Our normal blood pH of the body is 7.35 and this will be maintained at all costs.
If it falls, the body will take bicarbonate from the blood stream, or calcium from the bones and teeth to compensate.
If this goes on long enough, your teeth and bones will turn to mush. Before ‘mushing’, bones become brittle and break easily.
This is usually a sure sign of osteoporosis, as I discovered when I fell off my son’s electric skateboard and broke my leg. You may also begin losing tooth enamel.. or you’ll simply lose your teeth or enrich your dentist with a mouthful of crowns. Again, I know. My dentures attest to the power of a daily guzzle of CocaCola as a high school kid. I was the Coke guzzling champion!
And of course, many scientists assert that diseases like cancer, bacterial infections and yeasts are related to an acidic body.
There are hundreds if not thousands of websites talking about pH balance now. When we introduced the concept to Australia in 2000 the word ‘alkaline’ just wasn’t seen. Now it’s the choice of much-publicised celebs, and the vast majority of these websites basically agree with or copy each other, saying that excess acidity causes yeast infections and that the simple answer is a high alkaline diet.
Is it that easy? Well.. not exactly. Certainly our immune system performs best in an alkaline environment. And in this environment, beneficial flora are happier.
But this is not the full answer.
We now know that the connection between candida albicans and an alkaline body is not as clear as we had hoped. Candida flourishes in an acidic environment as low as pH 2, but it also exists happily in a body pH of 8- healthily alkaline.
Yes, our body does prefer being slightly alkaline. It’s default 7.35 is enforced with some quite strong support systems. Getting a higher pH therefore, is virtually impossible. We can therefore say that Candida survives in any pH the blood is capable of.
Meat, dairy and grains are on the acidic side. Most Fruits and vegetables test alkaline. Almost every website will advise you to follow the 80/20 rule of ingesting 80% alkaline forming foods, and 20% acid forming foods.
Meat inevitably gets a bad rap – often because the website owner is a vegetarian, But meat has an offsetting effect that no one seems to want to mention.
Meat protein stimulates the release of the hormone insulin. (Growth factor or IGF-1). Increasing IGF-1 triggers bone growth and mineralization – so there’s an incredibly important role for meat if you agree that a major purpose of the alkaline diet is maintenance of our bones and teeth. As a long term vegetarian, when I fell off the skateboard i was forced to accept the unpalatable observation that 12 years of alkaline diet had NOT given me strong bones. I was forced to take a broader view and make changes. I cut out all sugar, reduced carbs as much as I possibly could, and made the huge decision to eat grassfed beef for its unparalled array of amino acids and its Vitamin K2. I reduced fructose laden fruits and kept up the dark leafy greens. As a result, my annual Dexascan showed me my bone strength was improving.
I understand many people will want to disagree with this, and I honour their ethical standpoint, but I have researched this for over 3 years, and I believe that early man was vegetarian by necessity with meat as a luxury. The paleo man carved up the bison he had killed and the tribe converged, seeking the fat and organs before the meat. They knew innately that this was the best the bison could contribute to their survival odds.
Since grains have entered the scene they have (for the most part) displaced vegetables. The result is obvious. Most of us now tend to eat an acidic diet.
Today, grains these days account for about 38% of Americans diets. So our acid loading has dramatically changed post grain-era.
It’s my opinion that ethics aside, when eating to combat candida, meat ‘s ability to stimulate the release of the hormone insulin and IGF-1 means it has a place in serious health endeavors.
Dr Robert O Young once wrote an article on the amount of Kale one should eat a day to achieve pH balance. I nearly fell over when I saw the mountain of kale I’d be buying weekly!
Grains, however are still the big nasty – especially wheat, which contains sulphuric acid. Yes, Battery acid.
No, bread isn’t going to burn you like battery acid. Wheat contains diluted amounts, but there is no escape from the truth that if you eat it, consuming green vegetables will go some way to offsetting the acidity.
If you are thinking of switching to oat bread, be aware that oats have even more sulphuric acid than wheat!
