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Why Alkaline? The Alkaline diet and its role in healing

We know many illnesses stem from how the digestive system is functioning and its impact on the immune system, and cancer is no exception. When it comes to nutrition, I like to think of the digestive system as a filter. That “filter” is designed to sift the micronutrients from the foods we eat — but when that filter isn’t working properly, due to additives, preservatives and other unnatural ingredients present in our food, the filter gets clogged. That’s why nutrition is such an important focus here at Hope4Cancer — and the alkaline diet is crucial to healing.

First, let’s define alkaline. Our bodies constantly work to maintain a delicate acid-alkaline balance, which directly affects both healthy and cancerous cells. Alkalinity and acidity are measured on a pH scale ranging from 0-14. You might recall from chemistry class that a pH less than 7 is acid, more than 7 is alkaline, and a pH of 7 is considered neutral. An alkaline diet, at its core, is based on food and beverage sources that create an alkaline pH balance in the body.

When food nutrients reach our kidneys, they produce more of either ammonium (acidic) or bicarbonate (alkaline) ions. For optimal cellular health, our blood must be slightly alkaline, with a pH of more than 7. The problem is that the diets in most developed countries are highly acid-forming. Studies suggest that when our bodies have to work to neutralize this acidic load, our health declines, leading to problems such as inflammation, allergies, arthritis, skin problems, chronic diseases and, yes, cancer.

An alkaline diet is based on nutrition that creates an alkaline pH balance in the body. The metabolism of cancer cells has a very narrow pH tolerance for cellular proliferation (mitosis), which is between 6.5 and 7.5. Therefore, when we interfere with cancer cell growth, we can halt the progression of cancer. This can be crucial in healing from cancer naturally and holistically.

So what does an alkaline diet look like? The alkaline diet is primarily plant-based, and emphasizes fresh vegetables and vegetable juices along with cruciferous vegetables and greens. The diet avoids sugar, dairy, wheat and other high-gluten grains and red meats — all of which can contribute to cancer’s growth.  

An alkaline diet based on vegetables and fruits creates an environment in which cancer cannot thrive. At the same time, the alkaline diet strengthens the immune function and supports healthy cells in the body through improved nutrition. Plus, alkaline foods are generally much higher in nutrients and antioxidants than acidic ones.

If you’re considering adding more alkalinity to your diet, start in the produce section. Choose fruits like lemons, limes and apples. For vegetables, I recommend broccoli, asparagus, avocados, onions and other green leafy vegetables. Enjoy almonds, dates or coconut water for a high-alkalinity snack.

It is surprising that the digestive system is often a forgotten part of the healing equation in conventional cancer treatment protocols. In today’s society, nutrition has also been severely compromised by foods treated with pesticides, herbicides and genetic modification. We also know many foods, such as processed sugar, exacerbate cancer. It’s no wonder that many of the cancer patients who come to Hope4Cancer for alternative, holistic cancer treatments have compromised digestive and immune systems.

At the center of every patient’s healing plan at Hope4Cancer is a personalized diet plan. The ultimate goal of our full-spectrum nutrition program is to help our patients focus on healing and support their nutritional needs when back home. At Hope4Cancer, we know that nutrition, including an alkaline diet, can help your body heal itself naturally.

25 thoughts on “Why Alkaline? The Alkaline diet and its role in healing

  1. I was diagnosed with serous uterine adenocarcinoma it was confined within the uterus and surgically removed via an open radical hysterectomy in January 2017. Stage 1C . Chemotherapy and radiation were recommended but I refused and have been following the Square 1 diet (Chris Wark- Chris Beat Cancer). I recently had a RGCC (Greek) blood test done and I have 5.6 malignant cells/ml which is greater than the 5.0 recommended. Has your clinic treated and had success with my type of very aggressive cancer? What treatment would you suggest for me ? How long a treatment would you recommend? What cost?

    1. Go to a doctor for another opinion, just in case. Based on my internet research (I am just an average person), I read a lot on lemon-juice mixed with baking soda and water, and there are recipes online for that. Apparently they say that alkalizing your body is important. Be careful not to put too much baking soda, and you are only supposed to drink the mixture on an EMPTY stomach for two weeks, then skip two weeks, and start another two weeks. Look up the proper recipe for measurements. God bless, hun!

      1. Hello Dr. Subrata
        You had mentioned the Alkaline water specifically the KANGEN water system, do you use this in the facility (hope4cancer)?

        1. We used to, I believe we have another system now. Kangen has definitely weathered the tests of time and is a respected system. However, nowadays you can also quite easily buy bottled alkaline water in health-oriented grocery stores as well. If you do your research on the quality of those waters, that may be a useful way of getting your alkaline water without having to invest in a machine.

      2. Yes Kangen water machines…we are invested in a machine at least 7 years and it’s a lifetime machine!…can’t live w/out it!

    1. Dear Gary,
      There is a lot of information on this website about foods that are appropriate for a cancer nutritional plan. However, nutrition is only one of the Seven Key Principles that must be combined with the other six for an effective treatment plan. I would strongly recommend that you schedule a call with one of our counselors to get some personalized advice on what you can do. You can do that by clicking the following link: SCHEDULE A CALL.

  2. My daughter age 33 diagnosed with melanoma stage 1 . What is the best way to build her immunesystem(on a cellular level) how to improve cells ability to repair DNA ? Also is Imiquimodcream (zyclara) helpful to apply on the skin? (Area was right lower quadrant, near appendix ).
    I’m devastated, my life has changed forever, petrified for my daughter, losing sleep and lost my happiness.

  3. My mother in law has stage 4 colon cancer. Her appendix and part of her colon had to be removed. She started dyalisis today. Can you advise a treatment to get her kidneys working again?

  4. My husband has prostrate cancer..taking Flor Essence and are doing a greens and proper foods plan…anything further …looking at going thru a DaVinci radical prostectomy.

    1. Hello Diane and thank you for reaching out. We are so sorry to hear about all your husband is going through. We are not able to give medical advice directly through our website, but please contact our admissions office at 888-544-5993 or go to and fill out the form and one of our admissions officers can get you a consultation with our doctor.

  5. Very helpful information. I have been diagnosed with triple negative stage 4. I went through chemo, surgery and doctor recommends radiation. I need help with a diet plan.

    1. Hello Nadene and thank you for reaching out.
      We are not able to give medical advice directly through our website, but please contact our admissions office at 888-544-5993 or go to and fill out the form and one of our admissions officers can get you a consultation with our doctor.

  6. Hello Dr.
    I been having problems with my digestive system, there is a lot of good I can’t eat cause it bothers my stomach, I just had endoscopy done about a month ago my doctor said my esophagus is irritated. What could you advise me to do?? And is there a test to find out how alkaline your body is. Thank you

    1. Hello Geo and thank you for reaching out.
      We are not able to give medical advice directly through our website, but please contact our admissions office at 888-544-5993 or go to and fill out the form and one of our admissions officers can get you a consultation with our doctor.

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