Going Alkaline: Does It Really Help Cure Cancer?
Have you seen this question bouncing around the web? I've had breast cancer and carry the BRCA1 gene, making me susceptible to more horrible cancers, so believe me, I've looked at this question from the perspective of both a physician and a patient. As a cancer patient considering an alkaline diet, I have questioned:
- Does it fight belly fat?
- Does it lower the risk of other dreaded and all too common modern diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and cancer?
As a dermatologist, reviewing an alkaline diet has made me wonder:
- Could it help my patients’ skin to be healthier and to look better?
After studying the scientific nutrition and medical information, I believe the answers to all these questions are "yes – maybe." If you're scratching your head, it's because this isn't a black and white issue. The reason may or may not have anything to do with acid or alkaline balance, but the science is intriguing. Although there are still some gray areas, the pendulum sways in favor of an alkaline diet. Why? I firmly believe it can:
- Lower your chances of getting horrible diseases, such as cancer.
- Help you with the ever-encroaching belly fat threat.
- Boost your vitality and improve your complexion.
You Are What You Eat The facts are clear, what goes into your mouth determines your physiology - diseases, appearance, vitality, and all. The question is, do you have to confine yourself to a boring diet of carrots and tree bark that kills your social activities and enjoyment of life in order to get healthy? The answer to that is "NO!" What you need is a simple guide to help you make meaningful food and beverage choices during each day. I began doing this for myself, and now, I want to share it with you since the impact is significant. I combine alkaline foods with low glycemic, low fat/smart fat, whole food eating to create soul-satisfying meals, snacks, thirst-quenching beverages, and even leave room for treats that include social eating and drinking! Interestingly enough, all this adds up to a healthier body (and for me, no more belly fat)! Why I Advocate an Alkaline Diet I've followed nutrition science for more than 40 years. Ever since I was a teen, I've been interested in nutrition. In fact, I almost went into nutrition research instead of clinical medicine! (In the end, the people won out over the lab bench.) So, as a dermatologist, I'm definitely passionate about food, nutrition, and how it relates to your skin. I'm also a "foodie" who lives in the California Wine Country, so I'm not going to give up pleasure when it comes to what I eat an drink. The scientific evidence is clear that your health and complexion need a consistent range of supportive nutrients, antioxidants, and other seemingly "magical" ingredients that can only come from your diet, not from powders or supplements. It's also clear that the modern Western diet not only fails to supply you with those nutrients, but it also sabotages your attempts to improve your health and appearance. Download this free guide that will put you on the road to health and vitality and will provide improvement for your appearance. The Truth about Your Diet In this simple eating guide, I've compiled four decades of studying nutrition, filtered through my doctor brain and understanding of health and disease, added room for food that give us pleasure and social events that revolve around food and drink, and distilled this all into easy to follow recommendations for your health and complexion. Over the years, I've learned three really important realities about your diet:
- There is no "dietary bypass" for good health, meaning you can't fill your body full of bad food month after month and expect that taking a handful of vitamin supplements will keep you attractive and well.
- Food is medicine. Medicine, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is "a substance or preparation used in treating disease." Food can do this too, and just like a poorly prescribed medicine, it can also harm your health and skin.
- There are no "magic" foods that miraculously fix what ails a body. You need to set your body in a nutritional environment where it is constantly bathed in what's good for it. Then, and only then, can it weather the periodic "dietary indiscretion" like a martini or a slice of that yummy layer cake.
My eating guide will give you simple answers that are easy to put into place immediately. I've come to this topic from the perspective of a dermatologist counseling patients with skin problems. The bonus is that this information is extremely beneficial to the overall health and appearance of the rest of your body. As a cancer patient with a really lousy BRCA1 gene mutation, you can bet I live by this diet. When I stray too far off it, I feel the difference in my vitality and see the difference in the mirror almost immediately. I published my Alkaline Mediterranean Diet years ago and have been so encouraged to know that others have found it helpful. I have been doing the alkaline diet for a while now. I've struggled with acne for almost 10 years now, and I've cleared up drastically. I also lost 25 pounds! I think you're 100% right about the diet - it works wonders on the body and mind. It really isn't a diet but more of a lifestyle; it's also just the right way to eat. -- Jordan Since that original blog series, I've refined the diet, worked with a great graphic team, and now have a food pyramid and an even simpler explanation for how to eat to maximize health. The best part is that you can still enjoy life! Download “How to Eat Your Way to Beauty and Health” today, and tell me what you think. My team and I will be rolling out recipes from great food experts who live by this diet too – foodies who have elevated the pyramid and food choices to soul-satisfying and beautiful meals. No sacrificing for health – this is a yummy way to live your best, most vital life and make smart choices about your health.