The standard American diet (SAD) includes eating meals which are high in meat, dairy, soda, processed foods, poor quality fats, sugars, chemical additives, sodium, and is generally very low in nutrients; this is due to a lack of eating fresh fruits and vegetables which are the most nutrient dense foods available. When we consume the SAD diet we set ourselves up for disease by creating an ideal low-oxygen, acidic environment for cancer to grow.
Alkaline and Acid Ash - pH refers to “potential of hydrogen” and is a measurement of whether your body is in an acidic, balanced or alkaline state. The pH scale runs from 1-14, with 7 being in the middle (or neutral). Anything lower than 7 would be within the acidic range, anything above 7 is within the alkaline range. People with a balanced pH are able to resist sickness and disease because their body is naturally able to fight it off. While people who are overly acidic or overly alkaline are more prone to sickness and diseases.
When you ingest foods and liquids, the end product after digestion and assimilation of nutrients will result in an acid or alkaline-forming effect – these end products are often referred to as an acid-ash or alkaline-ash. All foods and beverages can then be considered either alkaline or acidic based on the ash that is created after digestion.
Acidic foods will add hydrogen molecules to the body making you more acidic, alkaline foods remove hydrogen molecules making you more alkaline. Processed foods, sugar, salt, white flour, dairy, soda, and meats are all acidic, and diets based on these foods will cause your body to lose precious minerals from your skeletal system in an attempt to balance the pH. This is why osteoporosis rates are so common in the US.
Acidic cells create an acidic body, and an acidic body is a precursor for disease. Some signs of excess acidity will include fatigue with general aches and pains. Acidosis is especially problematic because it interferes with normal cell function. An example of this is in the production of white blood cells which are essential for a strong immune system. Poor quality white blood cells are produced in acidic environments, making it easy for infections and diseases to take hold.
Using the Acid/ Alkaline Food Chart- Most of the foods that people eat today — refined grains, pasteurized dairy, conventional meat, vegetable oils, artificial sweeteners, soda, and processed sugars — fall in the acid-forming category, a diet composed primarily of these acid-forming foods inhibits nerve function, damages cells, and creates a low-oxygen environment where cancer can thrive.
The quickest way to change your pH score would be to stop your consumption of the standard American diet and start eating a diet rich in fresh organic fruits and vegetables, and then begin juicing a variety of raw leafy greens such as kale, chard, spinach, watercress, wheatgrass, along with other vegetables. In addition to juicing you can drink plenty of spring water with fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Make it your goal to eat 80% alkaline foods, with only 20% acidic. Use the chart below as a guide for finding alkaline foods. Use the food chart below to help guide your choices.
pH testing strips for saliva- you can test your pH level using pH testing paper that is made for saliva, this can be purchased from health food stores or online, and can be used to give you a measure of what is going on inside of your body. The proper strip to purchase is a narrow or short range strip because the calibration of the strip only goes from 4-9.
To test: The first test of the day is upon waking before eating or drinking anything, otherwise wait at least two hours after eating or drinking to ensure that the food that you consumed does not alter test results. Cleanse the mouth by filling it with saliva and then swallowing or spitting. Fill the mouth again with saliva and place the test strip on the tongue for 10 seconds. The strip will change colors based on the results. Use the insert from the package to determine pH. Test 4 times per day to get a clear picture of what is going on inside of your body. You will find that your pH will fluctuate throughout the day. Your goal is to register slightly more alkaline than acidic, around 7.2 to 7.4.
If you have cancer -Those with cancer are generally registering around a 5.5 or lower, and you may not be registering at all when you are testing depending on the calibration of the strip and your level of acidity. It takes time to raise the pH from an acidic state to an alkaline range, sometimes taking weeks to even begin to register on the tape and then up to 12 weeks before you can reach the goal of 7.2- 7.4. At this level oxygen levels are plentiful and cancer cells become inactive, and the cancer begins to die. You must then hold the pH at this level until the cancer is completely gone. 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, over-alkalizing would be as well. Just work on reaching your goal of 7.4 and then try to maintain that level. Dr Nicholas Gonzalez treats cancers of the blood and lymphatic system (such as leukemia, myeloma, and lymphoma) with diets that are more acidic than alkalizing. Read more about this.
No Soda- soda has a very low pH, with nothing scoring above a 3 on the pH scale. They contain phosphoric acid, which is not only bad for your teeth, but also terrible for bone health, promoting a chronic deterioration of the skeletal system. Try drinking carbonated water with fresh lemon or a splash of juice to help you break this habit. Additionally coffee is another acidic beverage, try limiting yourself to only 1 cup or switch to drinking organic green tea instead.
How to make alkaline water out of filtered water- Reverse osmosis filters will remove toxins from the water but they also remove the essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium, making the water more acidic. This means that in order for your body to balance and absorb this water properly, it will draw these minerals from whatever source is available, such as your bones. Therefore, adding minerals back and alkalizing this water is essential.
- you can add a tsp of Himalayan sea salt per gallon of water. This salt contains 84 trace minerals that your body will use, and one sliced lemon. Store in a glass pitcher in the fridge.
- adding a splash of raw apple cider vinegar to water and some raw honey (if needed) to balance the flavors of the ACV. Apple cider vinegar leaves behind an alkaline ash, therefore it alkalizes the body.
- add 1/2 tsp of sea salt, 1 tsp of magnesium powder, and 1 tsp of baking soda to each gallon of water, store in glass pitcher in the fridge.
- slice up one lemon for each gallon of water, store in a glass pitcher in the fridge. Lemons also leave behind alkaline ash, therefore they are alkalizing to the body
- adding a mineral supplement to water.
Author Ann Boroch shares ways to alkalize the body