Eating Alkaline

It often seems that there are hundreds of new diets out there to keep track off – each with their own proponents and critics. There’s a new diet on the menu however that has caught our eye and in pretty hard to find fault with.

The Alkaline Diet was first seen in 2013. In essence, it promotes the consumption of healthy, fresh, non-processed foods. It’s worth mentioning that it has yet to receive official approval from the medical community – however many alternative practitioners subscribe to its many benefits. Indeed, the Alkaline Diet has been shown to reduce headaches, bloating, heart disease and muscle pain. The diet has also been shown to improve kidney function, as they do not need to break down the calcium and magnesium present in red meat, fizzy drinks and other processed foods.

If you want to give the Alkaline diet a shot, the rules are fairly simple: try to eat as many vegetarian foods as possible. Foods such as broccoli, carrots, celery, garlic, horseradish, spinach, sprouts and asparagus are all high in alkaline and are therefore key to this diet. The reason asparagus carries such a pungent smell is because it is actually extremely high in Alkaline content!

Another major source of alkaline Is fruit. Fruits with the highest alkaline content include blackberries, nectarines, strawberries, limes, papayas and watermelons. Other fruit such as oranges, apples, avocados, bananas and peaches have a slightly lower alkaline content but are still worth including in your diet.

The most important thing to bear in mind with the Alkaline diet is to avoid processed food at all costs. Processed foods are stuffed full of additives and sweeteners, which have been linked to heart disease and weight gain. Instead, fill your diet with delicious wholegrains, which can be incorporated into an alkaline diet and help you to feel fuller for longer. The best alkaline wholegrains include oatmeal, quinoa, buckwheat and oatmeal. You’ll need to make sure you consume enough wholegrain to keep your sugar levels in balance – otherwise, you might be driven to eat sugary, processed foods which we don’t recommend!

The hardest part of the alkaline diet however might be the liquid side of things. The diet insists that you only drink alkaline-based fluids, such as mineral water, green tea, ginger tea or grapefruit, orange, grape and apple juices. Unfortunately, neither tea or coffee are recommended on the Alkaline diet – it’s herbal tea or nothing we’re afraid!

Lizi’s always recommend that you consult your general practitioner first before starting a new diet. However, any diet that eschews processed foods and takes in more fresh fruits and vegetables can only be a positive move for your health. Obviously it’s important to allow yourself some treats, just as with any diet. But while we cannot guarantee that this is the miracle diet you were looking for, following the basic tenets of the Alkaline diet will undoubtedly improve your general wellbeing. So give it a go – you’ve got nothing to lose.

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