What is an alkaline diet?

In general, an alkaline diet consists of vegetables, low-sugar fruits, along with tubers, nuts, and legumes. The diet avoids grains, dairy, meat, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and fungi. The diet helps to maintain the natural homeostatic pH balance of 7.35-7.45 for the human body. Maintaining a diet that closely matches the natural pH of a healthy human body allows for a minimum of disruption of the acid-alkaline balance.

What is an alkaline diet

What is an alkaline diet?

Alkaline foods and liquids have a pH higher than 7.0, while foods and liquids that have a pH below 7.0 are acidic. Purified or distilled water, which doesn’t occur in nature, has a pH of 7.0 and is neither alkaline or acidic.

Wikipedia does a pretty decent job of defining an alkaline diet in scientific terms:

The Alkaline diet (also known as the alkaline ash diet, alkaline acid diet and the acid alkaline diet) is a dietary protocol based on the consumption of foods which burn to leave an alkaline residue. Minerals containing elements like calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, are the principal components of the ash, as they are incombustible. This burning is compared to the way in which foods are catabolised to produce wastes. Foods are thus classified as alkaline, acid or neutral according to the pH of the solution created with their ash in water. The leading proponent of the alkaline diet is Dr. Robert Young.


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