Today I want to talk a bit about the benefits of the alkaline diet. Proponents of this diet claim that it can cure virtually every health problem under the sun. Some of these claims have not been substantiated by science, so I’m going to leave those out of this article. Instead, I want to briefly discuss three benefits of this diet that are supported by scientific research.
The first of the alkaline diet benefits that I want to discuss is its ability to preserve bone strength. To understand the link between the alkaline diet and bone health, let’s first take a look at how your body responds to excess acid. From your body’s standpoint, overacidity is a crisis that must be dealt with at all costs. Your body needs a supply of alkaline minerals to neutralize the excess acid, and it finds those minerals in your bones and teeth. Therefore, an alkaline diet can help to preserve your precious skeletal structure.
The second benefit of the alkaline diet is increased energy. All the cells in your body simply work better when they are in a state of proper acid-alkaline balance. That includes the mitochondria, tiny structures inside your cells that turn your food into usable energy.
The third benefit of the outgoing diet is the ability to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This is true because the alkaline diet emphasizes fruits and vegetables, which are low in caloric density. Eating foods that are low in caloric density is the key to losing weight without feeling like you are starving to death.
These are just three of the many benefits of the alkaline diet. In other articles, I intend to talk about other benefits, including improved kidney function, reduced risk of kidney stones, and fewer aches and pains.
Today, I would like to take a few minutes to talk about the benefits of the alkaline diet for achieving and maintaining an optimal weight. As you are undoubtedly aware, obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and other developed countries. Many people have become disillusioned with the low-carb diet and other popular approaches after repeated attempts to lose weight on these diets. The alkaline diet looks like a fresh new alternative, but does it really work?
Before we get into the specifics of alkaline diet weight loss, let’s discuss how diets work generally. There are two approaches to weight loss. Some people focus on counting calories, while others don’t worry so much about calories, choosing instead to eliminate certain types of food. Both approaches can be effective, but the most important factor in determining whether or not you will lose weight is your total caloric intake.
So, the question is whether or not the alkaline diet will bring about a net reduction in your caloric intake. The answer is that this desired outcome is likely, but not inevitable. On the downside, some alkaline diet foods are quite high in calories, including certain nuts and seeds, avocados, and some oils. These foods may be quite helpful, but their high fat content means that if you want to lose weight, you will need to eat them in strict moderation.
On the positive side, the alkaline diet emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, which should be the cornerstone of any weight-loss effort. These healthy foods are rich in fiber, and therefore filling, but low in calories.
In conclusion, the alkaline diet can be a healthy choice for weight loss. But to maximize your chances of success, you will need to be careful to eat high-calorie alkaline foods in moderation.
In previous blog posts, I have talked about some of the benefits of the alkaline diet. Today, I want to talk specifically about one of the benefits that I believe is supported by the most scientific evidence. This is the ability of the alkaline diet to prevent osteoporosis.
First, let’s talk about what osteoporosis is. Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease. It occurs most often among elderly Caucasian women in the United States and other developed countries. Most doctors believe that osteoporosis is caused by a reduced estrogen level following menopause. However, recent research suggests that diet and lifestyle factors also play important role.
To understand how acid alkaline diets can help prevent osteoporosis, we need to first understand how overacidity causes bone loss. It may seem perverse that your body breaks down bone tissue in reaction to excess acid, but this is actually a logical response to a crisis situation. Too much acidity could lead to severe health problems or even death, so your body attempts to solve the situation by pulling alkaline minerals from your bones. This helps you cope with the short-term problem, but it increases your risk of a bone fracture down the road.
There are two ways that the alkaline diet can help prevent osteoporosis. First, it reduces the acid load, in turn reducing the need for your body to break down bone tissue. Second, it increases your body’s supply of alkaline minerals, especially potassium, which abounds in fruits and vegetables. This explains why studies have shown reduced bone loss in women who follow an alkaline diet.
A reduced risk of osteoporosis is just one of many benefits of the alkaline diet. This healthy nutritional approach can also help you to lose weight and increase energy. With so much to gain, why not try the alkaline diet today?
In this article, I want to give you the scoop on three common myths about the alkaline diet. I believe that this diet can have many health benefits. Unfortunately, many people fail to take advantage of these benefits because they have bought into certain erroneous ideas about this way of eating. My goal is to give you the truth, and therefore increase the chances that you will make the right decision for your specific needs.
The first method I want to discuss is the idea that the alkaline diet is a fad diet that’s based upon the wacky ideas of “diet gurus” with fake degrees. There are some people who fit this description, and there are also unscrupulous marketers who try to sell this diet with extravagant claims. But this does not mean there is no rational basis for the alkaline diet. In reality, many studies have substantiated the benefits of the alkaline diet for preventing osteoporosis, reducing pain, and other effects.
The second myth about the alkaline diet is that it forces you to give up all animal products. It’s true that meat and dairy foods are as satisfying, but this does not mean the need to eliminate them entirely.
Building on the previous myth, many people believe that they will have to give up all acidifying foods have an alkaline diet. In fact, even the most stringent alkaline diets allow you to make acid foods 20 to 35 percent of your diet. That allows you to have quite a bit of variety, and still create an optimal internal pH.
To wrap up, an acid alkaline diet does not have to be as extreme as you may have thought. And far from being a risky fad diet, is in fact a sound and scientifically-based approach to losing weight and improving your overall health.
The alkaline diet is known to have many health benefits, but in this article I want to talk specifically about the benefits of this diet for older adults. Why would we think that the alkaline diet is especially helpful for people in their golden years? Well, part of the answer has to do with the fact that kidney function declines with age. And since the kidneys are the organs mostly responsible for eliminating the acid produced by the Standard American Diet, this leaves older adults vulnerable to the negative effects of a low-alkaline diet.
The first harmful effect that I want to discuss is osteoporosis. The most common bone disease, osteoporosis occurs when the body attempts to cope with overacidity by drawing alkaline minerals from the bones. This can temporarily keep your body from becoming dangerously acidic, but at the cost of long-term bone loss. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening by following a healthy alkaline diet menu.
Like your bones, your muscle tissue can also be broken down to release alkaline minerals. Not surprisingly, therefore, excess acidity is associated with muscle wasting. And at least one study shows that following an alkaline diet can help to preserve muscle tissue in older adults.
A third harmful effect of overacidity is increased risk of kidney stones. Again, studies indicate that following an alkaline diet can help to prevent at least some types of kidney stones.
In combination with regular exercise and stress management, a healthy diet can help to prevent some of the worst aspects of aging. Apparently, health problems that many people consider to be “normal” consequences of aging are actually caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. The good news is that if a problem is caused by a poor diet, it can be solved by a healthy alkaline diet.