Feature image: Health Net
Whilst it is important to maintain a healthy diet, many people tend to be eating more acidic foods which can lead to unwanted weight gain, skin problems and heartburn. Thus making it important to learn whether our foods are acidic or alkaline based.
The alkaline diet is also known as the ‘Acid-Alkaline’ or the ‘Alkaline Ash Diet’, the idea behind it is that you can maintain a healthy PH value and in turn, benefit your all-round health. Your metabolic system is similar to a chemical reaction, like a fire, it breaks down a solid mass leaving behind ash, i.e. metabolic waste. The point is, this metabolic waste can be either acidic, neutral or alkaline and this is where it can start to affect your health and wellbeing.
If you are eating too many acidic foods then, of course, the ash left behind is going to be acidic and vice versa for alkaline foods. According to the acidic-ash hypothesis, acidic ash is thought to make you more vulnerable to diseases, whereas alkaline ash is thought to be protective. It is without a doubt to keep your acid and alkaline intake at a happy medium to keep your body peaceful so it can do its job without you even realising. So it’s best to learn which foods are what to ensure your meals are packed with both acidic and alkaline foods.
Photo credit: Food and Wine
Mixing up your foods will give you the best chance to get a balanced diet, including all variations of food and a handful more of vegetables on your main meal of the day, will help your alkaline balance and keep your healthy. So what foods are we looking at?
Acidic foods - Meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains and alcohol
Neutral foods - Natural fats, starches and sugars
Alkaline - Fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables
As important as it is to keep your body in check, it is also good to know any warning signs in which your body is telling you there is too much acid in your diet. Typical signs can be, weight gain, skin problems, heartburn and fatigue, but there are other symptoms such as muscle weakness, receding gums and kidney stones.
Photo credit: The Heath Foundation
The reason that an alkaline diet is encouraged is that it contains plenty of foods we already know are great for our body including whole foods, fruits, vegetables and restricts junk foods. Whilst little research has been done into making ground-breaking results, try to enjoy a healthy all rounded, balanced diet.