Can An Alkaline Diet, Kill Cancer Cells?
According to vast amounts of information available on the Internet, Cancer cells are acidic while healthy cells are alkaline. When the body’s pH becomes acidic, oxygen levels decline proportionately and begin to choke out the cells ability to make energy and eliminate wastes. Acidic pH creates a hostile internal environment which makes the body struggle to get its nutrient needs met. The more acidic you become the worse you will most likely feel. This is a main factor in feeling tired and worn out. Even though you are breathing oxygen, your cells can’t get it and you just can’t get the energy you want out of your body.
It is widely believed that chronic diseases (like cancer) need an acidic environment to thrive. Every cancer researcher surely knows that cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment? In fact, there is evidence to suggest that if a cancer tumor is put into a beaker with an alkaline media, the cancer will die within 3 hours. This is why eating with an alkaline pH in mind is so important. Most people are scared of getting cancer and now you know there is something positive you can do about it…keep your tissues alkaline!
What this information suggests is that, if you eat and drink the foods that will make your blood and body lean more towards the alkaline end of the pH scale (and don’t overdo it, as imbalance in anything is not good!), theory has it that you can reverse the growth of cancerous cells to healthy cells and/or kill off the cancer cells altogether. I like that theory and think it’s worth the effort. If it IS true, do you really believe that Medical Science would want it to be Public?!
I don’t think so…..
Scientists report that over 150 degenerative diseases are caused by high acid levels in the body. Knowing this fact, we should begin by understanding what acidity and alkalinity are and how they relate to our health.
The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 0 being extremely acidic, 14 being extremely alkaline and 7 being neutral. Body fluids range between 4.5 and 7.5 pH (blood must maintain 7.35 to 7.45 pH). A one point drop on the pH scale is 10 times more acidic; for example from 7 to 6 is 10 times more acidic, from 7 to 5 is 100 times, from 7 to 2 is 1,000,000 times more acidic. Most plants and fish thrive in waters of pH values from 6.6 to 7.4. This is a good rule of thumb to use for humans as parasites, viruses, bad bacteria, and degenerative diseases are more prevalent in an acidic system. In order for the body to remain healthy, it keeps a delicate and precise balance of blood pH at 7.365, which is slightly alkaline. The body does whatever it has to in order to maintain this balance. The problem is that most people have incredibly acid-forming lifestyles. Acid is produced in your body whenever you have stress, upset emotions and when the food you eat is acid-forming.
The human body is composed of 78% water. The cells in the body are 98% water. Even our bones are 20% water. We can live for thirty days without food but only 3 days without water. If all the water is removed from a 150 pound person, the residue left would weigh less than 35 pounds. We know that the body fluids of healthy people are slightly alkaline while the same fluids of those who are sick are acidic, either very acidic or slightly. Generally speaking, the more acid your body is, the more serious the illness you have. The degree of acidity significantly affects the body’s ability to prevent and/or reverse illness and disease (including such degenerative diseases as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and others). Individuals that have severe health challenges almost invariably also have high acidity. Unfortunately, acidity has become a national epidemic that is one of the most ignored or unknown underlying causes of many of the degenerative diseases of the western world.
High systemic acid levels contribute or cause directly, numerous health problems:
· Acid systems can’t use calcium effectively.
· They can’t maintain proper blood oxygen levels and cancer can only develop in an oxygen poor, acidic environment.
· Acidic blood can’t circulate properly creating extra strain on the heart.
· It adversely affects the digestive system and the lymphatic system.
Our acid problems are due to a combination of two chronic habits:
· What we eat and drink
· What we are not taking in [nutrients, vitamins, minerals, water, etc.]
Whatever comes into contact with our skin, lungs and digestive system is absorbed into the body very quickly. To achieve and maintain a healthy alkaline body, we must eat foods and drinks that produce an alkaline body.
The Standard American Diet (SAD) consists of fast food, high protein, fat, sugar and carbohydrates, which contribute to an overly acidic body. In addition, Americans eat next to no vegetables and the vegetables that are eaten are often cooked thereby creating another acidifying food whereas raw, unprocessed vegetables are alkalizing to the body. In general, it is important to eat a diet that contains both acidic and alkalizing foods. People vary, but for most, the ideal diet is 75 percent alkalizing and 25 percent acidifying.
Dr. Bruce Ames, noted biochemist at the University of California at Berkeley at a 1998 conference of the Society of Toxicology, told the audience of researchers that nutrient deficiency may explain why the 25% of the population that eats the least fruit and vegetables has double the cancer rate in comparison to the 25% of the population that eats the most fruits and vegetables.
