body until I read the article that Diana wrote. I hope the everyone will share their experiences and more tips about this.
I had no idea about this. I learned new things. TY
Thank you for the information!! Your bootcamp sounds like a great way to start getting alkaline!!
I drink water with cilantro seeds soaked for 2 hours and strained. I thinks it helps in maintaining the acid balance.
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I presently drink hot water, my tea, every morning with lemon, fresh thyme, ginger and rosemary. So delish and wakes up my organs while detoxing my liver and kidney first thing!
I love the cilantro seed idea. I know cilantro is vital for liver function. Where do you get the seeds? Are they garden seeds?
People in my village used to fasting every Twice a week (Not eat from sunrise till sunset), it helps the poissons out from our body. U should try..
"sorry for my bad english"
DANDELION TEA FOR BREAKFAST WITH GOJI BERRIES FOR SWEETENER
ALSO INTERMITTENT FASTING,FROM NIGHT TO THE NEXT DAY.GO A FEW HOURS LONGER BURNS OFF EXTRA SUGAR.
A quick question about lemon and lemon juice. How are they alkaline-forming?
To me, lemon juice is as acidic as any juice can get!
Isn't this the basic characteristic of acid--having a sour taste?
What am I missing?
Sam, lemons are definitely alkaline forming even tho they start as being acid in your mouth.
Thanks for the assertion, Diana. But I was really interested in the chemistry of it—how an acid would turn into a base (alkali)! It’s quite possible that I forgot my chemistry. If that is the case, I’ll be the first one to admit it. But I’m trying to figure out what substance can be added to an acid to turn it into a base. It may be that the acid doesn’t turn into a base, but act as a catalyst in that regard giving rise the term "alkaline-forming."
I’ve read people quoting a doctor here and a doctor there saying that lemon juice is an acid outside the body but an alkali inside it. In the absence of a scientific explanation, which may exist, it’s hard to stomach such an assertion. It’s rather acidic!
It may be that the evidence is anecdotal or empirical and science hasn’t caught up with it. That is quite all right!
Any help in that regard would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks Fred. I've seen that, and that's what I referred to in my post.
"Inside the body however, when lemon juice has been fully metabolized and its minerals are dissociated in the bloodstream, its effect is alkalizing and therefore raises the pH of the blood (pH above 7 is alkaline). Please notice the difference."
That doesn't go beyond an assertion, Fred. She may be right. But I'm trying to understand how an acid becomes a base. Saying that it does is hardly a proof!
If you watch the video, Fred, this is what the guy is saying, “All I can tell you is that it’s alkalizing…” That’s hardly a chemical equation that shows how an acid turns into a base.
I thought you said that any help would be greatly appreciated? I believe that the only way for you to find an answer to your question, is to Consult a Chemist.
Of course what you offered, Fred, is appreciated, but it doesn't go beyond an assertion like the one Diana offered.
It's very enlightening to know that a chemist needs to be consulted before making such an assertion.
And your point is very well taken. But since I'm not the one making any such assetrtions, it behoves those making such assertions to undertake such a consultation.
I was simply inquiring from the person making such an assertion as to whether it was based on science or just empirical, anecdotal observations.
There's nothing wrong in saying I don't know. We don't get into science here. That has been my own experience.
All these are legitimate answers. But I don't know why you got defensive, especially when the question wasn't even asked of you. But I'm still appreciative for what you offered though.
Being open-minded about these matters is how we can advance our understanding of these issues. I hope you don't disagree!
I certainly, wasn't being Defensive. I was merely telling you that because you are not a Chemist yourself and that you couldn't understand how a Citric Acid could become Alkaline in that body, that perhaps, the only way to fully understand it, is to ask a Chemist. I think that it is important to know, which Foods are Alkaline and which are Acidic, so that we can maintain a Balance. It is certainly much better, to Maintain Health, rather than to have to Regain it, when we have lost it, through Imbalances, or Deficiences of Essential Nutrients.
No argument on the other stuff, Fred. But I have tinkered with chemistry and balanced enough chemical equations to recognize the alchemy behind turning an acid into a base.
I believe in the benefits of lemon and lemon juice, but not in the argument being advanced on its behalf.
And our exchanges here gave me reason to check out your fine group on alkaline diet. You do a great job there. I did, however, come across a post that claims that there is contradictory information as to what constitute alkaline food. Is the state of knowledge about such simple matters still in flux?
