The alkaline diet is good
Based on the principle of acidification of the body produced by most processed foods commonly consumed (also meat, wheat and refined sugars), and to counter these effects, came to light alkaline diet.
Its popularity increased exponentially when Victoria Beckham tweeted the excellence of a cookbook for alkaline diet in 2013.
Since then, it has been extraordinarily popular among Hollywood celebrities who have advocated effective in losing weight, avoiding problems like arthritis and even cancer.
BUT DOES IT WORK?
There is considerable controversy about it, and although it produces some results, these are not due to the reasons given.
Recall that the pH is the parameter that measures how is somewhat acidic or basic: 7 being a neutral pH, the lower is more acidic and the higher (up to 14) is more alkaline.
Our stomach is very acidic (3.5 or less), while our blood is slightly alkaline (7.35 to 7.45), but in a very stable form, which achieved by changes in the pH of the primarily urine.
This diet is intended to help our blood to remain stably alkaline, but that’s something our bodies do whenever you are healthy, naturally.
It is a homeostatic principle, so it is somewhat dubious argument.
And is that foods that are part of this traditionally healthy diet itself: lots of fruit and vegetables, no sugar, avoid alcohol and processed foods.
On the other hand, there is evidence that a diet with few “acidifying” foods such as animal protein (meat and milk and derivatives), little wheat (bread) and many vegetables and fruits, helps to:
Avoid kidney stones, and to improve heart health and brain function. It also appears to reduce the risk of colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, but doubts remain.
Proponents of the alkaline diet argue that although acidifying foods produce a slight reduction in blood alkalinity only briefly, a continuous repetition of such aggression culminate in a permanent acidity.
LEVEL OF EFFORT
To implement properly this diet we sacrifice much of our eating habits, since, as we have seen, a lot of products are usually consumed outside permitted.
Therefore requires a serious effort successfully carry out this diet.
He must learn to prepare and cook their meals using fresh foods.
Of course, not required to conduct any physical exercise to produce the results it promises.
WHAT CAN AND CAN NOT EAT
Are banned from this diet all dairy, meat, most grains, eggs and processed foods and canned foods and packaged snacks. Also banned alcohol and caffeine, according to the most specialized texts.
As for foods that are promoted are most vegetables and fruits, soy and tofu, seeds and legumes and only some types of nuts.
Are there any restrictions? Does this vary?
Since it is a predominantly vegetarian diet, for them no problem. Even vegans can incorporate as milk are also out.
It is also ideal for those who have problems with wheat gluten because it is excluded.
It is also suitable for those who have some food allergies because outlawing most foods that produce milk, corn, eggs, fish, shellfish, nuts.
It is also good for those who want to avoid fat and sugar.