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You Can Alkalize or You Can Suffer

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.
  • Acidosis increases insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes and can increase kidney stones and kidney failure, according to Dr. Anthony Sebastian, University of California, San Francisco.  He goes on to say that one study suggests that being too acidic may alter gene activity and raise the risk of breast cancer.
  • “Consider that Americans consume more calcium-rich dairy foods than almost every other nation, and we have one of the highest rates of osteoporosis; dairy may be rich in calcium, but most dairy foods also produce an acid yield,” says Loren Cordain, Ph.D., professor/researcher in the department of health science at Colorado State University.
  • Janet was diagnosed at 52 with osteopenia, which often leads to osteoporosis. At 55, Janet began following Dr. Susan Brown’s recommendations for eating more fruits and vegetables, taking supplements, and exercising. After three years, Janet was building bone mass in her spine and hip while going through menopause. Dr. Susan Brown is from the Osteoporosis Education Project in East Syracuse, N.Y.
  • An alkaline-forming diet will help in preventing and treating osteoporosis, age-related muscle wasting, calcium kidney stones, exercise-induced asthma and can slow the progression of age-related chronic renal insufficiency, according to a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition called “Origins and evolution of the Western diet: health implications for the 21st century.”
  • Naturopathic doctors often recommend changing the diet to more fruits and vegetables, which are alkaline-forming, to prevent or treat acidosis or alkalosis.
  • Cures for an acid stomach include increasing consumption of raw fruits and vegetables (alkaline-forming foods) in Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine. Ayurvedic healers have an understanding of the basic underlying principles of acidity and alkalinity; they say an excess of acid in the body related to having certain body type known as a ‘pitta dosha.’
  • Cancer and Alkaline Balance: “Currently, there is no research evidence suggesting that having a more ‘acidic environment’ contributes to cancer starting or growing in the body. Fortunately, the same foods that make the body less acidic also happen to fight cancer in many other ways. For this reason, you should include more of these foods in your diet whenever you can,” says Caring4Cancer. They go on to say “…cancer cells can create acid. This can make the small area in and around cancer cells more acidic. But this does not make the entire body more acidic.”
  • A balanced body that is not highly acidic makes it easier for cells to cleanse out waste and toxins. Thus, a balanced alkaline pH will help in protecting the cells in your body and may discourage the growth of cancer cells.

My Own Story:

It was learning about food combining and balancing my diet acid/alkaline-wise that truly helped me to stabilize a very weak digestive system. Here is a link to my health struggle: My Fibromyalgia Story (warning: my before pictures are somewhat shocking).

I feel so strongly about this health principle that I now teach Weekend Web Alkalizing BootCamps.

My Favorite Alkaline Recipes:

How to Cook Perfect Millet: This delicious powerfood is one of the few alkalizing grains.  It’s also gluten-free and highly nutritious.

Alkalizing Lemon Aid: Lemon happens to be the most alkalizing food, even though it starts out being acidic.

Watermelon Soup: Sounds strange, but this raw recipe is easy and delicious. Watermelon is highly alkaline.

Power Spinach Salad: Spinach was the first ‘green’ powerfood and highly alkalizing.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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2:57AM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

I wish that they had explained just a bit what they meant by a "pitta dosha" body type...Guess it's off to do some research...

6:13AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

great article for those that didn't know this already

6:06AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Balance is the trick

12:00PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

As I said to my doctors regarding changing my diet because of GORD, raw veggies and fruits (especally those that are wholly or mostly insoluble fiber) cause IBS to freak out which results in all sorts of unhealthy symptoms like vomiting (not so good for GORD), diarrhea and pain so bad it can cause you to faint. So which do I look after? The IBS can cause fainting which at the wrong place wrong time can kill, dehydration and the stress isn't good for my heart but the acid can also kill me....this is a no win situation. Much like getting gout (legumes are not good for gout at all) because of the diabetic (legumes help with the type my grandfather has) diet. At the end of the day we're all going to die of something the best we can do is hope like hell it's quick and painless, I'm aiming for a heart attack.

8:38PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

9:41AM PDT on May 31, 2013

Useful article. Thanks for sharing.

12:02PM PDT on May 3, 2013


8:34PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Thank you for the education!

7:20AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thank you Diana, for Sharing this!

11:07AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

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