This infographic explains the ‘why’ of the paleo diet that caused Cassie and myself to give up the alkaline diet as you see it on the net and to incorporate it into the Paleo diet.
If you’ve been following Cassie’s Alkaline Paleo Diet Blog, you’d have read her latest post on my broken leg, atherosclerosis and Alzheimers’.
It’s all good news, but the big news is that I gave up my coco oil supplementation because I couldn’t get it here in Italy. Usually, this is bad news because within a week my symptoms re-emerged, but this time I remained sharp of mind.
So what was the difference?
The BIG difference is that I am fully into my alkaline paleo diet and have made the leap to a ketogenic state of metabolism. The alkaline paleo diet naturally allows you to change from feeding your body and brain with glucose to naturally produced (by the body) ketones. I’ve sighted studies that postulate that ketones are the natural food of the brain and that amyloid plaque may actually be the result of the oxidating effect of glucose in the brain.
But that’s not even the BIG news. I have just finished listening to Jimmy Moore’s (Living the Lo-Carb La Vida) interview of Philadelphia physician Dr. Colin Champ
Dr Champ is currently involved in studying a topic that is very near and dear to his heart. The hot topic is “Ketogenic Diets & Cancer” which is gaining a lot of traction amongst researchers looking for nutritional solutions to this horrible disease.
Dr. Champ is completing his specialty training in radiation oncology and has a keen interest in the dietary effects of carbohydrate restriction on the prevention and treatment of cancer. The connection between our modern American diet, obesity and cancer has been quite remarkable, and Dr. Champ hopes that the work he is doing can help people fight all three.
I got very excited when he began talking about the work of Dr Otto Warburg, becasue Dr Warburg, Nobel Prize winner, has stated that cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment, and much of Dr Champ’s talk relates to Warburg’s work, and I began to see all sorts of connections with and Cassie’s my diet . You may have already read his recent review article published in the scientific journal International Journal Of Breast Cancer entitled “Weight Gain, Metabolic Syndrome, and Breast Cancer Recurrence: Are Dietary Recommendations Supported by the Data?” and we’re seeing some truly incredible health benefits from carbohydrate-restricted diets for people dealing with this terrible disease.
Dr. Champ took on so many excellent questions about how ketogenic diets may play a role in the treatment of cancers. Listen in to hear what Dr. Colin Champ had to say about ketogenic diets and cancer here.. and I’d love to hear your comments.
A little about Jimmy Moore: he runs the biggest low carb blog in the world, all on donations, with 2.5 million visitors per month. He has his own recovery story and is on his own ketogenic diet. And here’s some more news. He is coming to Australia, and even to little Byron Bay. Here’s his schedule. I suggest if you want to see him, and talk to Australia’s best paleo, low carb and ketogenic diet experts.book soon because Dr Rod Tayler, who is organising it, tells me it’s filling fast..
I hate scrolling to find things.. and I’m sure you do too, so here’s a summary of the significant posts I’ve added to this blog about alkaline diet since my last Healthemail Newsletter.
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Here’s my list with comments:
IS THERE NO LIMIT TO THE WAYS THEY TRY TO CONVERT US TO BOTTLED WATER?
A look at how far the advertising industry is prepared to take us to sell us something as basic (and profitable) as bottled water?
HIDDEN GLUTEN: A GUIDE
Gluten isn’t just in bread, as we found out. This report on how to look for those sneaky sources is a summation of what we’ve learned over our years of coming down from the bread addiction.
‘SANGUE’ MEANS ‘RARE’ IN SPAIN: OR IS IT ‘RAW’ IN SPAIN?
OK, OK, I’m going Paleo and most of it is great. This? Well, It’s a bit of a speed bump!
WHAT IF ALL FOODMAKERS LABELLED THEIR PACKS LIKE GM PRODUCTS?
Well it’s a fair question, and here’s a fair answer!
CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTATION AND HEART ATTACKS. WHAT ABOUT WATER IONIZER CALCIUM?
Does the calcium we all love so much from our electric water ionizers do us good or not?
GROSS NUTRITION ON $80 A WEEK
If the video doesn’t load, refresh the link supplied. This video shows the level of food consciousness some of us still live within.
CHINA’S NEW HIGH TECH SPERM HARVESTER.
Yes, it is real and no, there is no truth to the rumour.
DUST BUNNY ALERT: TOXINS IN EVERYDAY HOUSEHOLD DUST.
Next time you lay on the carpet watching TV, think of this..
GROUNDWATER AND DRINKING WATER, AND A GOOD REASON FOR A GOOD WATER FILTER.
