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The benefits of an alkaline diet

The alkaline diet might be the solution to your problems if you are looking for sustainable and new ways to lose weight and keep yourself healthy at the same time. To understand how this type could work for you, we take a look at what makes the alkaline diet tick.

What is the alkaline diet?

The pH level measures acidity or alkalinity with values ranging from 0 (very acidic) to 14 (totally alkaline). Generally, a higher pH means the blood level is more alkaline. The normal value for the blood’s pH is from 7.35 to 7.45. A low pH means that something is very acidic such as your stomach with a pH of 3.5 or below. Acid, however, helps break down food.

  • How it works

The pH balance in the body affect how food enzymes work in the human blood and body tissue. Their functions or their lack of it will determine the state of the health or the disease that is in your blood or body. This is how the alkaline diet works – it claims to maintain a good pH of the blood.

Food diets belong to two types: they are either acid forming or alkaline forming. The body requires at least 20% of acid, but high acid diets that are not properly digested can lead to chronic acidosis and will eventually weaken the health and drain energy of the body.

  • Benefits

The alkaline diet is supposed to help you shed some kilos and even dodge problems such as cancer and arthritis. It created quite a stir when ex-Spice girl Victoria Beckham tweeted about a cookbook on alkaline diet.

What to eat and not eat

If you are going for the alkaline diet, here is a list of foods that can help:

Do eat

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Legumes
  • Tofu
  • Soybeans

Avoid

  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Processed foods
  • Dairy products

Overall, the alkaline diet is something that you can do on your own. There is no exercise required and all you have to do is to follow your diet, check labels carefully and monitor your progress.

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