The Alkaline Diet: Why is it so Fashionable?

If you're going to adopt an alkaline diet, it's important to do it gradually and not stop consuming acidic foods all at once. If you're not used to it, your body could suffer.
The Alkaline Diet: Why is it so Fashionable?

Last update: 13 June, 2021

Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” And this is what the famed alkaline diet is all about – turning your diet into an enjoyable way to heal your body.

This diet plan aims to reduce your intake of acidic foods in favour of more alkaline foods. By doing this, you can regulate your body’s pH levels and maximize the power of your body’s internal organs.

In this contest between alkaline and acidic foods, the winners should be nuts and anything green. Sugars and fats should be completely forgotten about.

Regulate your pH with an alkaline diet

The fundamental philosophy behind the alkaline diet says that when your cell environment is acidic, the body can suffer from illnesses and poorer health. If this environment is more alkaline the body will be much healthier.

  • There are 15 levels on the pH scale.
  • They go from 0 to 14, and 7 is neutral.
  • Levels 0 to 6 are acidic, and 8 to 14 are alkaline.

Keeping your pH level regulated is vital for bodily functions. Your pH level directly affects your blood pressure, blood vessels, and metabolic and respiratory processes.

As well as this, an alkaline diet regenerates tissues and reduces inflammation in the organism. In addition, it restores the minerals and nutrients that your body has been deprived of for a long time.

The imbalanced human body

A tired woman pinches the bridge of her nose.

 

When your diet contains a lot of acidic foods, there are many possible consequences which you’ll regret in years to come: For example, fatigue and tiredness will become stronger and more annoying, and your body may also have problems absorbing minerals and nutrients and regenerating itself.

Does society encourage acidosis?

With the constant bombardment of advertising, there are many different ways that harmful foods have been promoted.

Animal products constantly feature in adverts. Meat, chicken, eggs, dairy, as well as flours and sugars, are very acidic. Fresh greens, on the other hand, don’t get much of a look in in ads. You choose!

Products that cause an acidic pH

The alkaline diet: products that cause an acidic pH.
One of the foods that can increase blood pressure is meat. While moderate consumption is not a problem, in excess it is harmful.

There are many foods and products which trigger different illnesses and gradually do damage to the body. For example, many medications can increase acidity. Some people choose sweeteners to avoid sugar, but these can also cause damage as they contain extremely high levels of acid.

As we mentioned, the most acidic foods generally are: meats, cereals, legumes, chicken, fish, and eggs. As you can see, choosing to correct your pH imbalance is one of the best decisions you can make in your life.

The alkaline end of the pH scale

On an alkaline diet you need to consume 80% alkaline food. Once you’ve stabilized your pH levels and feel happy with the results, you can then maintain a balance with a 60-40 mix.

The most common alkaline foods are:

  • Fruits
  • Green vegetables
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Spices and condiments

Four benefits of an alkaline diet

According to followers of the alkaline diet, it provides four specific benefits, which are described in more detail below.

1. Anti-ageing

 

By following this diet plan you’ll achieve a pH of 7.36 which will vitalize cells. On an acidic diet these deteriorate and this accelerates ageing.

2. More energy

The nutrients and minerals you’ll get in this diet will considerably improve your cell functions. This is because minerals like potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium are like a pure energy injection for your body.

3. Stronger immune system

If your body is acidic, your blood will become the perfect home for bacteria or a virus, and, therefore, for diseases. But if your body is more alkaline you’ll be much more resistant.

4. Ideal body weight

 

Although losing weight isn’t the main aim of this diet, it does bring results. After adopting this diet you’ll quickly burn fat and you could even achieve your ideal body size.

A weighing scale and measuring tape.

Tips for a good alkaline diet

It is important to keep in mind some suggestions before incorporating this meal plan into your routine:

  • Start gradually: Getting rid of all acidic foods at once will have a negative impact. It should be a slow transition: remember that you’re starting a new lifestyle.
  • 80-20 distribution: Don’t rush to see quick results, or only eat alkaline foods. Give yourself a treat now and again, it’s fine. Divide your plate into 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic.
  • Replace foods: Change rice for whole-grain rice or quinoaThere’s an alkaline version of pretty much any traditional recipe.

Finally, remember to always consult with a specialist, since not all organisms have the same conditions and your needs may differ. Also, don’t forget to exercise and, of course, enjoy the process.

It might interest you...
5 Causes of Elevated Alkaline Phosphatase
Step To HealthRead it in Step To Health
5 Causes of Elevated Alkaline Phosphatase

When the levels of alkaline phosphatase are no longer within the normal parameters, it's possible that it is due to some type of complication



  • Dapcich V, Salvador Castell G, Ribas Barba L, Pérez Rodrigo C, Aranceta Bartrina J, M. S. L. (2004). Guía de la alimentación saludable. Senc, 105. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1138-0322(09)71742-0
  • OMS. (2015). Alimentación sana. https://doi.org/Nota descriptiva No. 394
  • Reardon, J. (2012). PH y los Alimentos. North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Retrieved from http://www.ncagr.gov/fooddrug/espanol/PHylosAlimentos.pdf.pdf
  • Blázquez Abellán, G., López-Torres Hidalgo, J. D., Rabanales Sotos, J., López-Torres López, J., & Val Jiménez, C. L. (2016). Alimentación saludable y autopercepción de salud. Atencion Primaria48(8), 535–542. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aprim.2015.12.001
  • Olivares, S., & Zacarías, I. (2002). Guía de alimentación saludable y necesidades nutricionales del adulto. Instituto de Nutrición y Tecnología de Los Alimentos (INTA), Universidad de Chile, 17–38. Retrieved from http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&btnG=Search&q=intitle:Gu?a+de+alimentaci?n+saludable+y+necesidades+nutricionales+del+adulto#0