This is a diet based on eating foods that maintain an optimal pH level within our body fluids, including blood and urine. The foods we eat can be classified as either acid-forming or alkaline-forming.Consumption of high quantities of acid-forming foods disrupts the normal pH levels, creating an imbalance which increases susceptibility to illness. The idea behind the diet is that disease cannot thrive in a body that has an optimum pH, which is slightly alkaline.
What can I eat on the Alkaline diet?
Foods are classified as either alkaline, neutral or acid:
- Alkaline foods: Vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes
- Neutral: Starches, sugars, natural fats
- Acidic foods: Meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains, alcohol
People on the alkaline diet should aim to eat as many alkaline foods as possible.
What can’t I eat on the Alkaline diet?
- Canned and packaged snacks
What are some of the proposed benefits to the alkaline diet?
- Helps to prevent heart disease, due to lower fat intake.
- Rapidly promotes weight loss.
- A lower acid diet can ease symptoms of kidney damage.
- Alkaline minerals in the diet help to reduce back pains.
- The diet promotes healthy muscles.
Are there any negatives to the Alkaline diet?
- The diet is based on limited research and it is unlikely that a diet can have a considerable effect on our blood PH.
- Our bodies are equipped to balance it’s internal systems and many foods that are avoided in this diet are actually healthy foods such as eggs and whole grains
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