Alkaline Diet Questions with Gareth (#21)


Gareth EdwardsHey everyone!

Each fortnight we’re putting the best alkaline diet questions we receive from you to our Alkaline Diet Expert, Dr Young trained blood analyst and highly qualified nutritionist – Gareth Edwards.

Gareth is right at the very top of his field, so these answers are absolutely the best you’ll find from arguably Britain’s most qualified expert in this area!

Q&A With Gareth Edwards

Question One: Raw Food Diet in Winter

As winter approaches, it seems harder to stick to a raw food diet. Shouldn’t we be eating more cooked root vegetables at this time of year?

Seasonal eating is increasingly gaining weight and momentum amongst the intellectual middle classes, with good reason. Eating what’s available from local food producers makes sense nutritionally and ecologically.

It’s more challenging (but still possible) to grow greens in winter conditions and a cooked leek and potato or butternut squash and ginger soup can certainly create a feel-good inner warmth. The reality however is that low sugar vegetables (that grow above the ground) are still needed to maintain energy and vitality in the winter months.

If you are a super keen alkaliser you may be sprouting your own seeds and beans and even growing your own wheatgrass. You can keep doing that during winter. I’ve also seen Cavelo Nero poking through the snow in my mother-in-law’s garden in Switzerland.

You may choose to eat some more root vegetables during winter, but you need to keep hunting out and consuming fresh produce too.

Question Two: Pregnancy & The Alkaline Diet

I have just found out that I am pregnant. I want to have a super healthy pregnancy, but wonder if green drinks and an alkaline diet will be safe and give the baby all it needs to develop?

Alkaline Diet Recipe Book BannerIn a word “yes”! The same rules apply to healthy eating and living when pregnant, as for the rest of life. Quite often we’re led to believe that animal protein from chicken, fish and dairy products are essential to ensure healthy foetal growth. The reality is that these foods are actually difficult to digest and can cause flatulence, bloating and constipation. It is important that your digestive tract is in peak functioning order during (and before and after) pregnancy. This will mean that the body’s first filtering system is working efficiently. Constipation and bloating are likely to lead to toxic matter passing into the blood.

Green plant foods are the healthiest way to support digestive health and make healthy blood. Both of these will help support the healthy growth and development of your baby.

In addition to this, your body will be “working hard” during this time. Remembering Newton’s principal that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, we can be aware that the making of bones, eyes, and a brain in your growing baby, creates acidic by-products. These need to be eliminated from your body. This, if anything, increases the need for consuming alkaline water with green powder and alkaline salts. Fresh green juice will also help eliminate acids.

Dark green leafy and other vegetables and low sugar fruits, contain fibre, phyto-nutrients and minerals (calcium and magnesium) in bio-accessible forms.

Powdered green vegetables and mineral salts should be safe to consume during pregnancy and afterwards during breast feeding. You should however still enjoy your food (and life) while new life is growing inside you. You don’t need to become a nun to have a healthy child!

Question Three: Immunisation

I normally have a flu jab at this time of year, but I’m wondering how I can be immunised against all the different strains of flu (bird flu, swine flu etc) with one jab. What can I do to protect myself with food and drinks?

Well it may be a surprise to you (it was to me) to find out that the “formula” for the flu vaccine is debated and developed each year, based on the perceived “threats” from viruses at the time. That said, it probably doesn’t come as great surprise, that I am somewhat dubious about this method of “protecting” yourself from disease.

The idea that you inject small quantities of a disease causing agent directly into the blood in order to “prime” the immune system is, in my opinion, at best questionable. On top of that, some of the ingredients in vaccines (as well as disease causing agents) are toxic to both body and blood.

My preferred course of action would be to maintain your immunity through healthy lifestyle, diet and hydration choices. As we start to move into the festival of sugar and alcohol time of the year, it can be tricky to hold on to the principals of alkalising. If you want to stay energised through the winter, it’s important to keep drinking your greens.

I haven’t had a flu (or any other) jab for years and I haven’t had flu for years either.

Question Four: pH & ORP values for Ionised Water

Ionising machines produce a wide range of PH and ORP levels. What are the recommended pH & ORP values for Ionised drinking water for both therapeutic purposes and long-term maintenance purposes? In Dr Robert Young’s video he states -250 ORP and pH 9.5 but doesn’t clarify how the values have been derived and whether these are for therapeutic or maintenance purposes. Many thanks Saj

Saj has really gone to task on alkaline water and is researching the subject thoroughly. He’s bought an ORP metre to test the water that comes out of his ioniser. My own view is that you should build up slowly to the levels suggested by Dr. Young and then continue drinking water at a pH of 8.5 to 9.5 for maintenance and health.

