Every year, some new diet seems to make headlines, with hordes of celebrities and wellness gurus lining up to tout the benefits of the latest craze. You may have heard famous actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston discuss their success with something called the “alkaline diet,” the “alkaline ash diet” or the “alkaline acid diet,” but their “new” discovery is hardly a new concept at all. Rather, it has long been a key factor in the field of naturopathic medicine and also happens to be vegan. So, why is it called the alkaline diet?
All foods produce either an acid or alkaline effect on the body after digestion. Many fruits and vegetables, and some nuts, seeds, and legumes are alkaline-promoting foods. On the opposite side, dairy, eggs, meat, most grains, and processed foods like canned and packaged snacks and convenience foods, are all acidic. To understand why some foods are good for us and why others are bad, it’s important to look at how the body processes these foods. A pH of 0 is the most acidic, while a pH of 14 is the most alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral, so a diet that balances the alkaline with the acidic foods is key for achieving optimum health. Since the body contains a natural pH balance between 7.35 and 7.45, you want to keep it there as much as possible by eating more alkaline foods and less acidic foods. Based on the aforementioned food list, you can see that vegans already have the upper hand when it comes to choosing a balanced, whole-food and plant-based diet that promotes an alkaline environment in the body. They just need to pay attention to and limit their consumption of wheat, packaged foods and processed snacks — AKA “hybrid foods,” which have been cross-bred at some point and thus contain less vitamins and minerals than alkaline foods.
Compared to alkaline foods, hybrid foods have a higher content of acid and starch. If you consume too many of these foods, the body will become more acidic, making it prime breeding ground for disease. An alkaline diet promotes mood stability, clearer skin, improved digestion, increased energy, fewer sugar cravings and better vitamin and mineral absorption. Eating more alkaline foods reduces your risk of cancer, stroke, hypertension, high cholesterol, memory loss and kidney stones, as well as allowing you maintain a healthy weight, decrease inflammation and in general live a longer, happier life of high vitality. The alkaline diet is a wonderful tool for achieving optimum health, one that all vegans should consider, not just as a quick diet fix, also rather as a healthy way of eating for life. Do you want to look and feel younger? Do you want to maintain a healthy body pH level and help prevent illness and chronic disease? These questions sounds like lines from a quick-fix diet pill commercial, but amazingly they can all be answered by eating more alkaline foods and limiting your consumption of acidic foods — no pharmaceuticals required.
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