You may have heard certain celebrities talking about the alkaline diet. Supporters claim all kinds of health benefits without much scientific proof backing them up.
Human blood is slightly alkaline, with a PH of around 7.4 (neutral being 7.0). Some people believe the body is healthier in an alkaline state, and that diet will get and keep it there, if given the right food and water.
Alkaline promoting food includes fruits and veggies, and acid promoting food includes meat, dairy, sugar, coffee and highly processed foods.
Benefits of staying alkalized
- Better metabolism, gastrointestinal health and detoxifying
- Prevention of diabetes and improved weight management
- Improved immunity and disease prevention, such as cancer and Parkinson’s
- Anti-aging effect
- Prevention of osteoporosis
- Risk reduction of dementia/Alzheimer’s
- Improved dental health
- Better skin, nails and hair
- Increased energy
- Reduction in arthritis symptoms
An overly acidic body can worsen digestive problems, reflux disease, heartburn, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. An alkalized body is thought to improve glucose tolerance and inhibit the growth of tumor and cancer cells.
Promote an alkalized body by including green leafy vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, warm lemon water, apple cider vinegar water, and alkaline water in your diet. Choose organic food to avoid pesticides, and chemicals. Fully inhale and exhale to expel CO2. Cucumber, seaweed and celery are good choices. Have your veggies steamed or raw. Garlic, spices like cinnamon and sprouts are good. Snack on raw, unsalted almonds and drink herb tea. Get plenty of exercise.
Stay away from processed, packaged and fast foods. Avoid soda and limit coffee and alcohol. Reduce dairy, especially hard cheese and meats. A healthy mix is said to be 80% alkaline foods and 20% acid producing.
Can an alkaline diet improve your health? It sounds like a healthier diet than the typical American eats, and it can’t hurt to give it a try to see how you feel.
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