The Truth Behind An Alkaline Diet
There is no doubt that eating certain foods promotes overall good health. Every year, more schools of thought emerge regarding the types of “diets” people should adopt to increase vitality and longevity. Paleo diets, eating based on your blood type, to eat meat or not eat meat, the best kind of water to drink, cooked foods vs raw foods, so and so forth. You may also have heard of the increasingly popular school of thought regarding consuming an alkaline diet and its supposed benefits. Here we will briefly journey through what an alkaline diet is and what the goal is, of acidity vs. alkalinity, and the best foods to produce an alkaline state.
What is an alkaline diet?
An alkaline diet is one in which the consumption of certain foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and root vegetables, increases the alkalinity of the body. It is thought that various diseases and disorders such as cancer, osteoporosis, kidney and liver disease, allergies and even lethargy issues thrive in or are caused by an acidic environment in the body. This environment is created though the consumption of certain foods such as processed meats, sugars, dairy and protein.
Acidity vs Alkalinity.
The environment of the body is based on a pH scale of 1-14. 1 is the most acidic and 14 is the most alkaline with 7 being neutral. The thought is that the most ideal or balanced environment to maintain health is in the range of 7.35-7.45.
How Diet Plays A Role
Since the body is in a constant state of trying to remain balanced, the body draws nutrients from your food. When food is lacking in various nutrients to maintain overall health, the body tries to compensate and bring itself back to a balanced pH level by taking stored nutrients from other areas of the body such as the bones, muscles, and other areas of the body.
Although there is still ongoing research regarding this topic, numerous sources state that there is not enough scientific data to support the benefits of an alkaline diet. What can be said is that eating a well balanced diet is a great way to go. Consume a higher quantity of fruits, vegetables, seeds, grains and lower the consumption of red/processed meats, refined sugars, bread, pasta and alcohol. These choices are always helpful and can contribute to weight loss and maintenance, mental acuity, higher energy, lower blood and sugar levels and much more.
Check out the list below to get an idea of which foods are alkaline vs acidic. Remember to shop organic whenever possible.
Alkaline promoting foods include:
- Vegetable & Herbs: asparagus, bell peppers, carrots, cilantro, ginger root, kale, radish, tumeric, yellow squash, zucchini
- Fruit: avocado, lemon, lime, tomato, watermelon, apples
- Oil: avocado, coconut, olive, sesame
- Spices: cayenne, chipotle, nutmeg, pepper, sea salt
- Nuts & grains: almond butter, cashews, coconut butter, oats, quinoa
- Liquids: almond milk, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, coconut water, draft beer, red wine, white wine, mineral water
Acid promoting foods include:
- low fat yogurt
- white bread
- plain bagel
- whole wheat cooked spaghetti
- lean beef
- parmesean cheese
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