Can You Really Make Your pH More Alkaline?

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MaxSmart
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Can You Really Make Your pH More Alkaline?

Post by MaxSmart » Aug 3rd, 02:47

I would suggest offering new customers more medical factual information or factual evidence that what the medical experts are saying is wrong.
I posted a similar question in the general information forum regarding Dr Markin's opinion suggesting changing the body's ph is nonsense. The acid/alkaline diet and system that is being sold should have scientific support that it is legitimate.

Alkaline Diets and Cancer: Fact or Fiction?
May 3, 2006

By Stephanie Vangsness, R.D., L.D.N.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital

Can You Make Your pH More Alkaline?
Can an Alkaline pH "Kill" Cancer Cells?
Can Diet Change the pH Balance of the Body?
Are Urine and Saliva pH Test Strips a Good Way To Measure pH?
Can an Alkaline Diet Be Harmful?
Do Dieticians and Other Health Professionals Recommend Alkaline Diets?
Advocates of alkaline diets claim that they help you lose weight, increase your energy, and even reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. While their arguments sound persuasive, they ignore all the facts.

The body performs any number of intricate balancing acts daily. One of them is to make sure that the body's fluids, tissues and cells aren't too acidic or alkaline, but stay in a healthy pH range. If you recall high school chemistry, pH measures the concentration of hydrogen in a solution. The more hydrogen, the more acidic it is (low pH); the less hydrogen, the more alkaline it is (high pH).

Proponents of alkaline diets claim that when the body's pH is too acidic, your risk for many conditions, including cancer increases. They also claim that eating too much of certain foods–animal protein, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods–makes your body more acidic and that changing what you eat will change your pH.

We know that people whose diets are high in fat and low in fiber are at higher risk of certain types of cancer. But claiming that restricting certain foods and eating others will make your pH “alkaline enough” to prevent cancer is more fiction than fact. Here are answers to questions I frequently get about these diets.

Can You Make Your pH More Alkaline?

Your body has a complex system of checks and balances to keep its pH in a normal and healthy range: 7.35 to 7.45. When your pH shifts outside this range and becomes too acidic or too alkaline, your body automatically corrects itself to bring things back to normal by:

Increasing or decreasing respiration — When you breathe more rapidly, you blow out more carbon dioxide. This raises your pH so it becomes more alkaline and less acidic. Conversely, slowing down your breathing causes you to release less carbon dioxide, which lowers your pH making it more acidic and less alkaline.
"Mopping up" excess hydrogen ions — Neutralizing substances in the blood, such as bicarbonate and hemoglobin, mop up excess hydrogen ions and prevent pH from becoming too acidic.
Eliminating the excess — Your kidneys excrete excess acidic substances into urine to prevent pH from becoming too low. Conversely, if your pH starts to become too high or alkaline, the body uses similar tools in reverse to bring down the pH.
The bottom line: The body fights hard to keep your pH balanced. It's nearly impossible to achieve and maintain a high-alkaline pH for a prolonged period of time.

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Can an Alkaline pH "Kill" Cancer Cells?

First of all, there are no human studies supporting alkaline diets for the prevention or treatment of cancer. Test-tube studies, however, have shown that some cancer cells grow faster in an acidic solution. They've also shown that some chemotherapy drugs become more effective if the area around a tumor cell is altered to be more alkaline. However, we can't assume that what happens in a test-tube also happens in the human body. In fact, the opposite effect could occur and have dangerous consequences.

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Can Diet Change the pH Balance of the Body?

The body's pH levels may change slightly as a result of eating some foods, but will remain in the tightly held range of 7.35-7.45. For instance, some fruits and vegetables as well as dairy products may raise the pH of your urine, whereas meat products and cranberries may lower the pH of your urine. However, even if you eat large quantities of these foods, your blood pH will barely change and only for a short time.


Are Urine and Saliva pH Test Strips a Good Way To Measure the Body's pH?

The only way to directly measure the body's pH is by testing your blood. Testing your urine only tells you the pH of your urine. Urine is naturally more acidic and has a lower pH (~ 6.0). Similarly, saliva test strips only measure the pH of your saliva, not the pH of your blood.


Can an Alkaline Diet Be Harmful?

Alkaline diets promote the exclusion of many foods. Excluding an entire family of foods can result in some vitamin and mineral deficiencies. You may also miss out on some potential anti-cancer benefits. A list of foods often restricted on an alkaline diet is listed below, along with reasons why these foods shouldn't be eliminated.