It is probable that the population that eats higher amounts of vegetables and fruits is also more alkaline than the rest of us. It only makes sense. It isn’t just the nutrient content of the food; it is the acid vs. alkaline ratios that are positively affected as well.
The National Health and Nutrition Survey reported that;
· Less than 10% of Americans consumed five daily servings of fruit and vegetables
· 40% ate no fruit or fruit juice
· 50% ate no vegetables
· 70% have no dietary vitamin C
· 80% didn’t eat anything that had carotenoids
· The number one vegetable in the United States is French Fries and that comprises 25% of all vegetables eaten.
· Number two is Iceberg Lettuce and a close third is Ketchup.
If we can’t even eat the minimal amount of alkalizing foods it is no wonder we have such nationwide issues with degenerative diseases caused by acidity.
Dehydration is rampant often because the average American thinks that drinking soda or coffee is the same as drinking water. As well as acting as a diuretic, soda has an acidic range around 2.5 pH. It takes an incredible amount of “good” water to counteract the effects of soda. You may have to drink nearly 32 glasses of 7.0 pH water to eliminate the bad effects of 1 glass of soda. In addition to soda, coffee, caffeine, and smoking all contribute to raising the acid levels in one’s body, thereby contributing to serious health problems. It is important to understand that raising the body’s pH does not cure disease. It does however, allow the body to heal itself by normalizing cellular function and ridding itself of toxins. Also fruits and vegetables will be adding the minerals that are so important to maintaining good health.
We can reduce the acidifying effects of our diet by choosing a diet which is balanced on the side of alkaline-forming foods. All natural, raw, vegetable and fruit juices are alkaline-producing. Fruit juices become more acid-producing when processed and especially when sweetened. A food’s acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic; however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so in fact lemons are alkaline-forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid-forming.
A severe acid condition forces the body to borrow minerals – including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium from organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid to safely remove it from the body. This is a primary cause of osteoporosis. Acidic conditions can also cause such problems as:
|Cardiovascular damage||Weight gain, obesity and diabetes|
|Bladder conditions||Kidney stones|
|Increased propensity for depression||Acceleration of free radical damage|
|Hormonal problems||Premature aging|
|Aching muscles and lactic acid buildup||Osteoporosis and joint pain including arthritis|
|Low energy and chronic fatigue||Slow digestion and elimination|
|Yeast/fungal overgrowth||Lack of energy and fatigue|
|Lower body temperature||Escalation of tendency for infection|
|Immune deficiency||Loss of drive, joy, and enthusiasm|
|Easily stressed||Pale complexion|
|Loose and painful teeth||Inflamed, sensitive gums|
|Mouth and stomach ulcers||Cracks at the corners of the lips|
|Inflammation of the corneas and eyelids||Impaired digestion and excess stomach acid|
|Nails are thin and split easily||Hair looks dull, has split ends, and falls out|
|Dry skin||Skin easily irritated|
|Low blood oxygen levels||Leg cramps and spasms|
Here are The Top Ten Rated “Anti-Cancer” Foods According to Suzannah Olivier. She is a nutritionist and the author of many books including “The Breast Cancer Prevention and Recovery Diet”
Effective against: most cancers
Works because: the slightly bitter flavor of broccoli (and its cousins Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower) is the reason for the impressive track record these vegetables have in deterring cancer. The bitter chemicals isothiocyanates and glucosinolates actually interfere with cancer progression and deactivate harmful oestrogens associated with hormonal cancers such as breast and ovarian cancers.
Effective against: stomach, colon and most cancers
Works because: the smelly compounds in garlic are potent anti-cancer agents. All of the onion family, including leeks and shallots, contain these compounds but garlic is the most rich. Trials have shown that chemically induced cancers can be interrupted by the active compounds formed from allicin from garlic. To get the most out of garlic chop the clove and leave it to `mature’ in the air for 15 minutes, and then use it in your cooking. Heating prior to this ‘maturation time’ by air neutralizes the important compounds.
Effective against: breast, ovarian and prostate cancers
Works because: the isoflavones the Soya bean contains have a gently estrogen-mimicking effect in the human body. This helps to block the effects of more aggressive oestrogens, both natural and those from environmental chemicals from sources such as plastics and pesticides. This has the effect of limiting the risk of hormone-linked cancers in both women and men. Tofu may be more effective than other Soya products or Soya supplements as it has been fermented and so some potentially negative compounds are neutralized. The Japanese and Chinese who eat tofu regularly have low risks of these cancers.
