What is the Alkaline diet
The alkaline diet was revealed by Dr Robert Young around ten years ago. Robert is a self proclaimed nutrition expert. But what is it and is it any good?
What is it?
The alkaline diet is designed around the fact that our bodies produce too much acid, due to our modern extreme diet. As well as a bigger fat mass in the body, high acid levels have been linked to a number of other health problems.
The alkaline diet is all based around the theory that your body will convert excess acid into fat. It goes on to theorize that if you cut the acid out of your diet then your body should not be gaining any additional fat.
To stick to the acid alkaline diet you need to avoid foods that produce acid in your body, these include:
- Processed foods
Well surprisingly there are lots of foods that you can eat on this diet and they look pretty much as you would expect a healthy diet to look:
- Fresh fruit
- Fresh Veg
- Sea salt
Weight loss is almost guaranteed on the alkaline diet due to the dieter cutting out alcohol and enjoying a much lower calorie intake than usual. The weight will drop off, but it is often difficult to stick to.
Fortunately there are different versions of the acid alkaline diet so you don’t need to just chomp on cinnamon and chestnuts all day. See below examples of a typical daily alkaline diet.
As well as converting your diet to only alkaline foods you might also consider changing your water intake to alkaline water. Its easy to make and we have put together a guide here – how to make alkaline water.
The diet is generally healthy with plenty of fresh fruit and veg. The emphasis is on reducing sugar, salt and alcohol, which can only be a good thing really.
Your calories intake will reduce and your risk of blocked arteries and heart disease will reduce considerably, due to the reduction in red meat.
It can be difficult to stick to an alkaline diet, will power is a must! As part of this diet you need to cut out a number of dairy products which will reduce your calcium intake. This reduction in calcium will need to be replaced with another source in order to stay healthy.
Working out what you can and cant eat will take up a lot of your time! You need charts and notes to keep track of what you can and cant eat.
The theory of the alkaline diet is that your body will not produce fat if it has no acid. This theory is ultimately flawed, however the diet does work well simply because calories are dramatically reduced and saturated fat is reduced to almost zero.
Is it a fad diet or does it work? Have a look through the recipes below and decide for yourself.
A beginners alkaline diet example
Yogurt with 3 oranges
1 bagel, sliced with lettuce, cucumber, onions, and sprouts.
Sprinkle with a little oil.
Brush yuor eggplant with a little oil and gril. Served with steamed rice, asparagus and red onion.
An extreme alkaline diet example
2 lbs. of tangerines or oranges in a bowl
1 cup of blended strawberries, raspberries and blackberries
1/4 cup of dates
5-10 ripe bananas or papayas
1 handful of dates
1 head of Romaine or other green leaf lettuce
2 ribs of celery
2 cups tomatoes, diced
2 cups green leaf lettuce, shredded
1 cup kale, shredded
4 broccoli or cauliflower florets, chopped
1/2 cup pea shoots
Salad dressing: 1 cup mango, diced. 1 cup tomato. 1/4 cup cucumber. 1/4 cup red bell pepper. 2-4 tablespoons of fresh-squeezed orange, lemon or grapefruit juice. 1/3 cup of walnuts. Blend until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad above.