Thursday, May 17, 2012

Acid Alkaline Diet: The Secret to a Healthy Life

What is the Acid Alkaline Diet?

Have you recently stepped on the weighing scale and saw numbers you didnt like? Or have you just realized you’ve grown a little too big for your favorite pair of pants? Have you had a difficult time doing certain activities because of weight problems? Fear not, and know that you are not alone in experiencing this kind of situation. For years, people have dreaded over weight issues and have been constantly searching for  solutions. Many found their’s through exercises, medications and even invasive operations. But a lot settled with a diet that's been successfully working for them.

There are a lot of diets out there. Some diets are composed mainly of green vegetables while other diets recommend to not eat wheat/grain products. Other diets require a minimum amount of calorie to be consumed. Some diets, on the other hand, suggests that an individual do not eat anything after 6 pm.

The rest of this article will be devoted to a certain kind of diet, the Acid Alkaline Diet. First, you must be asking, what is this diet all about? The Acid Alkaline Diet, also known as the Alkaline Diet, is a diet wherein the main food products that are eaten are those with low sugar and carbohydrate content but still very nutritious. Usually these kind of foods are quite rich in alkaline. While on the other hand, obviously, it suggests that one must avoid foods rich in carbohydrates and sugars. The proponents of this diet, Robert O. Young, D.C. Jarvis, Herman Aihara and Edgar Cayce, believes that certain foods leave some kind of ‘ash’, also called as an alkaline residue, in the body after consumed. This alkaline residue is composed of elements such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron and copper. The proponents classify food into three groups namely; (1) alkaline, (2) acid and (3) neutral. They based this according to the pH of the solution a food has after it has been dissolved in water.  By the way, pH means Power of Hydrogen. The pH is measured through the pH scale. A pH of 1 is the most acidic, while a pH of 14 is the most basic and a pH of 7 is just neutral.

To further explain this diet, we should delve deeper on to our history. Let us go back to the Prehistoric Times, during era of the hunters and gatherers, human diet was mostly comprised of raw plants. But as man learned skills such as cooking, tending of animals, the human diet dramatically shifted from an alkaline rich diet to an acid rich diet. Man shifted to a diet full of processed food resulting to an imbalance in the body.

The Dos and Donts of Acid Alkaline Diet

Sounds interesting huh? So how do you go about this diet? What are the should-eats and should-NOT-eats? Before that, let us put in mind that our primary goal is to choose food that can maintain the acid-base balance in our body. Go for foods that are alkaline forming and avoid those that are acid forming. Keep in mind that alkaline rich food can be denoted with an addition/positive sign (+), which we can think of as ‘positive effects in our body’ while acid rich food are denoted with a subtraction/negative sign (-) which we can think of as its negative effects in our body’. Our primary aim is to neutralize the acid imbalance in our body.

The foods that should be eaten are mostly vegetables and fruits. But not all fruits and vegetables will qualify, only those that are low on sugar. Fruits from the citrus family, such as lemons, oranges, qualifies. Roots, tubers (potatoes and yams) and legumes (nuts and peas) are also recommended.
On the other hand, avoid carbohydrates and sugar rich food such as sweets, dairy products, wheat and yeast based products. Intake of drinks should also be regulated. Intake of alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks should be avoided or regulated. Consumption of the aforementioned foods will create an imbalance in our body resulting to different complications.

Now, you may ask, what is point of doing all this? What are the benefits of the Acid Alkaline Diet? This diet will improve the performance of the body by flushing all the acidic wastes out of the body.
This diet is known to reduce the probability of having kidney stones, osteoporsis and heart related problems. It will also reduce the probability of having colds and flus.

In time, you will also feel more energetic because the acidic wastes will be flushed out of your system. You will also feel less tired and worn out. Allergies, arthritis and Heart Problems can also be prevented and lessened with this diet. It is also said that complexion and skin health are also improved with this diet. Brain ability is also said to be improved, you will also be able to think clearly. The risk of cancer is also lessened with this diet. Research has shown that cancer cells cannot live in an alkaline environment.

Either for weight loss or for better health, this diet is a good way to go. It should always be kept in mind that in every diet, there should always be determination and perseverance to carry it out. As well it is very important that we must have sufficient acid and alkaline diet information to make this diet more effective.

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