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Alkaline lifestyle


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A presentation on alkaline diet research. Emphasis is put on the impact of stress on health.

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Alkaline lifestyle

  1. 1. The Alkaline Lifestyle Dr. Bobby Parmar, BASc., ND Naturopathic Physician evolve Nurturing Vitality
  2. 2. “ One of the most consistent acidogenic influences on pH regulatory Systems is the Western diet” (Berkemeyer, 2009)
  3. 3. The Alkaline Diet blood pH 7.35-7.45 salivary pH 6.30-6.8 urinary pH 4.50-8.0 <ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Acids </li></ul><ul><li>Bases </li></ul><ul><li>Alkaline ash foods include some fresh fruit and raw vegetables, and tubers. Acid ash foods include all animal products, whole grains, beans and other seeds, fungi and processed oils. </li></ul><ul><li>Regulations </li></ul><ul><li>The body must buffer or eliminate </li></ul><ul><li>If the body eliminates it does through lungs, kidneys, and skin </li></ul><ul><li>If the body buffers it may do so through mineral mass like calcium from the skeleton or bicarbonate in the blood. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Organs of pH Balance All of these systems must function efficiently to maintain optimal acid base balance. If there is an impairment in one of these systems, or if the daily production of acids is too high to be buffered appropriately, the cells and tissues become too acidic.
  5. 5. Buffer and Eliminate ion trapping, xenobiotics, toxins, drugs
  6. 6. The Alkaline Diet <ul><li>Positives </li></ul><ul><li>Unifying features that are compatible with healthy living </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes generally healthy eating </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-inflammatory and low stress </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches about food quality and character. Allows us to get to know our food. </li></ul><ul><li>Pitfalls </li></ul><ul><li>Too many versions </li></ul><ul><li>Unsubstantiated in large clinical trials/Evidence Based Medicine does support indirectly </li></ul><ul><li>Testing not always dependable </li></ul><ul><li>Overly Complicated </li></ul><ul><li>Unnecessary restrictions </li></ul>
  7. 7. Weight! <ul><li>Acid and… </li></ul><ul><li>Increased body weight </li></ul><ul><li>Increased waist circumference </li></ul><ul><li>Elevated cholesterol </li></ul><ul><li>Hypertension </li></ul><ul><li>Maalouf MA et al. Low urine pH: a novel feature of the metabolic syndrome. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol: 2007; 2: 883-8. </li></ul><ul><li>… weight </li></ul><ul><li>More alkaline urine is associated with lean body mass </li></ul><ul><li>Increased stamina and performance in sports. </li></ul><ul><li>Decreased recovery time. </li></ul><ul><li>Dawson-Hughes B et al. Alkaline diets favour lean body mass in older adults. Am J Clin Nut. 2004b; 80(6 Suupl): 17175-205. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Celiac and Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy </li></ul><ul><li>Grains </li></ul><ul><li>Diabetes and Impaired glucose tolerance </li></ul><ul><li>Sugars </li></ul><ul><li>Arachadonic acid and inflammation </li></ul><ul><li>Meat </li></ul>
  9. 9. We Need Acids
  10. 10. <ul><li>Brown Rice </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin C </li></ul><ul><li>Cabbage </li></ul>
  11. 11. Why are some more susceptible than others?
  12. 12. Acid = CAUSTIC <ul><li>C ooked Acid </li></ul><ul><li>A llergic Acid </li></ul><ul><li>e U peptic Acid </li></ul><ul><li>S tress Acid </li></ul><ul><li>T errain Acid </li></ul><ul><li>I nflammatory Acid </li></ul><ul><li>C limate Acid </li></ul>
  13. 13. Autonomic Nervous System <ul><li>Sympathetic </li></ul><ul><li>Parasympathetic </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Cortisol Connection Swiss Study Acidogenic, Western-type, diet for nine days Elevated stress hormones like cortisol. Subjects given Bicarbonate supplements and cortisol levels dropped to normal. Maurer et al., Neutralization of Western diet inhibits bone resorption independently of K intake and reduces cortisol secretion in humans. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 2003; 284:F32-40.
  15. 15. Cortisol Effects
  16. 16. A study in self control – Stress exhaustion VS.
  17. 17. Acid Tests Skin Thermometers
  18. 18. Cancer Immune Cells Vitamin D Iron (Ferrous vs Ferric)
  19. 19. Sports Performance <ul><li>Lindh AM et al., Sodium bicarbonate improves swimming performance. Int J Sports Med. 2008; 29(6): 519-23. </li></ul><ul><li>McNaughton L, et al., Effects of chronic bicarbonate ingestion on the performance of high intensity work. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol 1990; 80: 333-6. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Leaky Gut and the 4Rs <ul><li>Acidosis is associated with gut barrier dysfunction , as well as free radical production and chronic oxidative stress. A hyperpermeable gastrointestinal tract has been associated with many different diseases </li></ul><ul><li>Unno N et al. Hyperpermeability of intestinal epithelial monolayers is induced by NO: effect of low extracellular pH. AM J Physiol. 1997; 272(5 Pt 1): G923-34. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Acid Tests Urine pH
  22. 23. Random Urine Samples 24 Hour Urine Samples OR First Morning Urine Samples? <ul><li>Welch AA et al. Urine pH is an indicator of dietary acid-base load, fruit and vegetables and meat intakes: results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) – Norfolk population stufy. Br J Nutr. 2008; 99(6): 1335-43 </li></ul>
  23. 24. Treatment Options
  24. 26. Quackwatch Has many valid points but misses the big picture
  25. 27. Quackwatch “ When you take in more protein than your body needs, your body cannot store it, so the excess amino acids are converted to organic acids that would acidify your blood. But your blood never becomes acidic because as soon as the proteins are converted to organic acids, calcium leaves your bones to neutralize the acid and prevent any change in pH. Because of this, many scientists think that taking in too much protein may weaken bones to cause osteoporosis.”
  26. 28. DIET <ul><li>Med Hypotheses. 2009 Sep;73(3):347-56. Epub 2009 May 1. Acid-base balance and weight gain: are there crucial links via protein and organic acids in understanding obesity? </li></ul><ul><li>Berkemeyer S. </li></ul>
  27. 29. STRESS <ul><li>Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2003 Jan;284(1):F32-40. Epub 2002 Sep 24. Neutralization of Western diet inhibits bone resorption independently of K intake and reduces cortisol secretion in humans.Maurer M, Riesen W, Muser J, Hulter HN, Krapf R. </li></ul>
  28. 30. Thank You