The Alkaline Diet: The Science Behind a Healthier Body
High school Chemistry class – the likely setting of where you were when you first learned about acids, bases, and their relationship to one another on the pH scale. To refresh, the pH scale ranges from 0-14. Seven represents the most neutral value on the scale. The closer a value gets to 0, the more acidic it becomes, while a value moving towards 14 becomes more basic - or alkaline.
Scientifically speaking acids and bases are powerful chemicals, with their pH value reflecting their strength or potency. This chemistry has recently and aggressively found its way into the health world. The Alkaline Diet is the newest diet trend that aims to restore the body’s natural and ideal pH level (anywhere between 7.35 and 7.45) by focusing on consistent consumption of alkaline-rich foods and diligent avoidance of highly acidic foods. In doing so, Alkaline Dieters are promoting a less acidic, highly alkaline environment for their body and body systems. This can be seen as beneficial to the body because acidic foods can lead to an acidic body which can create the perfect environment for a host of ailments to flourish, including: heart disease, cancer, type2 diabetes, inflammation, and even kidney stones.
The following foods are Alkaline Diet Approved:
- Nuts & Seeds
The following foods are highly acidic and according to the Alkaline Diet should be avoided:
- Processed foods
- Canned & packaged snacks
The Alkaline Diet made its grand debut and great splash in the health world in 2013 when Victoria Beckham tweeted about an Alkaline Diet cookbook. To date there is very little proven research on the diet and its disease fighting, alkaline promoting capabilities. The human body is continuously working towards maintaining a pH level of 7.35 – 7.45 and there is little evidence thus far confirming any diet or single food’s ability to sway it in either direction. Regardless, the foods that the Alkaline Diet encourages its followers to eat offer a remarkable range of health benefits on their own, alkaline or not.
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Reference: Alkaline Diets at WebMd Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on November 26, 2013