Way back in 2000, Dr. Linda Frassetto, Todd, Morris and Sebastian published a study on the worldwide incidence of hip fractures in elderly women. The conclusion still holds true.
With a 50/50 meat to vegetable intake of 1:1 the incidence of hip fractures was 200 out of 100,000.
In women that ate a vegetable to meat ratio between 2:1 and 5:1, hip fractures were less than 10 out of
If Dr Frasetto and her team had performed this study using the SAD (Standard American Diet 1/3 meat, 1/3 grains and 1/3 vegetables) the results would have been even worse.
Our easy access to grains via our modern food system, and our reduced vegetable consumption has resulted in 53% of women with a fractured hip by age 50. Men? 21%.
If you cast back in your memory, you’ll most likely remember a family member that died shortly after suffering hip fracture.
This is a TERRIBLE statistic.
One Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study of over 9400 women discovered that bone density starts decline in women at 25 and men at 40. At age 40 the women are zooming ahead. At age 70, both sexes begin an acceleration of bone loss. By age 80, 97% of women have osteoporosis.
It’s not just wheat.
Many grains cause blood sugar level spikes. Sugar, of course, causes our body to move from ketosis (fat burning) to glycation, where sugar becomes the fast fuel, the supercharged alternative to the traditional source of energy. That’s why we call it a ‘sugar high’.
Glycation is the result of the bonding of a protein or lipid molecule with a sugar molecule. Our cartilege is an early casualty because it is very susceptible to glycation.
Cartilege cells simply lose fexibility.
We know it as Arthritis. Perhaps it should be called ‘Grainitis’.
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In my opinion, the perfect alkaline diet or for that matter the
best diet to follow, would be one consisting of 30 to 40% meat
and the rest fruits and vegetables. Ditch the grains, especially
Dr Joe Mercola says that 2 oz of fermented vegetables is equivalent to a bottle of 100 high potency probiotics.
So what? you may reply.
Well, I find it interesting that the doyen of the Alkaline Diet movement, Dr Robert O Young, vehemently asserts exactly the opposite; that any fermented food of any kind, right up to apple cider vinegar, turns good organisms in your blood to baddies.
Who is right?
I just found your blog and I love what I am reading. I have a long history of estrogen imbalance (PMDD)- severe menstruation disturbance 2-3 weeks out of the month; symptoms: cramping, mood swings, depression, my GYN wanted me to go on the BC pill because my personal relationships are disturbed severely- unable to keep commitments because I do not want to leave the house, fights with husband I know I am unreasonable.
It is like clock work- I am fine the rest of the month – 1-2 days during ovulation and 1 week prior to menstruation I am a mess. I have found the paleo diet to make sense to me but have yet to commit fully because I come form a vegetarian background.
I also have a chronic carb craving at night which I give into regularly when eating high protein/fat low carb during the day. I eat and have always A LOT of veggies like average 4-5 cups a day and drink water 2-3 liters a day- to keep me regular. I dont know if you have the answers but I thought I would try- thanks for the info.
Carb cravings can come from bad bacteria in your gut, they say ‘feed me’ and we obediently do, such little critters have such a hold!
Bad gut bacteria plus the high blood glucose really do cause abnormal hormonal swings and roundabouts.
The first way to make sure you don’t fall into the trap of eating carbs at night is to eat plenty of fats along with your proteins especially for dinner as this is really important to provide satiety so you won’t be hungry.
The second thing to do is to (but only if you can tolerate them and please soak them first!) eat unroasted nuts at night when you get the carb cravings. Almonds are the best as they are alkaline and a good nut. Chew them really well. You won’t need to once you are fully on this program as the cravings will disappear.
You need to kick the carb habit and doing these two things should help but really until you commit to this program you will keep getting the carb cravings.
If you aren’t used to eating meat and have problems with digestion then please make sure you start taking betaine hydrochloride until your digestion starts to work properly again.
Premenstrual tension is so much more common and worse in non meat eaters especially vegans.
This program really works so good luck and don’t hesitate to ask anything you might need to know!
Thank you so much! Can I have the link to the program?
Here are the 13 reasons why our bodies, if given the right nutrition, will be so much more alkaline when including meat in the diet.
