Creating an alkaline body pH (potential Hydrogen) is an important part of a cancer-fighting strategy because when a body is alkaline, it easily absorbs large amounts of oxygen and so creates a cellular micro environment where most infections and cancers find it difficult to thrive. A pH of between 7.0-7.5 is considered as the ‘optimum’ range, while 8.0-9.0 is regarded as ‘very alkaline’. According to a 2008 article entitled ‘The Relationship Between Body pH And Disease’ by Sarah Cain, staff writer for Naturally Good magazine, ‘When a body reaches a pH level of 7.4 (alkaline instead of acidic) cancers become dormant, and at 8.5 all cancers die rapidly, along with every other type of invader’. However, a diet high in processed foods, sugars, meat and dairy products in particular create an acidic pH in the body. A urinary pH range of 6.0-6.5 is considered ‘acidic’ and less than 6.0 ‘very acidic’. In such an environment, the body can’t retain the oxygen it needs to function effectively nor fight infections. ** You can read more on the pH scale at the bottom of this post.
You can raise your body’s pH by taking some very simple steps.
Firstly, you should ensure your diet is rich in fresh leafy greens and vegetables, ideally eaten raw or lightly cooked. Such foods include raw spinach and raw brussel sprouts which, when metabolized in the body, have a pH level of 10, celery and parsley which come in at pH level 9. Alkaline foods are all broken down into short-chain fatty acids that contain prebiotic nutrients which nourish the good bacteria in your gut. Approximately 70% of the body’s immune system, critical to preventing and fighting cancer, is located in the gut flora in the lower gastrointestinal tract (stomach, small intestine, large intestine) and these good bacteria help decrease inflammation throughout your body which is a contributory cause of cancer.
Secondly, include in your diet foods which are high in certain alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium which help restore pH balance in your body. Dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt are, of course, high in calcium but do acidify in the body, so if you’re on an anti-cancer diet or are just plain vegan, you can find high levels of calcium in seeds, beans, lentils and almonds. High-magnesium foods include wholewheat products, quinoa, black beans and peanuts. Sodium is found in abundance in salt and the recommended daily allowance is between 1,500mg (about 0.75 teaspoons) – 2,300mg. While table salt is more heavily processed than sea salt, they have more or less the same nutritional value and sodium content. Foods high in potassium include avocados, sweet potatoes, wild-caught salmon and bananas.
Finally, you should also drink plenty of ionized alkaline water as it has a level pH 10 on the acidity v alkalinity scale. All water found in nature has minerals in it and so is ionized to some degree. When water is acidic, it oxidizes things, including body tissues and DNA, by stealing electrons from them. We can clearly see the oxidative process in action when cut apples turn brown and metal rusts. However, ionized alkaline water, known as Electrolyzed Reduced Water, has been shown in laboratory settings to reduce the effects of oxidation. Its ability to do this is referred to as Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP). Doctors and nutritionists will often recommend high antioxidant foods in order to stop the damage caused by oxidation. In fact, the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score measures a food’s total antioxidant capacity and places dark chocolate (20,816), pecan nuts (17,940) and elderberries (14,697) as the top three foods in terms of their antioxidant properties. These foods, along with spices like turmeric containing curcumin, supplements like wheatgrass, spirulina and chlorella, and ionized alkaline water are all high in antioxidants, and serve to block the action of free radicals (i.e. unstable molecules that can damage cells) thereby reducing inflammation which is a contributory cause of cancer.
** The pH (potential Hydrogen) scale is a logarithmic one in that each number on the 1 (extremely acidic) to 14 (extremely alkaline or ‘basic’) scale is 10 times different to its neighbour on either side. So an alkaline pH of 8 is 10 times different to a neutral pH of 7 … and 10,000,000 times different to a pH of 1. The higher the pH, the more alkaline the body and the more hydroxide ions there are, which means the more negatively-charged a food or liquid will be (good to help prevent and heal cancer). The lower the pH, the more acidic the body and the more active hydrogen ions there are, which means the more positively-charged a food or liquid will be (bad if you want to try and prevent or heal cancer).
Watch out for my next blog in which I’ll be talking a little more on the benefits of adding ionized alkaline water to an anti-cancer diet as well as providing some info on what to look for when purchasing an ionized alkaline water pitcher and my recommended buy.