The levels Dr. Young suggests are likely to be towards the upper end of what he considers safe, based on research on himself and his patients. Drinking or eating over alkaline foods or fluids while your body adjusts could cause nausea and excessive de-toxification.

Saj has also sent us an interesting link relating to how ionised water may contribute positively to digestive health: click here to read!

Question Five: Gareth’s Phone Consultation

I have been thinking to book a phone consultation with Gareth, however would like to know first how a typical consultation looks like and why I should choose this over an actual consultation at the clinic?

Here’s some information about phone consultations. The primary reason for choosing this over a clinic consultation, would probably be geographic. For people in Blackpool, Edinburgh, Belfast, Germany, Monaco or …. Trinidad, a journey to London may not be practical. That said the cost and time saving might appeal to more local people.

The consultation can be done on the phone or with cameras running on Skype. You’ll need to fill in a short questionnaire and a food diary. I’ll need to know your medical history and any medication that you are taking. We’ll review what’s going on in your life, what you’re eating and drinking and any nutritional supplements you are taking.
Based on that information, I’d hope to be able to make some suggestions of changes that may help you start feeling better and having more energy.

Sometimes it’s just a case of helping you understand the maze of information around alkalising, sometimes it’s helping you to understand why you might be finding making healthy food choices tricky.

It’s also a way to put your toe in the water with alkalising and having someone help you to see health from a different perspective.

Disclaimer: These answers are not intended to diagnose and do not replace the advice of a qualified physician.

If you have a question for Gareth leave it in the comments below!

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  1. Sarah Reply

    I have fibromyalgia and am going through quite a bad flare up at the moment which I think is caused by a bereavement in the family and the resulting lack of care over my diet. I’ve been reading up on the alkaline diet but don’t really know where do start. Any helpful suggestions for beginners?

  2. monarch123 Reply

    I have a question about supplements. I tend to get shaky if I am not getting my B vitamins. I need to take them at night to try and sleep. I have a supplement that helps with bipolar naturally that contains myo-inositol and a bunch of natural minerals, and vitamins. Is this okay as far as the alkaline protocal? Thanks, Lisa

  3. margodevine Reply

    Most of us are affected by acidosis simply because we live in the modern world. Our topsoils have been stripped and our food supply chain is devoid of minerals and other vital nutrients. We are eating a diet high in animal proteins, sweeteners, and processed food with few fruits and vegetables. If we move toward a diet full of raw whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and spices, we can quickly ease a great deal of this burden and use food to our advantage.

  4. Stacy Marsh Reply

    Currently I am having kinesiology to treat candida, heavy metal contamination and a leaky gut. I also suffer from low blood sugar from a result of the above and have been eating some protein with every meal and snack otherwise I feel weak, shaky and develop headaches or migraines. I am interested in the alkaline diet but worry I wouldnt be getting enough protein and may feel worse, what are your thoughts.
    Stacy Marsh

  5. mary Reply

    Hi, i love the suggestion you offered to us, may i know if green tea is counted as alkaline as well?

  6. sophie jeeves Reply

    Hi Gareth,
    I am running the Royalparks Half marathon on Sunday. My first half maratho. Training has been pretty good -have been trying to keep to an alkaline diet (sometimes I’m good, sometimes not!) .
    What would be the ideal thing to eat the morning of the race – race starts at 9.30? I have followed many guidelines from Stu Mittlemans book (fantastic inspiration!) but he doesn’t actually recommend what one should eat before a race.
    Thank you Gareth.

  7. Nettie M Reply

    I agree 100% about question 4 regarding immunizations. It has always bothered me to get a flu shot because of what you have pointed out. Thanks so much for the information. It makes sense to me.

  8. Dora Reply

    I have severe osteoporosis, I am shortly going on an Alternative protocal treatment, which requires me not to take a calcium supplement, but requires me to have foods with a high percentage of magnesium to calcium in order to clear calcification from joints and all places it should not be. I do have a high propotion of my meals using raw vegetable and greens such as spiach etc. I also take Dr Youngs Greens. What more can I do?

  9. Terri Reply

    What is the ph of raw chia seeds?

    Thank you.

  10. Katherine Reply

    i’ve been drinking bird nest soup every night (i only get the homemade kind back at home). the only reason why i drink it is because it’s supposed to be good for complexion.

    i’ve been taking the store-bought kind online (e.g. of famous branded only of course) which is directly mailed from Hong Kong. this would be at a more affordable price.

  11. Nieves Reply

    Hi Gareth,

    According to what I have read, macrobiotics don´t eat tomato, potato, overgine and pepper because these are products grown by the moon and, therefore, it seems they are not good for health. What will be the answer from the alkaline approach to this statment?
    Thank you very much for your helpful section.