1. On the Alkaline Paleo diet stress is greatly relieved. Stress is the greatest acidifier and getting the right nutrition will calm the mind enormously.
It’s been both mine and Ian’s experience that stress is no longer nearly the problem it was prior to going on this Alkaline Paleo diet. By getting all of our amino acids so necessary from high quality protein (meat, eggs or fish)and the good fats we need, we’ve created a platform for the body to have the brain function as it should. Amino acids from good proteins are essential to a healthy psych. There are studies that show that many psychiatric disorders can be reversed when amino acids are supplied adequately to the diet.
|The Alkaline Paleo protocol will help to create a really calm and clear mind, a mind that doesn’t get caught on the small stuff and with the big stuff is able to creatively find way through and beyond. A calm mind created more alkalinity.|
And a calm mind allows for deep breathing. When we are stressed we shallow breathe which means we don’t eliminate the carbon dioxide so well from our lungs. Carbon dioxide comes from carbonic acid which is acidifying and part of the way the body gets rid of excess acids. Depression which doesn’t allow good thinking has become something that is very rare for us now and only lasts for a very short time before we get to understand what it is about and then do what it takes to move quickly through it.
And stable blood sugar levels from the Alkaline Paleo diet ends the up and down mood swings that come from fluctuating blood sugars. Ian used to get really grumpy when he didn’t eat on time as his blood sugar would get low if he missed a meal. Now because his blood sugar is balanced due to Alkaline Paleo diet he can now miss a whole meal and remains a happy boy!
2. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we don’t eat grains. Grains are much more acidifying to the body than meat.
Meat is acidifing but the most acidifying food (apart from sugar) is grains. One of the things about any grains is they are not easily digested because of many factors including phytates, lectins, gluten (forms of gluten are found in all grains) and high carbohydrate levels. When foods are difficult to digest this sets up inflammation in the gut which then promotes gut dysbiosis and finally inflammation throughout the body.
|Through incomplete digestion in the intestines, grains cause inflammation. Inflammation causes stress and therefore more bodily acidification.|
One way to gauge acidity is to measure acid-induced calcium loss in the urine. A study by the Uni of Toronto examined the effect of increasing gluten consumption with the level of calcium loss in the urine. An incredible 63 percent increase in calcium loss occurred with an increase of gluten from bread. About 10,000 years ago our Paleo ancestors ate meats, vegetables and a small amount of fruit, nuts and roots. This formerly alkaline human diet pH balance shifted to the acid side with the introduction of grains, especially wheat.
3. On an Alkaline Paleo diet sugars, the most acidic foods of all, are almost eliminated and cravings for sugar just disappear!
If we do decide to eat berries we will be ingesting some acidity and sugar from these fruit, but for the most part, with the Alkaline Paleo diet, Ian and I just prefer savoury foods now. Our sweet tooth has just faded away. No more cravings. This doesn’t mean there isn’t an occasional foray into the fruit world but where we craved sugar and fruit before, it is now just a nice thing to eat a tiny bit of fruit every now and again – as it would have been with our Palaeolithic ancestors.
4. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we need only a small amount of meat, eggs or fish with every meal.
|Compared with the amount of grains, nut and legumes we need to consume to get enough nutrition without eating meat, the amount of meat, eggs or fish we need is comparably much smaller in sheer bulk. This means we are not ingesting nearly as much acidic foods.|
5. On the Alkaline Paleo diet there are other factors in meat that lessen its acidity.
In his book ‘Wheat Belly’ Dr William Davis tells us that:
“New research suggest that meats have other effects when ingested that partially negate the acid load.
“Animal protein exerts a bone-strengthening effect through stimulation of the hormone insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), which triggers bone growth and mineralization.
|The net effect of proteins from meat, despite their acid-generating properties, is that of increasing bone health. Children, adolescents, and the elderly who increase their meat intake show increased bone calcium content and improved measures of bone strength.”|
6. On the Alkaline Paleo diet overall food consumption lessens, due to satiety from eating healthy fats, and less food consumption means less acidity in the body.
