Although endorsed by a seemingly endless number of A-list celebrities, the alkaline diet is far from being a fad. It is a proven healthy eating lifestyle that works long-term. It also induces fat loss, higher energy levels, increased concentration and clearer skin. An alkaline diet also helps your body maintain a healthy pH level.
So what is ‘a healthy pH level’?
Pure water has a neutral pH of 7.0.
A healthy pH level is between neutral and slightly alkaline. An alkaline diet helps maintain your body’s ‘acid-alkaline’ balance and keeps your blood maintained at a pH of 7.365.
Your body naturally works hard at keeping a slightly alkaline balance. However, the average UK diet means that most people don’t achieve this and have higher levels of acidity in their bodies. This may cause more serious health issues including insomnia, fatigue, headaches, low blood pressure, gastritis, frequent infections and leg cramps.
What is an ‘alkaline diet’?
In general, an alkaline diet means eating lots of alkaline forming foods and avoiding acidic forming foods, such as meat and dairy products, refined sugars, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, caffeine and alcohol.
Having said all of that, going alkaline doesn’t mean you have to eliminate anything — otherwise you will just crave everything you can’t have. Instead, start with improving your diet slightly and aim for 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic.
Think that’s too hard?
OK – another good tip is to have a look at your normal weekly shopping list and mark each item as alkaline or acid. Then work out what your current ratio is and aim to substitute a few acid items in favour of alkaline. That way you can work up to the 80:20 optimums. Little by little is better than nothing at all!
Your first step is to find out what your pH balance is, so to find out how easy it is, watch my video below to see me taking my own test.