The human body is built to naturally maintain a healthy balance of acidity and alkalinity. The lungs and kidneys play a key role in this process. A normal blood pH level is 7.40 on a scale of 0 to 14, where 0 is the most acidic and 14 is the most basic. This value can vary slightly either way.
As with most health-related issues, balance is everything. Proper pH varies throughout your body for many reasons. For example, your bowels, skin should be slightly acidic–this helps keep unfriendly bacteria away. Saliva is more alkaline, while your urine is normally more acidic, especially in the morning. In addition, your body regularly deals with naturally occurring acids that are the by-products of respiration, metabolism, cellular breakdown and exercise.
A lot more research is needed, but we do know that high acid diets are associated with gout and kidney stones, so it seems likely there’s something to the whole pH and food connection. Apples and Apple Cider Vinegar are great foods to keep uric acid at normal levels, thus can prevent kidney stones or help dissolve it.
By eating a more alkaline diet (leafy greens, wheatgrass, veggies, sprouts, avocados, green juices and smoothies) as opposed to an acidic diet (high in animal products, processed carbs, refined sugar, energy drinks ,carbonated drinks etc), we flood our bodies with alkalinity, vitamins and other nutrients.
Unhealthy cells (like cancer cells) or viruses, bacteria and other nasty microorganisms hate oxygen. They prefer an acidic diet high in animal products, processed and refined foods, and synthetic chemicals. Naturally nutritionally dense foods has a strong overall effect on health.
Gluten, casein, processed foods, sugar and carbohydrates, industrial food, fast food and food with high shelf life and Drugs, such as among others corticosteroids, antibiotics, antacids can create an acidic environment help cancer cells grow. So the idea is that a diet high in alkaline foods (high pH) and low in acidic foods will raise the body’s pH levels (make the body more alkaline) and prevent chronic disease or even fight cancer and eliminate disease
The goal of an alkaline diet for cancer is to achieve an optimal balance between acid-forming and alkaline-forming foods. The alkaline diet for cancer greatly reduces the strain on the body’s acid-detoxification systems.
All processed foods can cause inflammation. They can alter the bacteria that live in our gut, and that shift has the ability to interact with our immune system and eventually trigger it in a way that leads to chronic inflammation.
Some of these foods have great alkaline qualities.
• Swiss Chard, Dandelion greens
• Spinach, Kale
• Figs and Apricots