Wellbeing

The Alkaline diet: fact or myth?

01.03.2019

What is an alkaline diet?

The Alkaline diet can also be called alkaline acid diet or alkaline ash diet, acid ash diet or acid alkaline diet.
The popular alkaline diet is centred on the healthy eating of foods aimed at treating or preventing cancer, heart disease, low energy levels, and other illnesses and have positive effects on pH levels of the blood and urine.
The diet is also based on the thoughts that the right foods can have an effect on the pH balance of the body hence keeping the body healthy.

Today we will be exploring all there is to know about the alkaline diet to help you understand if it is something to try out or not.

 

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The alkaline diet food list

The alkaline diet is based on the idea that replacing acid-forming foods with alkaline foods can improve health and it is promoted majorly by alternative medicine gurus. The alkaline diet food list includes vegetables like spinach and kale, fruits, soybeans, tofu, most legumes, nuts, seeds and green drinks.

 

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Since there is no specific diet meal plan for an alkaline diet, it means you can only eat alkaline foods as listed above. This also means that you have to stay away from all foods that cause the body to produce acids such as meat, fish, poultry, some grains, dairy, eggs, peanuts, walnuts and alcohol.
If you plan on trying the alkaline diet and are not sure of what to make, there are some alkaline recipes online and cookbooks based on the alkaline diet.

Alkaline diet, cancer, weight loss and other things

It is said that the alkaline diet benefits for the body include aiding and improving the immune function and cancer protection, maintaining a healthy weight, reduction of the risk of hypertension and stroke, protection of bone density and muscle mass and the reduction of severe pain and Inflammation when the alkaline diet food list is adhered to.

 

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The concept is that since non-alkaline foods cause the body to produce acid which is bad for the body, the alkaline diet promotes foods that provide more alkaline in the body and can protect against conditions like cancer as well as help the body shed weight.

Disclaimer

In 2013, Victoria Beckham tweeted a photo of an alkaline diet cookbook that got a lot of people interested in the alkaline diet lifestyle. The alkaline diet is also linked to celebrities such as Tom Brady, Fergie, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson. Irrespective of this, it has not been scientifically proven the claims of alkaline diet and cancer, weight loss and other health problems.

 

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Moreover, in December 2017, The Association of UK Dietitians listed the alkaline diet as one of the ‘Top 5 worst celeb diets to avoid in 2018’.

So, if you are going to embark on the alkaline diet journey, especially if your interest is an alkaline diet for cancer, do speak first to a medical doctor to ensure it is the right diet for you and that your body can do without the other foods excluded from the alkaline diet food list.