There has been a lot of speculations regarding how diets which allow consumption of too much acidic foods can greatly affect an individual’s overall health. Therefore, a specific diet was particularly designed to help improve our health by eating foods that are said to have less acidic content – the alkaline diet.
The literal focus of the alkaline diet is by providing the body with more alkaline-rich foods while limiting those that are acidic. There are a lot of hearsays about how the consumption of alkaline is effective in preventing the development of diseases as serious as cancer, thus it slowly became a big hit among fad diets.
In this article, we will be identifying what alkaline diet is about and how it can benefit our bodies; plus, a few samples of easy alkaline diet recipes will be provided as a helpful guide for busy people who tend to be always on the go.
The Alkaline Diet: Just Another Fad Diet?
The alkaline diet is based more on science and one of its principles is about keeping a balanced pH level in the body. But first, let us get to know about the process in the body such as chemical reactions that can be improved by supposedly going into an alkaline diet.
We may already be familiar with the bodily function called metabolism, which is the main controller of the body’s breaking down of the food we eat. As metabolism is happening inside the body, the involved organs are doing their best to properly break down the larger mass (which is the food) into smaller ones before they are distributed to the body. However, not everything is broken down and passed unto other parts of the body, there are residues that are left and they are referred to as metabolic waste. The result of these metabolic wastes, whether they become acidic or basic (alkaline), is solely dependent on the food we eat. So it will be clear that when we eat more acidic food, the metabolic waste will be acidic too; and when the food consumed is basic, metabolic waste is basic. Furthermore, these metabolic wastes are said to be transferred to the blood, which makes them especially dangerous when they are characterized as acidic. There are also a lot of hypotheses regarding acidic blood that can affect the body. According to them, the more acidic the blood gets there will be higher chances that the body will become prone to a wide range of diseases and illnesses. On the other hand, alkaline blood is said to give the body a healthier state since it has the potential to protect the body from any possible harm.
So far, the diet was able to categorize a few foods into three groups so they will be easier to identify if one decides to go alkaline. First, there is the acidic group. The acidic group is said to be made of foods that contain the following nutrients: protein, sulfur, and phosphate. Examples of acidic foods are mostly animal-based food products such as poultry, meat, eggs, dairy, and fish; also categorized to be acidic are grains and alcohol. Second, the neutral group which contains natural fats, sugars, and starches. Those that are considered to be neutral may be safe to eat even while on alkaline diet. Lastly, the alkaline group which is the ideal food group that must be added into alkaline diet meals. This may be similar to a vegan diet since plant-based food products are more known to be alkaline than those that are animal produced. For the alkaline food group the advisable foods to eat are fruits and vegetables, nuts, and some legumes.
The Connection Of pH Levels To The Alkaline Diet
As previously mentioned, the pH level of the body and food we consume are considered to be part of the science behind the effectivity of the line diet. First off, what is pH?
Scientifically, pH means “potential of Hydrogen”, and its main purpose is by serving as a unit of measurement for water-soluble substances to check their level of acidity or alkalinity. The pH level has a range wherein it uses the numbers 0 to 14 to identify if a substance is acidic or basic. The levels 0.0 to 6.9 can help determine if it is acidic, a result of 7 shows that the substance is neutral meaning it is neither acidic or basic, and when the level is ranged from 7.0 to 14.0 it means that the substance is basic or alkaline.
Since the body contains water-soluble substances, it also has its own pH levels which is different for each of the substances. Let’s say the stomach acid, it is called an “acid” because it has a pH level of around 2 to 3.5 which makes it one of the world’s strongest acid. This is normal, however, because it is the main purpose of the stomach acid which is used by the body to break down the food we eat into smaller molecules. Compared to the stomach acid, the blood is known to be alkaline. The pH level of blood is 7.36 to 7.44 and it must stay in that range since an imbalance may lead to fatal conditions.
Easy Alkaline Diet Recipes
As promised, here are some easy alkaline diet recipes that you can try and these will also be very helpful for busy people.
The basic veggie salad
Almost all vegetables are considered to be alkaline, so it will be easy to pick ideal ingredients for your healthy veggie salad. Additionally, this is really plain and simple since there is no need to open your stove for this kind of meal. You can put leafy greens like kale, spinach, Romaine lettuce, and many more. Some slices of avocado, fresh tomatoes which may be sliced or the cherry tomatoes, and a few onions and additional bell peppers may work as well. Use lemon juice as a dressing or even apple cider vinegar is acceptable.
Others consider this as a snack, but getting to eat assorted fruits may also be considered as a proper meal. Apples, berries, banana, kiwi fruits, and a lot more! Actually, you are allowed to add almost all the fruits available in the world!
If you want to get all necessary nutrients in one gulp, you may as well make your favorite fruits into a smoothie. An ideal fruit for making into smoothie are blueberries. Blueberries are packed with nutrients and are very delicious at the same time.
If you are not used to eating raw vegetables, you are actually allowed to cook them in a healthy way like steaming. You can steam a wider range of vegetables like asparagus, spinach, broccoli, and green beans. If you want to get more full you may add some starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and other vegetables like carrots and squash.