Food Group
Benefits of the Food Group

Fats and Oils Provide essential fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs are needed to make healthy cells, maintain immunity, and combat inflammation.
Dairy An excellent source of protein and vitamins, specifically vitamin D and calcium. Adequate vitamin D intake has been linked to increased survival from cancer.
Beans and Legumes Rich in phytonutrients, substances also found in colorful fruits, vegetables, which help lower cancer risk and boost the immune system. Beans and legumes are rich in fiber, which is good for gastrointestinal health and may help prevent colon cancer. Also a good source of vegetarian protein. Protein needs are higher in cancer patients, especially those receiving chemotherapy.
Fruits Contain phytonutrients, vitamins and fiber.




Do Dietitians and Other Health Care Professionals Recommend Alkaline Diets?

No. Studies of alkaline diet are limited to animal and test tube trials. There's no scientific evidence at this time that alkaline diets are beneficial to humans.


Stephanie Vangsness, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., received her master’s degree in nutrition and health promotion from Simmons College, Boston. She is a senior clinical nutritionist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital.


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Post by MissC » Aug 3rd, 05:02

What you have added, Maxsmart, is valuable and I appreciate you opening up this topic. It encourages us to go more deeply in our own personal research, and prompts us discuss our diets with our trusted doctors for their informed medical/holistic opinions too. (Which up until now i simply didn't think to do!)

Sincerely,
MissC
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Post by MaxSmart » Aug 4th, 17:35

Thank you for your sincere and intelligent feedback. I personally do believe a nutritionally balanced diet can help prevent many health conditions and disease. My confusion or question is with the testing of ones ph based on the statement

"Your body has a complex system of checks and balances to keep its pH in a normal and healthy range: 7.35 to 7.45. When your pH shifts outside this range and becomes too acidic or too alkaline, your body automatically corrects itself to bring things back to normal by,

"Increasing or decreasing respiration — When you breathe more rapidly, you blow out more carbon dioxide. This raises your pH so it becomes more alkaline and less acidic. Conversely, slowing down your breathing causes you to release less carbon dioxide, which lowers your pH making it more acidic and less alkaline.

"Mopping up" excess hydrogen ions — Neutralizing substances in the blood, such as bicarbonate and hemoglobin, mop up excess hydrogen ions and prevent pH from becoming too acidic


Eliminating the excess — Your kidneys excrete excess acidic substances into urine to prevent pH from becoming too low. Conversely, if your pH starts to become too high or alkaline, the body uses similar tools in reverse to bring down the pH.

The bottom line: The body fights hard to keep your pH balanced. It's nearly impossible to achieve and maintain a high-alkaline pH for a prolonged period of time.


So my question then became if your body actually is always maintaining a 7 ph range regardless of how, then would it really be effective to monitor urine or saliva with test strips. Stephanie Vangsness suggested the only way measure ph is a blood test. However you say

"So simply reading pH of one's urine isn't indicative of one's health unless a week's worth of readings are done morning, noon, and night with an understanding of how to interpret the readings. "

If I understand you correctly, one would have to monitor oneself daily for a week to determine if one is maintaining a proper ph balance, but if one's test is constantly below 6.5 morning or above 7.5 (A Low or High am can mean deficiency and/or illness) then it would suggest the body is sick.

One last question , will the additives that alkalize water really work (drops you purchase online) and is it the best source to keep your body at a neutral ph state along with trying to maintain a 80%-20% diet?

I would again thank like you for answering the posts in both columns, it is greatly appreciated to help me and maybe others to have in depth information from both points of view, to make a knowledgeable decision in regards to pursue the aa lifestyle.

Max
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Re: Can You Really Make Your pH More Alkaline?

Post by sher77 » Jan 5th, 12:14

My confusion or question is with the testing of ones ph based on the statement

"Your body has a complex system of checks and balances to keep its pH in a normal and healthy range: 7.35 to 7.45. When your pH shifts outside this range and becomes too acidic or too alkaline, your body automatically corrects itself to bring things back to normal by,

"Increasing or decreasing respiration — When you breathe more rapidly, you blow out more carbon dioxide. This raises your pH so it becomes more alkaline and less acidic. Conversely, slowing down your breathing causes you to release less carbon dioxide, which lowers your pH making it more acidic and less alkaline.
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