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    Acid/Alkaline Balance

    I've read from a variety of sources that it is important to keep an acid/alkaline balance in your body by eating (and not eating) certain foods, as well as drinking "alkaline water," in order to prevent a variety of disease conditions. A quick search on Google will give many results, but here is one:

    http://www.naturalhealthschool.com/acid-alkaline.html

    I've also heard that this whole theory is nonsense; that the only thing in your body that can change its pH balance is your urine, which gives no indication of your health:

    http://www.quackwatch.org/01Quackery...SH/coral2.html

    Anyone know anything about this?

    Also, as a sub-topic, my Nutrition professor here at college says that low carbohydrate diets cause ketosis (not the questionable point), and that the ketones in the body as a result are acidic, which puts your body into an acidic (bad) state. Does this claim go against the second article I posted?
    Last edited by threatmix; 01-16-2006 at 12:07 PM.

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    yes the ketones are acidic, but the buffering capacity of the body is much greater than any effect the ketones will have

    as long as your kidneys are functioning (and your lungs) the ph will be strinctly maintained

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    ketoacidosis is really only a problem for diabetics

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    I see. Any legitimacy in keeping a pH balance of the body for a regular-carbohydrate diet?

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    The buffering ability of the body seems to be very good as long as you're healthy and that your body got all the minerals and vitamins it needs.

    And the pH in your intestines will be perfect as long as you have the right amount of stomach acid and the right intestinal flora.

    Alkaline water seems to be quackery, just eat a lot of good quality meat, a lot of veggies and your pH will be perfect.

    Quackwatch.org is quackery, a lot of things there are non-sense. Look there http://quackpo****ch.org/ .

    There might be some real application to the "alkalizing theory", such as the use of cesium and rubidium salts in the treatment of cancer.

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    http://quackpo t w a t c h .org
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