Acid and Alkaline Balance






Dr Otto Warburg stated this back in the 1920’s regarding the respiration of normal cells vs cancerous cells. “The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.  All normal body cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation.”

Normal, healthy cells respirate by burning oxygen with a small amount of glucose in order to produce their energy;  this is aerobic respiration, or “with oxygen.”  Warburg found that cancerous cells acquire their energy by breaking down large amounts of glucose through a process known as fermentation; this is anaerobic respiration, or “without oxygen.”  This change in energy production occurs when the cellular oxygen level drops below a certain level and the respiration process of energy production is forced to make the switch over to the fermentation process in order for the cells to survive.  How can we create a healthy environment for our cells?  By changing the cellular environment to one that is alkaline and oxygenated.

The Standard American Diet (SAD)–  The Standard American Diet (SAD) is high in meats, dairy, soda, coffee, alcohol, grains, processed foods, fast foods, poor quality fats, sugars, chemical additives, sodium, and is generally very low in the essential vitamins and minerals that your body requires to stay healthy.  When we consume the SAD diet, we are setting ourselves up for disease by creating the ideal low-oxygen, acidic environment for cancer cells to thrive.

pH -refers to “potential of hydrogen.” The pH scale runs from 1 – 14, with 7 being in the middle (or neutral).  Any number lower than 7 is in the acidic range, and any number above 7 is in the alkaline range.   The pH of the different bodily fluids will vary for many reasons. For example, the digestive fluids are acidic in order to break down foods; urine and vaginal fluids will also measure in the acidic range because this keeps unfriendly bacteria from colonizing in these areas; the saliva should normally measure alkaline as this keeps the teeth from decaying; and the blood measures slightly alkaline at 7.365- 7.4, with your bodies buffering systems working very hard to keep it within that tight range.

Your kidneys and lungs work very hard in order to maintain the proper pH. If further assistance is needed, this system will begin to draw upon the mineral reserves that are stored in the skeletal system.  When this buffering system also becomes overtaxed the excess acids will be released into the tissues.  As more acids continue to accumulate, the tissues will begin to deteriorate.  Eventually, this acidity will be transferred into the cells.  Over time, as the cellular acidity increases, many of these cells will die as the are programmed to do when something goes wrong. However, some of these acidified cells are able to adapt to this new, harsher environment.  These cells now function independently, and they survive without order or communication with the cells that surround them. These are abnormal cells (or malignant cells).

Acid vs alkaline–  Acidic foods such as processed grains, meats, dairy, coffee, alcohol, soda, sugars, fast food and processed foods all add hydrogen molecules to the body, making it more acidic; and alkaline foods such as most vegetables and fruits will remove hydrogen molecules from the body, making it more alkaline.

When we eat diets that are primarily composed of acid-forming foods, the body must continually take steps to neutralize the excess acid by drawing minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium from your bones, teeth, and organs to keep itself within a healthy range. So when we eat, we either provide the body with the abundance of nutrients that it needs to maintain optimal health or we are left in a state of continually drawing upon our mineral reserves until this delicate system can no longer sustain health.

ph_scaleAcidic cells create an acidic body and an acidic body is a precursor for disease- People with a balanced pH are able to resist sickness and diseases because their body is naturally able to fight them off, while those who have an overly acidic or overly alkaline pH will be more prone suffering from illnesses. 

Having an overly acidic body inhibits nerve function, damages cells, and creates a low-oxygen environment for diseases (such as cancer), viruses, and fungus to thrive.  Some signs of excess acidity include fatigue, shortness of breath, and having general muscular aches and pains. Acidosis is especially problematic because it interferes with normal cell function. An example of this can be found with white blood cells which are essential for a strong immune system. Poor functioning white blood cells are produced in acidic environments, thus making it easy for infections and diseases to take hold.

