The average consumer, eater and American may very well have heard about diets rich in alkaline forming foods. This specific topic does not have very much light shed on it and this is not because it is a controversial matter, but simply because people know very little about it with the small amount of coverage on this topic. Many believe it to not be imperative.
First of all, to get down to the nitty-gritty:
One’s pH (pH stands for power of Hydrogen) is a measurement of one’s Hydrogen ion concentration within the body. This level is numbered from 1-14 with 7 being neutral. A level below 7 is considered to be acidic and a level above 7 is said to be alkaline. The human body’s ideal pH is a slightly alkaline one at 7.30 to 7.45. At this slightly alkaline level, our bodies can work at their utmost potential and maintain a constant and effective state of homeostasis.
To ensure your pH remains slightly alkaline it is definitely a beneficial idea to incorporate alkaline forming foods into your diet.
Here are the bare-bone facts on alkaline levels in food:
Foods that are highly alkaline include pH 9.5 water, green drinks, Himalayan salt and real salt, kale, parsley, sprouts, spinach, tomato, avocado, broccoli, cabbage, celery, cucumber, endive, garlic, grasses (alfalfa, wheatgrass, etc.), soy nuts and pure soy lecithin.
Moderately alkaline foods include beets, basil, carrot, chives, coriander, ginger, green beans, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, okra, radishes, red onions, turnips, zucchini, lemon, lime, rhubarb, butter beans, lima beans, navy beans, chia seeds, hemp seeds and quinoa.
Your lower/mildly alkaline foods are going to be almond milk, distilled water, artichokes, asparagus, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, comfrey, lettuce, peas, pumpkin, rutabaga, swede, squash, watercress, coconut, grapefruit, pomegranate, almonds, fennel seeds, lentils, tofu, sesame seeds, oils (avocado, olive, coconut, flax, grapeseed, hemp and omega oils.)
Should you care to worry about eating these alkaline foods?
The benefit of increasing intake is a widely researched topic and there have been many studies that are clinically germane.
But what have we found?
Well, first off, a highly alkaline diet is one with increased fruit and vegetable intake.
This may improve the body’s K/Na (sodium-potassium) ratio and in turn, this benefits your bone health.
Regarding muscle mass, high alkaline diets, in conjunction with a reduced acid load, have been shown to reduce muscle wasting and sustain the muscle mass of aging men and women.
There is quite a large amount of important information to become familiar with in order to decide if you want to go the ‘more alkaline way’!
A high alkaline diet results in an increase in your growth hormone! This may improve multiple systems all the way from one’s cardiovascular health to one’s cognitive health and memory.
Increasing your alkaline food intake will increase your intracellular magnesium! Why is this important, you might ask? Well proper/higher magnesium levels are critical for the function of enzymes within the body (every system and interaction in one’s body needs their enzymes)! This accessible magnesium is needed to activate vitamin D in the body and in turn, this will let one experience the multiple added benefits of proper vitamin D apocrine/exocrine system functioning.
Because of these findings, it is quite safe to say that an alkaline diet may reduce morbidity and even mortality of chronic disease that we as American’s are seeing much too much of as the years tic on!
pH and cancer.. now this is a bit controversial…
It is factual that cancer cells are acidic cells and that, by default, every person who does have cancer has a pH that is too acidic. Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in 1931 for proving that cancer can’t survive in an alkaline, oxygen rich environment but thrives in an acidic, low oxygen environment.
Once a body is cancerous and undergoes chemotherapy, the effectiveness of the chemotherapy is remarkably influenced by pH. Chemotherapy kills one’s body cells (the rapidly dividing cells) and this directly correlates with more acid in the body. Because of this, inducing metabolic alkalosis (supplementing the body with bicarbonate) may result in improving the therapeutic effectiveness of the treatment.
Though, this does not convey that eating alkaline foods will PREVENT cancer. Eating alkaline foods, however, WILL reduce inflammation in the human body and we know that chronic low-grade inflammation does indeed play a role in many diseases and illnesses.