Alkaline diet: What cancer patients should know

There’s so much information surrounding cancer and diet that it can be hard to separate the myths from the facts. That’s especially true when it comes to trendy diets. The alkaline diet is one such trendy diet that often comes up in conversations about both cancer treatment and prevention. So, to learn more about this diet we talked to Maria Petzel, a senior clinical dietitian at MD Anderson. Here’s what she had to say. What is the alkaline diet? The alkaline diet is based on the theory that eating certain foods can change the body’s acid levels, also called the pH levels. Some believe that changing the body’s pH levels can improve your health and help you lose weight or even prevent cancer. But there’s no way the foods you eat can alter the pH level of your blood. The body’s pH is a very tightly regulated system. If you change your diet, you may see changes in the pH of your saliva or urine because these are waste products, but there’s no way you could ever eat enough that it really impacts your blood. What is alkaline water? While we can’t comment on specific brands, most alkaline water is just like bottled water with different mineral content. Alkaline water also can’t change the pH of your blood.   What is the link between the alkaline diet and cancer? Some studies have shown that acidic environments help cancer cells grow. So the idea is that a diet high in alkaline foods (high pH) and low in acidic foods will raise the body’s pH levels (make the body more alkaline)...

Alkaline diet: What cancer patients should know

There’s so much information surrounding cancer and diet that it can be hard to separate the myths from the facts. That’s especially true when it comes to trendy diets. The alkaline diet is one such trendy diet that often comes up in conversations about both cancer treatment and prevention. So, to learn more about this diet we talked to Maria Petzel, a senior clinical dietitian at MD Anderson. Here’s what she had to say. What is the alkaline diet? The alkaline diet is based on the theory that eating certain foods can change the body’s acid levels, also called the pH levels. Some believe that changing the body’s pH levels can improve your health and help you lose weight or even prevent cancer. But there’s no way the foods you eat can alter the pH level of your blood. The body’s pH is a very tightly regulated system. If you change your diet, you may see changes in the pH of your saliva or urine because these are waste products, but there’s no way you could ever eat enough that it really impacts your blood. What is alkaline water? While we can’t comment on specific brands, most alkaline water is just like bottled water with different mineral content. Alkaline water also can’t change the pH of your blood.   What is the link between the alkaline diet and cancer? Some studies have shown that acidic environments help cancer cells grow. So the idea is that a diet high in alkaline foods (high pH) and low in acidic foods will raise the body’s pH levels (make the body more alkaline)...