The Theory Behind The Alkaline Diet: Balancing Body pH For Effective Weight Management

The alkaline diet is one of the latest Hollywood diet trends with a celebrity fan base of Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham. Usually fad diets are not worth talking about because they cut out a crazy amount of calories and macronutrient food groups which has a negative impact on health. While the alkaline diet follows a similar pattern, it is based on promoting health and not inducing rapid weight loss at any cost.

The body is naturally alkaline and it is the chemical reactions within the body which produce acid. Too much acid stresses the digestive system which in turn causes undesirable effects throughout the body including reducing metabolic rate and inducing fatigue. The theory behind the alkaline diet is that ingesting certain foods increases the likelihood of excess acid production and can cause the body to release vital minerals from the healthy foods we eat in order to buffer the acidity. By focusing on consuming alkaline foods, the diet is said to increase energy levels, improve memory, reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and prevent painful gastric upset.

Foods which are not permitted on the alkaline diet include starchy grains, pasta, dairy, beans, fish and the majority of meat (if animals are grain fed). As with the majority of healthy lifestyles, fizzy drinks, alcohol and coffee are off the menu. The way in which meals are prepared also comes into play as cooking can alter the pH of foods. Therefore, those on the alkaline diet are encouraged to eat vegetables raw or lightly steamed where possible.

The total exclusion of any food group (e.g dairy) is never advisable and can result in deficiencies, the most common of which is iron. Beetroot, sweet potato, mung beans and walnut can reduce acid levels in the body but there is no strong evidence that a strict alkaline diet has any health benefits.

By sticking to a balanced, healthy lifestyle and avoiding empty calorie foods which provide little nutrient value it is possible to maintain an optimal body pH balance. Supplementing with Udos Choice Beyond Greenswill help to balance body pH without the need to follow a restrictive diet. Reducing acidity levels can prevent muscle loss which helps to maintain metabolic rate. This supports weight loss and development of a lean physique.

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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