Whenever a skinny celebrity speaks out about the diet she’s following everyone seems to listen, especially when she’s a former Spice Girl. Singer, wife of famed soccer player David Beckham, and fashion designer Victoria Beckham sent shock waves through the diet world years ago when she was seen toting around the diet book “Skinny Bitch.“ Not long after it became a bestseller. Coincidence? We think not.
These days she’s at it again, peddling another diet trend that’s bound to blow up in a matter of seconds, especially considering other stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Kirsten Dunst are on board, too.
As reported by Health, notoriously thin Beckham has recently been crediting her lean figure to the alkaline diet, which is more of a theory than a diet model in itself. The diet is all about keeping our body’s pH levels in balance through the foods we eat and perhaps more importantly, the foods we avoid.
Though research on the alkaline diet is limited, it’s based on the theory that because our blood is slightly alkaline – a normal pH level rage is between 7.35 and 7.45 – our diet should help promote and maintain that.
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Alkaline water seems to be causing quite a stir in the health field, with those in favor and opposed both passionately arguing their sides – one claiming it provides amazing health benefits, and the other arguing it’s a complete hoax. But to gain a better understanding of what exactly alkaline water is, we did some research and consulted several health professionals to shine better light on this supposed miracle beverage.
What is it? Alklaine water has a higher pH level than regular tap water, which is why proponents say it can help neutralize acid in your bloodstream, boost your metabolism, and help your body absorb nutrients more effectively. But according to Mayo Clinic Nutritionist Katherine Zeratsky, RD, none of these health claims have been scientifically proven, and she recommends plains water as the best option for most people.
Proposed benefits: Since alkaline water supposedly contains healthy ionized minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium, it’s thought to help reduce risk of suffering from symptoms of metabolic syndrome, including high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar levels, high cholesterol and kidney stones.
It’s also thought to have antioxidant properties and potentially reduce rates of heart disease, promote healthy weight loss, and improve bone density. But there doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence to back these arguments up, leaving us to conclude that these are all just claims.
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By Michelle Schoffro Cook for Care2.com
Choosing a healthier lifestyle can be as simple as alkalizing your body, which may sound complicated but it really isn’t. Basically, acid and alkaline are opposite sides of the biochemical spectrum. Ideally, your body should be slightly alkaline, but most people’s bodies are excessively acidic due to high stress levels, a diet high in meat, sugar consumption, and other acid-forming habits. While supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle, they can assist you in making your body more alkaline.
1. Green Food Powders
There are many different kinds of green powders, primarily made from spirulina or chlorella algae and the juices of various types of grasses: barley, wheat, or alfalfa. These ingredients might seem like a recipe for swamp water, but add a teaspoon or two to water, juice diluted with water, or a smoothie and you’ll be surprised how good they can taste. More importantly, they help alkalize your body, thereby promoting greater energy, improved resistance to illness, and less pain. If you don’t like one type, choose a different kind since there is a significant variation in taste between various green powders.
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Yuri Elkaim is a registered holistic nutritionist, certified kinesiologist, and former professional soccer player. He is the owner of Total Wellness Consulting, a world-renowned fitness, nutrition and conditioning expert, and the author of Eating for Energy. Yuri is also the man behind the service Fitter U, which places personal trainer sessions on your MP3 player.
Have you ever wondered why certain people rarely get sick, look younger than they really are, have glowing skin, and seem to have boundless energy?
Well, their secret lies in what they do and do not eat!
What you put into your body ultimately determines how you look, feel, and function. Most people attribute getting sick or lacking energy to “external” factors such as the latest “bug” or the aging process, respectively, but fail to realize that what’s happening inside their body at a cellular level is much more important.
Your body (your blood specifically) is constantly working to maintain a slightly alkaline pH in order to function properly. When this pH gets out of balance (i.e. becomes acidic), your energy is depleted, you more readily pack on weight, and you experience problems such as fatigue, stress, depression, and various diseases.
Unfortunately, the modern Western lifestyle and diet has led most people to live in an overly acidic state. This has led to numerous health problems.
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