Should you worry about the alkalinity of your body?

There have been many arguments about the alkalinity of the body and the relationship to cancer.  I had to dig into this topic and know for myself! 1,2

Keeping a balance between acid forming and alkaline forming foods is often discussed in the context of cancer.  Comments such as “I avoid acidic foods because cancer thrives in an acidic environment.” or “I have litmus strips to check my saliva (or urine) because somebody told me to monitor my body’s acidity.”

In the early 1900s, the Nobel-prize winning Dr. Otto Warburg, discovered that cancer cells were low in oxygen due to a change in cellular respiration from using oxygen to using fermentation of sugar.  Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.” These were revolutionary findings!

However, given these findings, it is easy to see where the acid-alkaline idea came from, BUT one must remember that science has dramatically advanced since these times.

Today’s Science: (this gets a bit deep)

In order for a cancer cell to grow, it relies on growth of blood vessels in efforts to provide enough oxygen to metabolize energy.3,4  However, the pace of cancer cell growth and division is quicker than the production of oxygen-supplying blood vessels.5 This results in the inefficient metabolism of its energy supply, and ultimately, lactic acid is produced.

Because the cancer cell is producing lactic acid, does not mean that the whole body becomes acidic.5 In fact, the body has a very tight set of checks and balances which keeps your blood’s (i.e., body’s) pH between 7.35 – 7.45, or near neutral. It is also impossible to significantly alter one’s blood pH with the food you eat. Therefore, checking your saliva for acidity or alkalinity is not an accurate measure of your body’s actual pH balance.

So, as you can see, it is not the body that is too acidic and gives cancer cells a medium to grow and divide. Rather, it’s the opposite. Cancer cells produce acid, but that does not make the entire body more acidic.

What can we do?

Fortunately, the same foods found to be alkaline as far back as the 1800s are many of the same foods that are recommended today for their cancer-fighting properties. These plant-based foods – including citrus fruits and tomatoes – protect cells from damage, encourage normal cell growth, and other processes which help fight cancer and other chronic illnesses.[5]  Conversely, high-intakes acidic foods such as meat and animal-based proteins, have been linked to inflammation, insulin insensitivity, and increased cell division.

As you can see, the myth of the need to make the body more alkaline does not have significant value with respect to cancer cell growth or development. However, we do know that incorporating more alkaline-type foods is recommended. The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends a plant-based diet which aims at receiving at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day (at least 2 ½ cups), using whole grains versus refined grains, incorporating beans/legumes more often and meat less often.  Incorporating these dietary habits will limit your intake of acidic foods, increase your intake of alkaline foods, and provide your body with the cancer-fighting nutrients it craves.

Because the ISAGENIX IsaLean® shakes are formulated to have a neutral pH I feel great about continuing to incorporate them in my daily life.  They are made with the best quality products and are nutrient rich and contain superior un-denatured whey and milk proteins. (A dairy-free version exists)  They are more than a shake, it’s a meal replacement (240 cal.) with its proteins (24 g), energy-fueling carbohydrates (8 g fiber), good fats, and 23 vitamins and minerals per serving.  It is used to replace conventional meals with 2 Shakes per day plus one healthy low-glycemic, 400-600 calorie meal as well as 2 snacks (More calories can be consumed once in weight maintenance).

1By Dianne Piepenburg, MS, RD, CSO, LD – Minnesota Oncology (mnoncology.com)

2What Otto Warburg Actually Discovered about Cancer (thetruthaboutcancer.com)

3Schor, Jacob. Acid Alkaline Diets and Cancer, an ethical question. December 12, 2007

4Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg: The Cause of Cancer

(https://michael2108.wordpress.com/2010/04/03/nobel-peace-prize-winner-dr-otto-heinrich-warburg-the-cause-of-cancer/)

5American Institute for Cancer Research (www.aicr.org)

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The ISAGENIX products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

When the fishes in the tank are sluggish should you clean the tank or medicate them?

It is amazing how we can be influenced to look for a solution in the drug store or from our medical doctor for our ailments instead of addressing the root cause.

How many times do we hear of a new medicine to address a health condition?  But then we hear the litany of side effects!

Is it not better to eat healthy and rid our bodies of the toxins we’ve accumulated over time from pesticides, fire-retardant in furniture or clothing, etc…?

This is why I’ve been so excited about fueling my body with ISAGENIX’s IsaLean™ meal replacement Shakes to control your weight.  You need a strategy for controlling and holding on to lean muscles.  The IsaLean™ Shake is arguable the world’s most perfect food.  A convenient, affordable, and delicious way to reduce or manage your caloric intake without depriving your body of the essential nutrients it needs to support a healthy lifestyle.

As well, I can cleanse at a cellular level the toxins found in my body with ISAGENIX’s Cleanse for Life® which helps support the removal of toxins and destructive impurities.  The damage from the onslaught of toxic chemicals in our bodies contributes to oxidative stress, shorten telomeres, and compromises health.

Why is ISAGENIX® the ideal nutrition system?

Nutrition is, by definition, the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.1 Therefore we must nourish our bodies with good nutrition, not restriction our bodies of the needed nutrition.

The problem is that most of the foods we have available to eat are grossly deficient in nutrients.  As an example, a landmark study on the topic by Donald Davis and his team of researchers from the University Of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century.2

There are many other examples and articles to demonstrate that fueling our bodies must be done with more than just a healthy diet.  Nutrient dense meals cannot be accomplished solely with the commonly available food items.  Our health requires that we fuel our bodies with ISAGENIX®.  It is a system of products designed for healthy weight loss, nutritional cleansing, and fitness.  The IsaLean® shakes are nutrient rich and contain superior un-denatured whey and milk proteins. (A dairy-free version exists)  They are more than a shake, it’s a meal replacement (240 cal.) with its proteins (24 g), energy-fueling carbohydrates (8 g fiber), good fats, and 23 vitamins and minerals per serving.  It is used to replace conventional meals with 2 Shakes per day plus one healthy low-glycemic, 400-600 calorie meal as well as 2 snacks (More calories can be consumed once in weight maintenance).

1Definition of nutrition in English by Oxford Dictionaries.”
2Excerpt from Scientific American article “Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?”

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The ISAGENIX products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Flank Steak and Fig Salsa

Discover the amazing flavors of fresh figs, mushrooms, and gorgonzola cheese over flank steak on a bed of arugula.  These flavors were accompanied with sides of green beans and roasted potatoes.  (647 calories per serving)

Here is the recipe – (Makes 2 servings)

Ingredients
2 cloves garlic
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 Tbls. olive oil, divided
12 ounces flank steak
1 cup chopped fresh figs
1 green onion, minced
2 Tbls. chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbls. rice wine vinegar
2 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Step 1
Stir together first 4 ingredients and 1 Tbls. olive oil. Rub onto steak, cover and chill 30 mins to 4 hours.

Step 2
Preheat grill to 400 to 450. Toss together figs, next 3 ingredients, and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil. Salt and pepper to taste

Step 3
Grill steak to desired doneness and let rest for 5 minutes.

Step 4
Cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin strips and arrange on serving platter. Spoon fig Salsa over steak and sprinkle with Gorgonzola.