Is an alkaline diet helpful to your body? There are many answers to this question, however this article only talks to answers that are supported by scientific studies.
An alkaline diet replaces acid-forming foods with alkaline foods, and it is one way to improve your overall health. So how does this work?
Your body converts food into energy. This involves a chemical reaction to break down the foods we eat. When we burn food, we leave behind residue known as metabolic waste. This waste can be alkaline, neutral or acidic. It is this waste that can make your body more acid or alkaline.
Human blood is mostly alkaline. Your body is designed to keep your blood pH stable which can be taxed by indulging in too many acid forming foods. Your stomach is acidic – stomach acid is used to break down the food you eat. The only thing that really fluctuates is your urine. Urine tests are a good way to see what is actually going on in your body. If your urine is alkaline your body will be healthier.
Studies show that following an alkaline diet helps to prevent kidney stores, keep your bones strong, improves heart and brain functions and lowers the risk for type 2 diabetes.
So where do most food fall on the spectrum:
Acidic – meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains, alcohol
Neutral – water, natural fats, starches, some sugars
Alkaline – fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables
Staying alkaline is a matter of lifestyle choices. You achieve it by both food and and how you live.
Ways to achieve as alkaline state:
Eat your greens.
Start your day with lemon water
Reconnect with nature