The alkaline diet is based on the idea of altering body`s pH based on the food you consume. The foods which promote an acid pH in the body require the body to work harder to rebalance its regulated, slightly alkaline pH. When we constantly eat acid-forming foods, it takes a toll on this system.
Normal and healthy blood pH is between 7.35 and 7.45. The body does a great job at keeping its tightly regulated system and the food we consume doesn’t change the blood pH. It is possible to change the pH of saliva and urine with diet. But, when the pH of these fluids changes, the pH of the blood remains the same. Blood pH outside of its regulated range results in health problems. Therefore, any claim that the diet changes your blood pH is not true.
Research on the alkaline diet
Again, no research has shown that the alkaline diet can change blood pH. But some research suggests that an alkaline diet still improves health, although not in the way that its supporters claim. What this diet does is reducing a person`s consumption of processed meats, and they encourage people to eat more fruits and veggies. This offers various health benefits.
Here are a couple of benefits that alkaline diet supporters claim:
Probably one of the most popular claims of the alkaline diet is that it prevents or potentially treats cancer. However, there isn’t any substantial evidence to support this claim. The theory is based on a study done by Dr. Otto H Warburg, a Noble Prize Laureate, suggesting that cancer survives in an acidic environment. These findings are true, but recent studies suggest that cancerous cells form their own acidic environment, and this cannot be affected by the food we consume.
- Promoting weight loss
There are many strategies that can help people lose weight, but eventually weight loss depends on eating fewer calories than one burns. Diets that are lower in calories and fat can promote weight loss, as long as the person eats a healthy diet with variety. As alkaline diet is low in calories, it may help people lose weight.
- Improving kidney health
Raising the pH of the urine may improve health for some individuals. The typical diet of Americans is very acidic, which can challenge the kidneys. The good news is that a lower-acid diet may improve the symptoms in those with kidney disease.
- Bottom Line
Alkaline ‘Activator’ Green Smoothie
- 1 lime
- 2 apples, chopped
- 1-inch slice of pineapple
- 1⁄2 avocado
- 1-inch slice of cucumber
- 1⁄2 celery stick
- A handful of spinach or kale
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Spirulina powder
- 1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
- water, as desired to thin consistency
Wash the fruits/ veggies and blend all the ingredients until smooth.
While no evidence supports the claims that alkaline diet alters body`s pH, there are some benefits of the diet unrelated to pH. As its core, the alkaline diet is focused on plant-based foods, which are key components of a healthy and well-balanced diet. As such, it can encourage people to eat a wide variety of healthful and nutritious foods, improving overall health. Countless studies have proven the benefits of fruit and veggie intake aiding in weight loss and reducing the risk of diseases due to their robust nutritional profile.
Simply put, enjoy a balanced, and veggie-rich diet. There is absolutely no need trying to alter your body chemistry.
We recently published an article under the title “Your Body is Acidic. Here is what you Need to Do”, which suggests that following an alkaline diet can alter body`s pH and create an environment that is unfavorable to cancer cells. The truth is that body`s pH is not affected by diet whatsoever, as it is a tightly regulated system. And even though cancer cells do thrive in acidic environment, body`s pH balance cannot be affected by outside factors.
Following an alkaline diet does offer some benefits though, mostly because it can help people eat a wide range of healthful foods, improving overall health.
We are extremely sorry for our mistake and apologize to our readers for the misinformation. It goes without saying that we are grateful to Leadstories for identifying and pointing to our mistake.