What Is the Alkaline Diet?
Posted by Jordan in Alkaline Diet
If you're interested in natural health, you've probably heard about the alkaline diet. But what exactly is the alkaline diet? Is it truly a beneficial approach to nutrition, or just another dietary fad? These are the questions I hope to answer in this article.

To begin with, let's start by defining the alkaline diet, also known as the acid alkaline diet. The general concept behind this way of eating is that foods can have a major effect on your internal pH. In turn, proponents of the alkaline diet believe that your internal pH plays a crucial role in determining your state of health.

Both mainstream and alternative health practitioners are in agreement that maintaining an optimal pH is important for health. If pH wasn't important, why would your body have at least four mechanisms for maintaining pH balance? These mechanisms exist because extreme acidosis can be fatal. But here's where the disagreement comes in: According to skeptics, the foods you eat will have no effect on your body's pH, because you will simply eliminate excess acid in your urine. It's true that your kidneys, like your skin and lungs, work continually to eliminate excess acid from your body. However, a number of scientific studies have suggested that if you're not following an alkaline diet, the amount of acid generated can strain your body's coping mechanisms. The result is a chronically acidic internal state--not enough to send you to the emergency room, but enough to contribute to chronic health problems.

There are two reasons that an acid-forming diet can lead to health problems. First, there is the accumulation of excess acid in the body, which can lead to problems ranging from fatigue to increased oxidation and a resulting increase in pain and inflammation. Second, there is a depletion of alkaline minerals as your body uses them to neutralize excess acid. In the short term, this is a good thing, since the alternative would be to let your body become more and more acidic. However, in the long term, deficiencies of alkaline minerals can take their toll. For example, a lack of potassium can lead to increased risk of high blood pressure. And a calcium deficiency can increase your risk of osteoporosis.

The good news is that there is a way to help prevent these problems. By adopting an alkaline diet, you will be helping your body to do what it does naturally: Maintain an optimal balance between acid and alkaline elements.