Eating too much is very acidifying no matter how alkaline a food is. When the stomach and digestive system is overloaded it puts tremendous stress on the body to deliver the saliva, hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes, bile, digestive enzymes and all the other hormones and enzymes needed for digestion. We all know what it’s like to be over-full. We feel awful. The body is in an enormous amount of stress trying to deliver what is needed to digest this surplus of food and we know what stress does – it acidifies! Dairy – especially plain milk – is acidic and so is cheese.
7. On the Alkaline Paleo we eat very little dairy products. Dairy products are acid making in the body.
Dairy is very hard to give up as it has a opioid like effect in the brain which will cause cravings. Why do I mention this? Being addicted to any substance drugs or drug like food causes a stress reaction in the body and stress is acidifying.
Dairy is usually a part of a vegetarian diet as it is one of the few ways that a vegetarian gets enough quality protein, and fat soluble vitamins such a Vitamin A, K2, D3 and the vitamin B12.
If someone is vegan and doesn’t eat these foods they quickly become deficient in essential amino acids. These vitamins & amino acids will need to be supplemented in pill form in order to get these nutrients. Is this an optimal diet if you need supplements to survive?
What happens if you are vegetarian and have a food sensitivity to dairy? Unless we supplement with a large amount of eggs we will have a lot of deficiencies, we will get sick as vegetarians and vegans often do, despite their alkaline diet. I know, I was one of them. Bringing back meat into my diet allowed me to get nutrients I was badly missing.
8. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we drink leafy green vegetable juices. These are very alkalizing due to the high potassium levels – we love them.
We drink (when we are back in Australia) a green vegetable juice every day. We don’t add carrots, beetroot or fruit as they are high in sugar. Fruit juice is acidic also. We have juices of kale, celery, cabbage, cucumbers, parsley, lettuce, coriander (detoxes mercury) and some ginger.
|The alkalinity of the palaeolithic diet has been estimated to be 6 to 9 times more alkaline than the modern diet, thanks to its large potassium salt intake from vegetable sources.|
It is thought that our ancestors’ urine pH was as high as 7.5 to 9.0 compared to the our modern range of 4.4 to 7.0. Our Paleo forebears also lived in a much cleaner world where his air was clean and rich in oxygen, with clean food and (most likely alkaline) pure water, stress would have been limited to those moments where they were hunting – or being hunted!
9. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we have stable blood sugar levels from eating good fats and no high carb foods.
Even blood sugar levels are really important as spikes in blood sugar are very acidifying and cause glycation which cause the ageing process. Diabetics are an example of the effects of high blood sugars levels as they age much faster than those with healthy blood sugar levels.
10. On the Alkaline Paleo diet drinking alkaline ionized water alone will increase alkalinity – and help to negate the effects of AGE’s (free radicals).
Unlike our Paleo ancestors” world, in today’s world we need all the help we can to stay alkaline and drinking alkaline water is an easy and great way of achieving this. Alkaline water is a rich sourse of antioxidants. Antioxidants are fantastic for negating AGE’s in the blood stream thereby increasing the ability of the body to remain youthful and healthy.
11. On the Alkaline Paleo diet Candida Albicans and other bad gut bacteria, with their excretion of very acidic waste, will no longer thrive.
12. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we eat more vegetables now than we did as vegetarians. We don’t fill up on bulky grains, pulses or nuts so there is more room for fresh vegetables.
13. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we eat very little fruits as they are high in sugar and not nutrient dense.
We don’t eat much fruit as I have stated before it is acidifying due to the large amount of sugars now found in it.
Fruit is more like a treat than a necessary part of the diet, to be eaten sparingly
|This is what Dr Kate Shanahan, author of “Deep Nutrition” says when she speaks at Sean Croxtons’ Real Food Summit: “I should have corrected myself to say… (fruit is.)..mostly empty calories. They’ve been bred for sweetness and while fruits do of course convey nutrients to our bodies the nutrient to calorie ratio of most vegetable is far greater than that of most fruits.”|
This has been so good to write and I hope I have helped to make it clear that contrary to our modern belief that eating meat = acidity that actually eating meat= great nutrition and more alkalinity. I would love any comments on the above or any ideas you might have about why the Alkaline Paleo diet might contribute towards alkalinity.
