What is Alkaline Diet and What Should You Know about It?
A lot of diet fads and trends have cropped up this 2018, from Intermittent Fasting to the Ketogenic diet, which we have already covered from the past months. But now, let’s take a look at what is alkaline diet and all the information you should know:
What is alkaline diet?
Alkaline diet is also known as alkaline ash diet or alkaline acid diet. This particular diet plan is centered on the fact that the food we eat can help adjust the acidity and alkalinity in the body.
According to Healthline, when you metabolize foods and extract the energy (calories) from them, you are actually burning the foods, except that it happens in a slow and controlled fashion. When you burn foods, they actually leave an ash residue, just like when you burn wood in a furnace.
As it turns out, this ash can be acidic or alkaline (or neutral)… and proponents of this diet claim that this ash can directly affect the acidity of your body.
Alkaline foods to Eat
Below is the list of foods that you can eat when trying out the alkaline diet:
- Fresh fruits and vegatables
- Raw foods
- Plant proteins such as almonds, lima beans, and other beans
- Alkaline water
- Green veggie drinks
- Fermented soy like natto or tempeh
Acidic Foods to Avoid
These are the foods that contributes to acidity in the body.
- Foods that are high in sodium
- Cold cuts and conventional meat
- Processed cereals
- Peanuts and walnuts
- Alcohol and caffeinated drinks
- Foods rich in carbohydrates
- Oats and whole wheat products
Advantages of Alkaline Diet
Protects Bone Density and Muscle Mass
Alkaline diet aids in balancing the ratios of minerals important for building bones and maintaining muscle mass, such as phosphate, calcium, and magnesium. It also helps boost the production of vitamin D and growth hormones that protects the bones in our body.
Improves Immune Function and Cancer Protection
Research from the British Journal of Radiology showed that apoptosis (cancerous cell death) was more likely to happen in an alkaline body.
Maintenance of Healthy Weight
By limiting the consumption of acidic foods and consuming alkaline-based food helps in preventing obesity. Why? It’s because it decreases inflammation and leptin levels that affects hunger and metabolism.
Things to Note
It’s all about finding that healthy balance. While there are foods that are acidic doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat them. For example, eggs and walnuts might be acidic but they are rich in antioxidants and Omega-3 acids which is also beneficial to the body.
As mentioned, it’s all about the balance. After all, cutting out whole food groups can lead to nutritional inadequacy. According to draxe.com, it’s possible to become too alkaline, and having some acidic foods is both expected and healthy, as long as you balance it out.