Oily fish (Tuna, Salmon, Mackerel)
Effective against: colon, prostate and breast cancers
Works because: the omega-3 fatty acids have a profound effect on cell metabolism and communication. These fatty acids also act as anti-inflammatory agents, which may be a reason for their influence on colon cancer. When the diet is higher in polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as the omega-3s, it also limits the intake and the effects of saturated fats, which are linked to increased risk of some cancers.
Effective against: most cancers
Works because: the active compound in green tea, EGCG (epigalocatechin-3-gallate) is believed to be one of the strongest antimutagenic compounds found in plants – this means it has the effect of stopping damage at a genetic level. It can also stop tumors forming their own blood supply network. Trials suggest that fairly high intakes are needed, around 10 cups a day, so replacing all hot drinks with green tea could have a beneficial effect, but only one cup a day might not. Green tea is much lower in caffeine than black tea or coffee and so is easier on sleep patterns as well.
Effective against: colon and breast cancers.
Works because: The fiber in whole grains, from cereals and whole meal bread, are important for gut and hormonal health. The fiber gives the colon something `to work with’ and also promotes good bowel bacteria. Fiber is also important in eliminating excess oestrogens. Fiber-rich cereals include bran flakes, porridge oats and muesli, though it is best to choose low-salt and low-sugar versions.
Effective against: prostate and breast cancers
Works because: the active compound in tomatoes is lycopene, one of the most potent free-radical scavengers, and seems to affect the activity of free-radicals created by tumors. Interestingly, the significant effects found against prostate and breast cancers are observed in cooked and processed tomato products, rather than raw tomatoes. This is because lycopene is made more absorbable by processing and so tomato juice, puree and canned tomatoes are most effective. It is even better to include a little olive oil when cooking with or consuming these because the oil increases absorption further.
Effective against: colon and breast cancers
Works because: the beneficial bacteria found in live yoghurt promotes gut health and improves the performance of the immune system. Regular yoghurt intake has been shown to increase levels of immune anti-cancer compounds such as interferon and natural killer cells. Because elimination of oestrogens happens in the colon, the health of the colon directly affects the development of breast cancer.
Oranges and carrots
Effective against: lung cancer particularly, and most cancers in general Works because: they are rich, respectively, in vitamin C and beta-carotene. All fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants and many are rich in these two compounds. These water-soluble antioxidants are important at protecting lung tissue, which is a very water-rich environment. High blood levels of these antioxidants are linked to much-reduced levels of lung, and other, cancers. However taking beta-carotene in supplement form may be ill-advised for smokers as trials have shown higher mortality levels, probably as smokers’ lungs already have advanced damage. A diet high in fruits and vegetables is highly protective against lung cancer and even in countries where smoking is more prevalent, such as Greece and Spain, fruits and vegetables seem to be protective.
Linseeds (also called flax seeds)
Effective against: breast and colon cancers
Works because: the lignans they contain are gelatinous fibers which are highly protective against hormonal cancers. They convert in the bowel, in the presence of beneficial bacteria (see yoghurt above) to even more potent compounds which block the effects of estrogen. Additionally, like all fibers, they have a positive effect on bowel health – indeed one of the most effective remedies against constipation is to take one or two teaspoons of linseeds pre-soaked for 30 minutes in water or fruit juice. They are also particularly rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Flaxseeds contain two cancer-preventive compounds: omega 3 fatty acids and lignans, which may reduce the risk of breast cancer and colon cancer. Ground flaxseeds, because they contain both the fiber and the oil, have more potent anticancer properties than flax oil alone. Cancer researchers suggest 25 grams of ground flaxseeds a day. You can grind your own in a coffee grinder or purchase pre-ground flaxseed meal, which mixes well in smoothies or sprinkled like bran flakes over yogurt and cereal.
pH Balance begins with good hydration…
Water is the most important element required in establishing and maintaining your body’s proper pH. Since your body is 70% water, it is extremely important to constantly replenish your supply of it. Hot weather, cold weather or neutral weather your body loses 2.5 liters of water every day just through normal bodily functions.
In order to hydrate your body optimally, you need to drink water that is alkaline and mineral rich. Some waters are actually “acidic”, like Distilled water for example! Alkaline water helps to neutralize acids and remove toxins from the body. Ideally, water should have a ph between 9 and 10, and you should be drinking 3-4 liters of it daily. As you hydrate your body properly, you’ll develop more of a thirst for water. Food cravings are often the body’s cry for water.
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