Are you Acidic?
Are you Acidic?
Many celebrities and fitness fanatics are singing praise for the Alkaline diet, also known as the alkaline ash diet, which is based on the belief that certain foods can affect the acidity and pH of the body, and can therefore be used to treat/prevent disease and lose weight. The foundation of this diet is about eating foods that work in harmony with your body’s balance (acid vs. alkaline) and keeping your blood and urine maintained at a pH of approximately 7.0.
There is a list of alkaline foods that will help to maintain your blood pH, while acidic foods will cause pH to go down into an acidic state. Here is great website (Greenopedia.com) that provides a list for a complete diet “how – to's” : http://greenopedia.com/alkaline-acid-food-chart/. Most foods such as meat and dairy products, refined sugars, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, caffeine and alcohol are considered acidic.
Well- known celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Aniston, Kirsten Dunst and Jared Leto are followers of the alkaline and plant-based diet. I first learned of the Alkaline diet after hearing Kelly Ripa attest to it. Ripa swears by a regime created by her nutritionist Dr. Daryl Gioffre known as the AlkaMind method. The website to this is : www.getoffyouracid.com.
The purported benefits of the Alkaline diet are:
-Less aches and pains
-Prevention and reversal of disease
I purchased the AlkaMind Daily Greens powder, in addition to the Daily Minerals powder. I also purchased the test strips(http://www.getoffyouracid.com/product/ph-test-strips/) to determine if I am in fact acidic. When I first tested myself with the strips, I was at a pH of 6.5, which is considered acidic. After integrating the Daily Greens and Daily Minerals powder into my daily regiment, I am anywhere between a 7.0-7.5, which is ideal. Since I am a vegetarian, it was easy for me to follow the list of foods on the list. I realized that I was taking in a lot of blueberries and walnuts (healthy but highly acidic!), which might have contributed to the acidity level.
For me, even if you do not follow the entire diet, you start to notice things about your food intake. Perhaps your intake of caffeine is even higher than you originally thought. Or perhaps the sweets that you thought you deserved in moderation was not really so “moderate”. Subtle awareness enabled me to be more mindful of what I was putting into my body.
At the end of that day, you have to find what works for you, but I had to give this a try! Please leave me comments/ feedback if you end up trying this.