Acid and Alkaline Ash- The most common method to test whether a food is acidic or alkaline is to incinerate a sample of it and then analyze the mineral content of the ash afterwards. If the ash is high in alkaline minerals, then the food is said to have an alkalizing effect on the body after it is digested, and conversely, if the ash is low in alkaline minerals, it will leave behind an  acidic ash and have an acidifying effect on the body.   If this is a true test, then whenever you ingest any food or beverage, the end result after the digestion and assimilation of the nutrients should result in either an acid or alkaline-forming effect.

Unfortunately most of the foods that people are eating today fall into the acid-forming category.  One way to begin to normalize your pH is by stopping your consumption of the standard American diet and to begin eating a diet that is rich in fresh organic fruits and vegetables, and by juicing a variety of raw leafy greens such as kale, chard, spinach, watercress, and wheatgrass, along with other vegetables and fruits.  In addition, you can drink plenty of spring water with fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice which will also leave behind an alkaline ash following digestion.  

Make it your goal to eat 80% alkaline foods, with only 20% acidic.    Use the food chart below to help guide your choices.



How to test your pH

You can test your pH level using pH testing strips that are made for saliva and urine. They can be purchased from health food stores or online and can be used as a measurement of what is going on inside of the body. The proper strip to purchase is a narrow or short range, which will measure from 5.0 to 9.5 or so.


Your goal is to reach 7.2 – 7.4.

To test the saliva:  The first test of the day is immediately upon waking before eating or drinking anything, otherwise you must wait at least two hours after eating or drinking to ensure that the food that you have  consumed does not alter your test results.  First cleanse the mouth by filling it with saliva and then swallowing or spitting it out. Fill the mouth again with saliva and place the test strip on your tongue for 10 seconds. The strip will change colors based on the results.  Use the insert from the package to determine your results.  You can perform this test 4 times per day to get a clearer picture of what is going on inside of your body.  You may find that your pH fluctuates throughout the day, this is normal.  Your goal is to register slightly more alkaline than acidic, around 7.2 to 7.4, as it is at this level that oxygen is plentiful.


How to test urine and saliva with pH test strips


 Alkalinity = cellular oxygenation


If you have cancer -Those with cancer are generally very acidic, often registering around a 5.5 or lower.  If you are extremely acidic, you may not even be registering on the tape at all (depending on how low the calibration of the strip is compared to your level of acidity).  Additionally, it takes time to raise the pH from an acidic state to an alkaline range, sometimes even taking several weeks before you even begin to register on the tape, and then taking up to 12 weeks before you can reach your goal of 7.2- 7.4.

It is at this pH level that oxygen is plentiful and cancerous cells become inactive and begin to die.  Once this level is reached, you must hold yourself there until you have confirmation that the cancer is completely gone.

Also, please be aware that you cannot return to your old dietary habits after having cancer.  Make the necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle and plan on sticking with them for the long term. Please read the testimonials at the bottom of the page for more information on using this diet.

Over-alkalizing-  Please don’t go overboard and over-alkalize your body either.  Just as an overly acidic body is harmful to health an over-alkalized body would be as well.  Just work on reaching your goal of 7.2- 7.4 and then maintain that level until all of the cancer is gone.

pH for leukemia, myeloma and lymphoma-  Additionally, those with certain cancers such as leukemia, myeloma, and lymphoma sometimes do better with diets that are more balanced that highly alkaline, and these people can include reasonable amounts of clean animal proteins in their diets.  Read more about the work of Dr Nicholas Gonzalez.


Soda/coffee – Soda has a very low pH, with nothing scoring below 3 on the pH scale. They contain phosphoric acid, which is not only bad for your teeth, but also terrible for bone health by promoting a chronic deterioration of the skeletal system.  Try drinking water with fresh lemon juice to help you break this habit.  Additionally coffee is another acidic beverage, try limiting yourself to only 1 cup of organic coffee per day and then switching to green tea which is more alkaline instead.

Minerals= Alkalinity

Supplements- minerals are the key to making the body alkaline.  Eating a mineral-rich diet is key to this program, but supplementation is often required as well.  Look for quality supplements that can provide your body with all of the vitamins and minerals that it requires for good health, such as found in this complete vitamin and mineral supplement .

