There is so much evidence supporting the benefit of eating and living alkaline.
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of scientific research studies published to show the alkaline diet is beneficial for, if not the answer to, preventing and reversing a wide variety of conditions.
And in the past two years, this research has really been stepped up with regards to the alkaline state of the body and Chronic Kidney Disease, and kidney function overall.
This is no surprise, as the kidneys are primarily responsible for excreting the high acidic load provided by our modern diet and lifestyle. [Ref]
Historically, of course, our diet was not so acid-heavy as our current Westernised diet is.
Our body has not evolved with the capacity to excrete the consistent, strongly-acid-forming by-products of our diet.
We evolved eating fresh foods, not processed, sugary, grain-based, trans-fat, refined foods – and our body simply cannot cope with this.
As noted in the hugely influential paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2005, we are poorly designed for this contemporary diet, and it could be contributing to the pathogenesis of many chronic diseases, including CKD.
And the research is mounting in support of an alkaline diet-based approach to preventing and reversing kidney conditions, including CKD:
Alkaline Diet and/or Supplementation Halts the Decline of Kidney Function
In this 2014 research paper, the researchers found that in randomised studies, consuming an alkaline-rich diet of vegetables, alkaline fruits and a reduction in acid-forming foods alongside supplementation with alkaline minerals such as sodium bicarbonate was able to provide long-term benefits to the kidneys by balancing the acid-base load in the body.
It’s evidence again that what we eat effect’s our body’s pH balance, and specifically, in this research, with regards to the stress that a high-acid diet creates.
Randomized controlled trials showed that base substitution, either by modification of the diet or by simply adding alkalizing agents, might halt the decline of kidney function in subjects with CKD. In 2012 a meta-analysis concluded that alkali therapy might provide a long-term favorable effect on renal function in patients with CKD.
Remember – the alkaline diet is NOT about trying to increase your pH – it is about supporting the body to maintain its acid-base homeostasis.
Your body needs to keep your pH at 7.365, and the alkaline diet is about helping it do that job, because the stress created by forcing the body to constantly have to draw alkaline minerals to balance the pH, plus the stress caused by having to excrete excess acids is HUGE.
And as these papers show, this stress could be the basis of most chronic disease in the Western world.
Alkalinity in the Diet Reduces Stress on the Kidneys + Acidic Diet Directly Contributes to CKD
In this 2015 research paper, published in the journal Kidney International, the authors highlight that CKD is directly impacted by the acid/alkaline balance in the body, and that one of the major influencers on the likelihood of developing CKD is the level of acidity in the diet.
”Normalization of acid–base homeostasis in chronic kidney disease (CKD) holds promise for mitigating disease progression…high dietary acid load coupled with impaired tubular function results in metabolic acidosis and CKD progression”
High Dietary Acid Load Directly Leads to Acidosis & CKD Progression
The researchers Julia Scalia (Assistant Professor of Medicine in Nephrology at the Duke Clinical Research Institute) and Cheryl Anderson (Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UCSD), in their 2013 paper in the Journal of Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease found that high dietary acid load produces long-term acidosis, leading to increased need for acid excretion and thus stress to the kidneys.
They recommend public health strategies to focus on improving diet quality and increasing alkalinity/decreasing acidity in the diet.
In the setting of chronic kidney disease, a high dietary acid load invokes adaptive mechanisms to increase acid excretion. These adaptations may promote renal injury. Additionally, high dietary acid loads produce low-grade, subclinical acidosis that may result in bone and muscle loss.
…studies suggest that lowering the dietary acid load can improve subclinical acidosis, preserve bone and muscle, and slow decline of glomerular filtration rate in animal models and humans.
This is just three of a number of recent studies that highlight the clear connection between:
High-acid/low-alkaline diet > long-term acidosis > stress on the kidneys to repeatedly excrete excess acidity > progression of CKD…
And of course, this could go much, much further…
The alkaline diet is connected with the prevention and improvement of dozens of conditions. And of course, that’s
In the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, the researchers, Dorothy Zeviar, Michael Gonzalez et al state in their 2014 paper “The Role of Mitochondria in Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases”:
“The evidence appears to be strong that an alkaline diet high in antioxidants (fruits and vegetables) would help prevent chronic degenerative disease and cancer, and lead to a better quality of life.”
And it is certainly getting more and more commonplace for the alkaline diet to be cited as a huge contributor to the prevention and control of many chronic diseases.
People are often quick to criticise…
Having been living alkaline for over 13 years, and coaching and helping thousands upon thousands of others to do the same, I know how hard it is when people (friends, family, doctors, the media) criticise the alkaline diet.
So it’s great to give you access to this kind of research.
In my post a few months back called “5 Things the Media Needs to Know About the Alkaline Diet” I highlighted a few simple facts about the alkaline diet that most people (be it the media or your family/friends) get wrong, and wrongly assume…
So if you often find yourself answering questions from folks who are skeptical about your diet, this is a great help in answering those questions and reminding yourself why this approach to diet and health is just soooo good.
Kidney Healing Juice Coming Soon…
In the next couple of days I’ll be posting a new juice recipe containing all of the most kidney-supporting foods so that you can take this research and apply it in your diet.
And in the meantime, as ever, any questions at all – please post them below, I’d love to hear from you!
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