Alkaline diet is defined as a diet program which helps to maintain the blood Ph levels in it's natural state between 7.35 and 7.45, thereby helping our body in absorption in vitamins and minerals resulting in weight loss. Today, our diet contains more acidities leading to chronic illness and loss of health. By increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables, it helps to reduce the intake of meat, salt, and refined starches,thereby benefiting our health. It is recommended by some practitioners if a person has the following symptoms of lack of energy, excessive mucous production, nasal congestion, over weight, etc. Please consult your doctor before applying.
The Alkaline Diet Strategy
Say Good-Bye To Low Energy, Poor Digestion
, Extra pounds, Aches and Pains, and Diseases
Breaking Down the Acid-Alkaline Diet
You have probably heard about the Acid / Alkaline Diet as it has gained more attention and popularity in recent years due to it's fat burning capabilities. But contrary to what you might think the Acid / Alkaline Diet is not really a diet at all, but rather common sense eating habits that will bring your body back into a balanced state of health, it's natural state.
The basic premise behind the whole acid / alkaline diet is that there are foods that are acid forming within the body and there are foods that are alkaline forming within the body. Considering that our blood has a pH level which is slightly alkaline, it is believed that we need to maintain this slightly alkaline state in order to maintain our health.
So, this particular diet (which is not really a diet at all) encourages people to eat at least 70% alkaline forming foods and 30% or less acid forming foods.
Alkaline forming foods are most raw fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables. Acid forming foods are meats, dairy, sugars, coffee, bread and soda.
When you look at these foods it becomes obvious that the average diet for most people consists of 70% acid forming foods. Many health practitioners believe that this is the cause of the global obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic we are currently experiencing.
In regards to weight loss, it is believed that when our body is over acidic our cells protect themselves by creating a layer of fat around them. However, when the body returns to normal healthy pH levels (i.e. slightly alkaline) this fat quickly dissolves as it is no longer needed.
What I find most interesting and appealing about this particular diet is that is really nothing new. It is not a fad but rather a return to old dietary values and habits. Did anyone ever tell you to 'eat your greens' when you were growing up? Perhaps you need to follow that advice today, but instead make alkaline forming foods the primary component of your diet and enjoy the many benefits.