Author: Alice Bajenaru, registered dietitian
You may have heard how celebrities are promoting the beneficial properties of the alkaline diet, but what is it and should we follow their example?
Alkaline diet is a diet in which 80% zamalchivaya products and 20% sekikawa. But if we use the words alkaline and acid in the definition of diet, you first need to talk about pH.
What is pH and why is it important?
You may remember from chemistry class that pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution.
- 0-7 acidic
- 7 neutral
- 7-14 basic (alkaline)
If we are talking about the human body and employs strict control mechanisms that keep the pH of the blood at the same level – approximately 7.4. Everything beyond this range is life threatening. The good news is that, no matter what you eat or drink, your body will keep that delicate balance.
The food you eat will not change your pH level, but it will affect the amount of effort that will have to make your body to maintain that level at the level of 7.4. Now we turn to an alkaline diet.
Acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits are harmful to me?
If the product is acidic by nature, this does not necessarily mean that it is acidic body. To learn zaslujivayuschii or socilaise potential products, you need to look at the so-called potential acid load to the kidneys – the value by which the measured excretion (elimination) of the acid with the urine.
- Some legumes
- Dairy products
More complete lists and charts you can find online, but it is clear that the first step to compliance is more alkaline diet is to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables.
If your diet more products of the second column, the body harder to maintain the right pH balance: to neutralize acid in the blood are thrown out alkalizing minerals such as calcium and magnesium. In secessum diet enough minerals, which means that the body must get them from where they are stored, from bones, which can increase the risk of osteoporosis.
What are the advantages of alkaline diets?
Increase fruits and vegetables in the diet is associated with reduced risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. Add to this the reduction in the consumption of takikawa products and the health benefits will be even greater – will improve the ability to maintain muscle mass and cognitive function. In one study it was even proven to reduce lower back pain taking dietary supplements with alkaline minerals.
The conclusion is: eat more fruits and vegetables – always a good thing, and reducing inflammation and acidity in the body is useful for health in the long term.
What supplements support alkalinity in the body?
- Greens powder
- Spirulina powder
Three of the Council’s transition to a more alkaline diet:
- Replace your morning Cup of coffee is acidic on the alkaline green tea or green juice homemade.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day (try to drink a volume equal to half your weight in ounces).
- With each meal fill half the plate with vegetables.
Recipe alkaline green juice
- 1 Cup water
- 1/4 Cup coconut milk
- 1 Cup of spinach
- 1 small green Apple
- 1/2 Cup of cucumbers
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 Cup of Romaine lettuce
- the juice of one lemon
- the juice of one lime
- 2 tsp spirulina powder
Mix all the ingredients until a homogeneous mass. Serve over ice or at room temperature (I love so).
This article was written by Alice Bajenaru, a certified nutritionist, freelance writer and editor. She enthusiastically advises all families often gather at the dining table in a warm home environment. Find out more about Alice on InspiredRD.com.