Possible Benefits of Alkaline Foods Against Cancer

· May 21, 2017
Did you know that the development of cancer may have a lot to do with the state of your body’s pH? If it’s too acidic, you're more likely to suffer from this disease, so you should opt for more alkaline foods. Learn about these foods in this article!

The number of people suffering from cancer in the world is shocking. It’s no coincidence that cancer is the leading worldwide cause of death. One of the main triggers of this disease may be the diet you follow. In today’s article, we’ll tell you about the possible relationship between alkaline foods and cancer prevention.

What’s an alkaline food?

Before we start talking about how it affects your health, it’s a good idea to understand what the “alkaline diet” is all about.

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This kind of diet is based on the consumption of foods that raise the pH of your bloodstream and avoid creating an acidic environment where viruses and cancer cells can develop.

Following this diet is as simple as choosing more alkaline foods over acidic options and choosing healthier cooking methods. For example, foods that are raw or steamed are better than those that are fried.

Which foods are alkaline?

If you want to possibly reduce your risk of cancer (among other diseases), eating alkaline foods may be of great help.

These are the most significant foods in this category:

Raw vegetables

Raw vegetables.

Although some vegetables are inherently acidic, once they enter your body, they become alkaline.

Eating them raw will allow you to take advantage of all of their nutrients (because many of them are lost when cooked at high temperatures or in boiling water).

Add these vegetables to your diet:

  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Endive
  • Watercress
  • Beets

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Fruit

Coconut.

Fruits have amazing alkalizing powers – even fruits that have a low pH, such as citrus fruits. You can eat fruit at breakfast, mid-morning, or for dessert.

Fruit provides plenty of vitamins and may also reduce the risk of cancer. The most recommended fruits are:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Berries, blackberries, and cherries
  • Watermelon
  • Coconut
  • Nuts

All of these provide beneficial fatty acids and may also have the ability to raise your body’s pH.

There are plenty of myths that revolve around nuts because they’re high in calories. The truth, however, is that they may reduce the risk of heart disease and even promote weight loss because they’re so filling.

Millet

Millet.

This is the only whole grain that’s considered to be 100% alkalizing. That doesn’t mean that the others are detrimental to your health, but if you have to make a choice, opt for millet.

For these purposes, you should consume it after it has been soaked in water and then cooked. Try it on burgers or as a filling for other recipes!

Honey

This product of the hard work of bees is highly alkaline, as well as being an excellent natural antibiotic that you should always have in your medicine cabinet. Use it to sweeten teas or desserts or consume it when you have the flu or a cold.

Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll.

This plant-based green juice is rich in enzymes and nutrients that are well worth taking advantage of.

Aloe vera gel is one of the most well-known and commonly consumed varieties, but it’s not the only one.

You can make wheat grass and dilute it with water, for example, to enjoy its benefits during the early hours of the day.

An alkaline diet and cancer

We’ve already shown you the most alkaline food choices, but you still don’t know why they may help reduce the risk of cancer.

First of all, you should recognize that your body’s cells require glucose and oxygen (among other nutrients) to survive and carry out their tasks. When you can’t provide what your cells need, it makes them weak, and this is when diseases strike.

Also, when your body is too acidic, it weakens your immune system, which doesn’t allow it to fight disease as it should.

Immune system.

Cancer cells can thrive in a pH of 7.4. When it reaches 8.4 (alkaline), however, they may die automatically.

On the other hand, if your body is very acidic, the cancer cells can reproduce more quickly.

A diet based on alkaline foods may raise the body’s pH and decrease the ability of harmful cells to develop and survive.

By strengthening your immune system, the good cells have the oxygen they need to expel toxins and waste products.

When your tissues and organs are acidic, it’s because they don’t receive enough oxygen. On the other hand, if they’re alkaline, the good cells can develop and your immune system will reinforce itself by not being filled with toxins.

White blood cells.

Consuming alkaline foods is synonymous with having a healthy diet, which, as you know, has additional benefits such as possibly lowering your cholesterol, fighting obesity, and reducing your risk of heart disease.

But what foods should you avoid if you’re trying to make your body more alkaline?

  • Dairy products (butter, milk, cheese)
  • Meat (red meat, pork, veal, chicken)
  • Seafood and oysters
  • Certain nuts (cashews, peanuts, pistachios)
  • Refined flour (including cookies and pastries)
  • Sauces and dressings (ketchup, soy sauce, mustard, mayonnaise, and vinegar-based sauces)
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