There are lots of diets out there, but only a few focus on bone and kidney health like an alkaline-based diet. An alkaline-based diet poses multiple benefits to your overall health.

Alkalizing is the opposite of acidifying. The idea is you want to keep your blood acid levels (measured in pH) around 7.35 to 7.45. An alkaline-based diet means regulating your food and beverage intake in a way that it favors alkalizing your blood. This means consuming food with high pH levels and avoiding food that’s acidic in nature.

 

Why Alkaline-based?

Around 93.3 million or almost 40% of American adults are obese. Obesity related conditions include stroke, coronary diseases, and diabetes 2 – all of which are the leading causes of death in the US. This is why many are becoming more conscious in shaping their dietary intake and are striving to live a healthier and fuller life.

Increased acidity of the contemporary diet is leading to the disruption of the blood’s ability to regulate its pH levels. This results in the adjustment of tissue alkalinity in the kidney, which leads to the excretion of toxins – enabling grounds for more chronic diseases. This is a reason why there is an increase in the number of citizens who have chronic conditions. An evaluation on the rise of chronic diseases in America by Maryville University reveals that 164 million Americans will have some form of serious illness by 2025 – that’s almost half of the population. And diet is a big part of this. Switching to an alkaline based diet can aid in suppressing toxin generation and preventing these chronic illnesses.

 

How to switch?

Unlike many fad diets today, alkaline-based diets are not meant to starve you or deprive you from the nutrients you need. Switching to an alkalizing food regime means choosing the right food in the right amount and avoiding (or greatly reducing your intake of) bad food.

Take it slow. Transitioning to a new diet takes a lot of time. You’re essentially learning to stick to a new habit centered around being aware of what you put into your body. It entails a lot of research and getting used to – no need to rush yourself. While most of the diet is fairly easy, gradually transforming your kitchen and freezer content is still the best way to change your diet.

Hydrate. We are 60% water. And how much water we drink affects the acid levels of our body. Getting properly hydrated – more than 2 liters of water a day – will improve your energy and vitality. Drinking and cooking with alkaline water with pH levels of 8.0 to 9.0 can enhance your eating habits – and is the best way to start alkalizing.

Leafy Greens. Green vegetables are a great source of antioxidants and aid in alkalizing your body. They are rich in vitamin K1 – which is good for calcium management. Not only that, an alkaline environment enables the proliferation of gut microbes which are essential in preventing inflammation, aid in digestion, and help regulate your mood. Researchers at the University of California San Francisco found that your gut flora may also help in regulating neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis. Fresh fruits, leafy vegetables, nuts, and healthy oils are essential in keeping your body less acidic.

Supplements. While you should avoid highly acidic food like sugar, fish, and highly processed meats, there are specific nutrients which you may be missing if you cut them off completely. Luckily, there are lots of supplements out there to compensate. Choose ones that are high in magnesium, potassium, calcium, and omega oils.

 

 

Feature article for alkazone.com

Contributed by Anna Dunham