Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston swear by the alkaline diet.
According to the two Hollywood stars, the alkaline diet is what helps them maintain their slim and fit body.
In recent years, the alkaline diet has become the gold standard of nutrition and diets, and many people have tried it.
Essentially, an alkaline diet requires you to replace acid-forming foods with alkaline foods.
Now, I have tried a fair share of diets, and alkaline is one of them.
I can tell you it works, and I can tell you for sure that it is a nice way to shed some pounds in a short period of time.
Before I try a specific diet, what I always want to do is make a pros and cons list, and see if the diet is worth trying.
Before I go to the pros and cons of the alkaline diet, I will try to explain the diet briefly.
The diet is based on the notion and the idea that certain foods can alter the pH value of your body.
When your metabolism burns food, they leave an ash residue, which is something similar that happens when you burn wood.
Supporters of the alkaline diet say that ash can be alkaline, neutral or acidic.
The idea is that consuming foods with alkaline ash are better for your overall health.
To better understand the diet, the supporters divide all foods into three categories:
- Acidic foods include dairy, fish, meat, eggs, poultry, grains, and alcohol
- Neutral foods include sugars, natural fats, and starches
- Alkaline foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes.
Pros of the Alkaline Diet
Among the many benefits of alkaline diet, according to supporters is that the diet can help with cancer prevention, and ease the pain in the back.
Let’s take a look at the benefits.
Since the diet is based mostly on fruits and vegetables, the increased intake of these foods can reduce the risk of some chronic diseases, including stroke and hypertension.
Your magnesium levels go through the roof, which helps your overall health.
Magnesium is the most coveted mineral by our body, as the mineral helps with the function of several enzymes that provide energy for our body.
Sticking to the alkaline diet helps your body extract energy from the food you eat, meaning you never overeat and store fat.
By lowering the intake of acidic foods, you increase the production of the growth hormone.
The hormone is associated with improved memory, improved cognition, anti-aging properties and improved cardiovascular health.
The single biggest benefit of the diet, according to supporters is cancer prevention.
I must note, there is no credible study or research done to support the claim.
However, according to those practicing alkaline diet, your food intake encourages healthy cell turnover.
Last, but not least, consuming foods and veggies always help with weight loss and achieving slim body.
Fans of the alkaline diet swear it helps them maintain a healthy weight.
Cons of the Alkaline Diet
The biggest downside of the alkaline diet is that you are not consuming enough meat and fish, two ingredients that are vital sources for protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Truth is, you can use legumes and nuts as alternatives for protein and omega-3 sources, but nothing beats meat and fish.
The alkaline diet is not sustainable since you cannot practice it long term.
After a while, your body requires meat and fish to function.
There haven’t been any studies to prove it, but sticking to alkaline diet deprives your body of calcium, zinc, iron and other important minerals.
Understanding the pH Value
One of the things that you need to understand when you begin thinking of alkaline diet is the pH value of your body.
The pH value of the body can be measured by urine tests.
Now, on to the values: 0-7 is considered acidic value, 7 is neutral, and from 7 to 14 you are entering the alkaline value area.