The Benefits of Alkaline

Written by Rob Riches – B.S.C. Certified trainer, Cover Model, & WBFF World Fitness Champion

When asked what the number one cause of death is worldwide, most will likely answer cancer or obesity, and in many ways they would be right, but no matter what the name of the illness is, they all originate from the same root cause – too much acid waste in the body!

Too much acid in the body creates an environment in which favors the decomposition of living things, and weakens all body systems, allowing disease to thrive. In order to maintain a healthy body that can fight off disease and function optimally, we must maintain adequate alkaline reserves to neutralize excess acid accumulation in the body.

The acid/alkaline range is measured on the pH scale (Parts Hydrogen), from 0 to 14 respectively. The human body’s pH is around 7.4pH. To give you an idea of just how serious over acidity is for our health, every one-point drop on the pH scale increases the body’s acidity 10-fold. That’s a 100,000 increase in acidity from 7.0 – 2.0, which is about the difference between drinking purified water, and a carbonated energy drink. Now imagine the benefits of drinking alkalinized water with a pH level of nearly 10! If you can imagine acidic particles much like shrapnel, you can see the danger of having acidic Ph levels, along with high cholesterol and other fatty substances within the blood. Hardening of the veins occurs when sharp acidic particles cause scratches and bumps on the inside walls of the arteries and veins, which the fatty plaques are able to stick to, triggering the onset of cardiovascular disease. Due to this build up, the arteries become narrowed and fatty plaques that ‘bandage’ the tears created by the acidic particles become detached from the walls, raising blood pressure, and potentially increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

With an estimated one third of all cancers being attributed to poor nutrition, and over half a million deaths a year preventable through a change of diet alone, how does over acidity threaten the onset of the main cause of death in both men and women?

Well, the acidic waste thickens the blood to the point where it cannot carry the quantity of nutrients and oxygen the organs need to function efficiently. When the cell is deprived of oxygen and the amino acids that they require for repair and regeneration, they either die and turn into acidic waste, or due to ‘survival-of-the-fittest’, they adapt to their new, deprived environment by becoming cancerous, allowing it to survive by multiplying continually to grab the few available nutrients. Normal cells that become deprived of the nutrients by rapidly multiplying cancer cells, stop dividing and die.

Eating good, clean food in the right quantities throughout the day, can keep your metabolism running high (think of your metabolism as your fat burning furnace), and your energy levels constant, but also eating foods with a high pH to ensure you maintain an alkaline balance is perhaps just as important. The efficiency that a cell carries out its metabolic activities is determined by the nourishment it receives. In other words, a car engine will only perform as well as the grade of fuel that you put in it. Cells not only die because of lack of nourishment and oxygen from thickened acidic blood, but also from being poisoned by chemical additives. Another reason to always try to eat organic and natural foods in their original source (not processed or modified by man).

Nutrient Timing refers to the amount of nutrients needed by the body to function optimally, without leaving leftover waste, and overloading the body with excess calories that are often stored as fat. During the day the body digests and absorbs food quickly, but in the evening and at night these processes slow down, causing blood to flow more slowly, meaning the fat particles in the blood are more likely to remain undigested and turn into acidic waste. These find their way into the blood and block the transport of insulin from the pancreas. Lack of insulin in the blood means that sugar does not get burned up, so that blood sugar levels become elevated and produce diabetic symptoms.

Aside from water, there is more fat in the body than any other substance, and I’m not just talking about the fatty tissue beneath our skin that so many of us struggle to lose year after year. The surrounding of each and every cell in our bodies are made up almost entirely of fatty acids. The combination of fatty acids and amino acids plays a vital role in energy production, forming a membrane around the red blood cells through which oxygen gains entry into the cell. Fast food and high-sugared foods are not the only culprit in the fight against obesity!

Way before we had the ‘convenience’ of fast foods, and processed foods, there was another culprit to weight gain. Heat!

Cooking destroys many of the enzymes in foods that prevent obesity, as without them there is nothing to prevent too many nutrients from being absorbed into the body, and so what the body doesn’t need is either stored in fat cells or turned into toxic acidic waste, which can be converted to cholesterol and lactic acid. Blood loaded with acidic waste circulates the body and clogs organ systems, slowing down metabolism, causing less food to be burned up. When it comes to change, even the most head strong people can still fall short, and not through lack of commitment, but more so due to lack of knowledge.