Can’t we ever eat like a ‘normal person’ again and be healthy?
“Why can’t I just eat like a normal person?” is a frequent cry I hear from my fellow sufferers.
Eating like a ‘normal person’ in this era of such a high carbohydrate and processed diet cannot be sustained by most people without they also, sooner or later, succumbing to disease. Perhaps to want to eat ‘normally’ is like saying why can’t I smoke and stay healthy?
It has become quite obvious to me that when I mention that wheat should be taken out of every person’s diet as it is actually poisonous that people just go blank. I think this is because wheat has such a hold on us that it is incomprehensible to our wheat addicted minds that we could ever take it out of our diet. It’s just part of everything we eat. We can’t go anywhere without being confronted with food made from wheat.
It doesn’t matter what nationality people are I talk to. Wheat is ubiquitously found it’s way to all cultures in a big way, even Asia, home of rice.
Cheap but nasty
The lovely Heidi, a women in Italy I am staying with is getting a bit wider every year I see her. She is a very aware and loving person but mention that wheat might be a good thing to give up and she has up to now, ignored me. Her new American partner Mark, is diabetic. Diabetes can be reversed by taking high carb food out of the diet. But they eat carbs…. breakfast muesli with chocolate bits and fresh cherries, lunch always has large quantities of pasta, rice or potatoes and dinner is mostly the same. They eat some lettuce and other veges everyday which we grow in the garden but vegetables don’t play a large part in their diet. Neither does meat. Heidi isn’t vegetarian but she is a frugal buyer and meat it’s true is more expensive than pasta. They also snack on 70% dark chocolate.
The trouble with skimping on good food is that you pay and you pay in the way your body works.
You will also be eating a hell of lot more empty carbohydrate fillers, firstly because wheat does make us more hungry, and secondly because our bodies are trying to get more nutrients from these foods which just can’t supply it.
So food may be cheaper but nutrient density wise are they really so cheap?
What Ian and I are eating in Italy
Here in Italy Ian and I each eat a bacon rasher, 2 eggs, 1 medium mushroom and 4 tiny tomatoes cooked in coconut oil with some rocket for breakfast. We are totally satisfied with this. For lunch we have a large salad with home grown lettuce, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, olives, rocket and a small amount of salted anchovies and sometimes some prosciutto. This is covered with a dressing of olive oil, salt and lemon juice. Yummy. Again totally satisfying. For dinner a medium sized bit of meat and above ground vegetables cooked in different ways. Sometimes we might feel like a snack and we eat some nuts, not a lot but it’s a good snack. Totally filling, nutrient dense and not a lot of food in bulk when you look at it compared to a large nutrient empty pasta dish.
Oh yes, that’s right Heidi has fruit trees with the most unbelievable tasting cherries, peaches and apricots. They are nothing like the fruit at home. We have eaten some of this fruit (blush). The good thing about these trees though is that they bear for about two weeks and then the fruiting season is over. No more fruit till next year! This is how it is in nature. No year long supply of fruit and this is how it should be for us, just a short window of fruit eating opportunity.
Heidi says she could never be full on what we eat. She told me last year she had tried the low carbohydrate diet and it wasn’t right for her. It’s obviously not going to be right for anyone who sees wheat as a staple that they cannot give up. This is the very addictive nature of wheat.
So wheat, even though our guts might complain bitterly, we will still ingest a food that is not only nutritionally pretty empty, addictive, makes us more hungry, feeds bad bacteria in our guts, brings our glucose levels up like sugar does (see Dr William Davis “Wheat Belly”) actually causes the gut wall to become leaky because of the Zonulin hormone it releases in the gut and can damage the gut villi due to the gluten contained within it.
Hmm..what else? Oh yes there is a high concentration of phytates in wheat, actually in all grains, which are called antinutrients because they actually stop the absorption of minerals into the body.
