Originally posted by Ian Blair Hamilton April 25th 2017 on the Australian website.
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 Coca-cola 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.
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 unparalleled 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.
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.
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.
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 cartilage is an early casualty because it is very susceptible to glycation. Cartilage cells simply lose flexibility.
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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 wheat.