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Driven by the need to maintain optimal body pH through the reduction of acid-induced meals, this diet is a call for all foodies to scrap the processed meat and dairy from their diet and substitute it with all things raw, low-glycemic and often, *sigh* green. However, whilst this new craze might not tickle everyone’s fancy, it provides many benefits for the body, as the ingestion of foods that maintain pH have proven to reduce inflammation, help shed a few pounds and limit the likeliness of diseases such as osteoporosis and cancer!
When food is metabolised, the body extracts energy from the food content. This burning leaves an ash residue within the body, which may be either acidic, neutral or, you guessed it – alkaline. In this sense, excess in acidic ash may make an individual prone to illness and disease, in comparison to alkaline ash. Dr Stephan Domenig, author of the ‘mindful eating plan’ suggests that individuals must aim for a diet that is “two-thirds alkaline, one-third acidic”. In other words, keep that steak handy, we’re not done here yet.
It is a work in progress, so hold off on posting your quinoa and kale memes, and take a look at the ways you could slowly integrate the alkaline diet into your day-to-day food intake routine.
We’ve all heard the claim, ‘all water tastes the same’. However, contrary to popular belief, alkaline water is a real thing – and it just might be the perfect time to get onto it. Alkaline water has been tested to have a higher pH level (with 9+ pH), in comparison to regular water, meaning it could work to neutralize the acid in your body. This water could be sourced from natural water reservoirs, or induced overnight by the infusion of cucumber and lemon slices, which form a perfectly alkalized morning drink. In the 2001 issue of ‘Shanghai Journal of Protective Medicine’, it is reported that by drinking alkalinized water for up to 6 months, individuals experience lower cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure levels as a result of the alkalizing compounds of calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium and bicarbonate. You can also pick up your share of alkalized water from your local grocery store, as AQUALOVE has hit the front line and is ready to take down those excess body acids!
Naturally, when participating in this diet, your daily intake of meat and dairy will be significantly reduced. Thus, one must work to increase their protein intake with alternative products considered ‘alkalizing’. Such foods include nuts and seeds, which are high in fibre and able to keep the body protein fuelled.The most beneficial plant proteins include Almonds, Lima Beans and Navy Beans.
By eating raw foods, the alkalization of a meal is not restricted, ensuring the body receives the right vitamins and minerals from all meals. These raw foods include vegetables and fruits, each of which is energy fuelled and able to keep the body healthy. Further, whilst the human body thrives off our food intake, meaning what we eat is crucial in stabilising our pH, the thought of body acids must not be totally dismissed, but maintained. One may limit their intake of refined grains, such as white bread and substitute it with a wholegrain loaf, slightly reducing the acidic reaction. Excess acids may also lead to mental decline, as a result of the production of neurotransmitters. Thus, by reducing acid intake, one may experience an increase in clarity and focus – improving their holistic well being.
So if you didn’t know, now you know. Whilst the debate exists as to whether this diet is just another Hollywood fad, the benefits do seem pretty swell. What are your thoughts on this whole ‘alkalizing’ thing?
Words by Jennifer Boustani
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