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What is the Acid Alkaline Diet?

Updated on September 26, 2016

There are many different diet plans out there, some very well-known like The Atkins Diet and others which are less well-known such as The Acid Alkaline diet. If you are interested in The Acid Alkaline Diet and want know more about what it is then this is the post for you.

What is The Acid Alkaline Diet?

The Acid Alkaline Diet revolves around one basic principle and this is that the overall PH level and PH balance of your body will greatly affect your overall health. Although the Acid Alkaline Diet is likely to lead to some substantial and healthy weight loss because of the detox your body will undergo, this is not really the primary concern of the diet. Instead the Acid Alkaline diet is geared more towards improving overall health than losing weight.

The theory of the Acid Alkaline diet is that everything that goes into your body, be it food, drink or even pollution will alter the PH level or acidity of your body. All food for example – once digested – will leave behind an acidic or alkaline ash in the same way that a fire leaves behind an ash once it has consumed fuel. If the ash that is left behind is acidic in form then in order for it to be excreted from the body it will need to be neutralized with an alkaline element. If you do not consume enough Alkaline forming foods or drinks and at the same time you also over consume acidic foods (which are very prevalent in the modern western diet), then your body will, over time, become too acidic leaving you prone to illness and chronic or fatal diseases as these kind of diseases are believed to thrive in an acidic environments. The condition of having an overly acidic body is known as acidosis.

So the basic idea of the Acid Alkaline diet is that you should aim to consume more alkaline forming foods and drinks than you do acidic foods.

What about Alkaline Water?

In a previous post that we wrote here on HubPages we discussed Alkaline Water in more detail and we also discussed why some bottled waters are more alkaline in nature and have a higher PH than others. Alkaline water is used by many followers of the Acid Alkaline Diet to try to naturally increase the PH level of cells. As we all know, water makes up around 50-65% of the human body which constantly needs to be replenished. It would make sense then that the kind of water we choose to take into our bodies to replace it with could play a big role in maintaining the body's PH balance. Many people choose to create their own alkaline water using a water alkalizing machine which you can find online or there are also supplements which can be added to water to increase its alkalinity. If you are an avid bottled water drinker then it is easy to find out the PH of different waters as it is often listed on the label. Often times you will find that waters which have a relatively high alkalinity – over 7.0 – will also have a good concentration of alkaline forming minerals in them such as bicarbonates and calcium to name just two.

What sort of foods should you eat on the Acid Alkaline Diet?

In the same way that bottled waters which contain alkaline forming minerals such as bicarbonates and calcium will help make the water more alkaline, the presence of alkaline forming minerals within foods will also make these foods alkaline forming in nature. Basically then we want to be consuming foods which leave an alkaline ash within the body after digestion, not an acidic one. Natural foods such as broccoli, spinach, kale, almonds, onions, garlic and olive oil are just a few foods which are highly alkaline in nature. It may surprise you to learn that some of the highest alkaline forming foods you can have are citrus fruits. How so when they are so acidic to taste? It is because we are primarily interested in foods which are alkaline after digestion, not before. The minerals contained in citrus fruits mean that after digestion the ash residue left behind is extremely alkaline. This may all be starting to become a little confusing but there are many Acid Alkaline food and drink charts available to view online and I promise that the more you research this diet the easier it will be to understand these anomalies.

Foods to Avoid

It will come as no surprise to you that most of the foods which are to be avoided on The Acid Alkaline diet are those which we already know are generally bad for us. High sugar and processed foods are extremely acidic in nature and are therefore to be avoided on this diet. This doesn't mean that you can’t have the odd treat now and then but in general anything which has been processed will contain chemicals, processed fats and refined sugars which will all lead to acidosis if consumed in high amounts. The same can be said of beer and soft drinks which again contain high amounts of acidifying sugars and so should be avoided. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that diet beverages are ok either. Diet beverages usually contain high amounts of unnatural sweeteners which are acidic to the body. To get a full list of foods and drinks to avoid be sure to Google an online food chart to help you find out exactly which foods should be avoided on The Acid Alkaline diet and which should be consumed freely.

It is also not surprising that many of the foods which people tend to develop allergies to also fall into the acidic category. I'm thinking of foods such as wheat and dairy products. All of these foods are believed to leave an acidic ash residue after being digested.

Is the Human Body not a Natural Alkalizer?

This is an interesting question and the basic answer is yes, your body does have the potential to alkalize its own cells. One of the major ways the body gets rid of excess acid for example is through the lungs. As with many things in life though when a process becomes overwhelmed then its function becomes inhibited. Have you ever felt the effects of lactic acid within the muscles for example? When exercising to a normal level, your body has mechanisms in place to deal with lactic acid so that it does not affect your performance. When you overdo it with the exercise though, these processes become overwhelmed, lactic acid can start to build up and this can even lead to lactic acidosis. Similarly then, although the human body is equipped to deal with some over acidity from a poor diet, if it becomes overwhelmed then these functions may become impaired and this could lead to big problems for your health. At least this is the opinion of proponents of The Acid-Alkaline diet anyway.

So should you believe the hype?

Believe it or not I don’t work for the Acid Alkaline Diet Company :-) I am an individual with my own individual opinion. So do I buy into the Acid Alkaline theory? Actually I do, to an extent. When you really delve into the theory and more importantly give the diet a try the overall idea of the diet does seem to make sense and improve your overall feeling of well-being. If nothing else the impetus to stick to natural and healthy foods alone will undoubtedly improve your health. Would I go as far as to buy a water alkalising machine though? I’d have to say that I’m not convinced enough to take things quite that far. You can get cheaper portable water alkalizer's which may be a better option if you wanted to give it a try but personally I’m happy to stick with my Evian as it is full of alkalizing minerals, tastes great and has a decent PH level to go along with it.

Hopefully this post will have given you a basic insight into what the Acid Alkaline diet is all about. If I were to try and write about every single principle and aspect of the diet in one post then we would likely be here all day but please do stay tuned and follow our hubs as I will be going into more depth and detail of certain aspects of this diet in upcoming hubs to help explain them a little better.

Have you ever tried The Acid Alkaline Diet and do you believe the hype?

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      Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I am very interested in this as my son, that is 44, has bought into to RBTI big time and is studying it. At least no I have an idea what it is all about and I agree moving your diet to a more alkaline diet cannot do any harm.

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      nutritionhub 2 years ago

      Hi Hendrika, glad you found the post useful! I certainly think it helps to consume more alkaline foods but it's not the easiest of diets to stick to as it knocks out so many of people's daily staple foods and drinks. If you see some noticeable benefits though then it may well be worth the sacrifice. :-)

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