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The Myth of Alkalizing Your Body

If you’ve tried dieting in the past, you may have heard the myth about alkaline diets. Alkalizing your body by eating mainly bicarbonate-rich foods doesn’t change the pH of your blood very much, if any. However, alkalizing diets have proven health benefits by increasing the acid buffering capacity of the blood immensely and lowering chronic disease risks.

What Is an Alkaline Diet?

Alkalizing your body involves eating foods rich in bicarbonate, which is mainly found in plant food sources. Alkaline diets are also sometimes referred to as alkaline ash diets or alkaline acid diets. The Hallelujah diet is a diet that alkalizes the body, helping you ward off cancer and other diseases naturally. When following an alkaline diet, you’ll avoid foods high in acid. While doing so doesn’t change your blood pH, alkaline foods help buffer acids, increasing your body’s natural ability to fight disease.

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Which Foods Are Included in Alkaline Diets?

Foods included in most alkalizing diets are:

  • Low-acid fruits
  • Most vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Soybeans
  • Tofu
  • Other soy foods
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Legumes
  • Plant oils
  • Avocados
  • Herbal teas

These foods are considered alkaline because they have a higher pH than acidic foods. Some supporters of the alkaline diet believe in drinking alkaline water, mineral water, or baking soda mixed with water to further alkalize the body.

Foods to Avoid when Following Alkaline Diets

When following an alkaline diet, you should AVOID the following high-acid foods:

  • Cheeses
  • Other dairy foods
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Refined grains (such as white bread)
  • Processed foods
  • Added sugars
  • Convenience foods
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Acidic fruits
  • Acidic vegetables
  • Coffee

To sum it up, when alkalizing your body you’ll avoid animal foods and steer clear of acidic fruits and vegetables—such as tomatoes, oranges, and grapefruits.

Does Alkalizing Your Body Work?

The reason alkaline diets benefit your health isn’t because low-acid foods lower your blood pH level. Your stomach stays acidic to break down the foods you eat, and your body maintains a steady blood pH level in order to survive.

However, eliminating meat, processed foods, refined grains, alcohol, and added sugars is effective for weight loss and reduced disease risks. Compared with traditional American diets, studies show that plant-based diets offer numerous health and wellness benefits such as a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, diverticular disease, and eye cataracts. Additional studies found that diets rich in alkaline foods cause very small increases in blood pH, and alkaline-forming foods appear to help:

  • Improve bone mineral density
  • Protect against osteoporosis
  • Improve muscle mass
  • Protect against chronic illnesses
  • Reduce cancer cell invasion
  • Excrete toxins from the body
  • Reduce heart disease and cancer risks
  • Lower total mortality rates

Protection against disease from an alkalizing diet is also due to antioxidants, other vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which are abundant in plant foods.

What Should I Eat?

When following the Hallelujah Diet to reap extensive health benefits and avoid disease, choose an all-plant-based diet containing about 85% raw plant foods and 15% cooked plant-based foods. Choose a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, oils, and plant proteins (such as tofu and seitan).

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Getting Started with the Hallelujah Diet

Getting healthy has never been easier when following the alkalizing Hallelujah diet! God designed plant foods to naturally protect your body from illness and disease. That’s why chronic disease runs rampant in a society of people who eat mainly refined, processed foods and animal foods. You’ll look and feel younger, have more energy, and reduce disease risk factors (such as high cholesterol and elevated blood sugar) when beginning the Hallelujah diet. Sign up today to eliminate sickness naturally and receive delicious meal plans and recipes!

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  1. I’m so glad there is something I can do to help prevent sickness and disease. So many people in our society are getting terrible diseases. I want to eat food that will contribute toward good health.

  2. Thank you for the information on the types of foods that are more geared toward an alkaline diet. It’s terrible how most of the foods that are on the high-acid list are standard in most people’s diets in today’s world.

  3. I have always been told by my natural health doctor to avoid soy products. So is HA suggesting we eat soy products now? There are so many conflicting studies about soy that I would like HA’s full opinion on this.

    • Hallelujah Diet is not a big proponent of eating soy. Occasional consumption of organic soy is OK.
      I had the privilege of asking Dr. Russell Blaylock about soy lecithin. He said it was fine to consume the lecithin from soy as a supplement.
      After reading the book, “The Blue Zones”, which researched what the longest living cultures in the world eat, the author found that tofu was a big staple in Okinawa. Here is a quick read on that.

  4. There are a few health advocates out there, one a former heart surgeon, who propose that legumes and grains are detrimental to our health. They believe this because they contain “lectins” which they believe can permeate the 1-cell lining of our intestinal tract causing leaky gut. I haven’t read anything about this on your site but was wondering your insight into this issue. What do you believe concerning lectins? Are they legit? A former heart surgeon wrote a book (and sells numerous supplements) entitled “Plant Paradox” in which he claims he has healed many people by fixing the gut. I tried reading through it, but the author clearly is an evolutionist referring to our primate ancestors – and he also steers his clients away from eating fruit (which he believes contain numerous lectins).

    I’ve followed the Genesis 3 (Hallelujah) diet believing God knows better than man as to what I should put into my body; however, I’m not quite certain what to think about this whole don’t-eat-lectins issue.

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