The Alkaline Diet - A Question of Balance
Posted by Jordan in Alkaline Diet
One of the questions that I get about the alkaline diet is exactly how alkaline do you want to be. Does the alkaline diet mean that you need to eliminate all acidifying foods in order to make your body as alkaline as possible? The answer is no.

By themselves, acid and alkaline are neither harmful nor beneficial. It's kind of like HDL and LDL cholesterol. Optimal cardiovascular health occurs within you have an optimal ratio of HDL and LDL cholesterol. In the same way, you will experience optimal health when you have the perfect ratio of acidifying to alkalizing elements within your body.

So although this diet is commonly referred to as the alkaline diet, a more accurate name might be the acid-alkaline balance diet. The goal of the alkaline diet is not to reach an extreme of alkalinity, but to achieve the perfect balance, which happens to be just slightly above seven, or neutral, on the pH scale.

In theory, an overly alkaline diet could be just as unhealthy as an overly acidic diet. However, in practice, it is difficult to have a diet that is too alkaline. Overalkalinity, or alkalosis, is more likely to result from the over use of over-the-counter antacids. But while an excessively alkaline diet is rare, the majority of people in the United States and other Western nations have a diet that is unhealthily acid-forming.

This is because the foods that we tend to emphasize are mostly acidifying. These foods include meat, dairy, processed grains, sugar, and artificial food additives, all of which are eliminated or reduced by those who are following the alkaline diet.

In conclusion, the goal of the alkaline diet is not to replace one extreme with another, but rather to achieve an optimal acid alkaline balance within your body.