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“It’s not about caloric QUANTITY, it’s about QUALITY,” Dr. Gioffre says. “Everybody is made up different biochemically, and should have different caloric needs based on many factors including age, weight, height, and exercise levels.” For example, a 50-year-old male who is active may need 2,400-2,800 calories, whereas a 50-year-old female who is inactive may need less, roughly 1,600. “The body doesn’t run on calories; it is electric and it runs on salt, specifically mineral salts.” So your goal is not to cut calories, but to increase foods that are high in minerals and phytonutrients, which are alkaline foods. Dr. Gioffre says.