The body exists in a perpetual state of flux, that is to say that our daily interactions with the environment (including our diet and lifestyle) means that the body cannot remain static and cellular changes occur every second of the day (and even in sleep, there is activity). These activities are carried out by a number of mechanisms (too many to mention here) that keeps our internal environment at its optimal state (including pH - a measure of acidity or alkalinity based on the extent of hydrogen ions that are present in tissues and the blood). However, modern lifestyles have presented unique challenges to human physiology far removed from its original design and purpose.It has to process foods that it does not recognise, it has to detoxify medicinal drugs and other compounds from our lifestyle choices such as nicotine, tobacco and alcohol, it has to maintain hormone levels and gut flora at optimal levels despite triggers that stimulate huge variances and being eroded (respectively) through unnatural levels of stress, often prolonged bouts of stress, in fact, everything about our modern lifestyles encourages an acidic state.... I could go on. Accummulation of acidity over the years could, in part account for the denegerative state later on in life but again, there is very little scientific evidence to substantiate this. What is clear however, is that it is not surprising that the human body is put through its paces on a daily basis and illness is as a consequence of this pressure. Restoring balance is nothing new to medicine or treatment strategy. The reason the body fails is due very much to the loss of balance or equilibrium. In disease states, normal function (physiology) is lost therefore restoring this balance is paramount for the recovery process. This is certainly not a surprise nor indeed a new concept in the treatment and management of disease. However, one needs to examine the details and I for one am not going to dismiss the potential benefits that certain diets can offer especially if conventional approaches have reached their limit.
Low acid diets are a particular favourite of those who advocate natural approaches to cancer. Why cancer? Well cancer thrives in high acidity and low oxygen environments, not to mention the fact it is one of the biggest killers of the 21st century with little prospect of a cure on the horizon. Moreover, acidic conditions also impact detrimentally on immune function leading to all sorts of susceptibilities, complications and manifestations leading to illness and disease. So what are the strategies to combatting the acidic conditions in the body and to ensure a pathway to recovery and well-being?
|Acid-Alkaline Food Chart|
|List of alkaline-producing and acid-producing foods.|