The massive dilemma US authorities are faced with in the latest loss of essential groundwater reserves. Take a look at the satmap
NO WORRIES ABOUT B12 ANYMORE. I GET IT IN MY TOOTHPASTE…
Yes, I do have a sample and yes, it tastes good. Should we import it for you? You tell us!
SUGAR = ACID = HEALTH = NOT! ALKALINE DIET LOOPHOLES.
Why we’re off the SAD (Standard Alkaline Diet) and into the APD (Alkaline Paleo Diet)
A SIMPLE QUIZ TO CHECK YOUR FOOD ADDICTION
Who, me? Addicted? Naw!! So how about this? Sugar has been shown to be FOUR TIMES more addictive than cocaine. Take this test and see how you stack up against everyone else.
AMERICANS, JUST TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR REAL ADDICTION!
A good one to check straight after the above. It might just let you know you have many, many friends in a similar situation.
Have you seen our Alkaline Video Library yet? It takes the pain out of watching really bad YouTube Videos that have seduced you into opening them. Here you go and please comment !
How can we remain in natural alkaline balance if we are eating meat – which is so acidic ?
Thanks Chantel for asking this question it’s a really good one!
Here are 12 reasons why I believe our bodies, if given the right nutrition, will be so much more alkaline when including meat in the diet.
1. Stress is the greatest acidifier to our bodies and getting the right nutrition can help calm the mind enormously.
It’s been 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.
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 ways through and beyond.
A calm mind also 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.
Stable blood sugar levels from the Alkaline Paleo diet ends the up and down mood swings that come from low blood sugars. Ian used to get really grumpy when he didn’t eat on time. He can now miss a whole meal and remains a happy boy!
2. Grains are more acidifying to the body than meat.
There has been much said about meat and its acidifying effects 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.
Inflammation is acidifying and painful which causes more stress which in turn is acidifying.
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. Sugars: the most acidifying foods – 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. We need only a small amount of meat, eggs or fish with every meal; a lot less than if we still needed to get all our essential amino acids from grains, pulses and nuts.
Compared with the amount of grains, nut and legumes we need to eat to get enough nutrition, the amount of meat, eggs or fish we need is comparably much much smaller in bulk. Meat, eggs and fish are the only foods that contain all the essential amino acids, B12 and easily absorbed iron. We are probably even saving money on this diet!
5. There are other factors in meat that mediate the 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.”
The fact that vegetarians don’t eat acid forming meat would lead us to expect their bones to be strong and healthy but they actually have the highest incidence of osteoporosis.
6. Total 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!
7. Dairy products are acidic
Sorry, but dairy – especially plain milk – is acidic and so is cheese. It’s 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 and all these vitamins will need to be supplemented in order to get these nutrients. Is this an optimal diet if you need supplements to survive? How can it be ‘natural’?
What happens if you are vegetarian and have a food sensitivity to dairy? Unless you supplement with a large amount of eggs you will have a lot of deficiencies, you will get sick as vegetarians and vegans often do, despite their alkaline diet. I know. I was one of them.
8. Leafy green vegetable juices are very alkalizing due to high potassium salts and 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 his 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. Stable blood sugar levels from eating good fats and less carbohydrates means less acidity in the blood and a slowing down of the ageing process
High blood sugar levels will of course increase blood acidity. Sugar = Acid. You don’t need to have high blood sugar levels all the time to cause damage. Just fluctuating levels can do this. Making the blood more acidic means the body has to utilise its precious alkaline minerals to neutralise the acidity. The blood must be kept at a very specific alkalinity for optimal health. Increased blood sugar levels increase the amount of AGE’s (Advanced Glycation End Products) which cause all the ageing symptoms such as cataracts, dementia, arterial hardening, wrinkling, age spots etc. Everytime we allow our body high carbohydrates foods our blood sugar elevates thereby increasing these AGE’s and forcing us to grow old that bit quicker.
10. Just 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. Candida Albicans and other bad gut bacteria, with their excretion of very acidic waste, will no longer thrive in a low carb environment
Getting the proper probiotics environment back in the gut is essential for alkalinity.
12. We eat more vegetables now with the Alkaline Paleo diet than we did as vegetarians. We don’t fill up on grains, pulses or nuts so there is more room for fresh vegetables.
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.
We’ve known for a long time that Chinese Taoist monks are reknowned for their alkaline physiology. They are strong, can run miles, and yet live life in a detaching way. What we like to call – perhaps a little presumptuously – the AlkaWay.
Now a little piece of the puzzle had revealed itself.
In an article published June 19 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Scientists from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai found increases in brain volume and improvements on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week.
Findings were based on an 8-month randomized controlled trial comparing those who practiced Tai Chi to a group who received no intervention. The same trial showed increases in brain volume and more limited cognitive improvements in a group that participated in lively discussions three times per week over the same time period.
