To Alkaline or Not to Alkaline

Celebrities around the globe have been boasting about the alkaline cleanse and how it has changed their lives. So, what is it and what does it do for you?

The alkaline diet is based around your bodies chemistry; specifically your bodies acidity levels (aka alkalinity). An alkaline diet eliminates foods that have a lot of acid (or food high in alkaline).

Acid is in excess in the body and when we get ourselves “alkaline” it means there’s much less of it.

For everyone, there are different types of chemical reactions that happen in the body when introduced to specific amounts of acid.

Your bodies PH balance (short for potential hydrogen) is measured on a scale from 1 to 14, 7 is neutral. The higher the number the more alkaline, the lower the number the more acidic.

Our stomachs have high acid to help digest our food, in contrast the liner is high in alkaline to prevent injury. This makes trying to regulate the body’s pH balance neutrality almost impossible. For scale, our blood typically has a pH balance of 7.4 (more alkaline).

An alkaline diet has a strong focus on fruits and vegetables while reducing animal protein which does distort the source of alkalinity.

So, to alkaline or not to alkaline?

It’s all about what works for you and your body. There’s nothing to lose trying an alkaline diet. An alkaline diet will regulate the body. Processed food, sugar, caffeine, meat and alcohol are detrimental to the body regardless deciding to go alkaline or not. These foods create an acidic environment in the body and gut causing bloating, weight gain, illness, fatigue, headaches and undesirable symptoms. Stopping the consumption of these acid-forming food and drinks can leave your feeling rejuvenated and allow your liver and digestive system time to rest & recuperate to normalize its function.

Alkaline Rich Foods

  • Alkaline Water
  • Tofu
  • Sprouts
  • Goat or Almond Milk
  • Herbal Tea
  • Gluten/Yeast Free Breads
  • Sprouted Breads
  • Grasses: wheatgrass, barley, kamut, shave, and oat
  • Nuts including coconut & almond
  • Seeds: flax, sunflower, and pumpkin
  • Grains: amaranth, buckwheat, chia, kamut, millet, quinoa, lentils
  • Vegetables: asparagus, broccoli, green beans, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, eggplant, garlic, onion, celery, cucumber, lettuce, peas, pumpkin, squash, radishes
  • Fruits: avocado, tomatoes, lemon, lime, grapefruit, fresh coconut, pomegranate

Source: Best Food Fact, research by Dr. Susan Whiting from University of Sakatchewan.