The Alkaline Diet is also known as the alkaline ash diet, the alkaline acid diet and the acid alkaline diet. The diet is based on the theory that like the pH of blood, the residue of ash left by the food we eat should be alkaline rather than acidic. The main components of the ash are calcium, zinc, magnesium and copper. Foods are then considered acidic, alkaline or neutral.
Does It Work?
Although some celebrities and Hollywood actresses have tried the alkaline diet, there is no scientific evidence that it works. The alkaline diet is said to help those who have frequent headaches, low energy levels, diverticulitis, Crohns disease and Candida, just to name a few.
There is some proof that the alkaline diet may help those with osteoporosis.
Is It Safe?
The alkaline diet should not be used for people with any kind of kidney disease, heart disease, or those who have severe medical illness. Children, teens, pregnant women and breastfeeding women should consult a physician before beginning this diet.
What Should You Eat?
Any food that leaves an alkaline residue is fair game for the alkaline diet. Some foods included are specific citrus fruits, like tangerines and nectarines, cantaloupe, figs, grapes, watermelon, papaya and mango. Alkaline vegetables include broccoli, watercress, celery, bamboo shoots, seaweed, alfalfa sprouts, kelp and parsley. Foods to avoid include dairy, grains, meat, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and mushrooms. Protein is rather limited and includes soy, almonds, chestnuts and fermented whey.
The above mentioned list is not a complete list of foods allowed or recommended.
The goal of the alkaline diet is to get 70 to 80 percent of your diet from alkaline foods and the remaining 20 to 30 percent from acidic or neutral foods.
If you plan to try the alkaline diet, make sure you get a balanced and varied diet. Be sure to drink plenty of water and consume enough fiber and protein so that you are adequately nourishing your body.