Previous trials have shown increases in brain volume in people who participated in aerobic exercise, and in one of these trials, an improvement in memory was seen. However, this was the first trial to show that a less aerobic form of exercise, Tai Chi, as well as stimulating discussion led to similar increases in brain volume and improvements on psychological tests of memory and thinking.
The group that did not participate in the interventions showed brain shrinkage over the same time period, consistent with what generally has been observed for persons in their 60s and 70s.
Numerous studies have shown that dementia and the syndrome of gradual cognitive deterioration that precedes it is associated with increasing shrinkage of the brain as nerve cells and their connections are gradually lost.
“The ability to reverse this trend with physical exercise and increased mental activity implies that it may be possible to delay the onset of dementia in older persons through interventions that have many physical and mental health benefits,” said lead author Dr. James Mortimer, professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.
Research suggests that aerobic exercise is associated with increased production of brain growth factors. It remains to be determined whether forms of exercise like Tai Chi that include an important mental exercise component could lead to similar changes in the production of these factors. “If this is shown, then it would provide strong support to the concept of “use it or lose it” and encourage seniors to stay actively involved both intellectually and physically,” Dr. Mortimer said.
One question raised by the research is whether sustained physical and mental exercise can contribute to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common dementing illness.
“Epidemiologic studies have shown repeatedly that individuals who engage in more physical exercise or are more socially active have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” Dr. Mortimer said. “The current findings suggest that this may be a result of growth and preservation of critical regions of the brain affected by this illness.”
Television commercials and advice from your doctor lead you to believe the secret to strong, healthy bones is drinking milk and taking drugs.
But that’s a huge misconception and a big lie.
Sure your bones need calcium, but if you consume large quantities of milk, you’re actually draining your bones of this much needed mineral.
Here’s why milk is a brutal bone thief: Milk has an acidifying effect on your body.
Let me explain. Everything we put into our body gets processed and alters its acid/alkaline balance. And like everything in nature, the body tries to correct the imbalance. So because milk has an acidifying effect, your body automatically pulls calcium out of your bones to neutralize the acid attack.
Why calcium? Because it is a potent neutralizer. That’s why the main ingredient in some antacids is calcium.
Think of milk entering the body like a raging forest fire and your body’s natural processes is the team of brave firefighters. So your body jumps into action and uses calcium to put out the acidic attack. And even though milk contains 300 mg of calcium in one cup, unfortunately, the net result is a calcium deficit in your bones.
Cassie Bond, AlkaWay co-founder and my beloved wife is getting very steamed up over her new Alkaline Paleo diet.
Here’s her comment on an article in Sydney Morning Herald that claimed that good protein and whole grains will give you good moods. And if you want to learn more, here’s the address of her diet blog.
Taken from http://thedomesticman.com/my-story/
I am sure with time he will make a full recovery turning his whole health around.
“For the purposes of this website, my life was pretty boring until 2005. And then at the age of 25, out of nowhere, I had a stroke.
2005 – a few months after the stroke
I had always considered myself to be pretty healthy, and had no major health issues prior to that. The stroke occurred as a result of a lesion (most likely a blood clot) in the right side of my pons. I lost fine motor function on my left side, which was not very fun considering that I’m left handed. Besides having to learn how to walk again, I had to re-learn how to write, play guitar, hold a fork, etc. Luckily, my young brain quickly recovered, and after a couple months of physical therapy I was pretty much back to normal. I had to walk with a cool cane for a while. A lot of excellent doctors treated me, but no one ever figured out what caused the stroke.
2006 – hospitalized for a month for autoimmune diagnosis
A little over a year later I noticed that I was having a hard time exercising. I kept thinking I was just way out of shape. It got so bad that I was out of breath even from walking, so I went to the doctor. I then spent the next month or so living in a hospital, being tested for a wide range of possibilities – long story short is they settled on a narrowing of my pulmonary arteries most likely caused by inflammation. I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Takayasu’s Arteritis, which is characterized by the narrowing of arteries due to inflammation. The cause of this disease, like most autoimmune diseases, is not known. So then I spent a year on heavy immunosuppressant therapy; we tried a wide range of steroids and other scary drugs, and they worked for the most part. I would still get winded upon exertion, but I could at least function.
2007 – about a week after surgery
In the fall of 2007 I went to California to have a pulmonary re-sectioning surgery performed, where the doctors would remove the inflamed tissue surrounding my arteries and enlarge the arteries using some cool cow parts. I often joke that I sometimes crave grass. It’s a pretty scary procedure, something they call a standstill operation – in order to get to the arteries, they had to perform a full cardiopulmonary bypass, deep hypothermia and full cardiac arrest. As you can imagine, when you’re clinically dead for 8 hours there’s a pretty good chance you won’t come back. It was a scary moment in my life, and I am so grateful for my supportive wife and family for being there to help me through it. I made it out okay and now I have a killer scar and some crazy stories. Unfortunately, it didn’t ease my symptoms – I was on the same amount of medication with little or no improvement.
