You may not have heard of this up-and-coming craze but let’s explore the alkaline diet. It’s not only a great way to control your weight, but will also help you lead a healthier lifestyle. The foods are divided into two groups, either being acid or alkaline based. It is believed that a healthy alkaline diet is composed of 20% of acid-forming foods and 80% of alkaline-forming foods.
Foods that generally produce an alkaline residue include citrus fruits and other low sugar fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. This is what a majority of western diets lack these days and is potentially why our bodies are out of balance. Foods to avoid include grains, dairy, meat, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and fungi. (A more extensive list can be found at http://www.energiseforlife.com/list_of_alkaline_foods.php ).
Our blood has a pH level around 7.3-7.4, which is slightly alkaline; therefore our dietary intake should reflect this. This level is important as the body is able to function and absorb minerals at an optimal level. In today’s society as our diet replicates an acid-producing diet, our body attempts to restore this balance. Therefore the main reason for partaking in the alkaline diet is to restore the body’s acid-base homeostasis (balance), and to avoid any associated diseases/health issues common to metabolic acidosis. Diets high in acid-producing foods tend to disrupt the pH levels in the blood, causing the body to use stored essential minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium to rebalance our pH levels and depleting these mineral stores and leading to other possible health issues. It has been stated that the lower your blood pH levels (more acidic), the more prone you are to storing fat, increasing your weight.
This diet is recommended for people who feel tired or lack energy, have a lot of stress in their lives, suffer from viral infections, frequent colds and flu, nasal congestions, digestion problems, headaches, anxiety, ovarian cysts, and muscle and joint pains and spasms. Some common health benefits associated to an alkaline diet include: an increase in energy levels, an increase in bone mass (more predominantly in the older population), prevention of osteoporosis, arthritis, age-related muscle wasting and the formation of calcium kidney stones.
Overall there are many people who can benefit from the alkaline diet and there is much research and many cook books dedicated to this topic. If you have any medical or health concerns, consult your doctor before beginning such a program. It’s completely natural and there are no added supplements or products to buy, so why not try an alkaline diet today and see the benefits it can give you.