Wheat out does us humans in intelligence
Am I still a victim because I can’t eat like a ‘normal person? I have great respect for the power of wheat, after all it’s managed to make it’s way all over the world into everyone’s food and people can’t stop eating it. Perhaps it’s the most intelligent species on earth, not us?
Oh and yes, is whole wheat different to refined wheat? That is an absolute no, whole wheat or not it’s still doing all those nasty things to the body.
The multitudes of health defects from wheat eating
Study on zonulin: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21248165
There are many, many good reasons for eating home made red cabbage sauerkraut!
- Sauerkraut is a natural probiotic which helps the gut bacteria to become healthy.
- Sauerkraut aids the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach to increase digestion
- Sauerkraut is easy to digest as the cellulose has been broken down so bad bacteria in the gut don’t get to use it as food
- Sauerkraut naturally contains vitamin K2 from the natural bacteria created in the process of making sauerkraut.
- Red cabbage sauerkraut reduces homocysteine levels. Low homocysteine levels are a good sign for heart and arterial health
- Red cabbage sauerkraut contains phytonutrients, nutrients such as vitamins.
- Red cabbage sauerkraut contains polyphenols, these are antioxidants.
- Red cabbage sauerkraut contains anthocyanins – red and blue pigments – that protect the brain and aid digestion.
- Red cabbage sauerkraut contains contain sulforaphane glucosinolate a highly reactive antioxidant. In extensive studies, sulforaphane has been demonstrated to be a potent inducer of detoxifying enzymes and protector of our DNA.
All the Amino Acids are Necessary for An Easy Going Mood
I just listened to a doctor explain another reason why I am so happy and clearing minded on the Alkaline Paleo diet!
Apart from the fact that I am just healthy and getting all the nutrition my brain and body needs there’s even more benefits on being on the diet.
Dr Daniel Kalish treats people who have depression with natural foods.
From what I heard from him, I am finally getting all the Amino acids including L-Cysteine from good quality protein (eggs, fish and pasture fed meats), plenty of organic greenvegetables which supplies another important ingredient, 5HTP, and I’m getting plenty of Vitamin B6 which is necessary for amino acid and neurotransmitter synthesis (Serotonin & Dopamine).
There is evidence that shows that vegetarians are more depressed than meat eaters. I can vouch for that! Not only was I not getting the amino acids I needed but the high carbs were feeding the bad bacteria in my gut making me sick in mind and body.
Alkaline Water: A Great Detoxifier and Antioxidant Booster
I’m drinking good water which is a great detoxifier and I’ve taken out coffee and alcohol to give the liver a chance to get healthy so it can do its job of detoxifying. After my last binge in Italy my liver actually hurt to touch!
Eating Gluten Has A Big Effect on Mental Health
Another important thing is I am not eating any gluten. Gluten has a huge effect on the brain, not only does it have an opioid like effect but it also increases Serotonin which I would have thought was a good thing, but it’s not. The reason being is if we make too much Serotonin then our Dopamine is not being balanced and we are back in trouble again brain balance wise. We need a balance of Serotonin (the calming neurotransmitter) and Dopomine (the exiting neurotransmitter) to have the best happiness opportunity!
Balanced Blood Sugar Levels
Of course my blood sugar levels are balanced without the up and down of a high carb diet. This means that I don’t get mean if I don’t get something to eat on time!
Not Feeding the Little Critters!
Also I am not feeding those bad bacteria whose excretions go into my blood stream through my gut wall from leaky gut. This phenomena leads to foggy thinking.
Healthy Fats Feeds the Hormonal System and the Brain
Add to this that I am getting plenty of healthy fats (coconut oil, meat fats) which are giving me plenty of good cholesterol to create a good hormonal balance. Also coconut oils medium chain fatty acids creates Ketones which is a great source of energy for the brain.
All these factors are balancing my thinking so I am able to distinguish between the important things in my life that I need to address (like my present food choices) and the things that really aren’t important at all (like whether home is a bit of a mess!).
No wonder I am just so darned happy my body and mind are finally getting the chance to function as they should! I sure hope I’m not going to get caught again like I did with my Italian experience. Cross fingers!