We may not have much control over external or environmental causes of toxic waste, such as pollutants or even stress, but we do have absolute control over what we put into our bodies, and so it is that nutrition will be your armory in the fight against ridding your body of acidic waste.

Below are food categories highlighting the most alkaline options to the most acidic options, from left to right.

Food Category Most Alkaline Alkaline Lowest Alkaline Lowest Acid Acid Most Acid
Sweetners Stevia Maple/Rice Syrup Raw Honey Processed Honey White/Brown Sugar Artificial Sweetners
Fruits Watermelon, Grapefruit, Papayas, Lemons Dates, Blueberries, Apples, Pears Bananas, Cherries, Oranges, Avacados Plums, Processed Fruit Juices Rhubarb Blackberries, Cranberries, Prunes
Vegetables Asparagus, Raw Spinach, Onions Green Beans, Okra, Celery Carrots, Mushrooms, Tomatoes String Beans, Cooked Spinach Most Beans  
Nuts & Seeds   Almonds Chesnuts Most Seeds Pecans, Cashews Peanuts, Walnuts
Oils/Spices Olive Oil, Herbs Flax Seed Oil, Cayenne Pepper Canola Oil Corn Oil    
Grains/Cereals     Millet, Wild Rice, Quinoa Sprouted Wheat Bread, Spelt, Rice White Rice, Corn, Oats, Rye Wheat, White Flour, Pastries, Pasta
Meats       Venison, Cold Water Fish Turkey, Chicken, Lamb Beef, Pork, Shellfish
Dairy     Soy, Goat Milk, Whey Eggs, Butter, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese Raw Milk Cheese, Ice Cream
Beverages Herb Teas, Lemon Water, Purified Water Green Tea Ginger Tea Tea Coffee Beer, Carbonated Drinks

You should limit the foods towards the right of the table, and increase consumption of the foods to the left. It’s worth noting here that a foods acidic or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the
food itself. Most think of citrus fruits such as lemons and grapefruits to be acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline, so lemons are alkaline-forming in the body.

Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but as with most animal products, meat is very acid-forming, leaving very acidic residue in the body. It’s also worth noting here that the fresher the food the higher its alkalinity. Cooking, freezing or canning foods increases their acid-forming potential. Stay away from foods grown with chemicals, processed with preservatives or prepared with sugar, as these are acid-forming also.

Beneficial Food Types

Honey:(Providing it’s the thick, raw, unfiltered honey that’s opaque in color), contains high levels of the starch-digesting enzyme amylase, and is truly a super food, especially Royal Jelly, which the worker bee’s feed to the queen bee to extend her life span from a few weeks to as long as ten years.

Fiber-rich Foods: help prevent many degenerative diseases by binding with the stomach’s acid so that it cannot damage the lining of the intestinal walls. Green, leafy vegetables are beneficial not only for their vitamin and mineral content, but also because they reduce the hyperacidity in all the organs of the body. Potatoes when cooked so as still slightly raw, act as an appetite suppressant, but also contains high levels of glue-like substances called mucilage, which helps the enzymes in the stomach break down the food mass. The fact is that many vegetables are effective cleansers of the body’s acidic wastes, especially when juiced. The juice of carrots and beets, with their high percentage of acid-forming sulphur and phosphorus, effectively clean out the acidic wastes from the liver, kidneys, and bladder.

Nuts Cooking, smoking or roasting any nuts will increase their acid-forming properties, so always enjoy nuts and seeds in the raw, unbleached form.

Cayenne Pepper Stimulate good digestions, including the breakdown of fats. It’s also a good overall body tonic that can help reduce inflammation.

All meats (including fish and fowl), rob the body of minerals that neutralize the acidity, with one of the places that it will take them from being our bones.

Liquids To really put things into perspective when it comes to neutralizing acidic waste, it takes 32 glasses of alkaline water to neutralize the acid from one 12 0z. soda. For each acid-forming beverage that you consume, your body uses its own buffers, stripping bones of calcium, to raise the body’s alkalinity to maintain a health blood pH level of 7.35 – 7.45.

Purified/Enriched Water Public tap water, and even drinking water in our homes, have been shown to still be contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs, hormones, and bacteria – all acidifying.

— Reprinted with Permission