The Alkaline Diet
Also known as the pH diet, alkaline ash diet, or alkaline acid
The Alkaline diet is popular with many celebrities, and is reported
to aid weight-loss and also help with conditions, such as: indigestion
and arthritis. Followers have also reported feeling more energetic
and youthful as well!
Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss are reported
as having successfully used the alkaline/acid diet.
The theory behind the pH diet is that all digested food
leaves a mineral residue, or alkaline ash, in the body, which is
either acid or alkaline. Followers of the Alkaline diet believe
that it is healthier for our bodies to be alkaline, so therefore
it is better to avoid acid-forming foods, such as: refined and processed
foods, sugar, meat, dairy, white bread, pasta, sweets, alcohol and
trans fats. Foods such as green vegetables and most fruits are considered
a better choice, as once digested, they apparently leave an alkaline
Developers of the pH diet believe that in order to neutralise
the acid from such foods, and to maintain a natural pH level the
body is forced to leach important minerals, like calcium and magnesium
from our bones.
The diet's aim is to eat around 75-80% of alkaline foods, alongside
20-25% acidifying foods. This level should result in a slightly
alkaline pH in the body, which for followers of the Alkaline diet
is considered ideal for maintaining good health.
What foods does the Alkaline diet suggest?
Main ingredients of diet : natural whole foods,
including: nuts (not peanuts or cashews), seeds, whole grains, beans,
vegetables, certain fruits (lemons, lime, watermelon, grapefruit,
tomato, avocado), salads, chickpeas, coconuts, almonds and spices.
Alkalizing drinks, like spring water and green tea are an important
part of this diet. It is recommended that you drink two litres of
water daily, infused with lemon juice and a special vegetable powder
daily, plus green and herb teas. Unusually, citrus fruits, such
as the lemon, have an alkaline effect on the body.
Butter and full-cream milk is allowed in small amounts, and for
cooking purposes use virgin olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil.
General avoidance of processed foods, caffeine, white sugar, white
flour, tea, coffee, alcohol or dairy products throughout the diet.
A day on the Alkaline diet might look like this:
- peaches, coconut and soya yogurt or
- raspberries, coconut and green tea or
- grapefruit and watermelon
- a salad with sprouted chickpeas, raw spinach, almonds and beetroot
- butternut squash soup or
Snacks : olives, almonds, hummus, guacamole, watermelon,
oranges, apples and tomatoes
- green minty spinach soup or
- a veggie Thai green curry or
- quinoa and sweet potato curry
Advantages of the diet
The diet consists of healthy whole foods, fresh vegetables, especially
dark, leafy, and green veg and fruit, and avoids
It is suggested that followers check their body's acidity with
urine testing strips, or blood tests, which can prove expensive.
The pH diet has proved controversial with doctors and nutritionists
who say that the body can maintain an alkaline level by itself.
A vegan style diet does not generally provide all the vitamins,
such as retinol - the animal form of vitamin A - which is important
for wound healing, cell repair and eyesight, or vitamin B12, which
is needed to prevent anaemia or vitamin K2.
doctor or medical professional before beginning any diet or exercise