Alkaline Diet Review

An alkaline diet is where individuals replace acid-producing foods with more alkaline foods for better overall health. Being that this type of diet can aid in stabilizing the pH within your body, it is showing a lot of promise with helping to fight certain diseases even some cancers. In this article, we will explore what the diet is and the science behind it to better understand how it can improve health.

Alkaline diets are designed to allow you to improve your general health by replacing acidic foods with those that are more alkaline in nature. The aim of the diet is to stabilize your body’s PH (acid/alkaline, PH over 7 is acidic, 7 is considered neutral, under 7 is alkaline) levels. This diet is becoming increasingly popular due to the promise it has shown in fighting cancers and other diseases. This article will explain the science behind the diet and more importantly show you how this diet can help you improve your health.

What exactly is an Alkaline diet?

This diet is also known as the acid-alkaline or the alkaline ash diet. The main reason people adopt this diet is to change the PH levels in their body. Your bodies PH levels are affected by your body’s metabolism (how your body converts food to energy) , the chemical process by which your body produces energy from food. This process is essential for your body to healthily function, unfortunately, this chemical process leaves behind some waste or metabolic residue.

Your body’s natural metabolism (the conversion of food to energy) is a chemical reaction that is made to help breakdown food. Depending on the food involved, this waste can be acidic, neutral or alkaline. Certain foods leave behind either acidic, alkaline or neutral waste. This waste is present in your blood until it is eventually filtered out. Bloods that have a higher PH level or are more acidic are known to be a factor in a number of illnesses. Studies have shown that alkaline blood is healthier and better for your body. Eating a more balanced diet can help keep the PH levels of your blood lower.

Proteins, phosphates and sulphur are known to leave behind acidic waste, whole foods that are high in magnesium, calcium and potassium leave alkaline waste in the body

Research has shown that the following foods are either alkaline, acidic or neutral…

Alkaline foods

  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Fruits
  • Nuts.

Neutral foods

  • Sugars
  • Starches
  • natural-fats.

Acidic foods

  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Grains
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • alcohol

What is your body’s normal PH level?

To understand the alkaline diet, you must first understand PH levels in the body. As we mentioned before PH is the measure of how alkaline or acidic things are. Keeping the PH levels of your body in balance is important as people who levels are either too low or too high regularly experience problems and are more prone to illness.

The PH scale runs from 0 to 14, Acidic 0.0-6.9, Neutral- 7.0 and Alkaline 7.1-14.0. Following an alkaline diet will help keep your PH below 7, this can be tested by monitoring the PH levels of your urine using special PH sticks. At this point it is important not to compare your PH levels to someone elses and every person’s body is different and levels can vary greatly. Your focus should just be on finding the correct balance for your body.

It is also important to remember that your body needs certain acids in order to function healthily, an example is your stomach which cannot function without acid, it uses a lot to break down your foods. As important as an alkaline diet is to your health it should be pointed out that having levels that are too high or too low is not healthy either, this could be an indication of an underlying problem such as diabetes or excessive alcohol consumption.

How can an alkaline diet affect your body?

The importance of consistent PH levels in your blood to your overall health cannot be understated. If your PH levels drop below a normal level, it can cause cells in your body to malfunction and potentially have fatal consequences. Luckily our bodies naturally regulate our PH levels and usually do so very effectively. This process is called acid-base homeostasis. This function is highly tuned, and the PH levels in our blood are rarely affected by the food that we eat. An alkaline diet impacts the PH levels of our urine. This is an indicator of how healthy your body is regulating the acid in your blood. In other words, when you eat something that is highly acidic, your urine will naturally be acidic for hours afterwards. The body works overtime to rid itself of the acidic waste. When you check the PH levels of your urine, these will not reflect the PH levels of your blood, but it can act as an indicator as to how well your alkaline diet is functioning.

What effect does the alkaline diet have on osteoporosis?

A reduction in the number of minerals in your bones is caused by a chronic disease called osteoporosis. This is more common to women and results in a loss of bone density and causes fractures. Maintaining an Alkaline diet helps maintain a healthy PH level in your body and helps reduce the effect of acid producing foods, who can prevent the absorption of Calcium, which is essential for maintaining bone density.

Alkaline diets have also been linked to the health of both your kidneys and lungs. If the PH levels in your blood are imbalanced, then your lungs and kidneys are forced to work harder than they should filter the excess acid coming from your diet. Again the alkaline diet is focused on finding a balance between your body’s need for a healthy acidic level for natural functions. While keeping it alkaline enough to promote the absorption of both collagen and calcium both of which are essential to promoting healthy bones.

The link between a high acid diet and cancer

There is much debate over the links between diets that are highly acidic and cancer. There are conflicting studies, some state that there is no link between high acidic levels in the body and an elevated risk of getting cancer. Others state that cancer cells can only grow in acidic environments, thus maintaining a higher level alkaline diet will prevent cancer cells from forming. As we stated earlier there is no link between an alkaline diet and the reduction of PH levels in the blood.

It is also important to note that cancer cells are known to form in the perfectly healthy tissues that maintain a normal alkaline level. While cancer cells can form in both alkaline and acidic environments, cancer cells grow faster when acidic levels are higher, tumors are known to produce their own acid to increase the rate they grow at.

The History of Alkaline diets

Both evolutionary and scientific studies on the links between an alkaline diet and that of the diets of our ancestors have proven to be inconclusive. Studies into the diets of pre-agricultural peoples show that they ate nearly a 90% alkaline based diet. Other research showed a more balanced result showing our ancestors eating a diet that was 50% acidic-inducing and 50% alkaline based. One important thing to remember is that in the past a person’s diet was very heavily influenced by the region in which they lived. Historically people who lived close to the equator had more access to fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts, therefore ate a more alkaline heavy diet. People who live further away ate diets heavier in meat and other acidic foods.

In summary:

An alkaline diet encourages people to eat more plants based foods, fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods. There is an abundance of scientific evidence showing these foods are good for your health. They will also promote a more balanced alkaline level in your body. As we learned earlier, high alkaline diets promote the absorption of minerals that are important for the prevention of certain diseases and help prevent certain diseases

We also know that alkaline diets have little or no effect on the PH levels in your blood, showing that this diet cannot prevent other health issues. But the diet promotes a more balanced body function and better general health. We know that an alkaline diet can help take the strain of a person’s kidneys and lungs. This can help people who might suffer from respiratory issues or chronic kidney diseases.

Other things of note:

  • Your bodies PH levels can be directly impacted by metabolic waste.
  • PH is the measure of alkalinity and acidity levels.
  • The human body regulates its own PH levels.
  • Diet only impact the PH levels in the urine and not the blood
  • There is no scientific evidence of a link between an alkaline diet and cancer prevention.
  • Historically people ate both acidic and alkaline diets.
  • PH levels that are too high or low can be fatal, seek medical attention.
  • Your body needs acid to function correctly.
  • The kidneys and lungs both help regulate your body’s PH levels

Please seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any new diet. While an alkaline diet can be very beneficial to your health, certain diets are not suitable for everyone. Alkaline diets while healthy are only a guideline, finding a healthy diet that suits your needs is central to your overall health and well being.

An alkaline diet is where individuals replace acid-producing foods with more alkaline foods for better overall health. Being that this type of diet can aid in stabilizing the pH within your body, it is showing a lot of promise with helping to fight certain diseases even some cancers. In this article, we will explore what the diet is and the science behind it to better understand how it can improve health.

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