Acidity versus Alkalinity and Cancer

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There is so much information on diet and cancer that sometimes it is hard to know what to do.  The acidity/alkalinity argument is a good example.  Science says it hasn’t been proven; others claim it is a cure for cancer.

The debate surrounding Acidity, Alkalinity and Cancer seems to originate from studies that show cancer cells in a petri dish environment do not survive in a highly alkaline environment.  Scientific studies, however, have not been able to link this isolated phenomena to the body as a whole.

Does this mean that the acidity/alkalinity argument is moot?  Not necessarily.  According to “the exact same foods that fight cancer in other ways also happen to make the body less acidic.”

WebMd notes:

“First, some background information. Our pH is the measure of exactly how acidic or alkaline we are. A pH of 0 is completely acidic, and a pH of 14 completely alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral.

You don’t just have one pH level. For example, the stomach has a pH ranging from 1.35-3.5. It must be acidic to aid in digestion. However, blood must always be slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7.35 to 7.45.

The theory of the alkaline diet is that eating certain foods can help maintain the body’s ideal pH balance to improve overall health. But the body maintains its pH balance regardless of diet…our body regulates our pH between 7.35 and 7.45 no matter how we eat.”

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research:

“The take-away: What you eat can have a profound affect on your cancer risk, but the acidity or alkalinity of foods is not important. Instead, focus on making dietary choices that can truly affect your risk: Eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans; Limit consumption of red and processed meats; Enjoy alcohol in moderation, if at all.”

More Reading:

An Exhaustive List of Articles from Livestrong
Alkaline Diets-What to Know


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