The Alkaline Diet: A Cure and Prevention for Everything from Allergies to Cancer
2/20/2012 ~ by Airiel Green, Life University Nutrition Major & Pickens County Resident
Do you have a health condition you think is incurable? Do you want to lose weight and keep it off permanently? Do you want to reverse aging? Do you do everything you can to be healthy but still donít feel quite right? The alkaline diet could cure all this and more; but is it too good to be true?
The alkaline diet is quickly becoming popular with backing of celebrates like Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Linda Gray, Bill Clinton, Larry Hagman, and Kirsten Dunst. In 2003 Cris Carr, former Budweiser girl, made a move documentary on her battle with cancer and how she reversed the cancer with an alkaline diet. You may have heard about the alkaline diet on the news or in one of several interviews on the Oprah Winery show. You can find testimonies of people all over the internet that completely reversed every day illnesses as well as cancer, HIV MS, diabetes type1&2, and other chronic diseases.
How does it work? The alkaline diet works on the premise that our bodies are self healing. In order for the body to heal itself it needs the right tools one being the correct pH, others being sufficient nutrients, water, and exercise. The main thing that affects our pH is our diets. By eating alkalizing foods and minimizing acidic foods our bodies can begin to heal, prevent sickness, and help protect from external acid factors like stress and radiation. To maintain a good pH in our bodies we need to eat at least 70% alkaline foods and no more than 30% mildly acidic foods. Alkaline foods include most cooked and raw vegetables, some beans, and few fruits, grains, & nuts. Acidic foods include meat, dairy, sugar, processed foods, coffee, and most fruits, grains, and nuts.
Sound too hard? Well, you donít have to jump right in. Most people have better results by making slow gradual changes to their diet. Some people only need to make a couple of small changes to start seeing results. There are also many tasty alkaline versions of acidic foods; so donít worry about felling deprived.
So does it really work? Apparently it does from all the testimonies on the internet. I tried it myself in 2006 when I found out I had three breast tumors that my doctor told me had to be surgically removed. Within six months the tumors were gone, and so were my allergies, chronic knee & back pain, and a problem with vertigo that my doctors could not explain or treat. I also have more energy and I don't get colds anymore. I have been on the alkaline diet since 2006 and continue to maintain excellent health. I have met many people that have completely reversed their health problems with the alkaline diet I also know a couple of people that it did not work completely for but it did drastically improve their health. Many people give up on alkalizing before it has a chance to work because they feel deprived. They think they can only eat salad; but this is not true. Supplementation is also important as there are some vitamins than can be hard to get on an alkaline diet. There are also many supplements that can make alkalizing quicker and easier. The alkaline diet can be hard and take a long time to get results if you donít know enough about it. So it is best to read up on it and get a good coach. There is very little clinical research on the alkaline diet and its effects on specific diseases. However an article published in PubMed says there is much supporting research that shows the alkaline diet can support health and reverse disease but more research is needed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22013455. It will be a very long time before clinical research can be done on the alkaline diet with every health problem. So it is best to consult a health professional before changing your diet especially if you have a chronic disease.
Some health problems with supporting clinical studies on the alkaline diet & treatments include cancer, low back pain, bone loss, and increased lean tissue mass in older adults:
In a study published in PubMed a high pH treatment was tested on over 30 humans with cancer. In each case the cancer disappeared. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=6522424
Supplementation with alkaline minerals reduces symptoms in patients with chronic low back pain. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/?tool=pubmed
Increasing the alkali content of the diet may slow bone loss in healthy older adults. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2630872/
Alkaline diets favor lean tissue mass in older adults http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2597402/
There are also many related clinical studies on how increasing vegetables in the diet can promote health; which is the foundation of the alkaline diet. Many studied can also be found on how eating lots of meat can cause health problems.
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