So why is eating an alkaline diet important for your health? You may be wondering what an alkaline diet even is! The alkaline diet is basically a veggie-based diet that consists of eating foods that have an “alkalizing ” effect on the body. According to the alkaline theory, a slightly alkaline body pH creates the best environment for your cells to function at their optimum level.
In other words, your body will feel at its healthiest and most energized when it is in a slightly alkaline state. You can achieve this “alkaline state” by eating lots of leafy greens, certain fruits, veggies, and grains. These all help alkalize the body. You can check out our alkaline food list to get a more comprehensive list of common alkaline foods.
HOW DOES THE ALKALINE DIET COMPARE TO OTHER DIETS?
These days there are many diet fads out there for looking your best. Perhaps the most important aspect of dieting is making sure that your overall body health is the best it can be. Keep reading and find out how important being alkaline and pH balanced really is.
Your health depends on how well you care for your body. Alkalinity is a big part of that!
Certain types of diets, such as the keto diet or the alkaline diet have been thought to improve ones’ overall health and to help avoid certain disease states. But what is so special about the alkaline diet?
An alkaline diet allows your body’s metabolism to function more efficiently helping you to feel healthier. When your body is in an acidic state(caused by eating a mostly acidic diet), your body cant absorb nutrients and vitamins very well. It can also be more vulnerable to disease. Most people are unaware of the impact body pH can have on their health. Low grade pH imbalances can actually be a contributing factor of many chronic health issues. Some of these illnesses include osteoporosis, fatigue, inflammation, pain, digestion problems, low thyroid function, immune problems and even cancer. Being in an acidic state also makes your body more prone to succumb to sickness.
How Does Eating an Alkaline Diet Improve Your Health?
Eating an alkaline diet can improve your health by helping your body metabolize food better. The alkalizing effect improves the overall health of your body allowing it to fight disease and function at its best. Alkaline foods are also full of antioxidants and nutrients that help fight disease.
Alkaline diets contribute to improved health benefits such as reducing high blood pressure, strokes, and bone loss to name a few. As mentioned, the diet involves eating lots of leafy greens, fruits, and veggies which are both tasty and good for you! Check out our alkaline food chart below:
If you want to learn more about the alkaline diet, check out the resources on our website. Here is also a very interesting article by Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD where she shares her thoughts on the benefits of an alkaline diet.
A urine or saliva pH between 6.5 and 7.5 is ideal for body alkalinity. Med Lab Diagnostic’s urine and saliva pH strips can help you determine if your alkaline diet is working or if changes need to be made to get to your goal.
Elena Daisley is a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist (MT, ASCP certified) with over 10 years of experience in the medical field. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and Laboratory Science from the University of Central Florida. Elena enjoys helping others on their journey to healthier living.