For those who are newer to detoxification and holistic health in general, you might be wondering what an alkaline diet is.
An alkaline diet is based on the idea that what you eat affects the pH (Potential Hydrogen) level (the acidity or alkalinity) of your body.
An alkaline diet eliminates foods that are highly acidic and emphasizes foods that are high in alkalinity. The diet focuses on balancing the body’s pH. PH, which is short for potential hydrogen, it is the measure of hydrogen ions in a solution. This is measured on a scale of 1 to 14, where seven is neutral. The higher the number, the more alkaline, or basic, the solution is. And in contrast, the lower the number, the more acidic it is.
When it comes to our bodies, our pH varies from one area to another. For example, our stomachs have both acidic and basic parts to it. Our stomach has high acid to digest food, and in contrast, it has a liner that is high in alkaline to prevent injury to organ membranes. Human blood typically has a pH around 7.4, which means that our blood is slightly more alkaline.
An alkaline diet focuses on consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables. Some people focus on reducing animal protein, while others eliminate animal protein. An alkaline diet has proven cardiovascular benefits as well as reducing inflammatory/acidic conditions. (i.e Arthritis, Osteoporosis, sinusitis, asthma, periodontitis, diabetes, cancers, dermatitis, bronchitis, tonsillitis, crohn’s, etc)
The alkaline diet is opposite to the ketogenic diet which prohibits fruits, limits vegetables but encourages protein. Any diet that encourages excessive protein and restricts fruit and vegetables is not alkaline!