Alkaline Ash Diet - How To Balance pH Levels with Healthy Foods
years of societal changes and technological advances, we as a race
are now facing more dietary based health challenges than ever before.
It is no coincidence that the rapidly growing numbers of cancer,
cardiovascular disease and diabetes correlate almost exactly with
the rise in consumption of acid forming foods such as sugars, saturated
fats, and white breads.
At the same time our consumption of fresh vegetables
and essential fatty acids has decreased dramatically, making way
for convenience and a generation hooked on sugary treats.
Through what has become the typical Western diet largely
based around meat, dairy, sugars, alcohol, saturated fats and caffeine,
millions of us have created a hostile, acidic environment within
The Issue of pH
Obviously, the pH level of our internal fluids affects every living
cell in our bodies. The effect that over-acidification can have
upon overall health is immense. A chronically over acidic pH creates
an extremely negative environment that then affects all cellular
functions from the beatings of the heart to the neural workings
of the brain.
When our pH level is unbalanced, almost any area of our bodies
can be negatively affected creating results such as cancer, heart
disease, obesity, weight problems, allergies, fatigue and premature
aging as well as problems with our nervous system, cardiovascular
system and muscles.
The one hundred trillion cells in the human body are bathed in
a nutrient filled fluid matrix called the Biological Matrix. This
environment, like the soil, feeds and nourishes all of the cells
in the body. The outermost wall of every cell is called the cell
membrane. This membrane is permeable, which means that certain elements
can flow in and out of this membrane. The cells absorb electrolytes,
vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fluid in very specific amounts.
The cell utilizes these nutrients to maintain cellular health and
create substances called energy-rich intermediates.
body then uses these substances to produce energy in the form of
ATP. ATP is the energy that fuels the various interactions in the
human body. The waste products from these cellular interactions
are then released back into the Biological Matrix for proper filtering
and disposal by the body.
When cells live in a healthy Biological Matrix they will thrive.
A healthy Biological Matrix is comprised of sufficient nutrient
density, adequate hydration levels and balanced pH.
The Biological Matrix of the human body, just like the soil or
Matrix that supports plant growth, requires very specific and balanced
chemistries. Maintaining a balanced chemical environment includes
the monitoring of the pH or acid-alkaline levels of the Matrix as
well as assessment of the specific mineral, vitamin, electrolyte,
enzyme and hormone levels. In addition, both the body and plants
require plenty of biologically pure water, love and sunshine.
When a cell lives in an unhealthy Biological Matrix environment
that lacks the proper pH it can become unhealthy and fail to thrive.
Too few as well as too many nutrients and substances in the Matrix
can interfere with the cell's abilities to maintain the critical
balance of elements that it needs to survive.
With prolonged exposure to these stressful conditions, the probability
that the cell will lose its vitality and develop illness or disease
increases significantly. With a lowered vitality and resistance,
the cell also becomes more susceptible to the effects of microbes
and organisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeast and fungus.
Balancing pH with Food
Your overall health depends on an alkaline environment, created
by eating foods such as tomatoes, avocados and green vegetables,
etc. Regulating your body's acid/alkaline chemistry through simple
changes in diet can result in weight loss, increased stamina and
strength, a stronger immune system and a greater sense of well-being.
This is not as difficult or as technical as it sounds. When we
talk about eating alkaline foods or starting an alkaline diet we
are referring to consuming those foods and drink which have an alkaline
effect on the body. This effect is based upon the mineral content
of the food and therefore the ash residue that remains after our
foods are consumed.
Some foods leave an acid ash, whereas others leave an alkaline
ash. Conveniently for us, it just so happens that the foods that
contain alkaline minerals (and leave an alkaline ash) are all the
foods we already know are good for us: low sugar foods, fresh vegetables
etc. And the foods that contain minerals that leave an acid ash
include sweets, alcohol, saturated fats, meats, dairy etc.
Of course, everybody is different - but most of us should aim to
eat 70-80% alkaline foods and a maximum of 20-30% acid forming foods.
This does not have to be measured or counted. All you really have
to do is take a look at your plate! Is 70% of the food on it alkalizing?
As for the other 30%, you can do what you like. However, how far
acid you want to go is up to you depending upon the results you
want to achieve.
