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Acid-Alkaline Balance  

Why is acid-alkaline balance important to preventing and combating breast cancer?

To understand why pH-neutral blood is a critical element of good health, it helps to understand the role oxygen plays in disease prevention. Oxygen-rich blood is essential to good health. If oxygen levels in the blood fall, the body is less able to fight off infection and disease. Think of it this way: oxygen is cancerís enemy.

Most people are born with a body tissue pH near or around 7 ó considered a neutral pH. If you can keep your body tissue pH somewhere between 6.5 - 7.0, it is very difficult to get sick. Although your blood serumís pH never fluctuates, your body tissue pH level changes, depending on what kind of foods you consume. Acidic foods cause the body tissue pH levels to fall, whereas more alkaline foods help keep body tissue pH neutral. Alkaline tissue holds 20 times more oxygen than does acidic tissue. An oxygen-rich environment is critical for combating the growth of anaerobic bacteria (i.e.: bacteria that grow in the absence of oxygen) In contrast, cancer can thrive in an oxygen-deficient (hypoxic) environment. Most cancer patients tested have very acidic body tissue pH, around 4 or 5.

If the pH level of your saliva or urine is too acidic, you can help alkalize your body with supplements and food. But the first step it to purchase some disposable litmus strips of paper that measure pH level either with a saliva or urine sample. These litmus paper strips work very quickly, allowing you to get a reading in just a few seconds. This is the best way to monitor your bodyís response to foods and supplements.

If your pH level is too acidic in the 4 to 5 range, calcium lactate supplements can be introduced to help alkalize (i.e. reduce the acidity in) the body. When taking calcium lactate supplements, is important to test your pH regularly to assure that your body does not become too alkaline. If you are a breast cancer patient undergoing treatment, be sure to first consult with your integrative healthcare professional and oncologist before taking calcium lactate or any supplement.

But the surest way to assure a constant and consistent neutral body pH is by watching what you eat. Every food we eat and digest leaves either an acid or an alkaline ash in the body, depending on the mineral composition of the food. Meats and dairy products are highly acidic foods, whereas green vegetables and tuberous fruits are alkaline. To maintain a neutral pH in your bodyís tissues, about 75% of the foods you eat should be alkalizing.

The following Acid-Alkaline food chart can be used to help guide your food choices:






ALKALIZING FOODS

VEGETABLES
Garlic
Asparagus
Fermented Veggies
Watercress
Beets
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Dulce
Dandelions
Edible Flowers
Onions
Parsnips
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spirulina
Sprouts
Squashes
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens
Nightshade Vegetables

FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates/Figs
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lime
Honeydew Melon
Nectarine
Orange
Lemon
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
All Berries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Watermelon

PROTEIN
Eggs
Whey Protein Powder
Cottage Cheese
Chicken Breast
Yogurt
Almonds
Chestnuts
Tofu (fermented)
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Tempeh (fermented)
Squash Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Millet
Sprouted Seeds
Nuts

OTHER
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Probiotic Cultures
Green Juices
Vegetable Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Organic Milk (unpasteurized)
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Dandelion Tea
Ginseng Tea
Banchi Tea
Kombucha

SWEETENERS
Stevia

SPICES/SEASONINGS
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All Herbs

ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame
Sea Vegetables


ACIDIFYING FOODS

FATS & OILS
Avocado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

FRUITS
Cranberries

GRAINS
Rice Cakes
Wheat Cakes
Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Oats (rolled)
Quinoi
Rice (all)
Rye
Spelt
Kamut
Wheat
Hemp Seed Flour

DAIRY
Cheese, Cow
Cheese, Goat
Cheese, Sheep
Milk
Butter

NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Brazil Nuts
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini

ANIMAL PROTEIN
Beef
Carp
Clams
Fish
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Oyster
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Shrimp
Scallops
Tuna
Turkey
Venison

PASTA (WHITE)
Noodles
Macaroni
Spaghetti

OTHER
Distilled Vinegar
Wheat Germ
Potatoes

DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Chemicals
Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Pesticides
Herbicides

ALCOHOL
Beer
Spirits
Hard Liquor
Wine

BEANS & LEGUMES
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans
Rice Milk
Almond Milk


Source: The Wolfe Clinic


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