You probably studied this in high school, but if chemistry class was not your forte, let me remind you that the pH level measures how acid or alkaline something is. A pH of 0 is totally acidic, while a pH of 14 is completely alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral.
When it comes to our own body those levels vary. Our blood is slightly alkaline, with a pH between 7.35 and 7.45 while our stomach is very acidic, with a pH of 3.5 or below, so it can break down food.
Our body is constantly working to maintain the pH of our blood stable. According to its promoters, with an Alkaline Diet you can help our body to keep the level constant. Some foods, like meat, wheat, refined sugar, and processed foods, cause our body to produce acid, which is bad for us. Eating specific foods that make our body more alkaline, on the other hand, can protect us against conditions such as arthritis and cancer. Some research suggests that an Alkaline Diet could help us prevent kidney stones, keep our bones and muscles strong, improve our heart health and brain function, reduce low back pain, and lower the risk for colon cancer and type 2 diabetes. Too good to be true?
According to this, what should we eat and what must be avoided? This chart will help you:
Following an Alkaline Diet doesn’t mean you have to give up completely acidic foods. You have to maintain a balance. A good rule of thumb is that 60-80% of our diet should be from more alkaline foods, and 20-40% more acidic foods.
There is a lot of debate regarding this diet, whether there is really scientific evidence about its advertised merits or if it is another fad. The truth is that food cannot change your blood pH but a diet that promotes the consumption of more fruits, vegetables and avoids processed foods is always worth supporting.
What do you think? Are you going alkaline or not? ♡