ALKALINE DIET (ACID-ASH DIET)
Quite a number of ‘healthy’ diets propose a variety of meals that may increase the body’s acidity level. This is because most of our day to day foods are acid producing foods. The Alkaline diet is based on the theory that the excess acids are often turned into fat leading to weight gain.
The alkaline diet seeks to balance pH level of bodily fluids like blood and urine. This diet includes whole foods which are expected to have positive effects on the body’s ph level. It is very important that the body maintains a balanced pH level. This is true for every living organism. It is a relief that the alkaline diet take the pH level into consideration. The pH refers to the body’s potential of Hydrogen. This is a measure of the acidity/alkalinity of the body’s fluids and tissues.
You probably didn’t know this but high acidity in the body;
- Leads to weight gain
- Degenerates bone mass
- Instigates aging
- Leads to organ malfunction
There are foods that are highly acidic or have the potential to increase the body’s acidity they include; processed foods, cereals, eggs, lentils, whole wheat meals, dairy products, grains, added sugars, preservatives, and caffeinated drinks. Unbelievable! Some of these foods have been highly recommended in other popular diets. Well, if you intend to go through with the alkaline diet, you will need to restrict those. The purpose is not simply to cut out acid foods entirely but to keep it minimal and that means consuming only what the body needs.
In addition to cutting down those foods in your diet, here are some lifestyle changes you need to adjust for the alkaline diet to be effective.
- Consumption of alcohol
- Physical inactivity
- Drug use
- Exposure to pollution
- Low levels of fiber
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALKALINE DIET
This diet cuts out certain foods that are triggers to weight gain. Foods like pasta, rice, processed foods and sugars. Consuming alkaline forming foods decreases leptin thereby curbing appetite or reducing cravings. It gives a feeling of fullness thereby making you eat nothing more than required.
This diet equally encourages physical activity which is a vital key to fast weight loss.
Ever heard of the term sarcopenia? It refers to the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass quality and strength. The alkaline diet keeps this from occurring and rectifies existing conditions.
Not only does the alkaline diet help in building bones and maintaining a healthy muscle mass, it also aids the development of growth hormones.
The alkaline diet has been known to improve cardiovascular health thereby reducing the chances or risks of high blood pressure, stroke, kidney stones, and sometimes, memory loss.
Studies show that alkalinity decreases inflammation and in turn decreases the risk of chronic diseases like cancer.
Prevention of urine infection
The alkaline diet may aid in preventing urine infections or controlling them. This can happen when the diet is used to regulate /adjust the acidity levels in the urine.
Figuring out what to eat in an alkaline diet may be a bit challenging at first but with time it gets better. Let’s look at foods you can eat on an alkaline diet.
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Flax oil
There are other alkaline foods (veggies, fruits, and nuts). In addition, you should definitely include apple cider vinegar (ACV) and green tea as often as possible. Lots of water is also recommended on an alkaline diet.
The greatest controversy on this diet is the theory that the body’s pH level can be controlled by what we eat or do not eat. Studies have proven that regardless of what we do or do not eat, the body regulates its own acidity levels. There are so many ongoing researches regarding this issue.
The bottom line is to consult with your doctor before any diet changes and to report any observations related to any lifestyle changes.