The body of knowledge is still accumulating, but there is emerging evidence from around the world that supports the benefits of pursuing a more alkaline diet. While an alkaline diet cannot influence blood pH levels, it appears the benefits of the diet stem from the large intake of nutrient dense plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables. For example, a study undertaken by a team at Norwich Medical School in the U.K. found that an alkaline diet may help women maintain more muscle mass independent of age, physical activity and protein intake (Welch AA et al, 2013). A review article by a researcher at the University of Alberta concluded, “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” (Schwalfenberg, 2012). We will continue to follow the story and share the results from further studies as they become available.
With a new diet popping up what seems like every day, it can be hard to keep track or even figure out which to try. The alkaline diet may be a little difficult to get into, but the end rewards more than make up for it. If you’re looking for a diet that helps with more than just weight loss, look no further!
What Is the Alkaline Diet?
The alkaline diet (also known as acid alkaline or alkaline ash diet) is at its core based around the idea of replacing acid-forming foods with alkaline foods to improve your health. As you metabolize foods and extract their energy (calories), they leave an ash as if you were burning them.
Acidic ash makes your body acidic and alkaline ash makes it alkaline, simple enough. Acid ash is believed to make you more susceptible to diseases and illnesses, whereas alkaline ash protects your body. Neutral acid has no effect.
Acidic ash foods include meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains, caffeine and alcohol, and consist of protein, phosphate, and sulfur. Alkaline foods are typically fruits, nuts, vegetables, soybeans, tofu and seeds, consisting of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Neutral acids include natural fats, starches, and sugar.
To achieve alkalinity in the body, it is okay to consume a few foods from the acidic food list above, however, these shouldn’t be making up the main part of your diet! Consider minimizing these foods significantly while dramatically upping your intake of alkaline foods and then see just how your body responds!
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The great thing about the alkaline diet is that it can work for vegetarians, vegans (with minimal substitutions) and even gluten intolerant people as well, so the transition can be smooth. Check out this helpful infographic and added list to get you started:
- Mustard Greens
- Nightshade Veggies
- Parsnips (high glycemic)
- Sweet potatoes
- Wild Greens
- Sea Veggies
- Edible Flowers
- Fermented Veggies
- Green Beans
- Chard Greens
- Collard Greens
- Tropical Fruits
- Umeboshi Plums
- Dried figs
- Honeydew Melon
- Sour cherries
- Tempeh (fermented)
Spices & Seasonings
- Sea Salt
- All Herbs
- Chili pepper
- Mineral water
- Apple cider vinegar
- Green Juices
- Veggie Juices
- Fresh Fruit Juice
- Probiotic Cultures
- Bee pollen
An alkaline diet helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol which are the biggest contributing factors to heart problems.
This is the body’s way of dealing with irritation or pain by attempting to remove it. It can often come as a result of infection or injury, so by alkalizing your body you are protecting it.
Alkalization influences and helps weight loss which is good at preventing diabetes and osteoarthritis.
This diet can make certain chemotherapy drugs more effective and less toxic. It has yet to be proven if changing acidity can actually prevent cancer, but consuming more fruits and vegetables is known to help.
The reason this diet works so well is due to increased consumption of healthy foods like fruits, vegetable, seeds and other greens while reducing or even completely removing processed junk foods. So even if you’re not looking to completely jump on board, eat more of these foods and you’re sure to feel great!
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