Effective Alkaline Diet: How Victoria Beckham Does it?

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.

Alkaline Diet

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.

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  • Dawn @ Florida Coastal Cooking & Wellness November 25, 2015, 11:17 am

    For studies showing reduced risk of cancer, google Dr T. Colin Campbell and google “studies plant-based cancer prevention”. You’ll find lots.

    Omega 3’s can be found in chia and flax and certain types of algae.

    Highly absorbable forms of calcium with a perfect balance of magnesium can be found in many plants as well as sustainably harvested coral. Calcium is in a variety of greens, beans, organic, calcium set tofu, figs, broccoli etc.

    You forgot the argument about b-vitamins that can be found in spirulina or fortified (just as many animal foods such as cow’s milk is fortified) nutritional yeast.

    Iron can be found in blackstrap molasses, tofu, dark leafy greens and spirulina.

    Zinc can be found in pumpkin seeds (I eat in tons of trail mix and in oatmeal), tofu, tempeh, chickpeas, lentils, almonds and walnuts.

    You’re absolutely right that many people lack vitamins and nutrients – whether they eat animal foods or not. Keep in mind that animal foods have no fiber. They do contain protein and calcium that can also be found in abundance in plant foods.

    Americans as a whole must start focusing on incorporating more plant foods because not only do they contain all the missing elements you listed above, they also have fiber, vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants to help cleanse and nourish the body.

    Just as when you’re eating an animal based diet – if you focus on balance – you can absolutely stick to this long term and live with health and vitality.

    There are tons of programs out there that help you incorporate more plant foods you’ll absolutely enjoy. No one wants to eat cardboard and goodness knows a bad recipe is a bad recipe – whether there’s animal foods in it or not. The key is to find delicious, whole foods recipes that leave you feeling lighter in mind, body and spirit. Where you feel amazing after you eat instead of dealing with acidity and heartburn. Whichever way you choose to go – incorporating more whole plant foods is never a bad idea!

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