“We have demonstrated for the first time in a large prospective study that dietary acid load was positively associated with type II diabetes risk, independently of other known risk factors for diabetes. A diet rich in animal protein may favor net acid intake, while most fruits and vegetables form alkaline precursors that neutralize the acidity. From a public health perspective, dietary recommendations should not only incriminate specific food groups but also include recommendations on the overall quality of the diet, notably to maintain an adequate acid balance”
Dr Guy Fagherazzi, PhD, Gustave Roussy Institute, Villejuif, France, November 2013¹.
The original scientific research on acid-alkaline foods dates back to 1914 and was remarkably accurate. Then, in 1933, Dr William Howard Hay, a New York physician, was looking for a way to improve the health of his patients. While studying their diets he made a simple discovery. Dr Hay noticed that people with more acidic blood were more likely to be ill or diseased. Dr Hay wrote a ground-breaking book called A New Health Era in which he said all disease is caused by self-poisoning due to a build-up of acidity in the body. He suggested that by eating less and radically changing your diet you can dramatically transform your health by becoming more neutral-alkaline. We know now that the body continually strives to balance pH between positively charged ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming).
Nature shows us acid/alkaline balance everywhere
- The ocean is pH 8.3% (this is why you feel so good walking on a beach)
- Fish need the water to be pH balanced or they get sick and die².
- Plants require the pH of the soil to be perfect or they wither and struggle³.
- The entire environment you live in has a delicate balance between ‘alkaline oxygen’ and ‘acidic carbon dioxide’.
The theory is based around making sure your body is strong enough to defend itself against all antagonism, be it viral, flu, bug, immune-attack or environmental. If you perfect the acid-alkaline balance then you become too strong for anything to break your defenses. It is easily summed up: when the body is in a healthy alkaline balance, germs are unable to get a foothold. Since I eat mostly alkaline foods, I never get sick. Not a bug, cold, flu, cough or virus in over 25 years.
You may not have heard of it because there is no money in it…
Most doctors view any discussion of acid and alkaline diets with a skeptical eye. That’s fair enough, but the problem with acid-producing eating habits is very real. There is a massive wealth of well-proven scientific literature behind it⁴-¹³. The meat-heavy, sugar-rich, highly processed, low-fibre modern diet is acidogenic. The human body thrives under neutral-alkaline conditions.
- Dr Guy Fagherazzi, PhD, Gustave Roussy Institute, Villejuif, France, and Dr Francoise Clavel-Chapelon, ‘Dietary Load and Risk of Type II Diabetes.’ Center for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health at INSERM, Paris. 12 November 2013.
- T.Y. Yesaki and G.K. Iwama, Department of Animal Science, University of British Columbia, Canada, ‘Survival, acid-base regulation, ion regulation, and ammonia excretion in rainbow trout in highly alkaline hard water.’ JSTOR: Physiological Zoology, July–August 1992, Vol. 65, No. 4, pp. 763–787.
- Study by J. Christensen, ‘Alkaline water plant damage.’ GardenGuides.comhttp://www.gardenguides.com/128810-alkaline-water-plant-damage.html
- Rylander, R., Remer, T., Berkemeyer, S., et al., ‘Acid-base status affects renal magnesium losses in healthy, elderly persons. Journal of Nutrition, 2006, 136:2374–2377.
- Macdonald, H.M., New, S.A., Fraser, W.D., et al., ‘Low dietary potassium intakes and high dietary estimates of net endogenous acid production are associated with low bone mineral density in premenopausal women and increased markers of bone resorption in post-menopausal women.’ American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2005, 81:923–933.
- Frassetto, L., Morris, R.C., Sellmeyer, D.E., et al., ‘Diet, evolution and aging. The pathophysiologic effects of the post-agricultural inversion of the potassium-to-sodium and base-to-chloride ratios in the human diet.’ European Journal of Nutrition, 2001, 40:200–213.
- Sebastian, A., Frassetto, L.A., Morris, R.C., ‘The acid-base effects of the contemporary Western diet: an evolutionary perspective.’ The Kidney: Physiology and Pathophysiology, 9th edition.
- B. Dawson-Hughes, S.S. Harris, N.J. Palermo, C. Castaneda-Sceppa, H.M. Rasmussen and G.E. Dallal, ‘Treatment with Potassium Bicarbonate Lowers Calcium Excretion and Bone Resorption in Older Men and Women.’ Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, January 2009, DOI:10.1210/jc.2008–1662.
- Wachsman, A., and Bernstein, D.S., ‘Diet and osteoporosis.’ Lancet, 4 May 1968 (1969): 958–959.
- Brosnan, J.T., and Brosnan, M.E., ‘Dietary protein, metabolic acidosis, and calcium balance,’ in H.H. Draper (ed.), Advances in Nutritional Research, pp. 77–105, New York: Plenum Press, 1982.
- Margen, S., Chu, J-Y, Kaufmann, N.A., et al., ‘Studies in calcium metabolism. I. The calciuretic effect of dietary protein.’ American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1974, 27:584–589.
- Westman, E.C., Yancy, W.S., Edman, J.S., et al., ‘Carbohydrate Diet Program.’ American Journal of Medicine, 2002, 113:30–36.
- Frassetto, L.A., Todd, K.M., Morris, R.C. Jr, et al., ‘Estimation of net endogenous noncarbonic acid production in humans from diet potassium and protein contents.’ American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1998, 68:576–583.
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