Myth Busting: Alkaline Diet has no effect on cancer

We’ve been running a series of myth busting articles on alkalinity because there’s a lot of confusion, disinformation and frankly outright nonsense online about acidity and alkalinity when it comes to pure water and nutrition – usually peddled by people trying to sell you an alkaliser for RODI pure water or convince you of the importance of the latest fad diet.

So we were really pleased to see this fact-based, common-sense article in The Independent written by experts Cancer Research UK, confirming what we’ve been saying: the food you eat and the water you drink does not affect the acid / alkaline balance or pH of your body.

Cancer Research UK: 10 Persistent Myths about Cancer That Are False

Cancer Research UK: 10 Persistent Myths about Cancer That Are False

Read the excellent article online here: Cancer Research UK: 10 Persistent Myths About Cancer That Are False.

What we do know is that staying hydrated with Pure H2O and eating a balanced healthy diet helps keep you in the best possible health. If you’ve got any further questions about the acid / alkaline debate and Pure H2O, you can check out our other articles on alkalinity, pure water and nutrition:

Mythbusting: Pure Water, pH and Alkalisers

Eve Kalinik: The Alkaline Diet – Myth or Merit?

And of course you can call us on 01483 617 000, email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or visit our website at www.PureH2O.co.uk

Eve Kalinik: The Alkaline Diet – Myth or Merit?

Eve_400x400Following on from our recent post Myth Busting: Pure Water, pH and alkalisers, nutritional therapist and guest blogger Eve Kalinik asks The Alkaline Diet – Myth or Merit?

“Popular amongst many, the alkaline diet – aka the acid-alkaline diet – has retained its notoriety amongst a wide variety of people supported by ambassadors for quite some time now. But what is it exactly and is it actually beneficial for our health?

In a nutshell, the core principal to follow is eating alkaline foods as much as possible, whilst shunning those high in acid. This means having plenty of veggies, fruits, nuts, pulses and legumes like chickpeas, lentils and beans. Foods that are reportedly acidic in their nature such as meat, fish, dairy, eggs, grains and alcohol are a complete no-go. Anything processed or refined can also be included in this group but good natural fats such as coconut oil however pass the mark.

The concept centres around the fact that these acid-forming foods create a more acidic environment in the body which means a lower pH (more on this later), whereas alkaline foods create a higher pH and as such a less acidic environment. Proponents of the diet believe that higher acidity in the body comes from taking in too many high acid-forming foods. This, they say, leaves us more open to disease and eventually a condition referred to as chronic acidosis which means having not enough oxygen within cells, eventually depleting immunity and leading to disease processes.

But how much of this is actually correct? Firstly the main point to understand here is the acid-alkaline balance, which is measured on a pH scale that ranges from 0-14. The lower denotes higher acidity and the higher the more alkaline the environment. According to the alkaline diet you should be aiming for a score of 7 or over to cultivate the right balance.

Now obviously the mere thought that our bodies are brimming with acid is certainly not a pleasant one but the major point here is that different areas of the body need a very different pH. For instance, the stomach needs to be highly acidic to kill off pathogens and to efficiently break down food so it scores on average around 2-3 on the pH scale. In contrast blood needs to be slightly more alkaline at around a PH of 7.35-7.45 and its pretty much game over if you fall out of this.

Thankfully the body is very clever and already has highly developed process called the acid base balance that prevents this from happening. Having this makes it almost impossible to fall out of this range for obvious reasons, so really what we eat has zero impact on the blood pH. It can, however, adjust things like the acidity of urine but that’s not really an accurate measure of the overall body pH as this can be affected by other variables. The kidneys are in fact fundamental for eliminating acids and for keeping the body in a balanced pH as is the respiratory system which also negates the alkaline diet hypothesis that bone health is compromised to “buffer” these acids.

The other area of concern related to the alkaline diet theory is in the acceleration of cancer cells – which isn’t necessarily the case as these cells can also develop in alkaline environments too. Of course a more acidic one will mean faster growth but its not always that straight forward. Other lifestyle and genetic factors also play a very significant role too.

However, like everything in nutrition, there is always the flip reverse argument and whilst there is no real evidence to support the alkaline diet theory, encouraging someone to eat more vegetables, removing processed foods and being mindful of meat consumption is unequivocally going to be a good thing.

But we do also need acids that come from proteins (amino acids) and fatty acids too and some of the best sources of these come from animal foods. It really comes back down to having a balance in our diet to create a balanced pH and to support general good health.

Be conscious of where your food comes from. Opt for organic as much as possible, wash your vegetables in clean water (reverse osmosis ideally!) and enjoy that omega grass fed steak from time to time. Just make sure you have a decent serving of broccoli on the side!

Eve Kalinik

Myth Busting: Pure water, pH and alkalisers

Roger Wiltshire, Managing Director of The Pure H2O Company talks about the disinformation surrounding alkalisers and the ph of water, and why pure water is better for you.

We sometimes get calls from people asking us about pH and alkalisers, a question that has become more common in recent years largely due to false and deliberately misleading information being published on-line. These companies are also publishing false information misleading the public into thinking that pure water is dangerous as it upsets the body’s pH, this couldn’t be further from the truth; our blood is 90% pure water and holds a natural negative charge that prevents clotting. These companies have one purpose in business; they are trying to sell you an alkaliser.

The fact is that your body regulates its own pH and always has done; doctors and leading health professionals will all confirm this. Pure water has been naturally acidic since the dawn of time; citrus fruit, onions and many other foods we consume are far more acidic than pure, natural water and everyone understand that these foods provide amazing health benefits.  There is nothing new about pure water and nothing dangerous about the pH of pure water. Our stomach acid is pH 1-2; essential because it destroys bacteria in the food we eat.

Pure water is pH 5-7. Drinking alkalised water pH 8-11 will lead to deposition of inorganic calcium in areas of the body that leads to degenerative diseases.

There is a great deal of disinformation being distributed about alkaline water with no supporting evidence but there is lots of research and information available that supports the benefits of pure water. To find out more, please call us on 01483 617 000 or email customerservice@pureh20.co.uk and we would be happy to share our thoughts and point you to some research that you may find interesting and informative.

Drinking pure water, produced through the RODI process, is perhaps one of the most important health benefits of our time. Yes of course, we would like to offer you our advice and to sell you a RODI purifier, but most of all we would like you to make the best informed decision you can.