BTW, I particularly liked the fact you set a clear target to attain--pH of 7.365.
to throw another variable into the mix about
lemons, it is supposed to help prevent kidney stones,and in their passing
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however,it is an oxalate ,alkaline, so on a kidney stone prevention diet
they would be a kind of question mark
however,they work wonders in preventing uric acid stones from becoming calcium oxalate stones, no urologist can give me a good answer
there are lots of quagmires like this in nutrition,possibly chemistry?
chemically how lemons produce an alkaline effect when eaten. though known to be 2ph.
with an area for commenting at end.
over 15 years ago at that time i researched about lemons chemistry wise. was seriously ill that led me to researching this topic 15 years ago & others like it.
this is my 1st post here & I find myself eager & exited to share what I believe is good for all if not known. concerning this topic of the thread, needing alkalinity foods.
lemons appears as most acidic of all fruit, 2 ph. what I did to test if what I am consuming is alkaline including water, is utilize a ph strip of litmus paper that lets you know if drink or food is alkaline or acidic. about a 2 inch 1/4 inch strip of litmus paper. it comes in rolls of about 1 yard 1/4 inch wide. when used in a liquid it turns either as blue if alkaline & red if acidic, & can read from 6.9 to 1.0 acidic, & 7.1-10.0 plus alkaline. 7 neutral.
also check ones own saliva & urine, 'but wait 8 hours after one eats, for food interferes with reading. like when one wakes from a night of rest & hasn't eaten all night'.
check ones saliva on a 3 inch strip should read 7.2ph in seconds is what I am taught & an about 3 inch strip (as long as you need the strip to be) for the urine & that should also be 7.2ph if one is healthy. but do it for "2 weeks" in a row for an average.
now check experts concerning this, for more then 1 opinion. that 7.2 is a compliment to the bloods 7.4ph, though at 1st I was told the blood is 7.6ph. its around 7.4 - 7.6 I have found. from becoming stable after experiencing dying, non healing of cuts, then healing beginning to happen slowly when I raised my ph of saliva & urine to 7.2 from being 6.0 after 10 years of eating a proper vegan diet.
I had all kinds of health issues from being ignorant nutrition even existed, I ate believing all one has to do is be thankful, & god healed ones body. & for peace's sake because of such tragedy happening in todays world: war, violent crime, etc... I ate fruits only when ever believing that was more peaceful to only eat, for peace on earth to happen. till my health gave out. but fruit only was after age of 17 some of the time. growing up as a child dinner/supper consisted of meat, vegies & potato on my plate daily basically in the snowy long winters; a sandwich for lunch that had luncheon meat, cheese, mayonnaise; bacon & eggs or cereal with milk for breakfast. & during summer more vegies & fruits.
when 1st living on my own at age of 17 I consumed mostly junk foods. at home as a youngster I snuck junk food whenever, even started working for money at age of around 8 to buy junk foods whenever I could, daily if possible. never ate vegies when a vegan, was a junk food vegan that finally ended when my health quit. nor knew protein was needed daily, that we eat for the purpose of obtaining needed daily nutrients that heals & maintains ones body. a certain amount of all amino acids, ionic minerals, vitamins daily are needed. 8 amino acids as an adult are needed daily that have to be consumed for the body produces the other 12 out of complex carbohydrates it eats daily. plus unsaturated fatty acids from nuts.
fresh & raw nuts/seeds, vegies, fruits daily to maintain ones health daily. legumes plus grains combined when nuts not available. nuts grow annually, have more amino acids, legumes/grains seasonal lack enough amino acids, but together have enough. rice & beans as an example.
so I had to learn the hard way facing what seemed like death, & chronic pain 24/7 for decades, paralysis, 3 types of cancers, body refused to heal any more, even a tiny scratch became a huge open wound infected crawling up my body a year later instead of being healed in a few days. now it heals in a few days after over 10 years of a religious proper vegan diet doctors told me to follow, plus lots of supplements.
it took 10 years to get it to 7.0ph, & that included raw organic foods only for 2 years & about 90% raw organic the other 8 with daily alkaline supplements, such as oxygenated water, calcium/magnesium supplements daily, lots of fresh vegy juice daily, & probiotics with f.o.s., etc...
just sharing this to show that I have tested this about lemons & proof it works, though I have no scientific knowledge to show how its alkaline forming, it turns out all fruit & vegetables are alkaline forming including nuts/seeds, but the more they are cooked & processed they move towards being acidic moreso. even drinking acidic water daily can cause diabetes I read. I checked my water where I got it & treated it when needed with oxygenation to make it alkaline.
