Can Alkaline Diet Reverse and Prevent Diseases ?

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Imagine walking into your doctors office and he hands over a report that says you have a chronic disease. This experience as  traumatic as it can be is not a death sentence as it can still be managed by adopting a healthy lifestyle of  which eating an alkaline diet is part of. An alkaline diet can reverse and prevent diseases naturally.

An alkaline diet can be helpful in reducing morbidity and mortality from numerous chronic diseases and ailments like  hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, vitamin D deficiency, and low bone density etc

Definition of Alkaline Diet 

An alkaline diet is one that supports the body to maintain its acid-base balance . The body works assiduously to maintain its pH level which is slightly alkaline at Approximately 7.4. Foods are classified either as alkaline or acidic based on the effect it has on the body after been consumed. This is often different from the food’s ash residue or physical chemistry (Gonick HC, et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 1968; (21): 898-903).

According to foods like lemons and limes are considered an alkaline food  despite them being acidic in their natural state – due to the very low sugar content but very high alkaline mineral content, they have an alkaline effect on the body ONCE CONSUMED.

Alkaline foods include fresh alkaline vegetables, fruits, low sugar foods, nuts, seeds, salads, sea vegetables, water rich foods etc. Acidic foods include sweets, alcohol, trans fats, meats, dairy , pizza, cola, biscuits, chips, white breads and pastas, refined foods, processed foods etc.

How Alkaline Diet Reverse and Prevent Diseases 

An alkaline diet provide the essential minerals required  to eliminate the by product of metabolism which are acidic in nature. Over time there has been a shift away from the consumption of plant based food to that of highly processed  foods bereft of essential nutrients and minerals. This has caused an increase in metabolic acidosis. In other words, the pH levels of many people’s bodies are no longer optimal.

All the tissues and fluids of the body
are alkaline, other than for the stomach. If the body ends up being too acidic, various tissues will take alkaline-forming components from other areas of the body (like gastrointestinal enzymes of the
small intestine, or our bones)– then develops a less-than-optimal environment for these locations where the alkaline forming elements were taken. So despite the fact that the body can change pH on its own, it does so at a cost to other systems in the body.

This  condition accelerates the aging process, causes gradual loss of organ functions, and degenerates tissue and bone mass. High degrees of acidity force our bodies to rob minerals from the bones, cells, organs and  tissues.

Total healing of chronic illness only takes place when and if the blood is restored to a normal, slightly alkaline pH. This can be achieved with an alkaline diet which introduces potassium, magnesium and chloride, along with more sodium, to neutralize the acid.

An alkaline diet reverse and prevent diseases by reversing excess cellular acid and improves energy production, while enhancing detoxification and intestinal repair. Disease and disorder cannot take root in a body that has a balanced pH.

Brewer’s reports that by changing the pH of cancer cells to alkaline (above 7.5), they will cease to function as they need an acidic, anaerobic environment to thrive.  In other words, he proposed that cancer cells will die if they can be pushed into an alkaline, oxygenated

The best way to ensure a high quality of life after being diagnosed with a chronic disease is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Eat alkalizing food and minimize acidic foods. We need to eat at least 80% alkaline foods and no more than 20% mildly acidic foods to maintain a good pH in our bodies. Exercise, drink plenty of water, get some rest,practise relaxation techniques and remain positive.

It is best to consult a health professional before changing your diet especially if you have a chronic disease.


Gerry K. Schwalfenberg, The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health?Journal of

Environmental Health. 1

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