2007 – immunosuppressant steroids caused weight gain and other side effects
Flash forward to 2010. My continuous steroid and immunosuppressant medication therapy was starting to take its toll, even though I was trying to slowly taper off the steroids. I felt lousy almost all of the time, and worse still was the fact that I couldn’t foresee it getting any better. I then happened across an article that mentioned this crazy diet modeled after cavemen that eliminated grains, and it could reverse autoimmune symptoms. Within a week I had devoured the Paleo solution and just about every Paleo resource I could find, and switched my diet. My inflammation markers decreased significantly within a month.
2011 – about six months after adopting the Paleo diet
Since then things have been much better. I’m not cured – there’s no mistaking that I still have a serious autoimmune condition – but the Paleo diet has absolutely helped. I started exercising for the first time since 2006. I was able to get off of steroid therapy, which was causing all sorts of side effects (weight gain, brittle bones, memory issues, kidney stones, shingles, and so on). When I was on steroids, I would get sick at least monthly; since switching over my diet I rarely get sick. Lastly, my wife and son have joined me on this crazy journey, which gives me comfort that we’ll all three live long, healthy lives.”
Percentages of Teeth Attacked By Dental Caries in Primitive and Modernized Groups From Statistics by Dr Weston A Price.
Group: Primitive Diet Agrarian Diet
Swiss 4.60 29.8
Gaelics 1.20 30.0
Eskimos 0.09 13.0
Northern Indians 0.16 21.5
Seminole Indians 4.00 40.0
Melanesians 0.38 29.0
Polynesians 0.32 21.9
How to have dental health? Less caries, tartar and no gum disease? Even a low-sugar diet and regular brushing, flossing and professional cleaning, cavities happen. It is impossible to keep the mouth free of bacteria with dental hygiene. Dr Price observed that people with active tooth decay had high levels of Lactobacillus acidopholus (a bacteria commonly found in the gut but that causes cavities when in the saliva). After getting adequate amounts of Vitamin K2 the levels of this bacteria in the saliva dropped by 95%.
High levels of Lactobacillus acidophilus in the saliva will rob the teeth of minerals. Vitamin K2 can replace the dentin to the teeth and so teeth will become re-mineralised.
Vitamin K2 can also help to keep our teeth free of tartar buildup. Tartar is a build up of bacteria (plaque) and minerals (calcium) from the saliva. When K2 is provided, not only are the bacteria levels reduced enormously, but the minerals will no longer be deposited as tartar and instead get deposited into the enamel. A similar occurrence happens to the calcium deposit in arterial plaque (a mix of oxidised LDL cholesterol and calcium), with K2, calcium is no longer deposited into the arteries but goes back into the bone where is should be.
Most importantly Dr Price discovered the effects of adequate K2 on the forming of the palate in babies and children. When children are given adequate amounts of K2, teeth crowding no longer happens and wisdom teeth will not need to be extracted. One of the most obvious problems in children is the lack of room for eye teeth and can be totally avoided.
Eating very low carbohydrates, creating good gut health, creating the right bacteria in the mouth and have adequate amounts of Vitamin D3, A and K2 will enable teeth & gums to become healthy and disease free. These three vitamins to be supplied to the body together as they work synergistically. We can use Cod Liver Oil with butter oil to obtain all 3.
Eating an alkaline paleo diet will supply all these nutrients to feed our teeth and saliva from grass fed meats and dairy, but we will need to supplement our diet and brush and floss our teeth temporarily until the return of full health has been achieved.
Urinary Calcium Loss through eating Grains and Casein, and Lactalbumin (from milk and whey)
Yes even without being intolerant of Gluten and Dairy these two will still cause problems. Purified proteins such as casein, lactalbumin, and wheat gluten added to a diet typically produce hypercalciuria (urinary calcium loss)
On the other hand long-term calcium balance studies during a high-protein (2 g/kg) diet with the protein provided as meat have shown
no hypercalciuria and no indication of calcium loss.
Add to this the phytates in grains
Phytates in unprepared (not soaked and fermented) grains inhibits the absorption of calcium by the body.
Calcium in Evolutionary Perspective is a great study to read all about how our Palaeolithic ancestors go their calcium the only thing I will say though is they didn’t take into account the Vitamin K2 consumption that our Palaeolithic brothers were consuming due to the pasture fed animals they were consuming. This could be a very big reason why the Inuit did not have good bone density as their access to K2 would have been minimal.