now no paralysis in years, pain is reducing slowly, wounds are healing again like they once did when feeling healthy as a youth. for I suffered being fatigue 24/7 till today 15 years later bouts of being very energetic daily. I worked in construction & as a baker till ill-health made me stop, though I worked years through the pain, & doctors said I could of had another 20 years of working if my diet was corrected by seeing them the doctors 10 years earlier. I went over 20 years without seeing a doctor while working.
the saying in gospels, you have to not resisted sin till the shedding of blood is what it is all about, being able to be that free, where one is not subject to the blood anymore through righteousness, is how I read it. though I didn't see that scripture that way till educated nutrient wise.
cooking food over 116 degrees kills the enzymes that ripen the fruit or vegy or nut, that are needed to replace the reservoir of enzymes in ones pancreas for digestion, luckily today among vitamins for sale, we have plant based dige
Thank you so much, Holy, for sharing your experience with us and providing this informative link:
The blogger there knows a little bit about chemistry and he scoffs at the idea the lemon juice (or any acid) can alkalize the body or anything for that matter. So far so good! And he stresses that there’s little that can be done to affect the blood pH. That argument is not totally without merit.
However, chemistry alone is neither the beginning nor the end of all knowledge. That there are things that happen in our bodies that are beyond what chemistry alone can explain should not even be debatable.
All these Chinese medications that have been curing patients for thousands of years are not FDA-approved. That does not make them any less effective or useful than they have been for all these thousands of years.
If we can’t explain an occurrence or an observation scientifically, it doesn’t mean that that occurrence or observation is a figment of our imagination. It just means that science in its present state is not advanced enough to provide a convincing explanation. Apples fell off trees long before Newton came along. So it took man thousands and thousands of years to understand why apples fall from trees.
Your experience and those of many others are worth sharing, for they may help others who face what you faced before making your own discovery. And that IS worth a lot.
So the blogger there who has a point as far as the lemon juice is concerned and its effect on the blood pH kept saying eat your fruits and vegetables in spite of that. So tacitly he was acknowledging the limitations of his chemistry when it comes to explaining the overall wellbeing of the body.
So my point is that we can do a lot of harm in advancing your experience so others can benefit by relying on “science” that does not exist.
Why do we need to call lemon juice alkaline or alkaline forming and rely on science that in its present state cannot support such an assertion?
It is better to say, “This has been my experience with lemon juice, and who cares about what chemists think about it.” That is more convincing that trying to concoct some “scientific” evidence that doesn’t exist.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if lemon juice is alkaline-forming or acid-forming as long as you feel better after taking it.
The only benefit in insisting that lemon juice is alkaline-forming is that it fits better into the scheme of advancing an alkaline diet without having to say, well, there’s an exception. So it is the balanced diet that we’re after not an alkaline or an acidic one.
But try to make a buck by telling people, “Eat a balanced diet.” You can’t!
So the same way pharmaceutical companies try to sell their products to unsuspecting public, “innovating” people with an experience just like yours, try to package that experience in such a way that brings them money. “Science” is brought into the picture not to advance the knowledge about what’s being offered, but to quash any inquiries into the validity of what’s being offered.
Again, thank you so much for sharing your experience and research.
after reading Sam H. responses to my post commenting on 'dangers of not eating alkaline' by Diana H., I realize people desperate or ignorant or just not caring or believing there is no need to worry concerning drinking lemon juice; is hardly anyone drinks pure lemon juice even watered down as lemonade, they add tons of sugar, especially those whom know nothing about where white sugar granules come from like the youth whom grow up in cold & cool climates where sugar cane doesn't grow, being its a tropical plant that will grow in a semi tropical climate, as a stalk like bamboo, that its pulp is juiced, then cooked, molasses the dark thick syrup is removed & much evaporation is lost leaving a white crystal, a waste product, so processed that science has claimed in many articles, that when consumed, it needs to balance itself out, from being so processed, like white flour. so it robs one of their nutrients chemically to balance itself out when consumed, & causes bad bacteria to form in the digestive tract, bad yeasts, etc..., but it taste sweet & ohhh so good, especially to those whom live where there is a very bitter winter, is what I gather from living that myself, until visiting the tropics & learning the truth.
sugar cane juice is the proper form of sugar, or chewing on the pulp after removing the hardwood around the stalk, or chewing the pulp away from the hardwood bark. its full of nutrients for the brain. the 1st time someone gave me a glass of sugar cane juice, a fountain of life flowed up the center of my body up into my brain, massaged my brain & rejuvenated my brain as it had never been done before, big time, & making my brain alive all over! 'wow'! have we or i been missing out our or ones whole life, stuck using sweet tasting processed sugars types for sweeteners.
also not just sugar crystals, but so called good sweeteners, like barley malt that supposedly is good compared to white sugar crystals.
