Understanding Alkaline Diet Benefits
Posted by Jordan in Alkaline Diet
If you're interested in natural health, you've most likely heard that the alkaline diet is a good choice. But exactly what benefits can you expect if you adopt this diet?

First of all, it's worth noting that the alkaline diet isn't as new as you might think. People have been talking about the importance of eating alkalizing foods since the 1930s. In addition, traditional societies around the world have followed an alkaline diet for thousands of years--long before the invention of the pH scale in the early twentieth century.

What exactly is an alkaline diet? Essentially, it's a way of eating that emphasizes foods which have an alkalizing effect on the body. It's based on the fact that foods affect your internal pH. In turn, your internal pH can have an important effect on your health.

There is no question that maintaining a correct acid-alkaline balance is important. When the body becomes either too acidic or too alkaline, the result can be severe health problems, or even death. Fortunately, extreme acidosis is rare. What proponents of the alkaline diet are concerned about is a milder degree of excess acidity, which has been termed low-grade metabolic acidosis. This type of acidosis is "low-grade" because it is not serious enough to require immediate medical treatment. And it is "metabolic" because it is the result of diet, not respiratory problems, for example.

How exactly does an acid-forming diet lead to illness? The first reason is that the built-up acids in the body can lead to a number of health problems, ranging from lack of energy to pain and inflammation resulting from increased oxidation. Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees. If your body becomes even a few degrees cooler or warmer, you feel under the weather. Just as your body prefers a narrow range of temperature, it also functions best within a narrow range of pH values.

The second reason is that the body's response to excess acid, though well-intended, can itself have negative consequences. When your body becomes too acidic, it tries to remove excess acid through the kidneys, skin, and lungs. But your body also has another trick up its sleeve: The parathyroid can secrete a hormone that causes calcium and other alkaline minerals to be withdrawn from the bones. These minerals can then be used to neutralize excess acid. Unfortunately, once the minerals have absorbed the acid, they are excreted with your urine. This means that they are no longer available to perform their many useful functions within the body, such as building strong bones and muscles and keeping blood pressure from going too high.

Would you like to do something about this situation? The good news is that there is an easy way to correct your acid-alkaline imbalance without expensive medical intervention. By adopting an alkaline diet, you can enhance your body's natural ability to maintain pH balance.