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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 727630, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/727630
Review Article

The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health?

University of Alberta, Suite No. 301, 9509-156 Street, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5P 4J5

Received 3 July 2011; Accepted 8 August 2011

Academic Editor: Janette Hope

Copyright © 2012 Gerry K. Schwalfenberg. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This review looks at the role of an alkaline diet in health. Pubmed was searched looking for articles on pH, potential renal acid loads, bone health, muscle, growth hormone, back pain, vitamin D and chemotherapy. Many books written in the lay literature on the alkaline diet were also reviewed and evaluated in light of the published medical literature. There may be some value in considering an alkaline diet in reducing morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases and further studies are warranted in this area of medicine.