& getting diseases such as diabetes is what I read from processed sugars used in abundance, I have had my share of sugar crystals. in childhood, 3 heaping teaspoons of white sugar in my cup of Kool-Aid or tea, lemonade, later in life coffee. & one heaping teaspoon of white sugar directly into my mouth before I even drink the sweetened drink. soda's: 16 oz.'s day since childhood, though working in the hot semi tropical climate 32 oz.'s a day for decades.
do you like donuts rolled in sugar, like glazed donuts, jelly donuts, I made donuts for many years also. always tasted my product to make sure the public would ok it! chocolate fudge on donuts is a ratio of 100 lbs. of powered (extra refined) white sugar to 1lbs. of chocolate fudge base & a quart of liquid glaze, & about 4 gallons of water. glaze: add 8 galllons of water & no chocolate & 100 lbs. of white powered sugar & a quart of glaze to make it shiny. that's how the public likes it! & wants it!
& other processed sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup. in everything just about, even so called healthy food products pushing, evaporated sugar cane juice, & they have them in bulk to buy, brown granules loaded with nutrient compared to white sugar, even brown sugar that has molasses in it, but all of it processed! why don't we find sugar cane juice available, like pure 100% unwatered coconut juice that seemed to not exist about 5 years ago. I think it would be a smash! maybe it spoils fast, needs refrigeration, but so does lots of other drinks.
so my pushing lemons for alkalinity could backfire if these people suddenly start consuming much more lemonade, & add white sugar or any artificial sweetener accept the real thing sugar cane juice as an example. & there is not much of other real things: agave syrup seems loaded with nutrients, but I'm not sure how much processing exists, then there is honey, but vegans like me won't use honey, for bees need to eat the honey that's why bees make honey.
most bee keepers I read replace the honey with white sugar water that weakens the immune system of bees that are dying off so fast because of that, parasites, mites attack them I read, only 1/2 the amount of bees exists since 1940's & are important for pollination & I read honey bees we use come from Europe. one hardly finds molasses available to sweeten ones drink at stores like white sugar is available in packets, being molasses is a lot better then white sugar granules, loaded with iron we are told.
now a few years ago I was turned on to the "miracle fruit"!
a tiny football shape cherry mostly seed. but one lasts for hours, just suck off the skin & little meat & walla! drink pure fresh squeezed lemon juice or lime or bitter grapefruit juice unwatered down & it feels, taste that there is no need to add any sweetener. what a life saver! & needs to be made known, though a tropical fruit, its a miracle to many today. I posted two articles, 1st is Wikipedia that explains it, & a N.Y. Times article that shows it used in other foods & where to purchase it.
I hope the information shall be of help to many.
also in case I didn't make it clear in my 1st post, from gathering from what Sam H. response is, the article web site about chemistry of a lemon, I put there, for it seemed the other posts were in need of proper chemistry information concerning lemons being alkaline forming. so I believed I Googled it, & that article was 1st seen, I didn't take time out to read it thoroughly or sought out better articles, hoping that will surfice, for in past I did research it very thoroughly. thank you for you kind response. -"go miracle fruit"-.
I drank 8 oz.'s of lime juice after eating 1 miracle fruit. 2 hours later, i drank
Thank you, Fred, for the link.
You are very welcome!
Thanks Fred, I now drink all water warm, with lemon if possible
Room temperature water hydrates better
Cold water crystallizes
I think you're doing a great job in highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy acid:alkaline balance.
An acid environment is at the root of all degenerative disease, from cancer to arthritis.
With the typical Western diet being centred on wheat, sugar and red meat - all of which are highly acidic - small wonder 'we' have so much illness and disease in our society.
It's not a case of 'good guy, bad guy', both acid and alkaline forming foods are essential for maintaining good health, they just need to be in balance.
It is generally accepted that the ideal balance is 30:70 (acid:alkaline) Though some advocate 20:80.
If you want to stay healthy, I believe eating in balance (and moderation) is probably the wisest thing you can do.