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Acid Alkaline Diet

Balance your body's pH for better health.

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The Acid-Alkaline Diet - it's not the prettiest sounding diet to roll off your tongue. And what is it, anyway?

Almost all the foods we eat either release an acid or an alkaline base (bicarbonate) into our blood. As humans began to invent modern conveniences, we changed eating habits from our so-called natural ways in our early existence, concentrating more on foods such as grains, fish, meat, dairy, and salt, which all produce acid. Proponents of The Acid-Alkaline Diet say that when we load up on excess amounts of protein, sugar, caffeine and other highly-processed foods, our pH levels are thrown off track.

Our blood is slightly alkaline naturally, with a normal pH level of between 7.35 and 7.45. The theory behind the Acid-Alkaline Diet is that our diet should reflect this pH level. Proponents believe a diet high in acid-producing foods disrupts this balance and promotes the loss of essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium. This imbalance is believed to make people more prone to illness.

Not necessarily so for some celebrities who've adopted the diet. Victoria Beckham credits the alkaline diet with helping her maintain her sexy slender figure. Other star being connected to the diet include Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Kirsten Dunst.

PRO
  • Avoid chronic and common illnesses like the cold and flu
  • Alleviate a lack of energy
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Tends to be a less processed approach to eating
  • Vegetarian-friendly
CON
  • There are no extensive clinical trials supporting the alkaline diet and its effectiveness
DIET and NUTRITION

You'll want to eat about 70-80% alkaline foods. High to moderate alkaline foods include: broccoli sprouts, cucumbers, kale, wheat grass, parsley, pumpkin seeds, buckwheat, avocado, almonds, lima beans, soy beans, cayenne, sea salt and red chili peppers. For the remainder of your diet, foods with low acidity include: cow's milk, wild fish, black beans, chickpeas, flaxseed, pecans, cantaloupe, dates and nectarines.

The Acid-Alkaline Diet is similar in part to the Paleo Diet because of its restriction of processed foods. The removal of these items from your diet alone will let you see marked improvement in wellness, weight, energy, and even skin appearance.

EXERCISE

Since The Acid-Alkaline Diet isn't one unified diet, but a general theory, there isn't an exercise program, per se. But the book mentioned below talks about the benefits of exercise.

CONCLUSION

Since the Acid-Alkaline Diet lacks scientific backing, it's hard to fully endorse the program. That's not to say it doesn't have benefits, even if they haven't been proven scientifically. But, consult your doctor before trying the diet.

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Related Diets: Eat Right for Your Type, Blood Type diet, pH Balance Diet


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Julie

I agee this is a fad and there is no scientific or anecdotal data to back this up. As a person who has a master's degree in molecular biology and has spent 10 years doing lab research, I have looked over what studies lead to this kind of speculation and they are not substantial. There is absolutely no evidence that we can change our blood ph by changing our diet, with the exception of some extremes like starvation and high protein diet. There are no studies which actually measure whether a food is acidic or alkaline in the body. Digestion within the body changes the ph of foods, too. I am not sure why people are so eager to believe this? Yes, absolutely, there is a ton of evidence that a diet high in fruits and veggies and non processed foods is a healthy diet. That evidence exists without relying on the acid alkaline theory at all. I feel sad to see so many people both perpetuating this fad and un truth and so many people who are trying to improve their health believing this. If this false theory inspires people to eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed food, that is a good effect. What haas happened to peoples appreciation of the truth?

posted Nov 2nd, 2009 11:28 am


TheMan

Am currently adding wheat grass to my diet. Not going Alkaline however. Love Tony Robbins, but unfortunately following such a diet I wont be able to maintain the muscle mass I currently maintain. I consume between 2 to 3 hundred grams of protein a day. I lift weights and or swim daily. My diet is very precise. Wouldn't mind more energy however.
So will add wheat grass.

If you want to get in shape, eat healthy, limit the unhealthy carbs (breads, potatoes, sugar...), take in healthy fats like olive oil and fish oil, eat plenty of fruits and veggies. Exercise regularly. You will be fine.

posted Sep 9th, 2009 2:31 am


Rose

I have to disagree that there are no scientific trials confirming tha this is a good diet. In fact, nearly every scientific trial has shown that the foods promoted in this diet bring good health. That there may not be trials that specifically look at Ph balance is not important. The fact is, if you follow this diet, you will be following the recommendations health experts have been giving us for years.

posted Mar 10th, 2009 3:50 am


Danielle

I really notice when I go out to eat and choose the wrong stuff. This really does help eating more fresh veggies and fruit and alkaline type foods.

...as for scientific trials...we have them, they just aren't named what you might be looking for... look at the decline of US health, it is obvious when you look at the typical diet of fast food.

But then again there will always be those that go cry into your Big Mac and fries about all the health problems in the world that they can't cure...with a pill.

posted Jan 22nd, 2009 1:38 pm


Al Numan

A fad , lacks scientific trials- in a word

useless

posted Dec 3rd, 2008 10:20 am


Alyssa

This is a very healthy diet. Not so sure about the science behind it, but it makes sense if they're reccomending THIS type of food! I am already eating most of these foods and feeel good. Thumbs up.

posted Nov 14th, 2008 11:42 am


Mel

Awesome diet! It was a little scary for me letting go of my sweet tooth, but now I have lost so much weight and my skin is glowing and I find myself so alert and energetic. No highs and lows.

I went through a bit of a detox-like flu-ish phase the first week on the diet. The following week was only a little detoxy then afterward I found that I didn't even feel like sugary foods or coffee anymore. Weird! I looked to Raw Food recipe books to keep up with having a variety...and a healthier option for desserts when I want to have a treat.

All in all, I give it a thumbs up!

posted Nov 11th, 2008 10:32 pm


TANYA

WILL WORK.BUT WHEN START EATING CARBS AGAIN WILL REGAIN WEIGHT!

posted Jun 26th, 2008 8:29 am



 

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