5 Things to Avoid to Become More Alkaline

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Naturopath Ann Boroch discusses the importance of an alkaline diet. She mentions a number of things you should avoid to help get your body in a more alkaline state. She also discusses how candida, acidity and cancer may be connected.

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Interviewer:  When we talk about diet, so many people that we talk to stress the importance of an alkaline diet.  Do you subscribe to that?  And is there a connection with that and Candida?
 
Ann Boroch:  Sure.  Because basically an acidic environment equates to inflammation which over time equates to disease.  So what's acidic that we mainly do is we do excessive red meat, caffeine, sugar, alcohol, stress.  Those are very acidic elements.  And when you are acidic, you become inflamed.  So what we need to do is alkaline more.  We do that through my favorite thing is having more dark leafy greens.  Whether you're juicing them, steaming them, sauteing them, get them down you.  I really feel that the diet needs to be about 60 percent vegetables.  Now that doesn't mean raw.  It can be different ways because some people, they're digestive tracts are so shot that they can't get away with doing raw foods initially.  They have to do cooked, steamed, etc.  So it starts with having more vegetable intake.  And then you can do raw apple cider vinegar.  Putting a tablespoon in some water every day and drinking that.  You could do fresh squeezed lemon in warm water first thing when you get up in the morning.  Breathing exercises.  It doesn't have to be as intense as we think it needs to be.  I don't think you want to drink alkaline water all day.  Because typically when you're eating you need to have that acid to break down your food.  So we're looking at more elements and ways to alkaline, but it really comes back to what's your diet like.  And if you just start to get the junk out.  The sugars and the processed foods and the fast foods.  Right there, you're alkalining the body.  You might start to manage stress, you're alkalining the body.  You hydrate more, you're alkalining the body.  So those alkalinity is certainly very important because most cancers, most chronic diseases live in an acidic environment.  
 
Interviewer:  Talk about that a little bit more and how Candida relates to cancer and then tie in the alkaline part of things as well.  How are they all connected?
 
Ann Boroch:  I feel because Candida is a ubiquitous organism, meaning it lives everywhere, and it's so easy to get out of balance in this day and age because we're all going to eat junk food at times, we all have stress, we've all taken antibiotics or steroids.  It's so easy to tip the scale and so Candida is in an overgrowth state in most people.  It then goes undetected because no one is really educated about it.  And the longer it goes on, it starts to chip away at the immune system.  And as this immune system becomes weakened, you then set the stage to have, I think, genetic mutation.  Tumors forming.  Now there are theories, there's an Italian doctor that does feel that fungus is cancer.  Dr. Doug Kaufman.  I feel that we're very much in sync in believing there's a very strong connection because I don't think you can have cancer without having fungus.  I think they go hand in hand.  Can I say fungus is all cancer?  I don't know.  But there certainly is a very strong connection.  And when you have both going on, you have an acidic environment.  And the reality is I think if we're using anti-fungal regimes with people that have cancer, we're going to see a lot more success.  So I'm not skilled enough in cancer to give you the full technology break down of all that, but I will tell you that I believe it does go hand in hand.