So, feel free to go for some oily fish, whole meal pasta or wild
rice for example. But keep in mind that your health depends primarily
on the pH balance of your blood. This balance, in large part, comes
from the food you eat.
The first criterion of a balanced approach toward nurturing your
Biological Matrix is to regularly consume water and natural juices
to hydrate properly. Since all our cellular and bodily functions
such as perspiration, respiration, digestion and elimination would
collapse without water; a reduced water intake affects our cellular
ability to function effectively. In addition, water is the most
important instrument in losing weight.
The second criteria of the alkaline ash diet are the foods you
consume. Observe which foods ignite your energy and which foods
sap your strength or deliver a not quite fulfilling feeling? Do
you feel a drop in energy 20 minutes after you eat a Big Mac or
some deep fried chicken? This is where an alkaline ash diet will
help turn things around.
Eating alkaline foods or starting an alkaline diet refer to consuming
those foods and drink which have an alkaline effect on the body.
This effect is based upon the ash residue that remains after our
foods are consumed. Some foods leave an acid ash, whereas others
leave an alkaline ash. Our bodies have been designed to categorize
which foods deposit which kind of ash into the body.
The Alkaline diet (also known as the alkaline acid diet and the
acid alkaline diet) is a controversial dietary protocol based on
the consumption of mainly fresh fruit, vegetables, roots and tubers,
nuts, and legumes while minimizing grains, dairy, meat and excess
The nature of body varies but most of us should aim to eat 75-80%
alkaline foods and a maximum of 20-25% acid forming foods. The concept
is to balance the acidity and alkalinity (the "pH balance")
of the Biological Matrix.
What Food is Allowed
order to alkalinize the diet it is important to start consuming
alkaline foods and drinks while eliminating acidifying foods and
drinks from your diet. As a rough guide you can simply remember
that most fruits and vegetables have an alkaline ash.
There are a few exceptions to this generalization. Acid fruits
include pomegranates, strawberries, cranberries, plums and prunes.
Acidic vegetables include corn, asparagus and brussel sprouts
Other Alkaline Foods
Besides most fruits and vegetables, there are other foods that are
widely accepted as being alkaline. These would include millet, buckwheat,
sprouted beans, sprouted seeds, olive oil, soaked almonds, cream,
ice cream, jam, milk, chestnuts, fresh coconut, molasses, maple
syrup, honey and millet.
What Food is Not Allowed
Foods to be avoided while attempting to alkalinize the body include
sugar, dairy, meat (apart from fish occasionally), caffeine, alcohol,
tobacco, wheat, yeast, fruit (apart from those mentioned above),
bad fats (saturated, trans-fatty acids, hydrogenated) and salt.
The most effective way to reverse the trend of over-acidification
is to 'cleanse' the body of toxins and rapidly create an alkaline
environment in which the body can heal itself. Cleansing is a natural,
holistic method of healing in which the body detoxifies itself and
regenerates healthy vibrant cells, effectively becoming more alkalized.
Some practitioners recommend the alkaline diet if a person has
the following symptoms and other illnesses have been ruled out.
Lack of Energy
- Excessive mucous production
- Nasal congestion
- Frequent colds and flu
- Anxiety, nervousness, irritability
- Ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, benign breast cysts
Potential Risks of the Alkaline Diet
The alkaline diet should not be used by people with acute or chronic
kidney failure unless under a doctor's supervision. People with
pre-existing heart disease and those on medications that affect
potassium levels in the body should check with their doctor first.
What the Experts Say About the Alkaline Diet
Although conventional doctors do support increasing the consumption
of fruit and vegetables and reducing one's intake of meat, salt,
and refined grains is beneficial to health, most conventional doctors
do not believe that an acid-producing diet is the foundation of
The common belief among most medical practitioners, however, is
that the blood alkalinity (pH) is not significantly affected by
diet. However, there is evidence in conventional medicine that alkaline
diets may help prevent the formation of calcium kidney stones, osteoporosis,
and age-related muscle wasting.
While there is no universal agreement concerning an alkaline/ash
diet, the consensus seems to suggest that an 80/20 alkaline ash
diet provides the most benefit for most people, most of the time.
Richard A. DiCenso