Water with minerals

Your body needs a minimum of 50 ounces of water per 100 pounds of body weight per day.

“Buy a filter or be a filter”-  Consider purchasing a reverse osmosis water system that will remove the fluoride, chlorine, chromium 6, arsenic, lead, and other chemicals and metals which are found in municipal water supplies. A simple carbon filtration system will only remove chlorine so don’t assume that any filter will do. Installing an appropriate  water filter will make sure that you are getting the purest drinking water possible. RO machines and water distillers will remove toxins from the water but they also remove the essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium, thus making the water more acidic.   You can find RO systems that will filter the water and then add minerals back into it such as this one .  Regular maintenance is required on this type of filtration system with the filters requiring to be changed regularly, so if you are not mechanically inclined many companies offer to rent these systems to you for about $25.00/ month and will come in and do the maintenance for you.

Recipes to make filtered water more  alkaline:

Alkaline water #1- take one gallon of water and add 1/2 tsp  Himalayan sea salt, the juice of 4 lemons or limes (and toss in the fruit too), 1 tbsp of raw, organic honey, and a pinch of organic stevia and  drink this throughout the day. Sea salt contains 82 trace minerals which can enhance this water with minerals.  Lemons and limes create an alkaline ash following their digestion.

Alkaline water #2- another highly alkaline beverage can be made with 2 cups of filtered water, the juice of one lemon, 1/2 tsp of natural baking soda, and Organic Stevia to taste.  Put all of the ingredients except for the baking soda into a large container and stir.  Add the baking soda last and do this slowly as this may foam up a bit, just continue to stir gently until it all settles down.  Sodium bicarbonate should be limited to 1 tsp per day, and only take this on an empty stomach as it will impede digestion.

Alkaline water #3- adding Organic Wheat Grass Powder to filtered water.

Ways to oxygenate the body

Exercise- will help to improve your circulation as well as oxygenate the cells.  Walking, stretching, yoga, swimming, biking, hiking,  jumping on a mini trampoline, etc. Read more about this.

Deep breathing– most people are shallow breathers.   Here is an exercise to help you become more conscious of your breath and this will assist your body in becoming better oxygenated, as well as relieve stress, and has the added benefit of releasing toxins through the lungs. Take a full breath, in through the nose and then expand the chest fully. When you think your lungs are full, then try sucking in just a little more air. Hold this for a few seconds and then breathe out through pursed lips to expel the air out slowly. Repeat this exercise for 5 minutes at a time, and do this multiple times per day or when you need a boost of energy.



Author Ann Boroch shares various ways to alkalize the body


Additional Resources:

Cancer cannot survive in an alkaline oxygenated environment

Alkalize your body by juicing fresh fruits and vegetables

 Juicing wheatgrass is highly alkalizing and oxygenating to the body

Read more about sodium bicarbonate and cancer

Sugar is highly acidic and promotes the growth and spread of cancer

Emotional healing- Anger, jealousy, and bitterness all have the ability to create a stressful and toxic internal environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit by incorporating meditation, visualization, forgiveness exercises, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). You can find notes on all of these with this link.

Acidity and Tumor Growth–  Researchers have investigated the acidity in solid tumors to determine if pH levels play a role in cancer cell invasion in surrounding tissues. They found that an acidic micro-environment can drive cancer cells to spread, and they proposed that neutralizing the pH would inhibit further invasion, providing a therapeutic opportunity to slow the progression of cancers. Read more here


Josie Nunez heals brain cancer with an alkaline diet

Ginger Rollins heals brain cancer with an alkaline diet

Jessica Biscardi heals stage 4 breast cancer with an alkaline diet

John Curry used an alkaline diet and supplements to heal metastasized prostate cancer

Allan Taylor used an alkaline diet and supplements to heal stage 4 colon cancer

Jessica Richards heals breast cancer with an alkaline diet and IV Vitamin C

Vernon Johnston heals from stage 4 prostate cancer by raising his pH

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