When it comes to diets, whatever Hollywood’s healthiest are doing, the rest of us tend to follow suit.
First came the Atkins, which was popular with A-listers everywhere in the late Nineties and subsequently became a bestselling book, then South Beach and more recently Dukan.
Now, it seems, that the so-called “rich and famous” have caught up with the idea that faddy diets are not the answer and that alkalising the diet is. Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Kirsten Dunst have recently revealed they ‘eat alkaline’, Jennifer Aniston drinks an alkaline smoothie every day and supermodel Miranda Kerr recently revealed that instead of drinking normal pH neutral water, she drinks only water alkalised by a special filter.
I always say to clients when we talk about diet that they need to think about dietary changes in terms of creating vibrant health for the rest of their lives, not just to get rid of a health problem.
Most of the diseases in the modern world are a result of our highly acidic, processed food diet. We’ve moved far away from the diets of our ancestors which contained fresh, natural foods to consuming “food” that has been processed so much that it’s more toxic than nourishing.
It’s no wonder that arthritis, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes are so prevalent. For many people their health problems can be traced back to an acidic diet leading to an acidic internal state.
The human body should be slightly alkaline in order to function properly. Acidity and alkalinity are measured on the PH scale of 1 to 14. A measurement below 7 indicates acidity in the body and we’re aiming for a measurement of 7.4. (You can get test sticks to measure the acidity/alkalinity of your urine or saliva on Amazon – just search for PH test strips.)
Our bodies are naturally alkaline, but its functions produce acid. This stresses out your digestive system, causing you to gain weight and feel lethargic. In short, health conscious people understand that ‘going alkaline’ is the fastest route to having more energy, a flat stomach and glowing skin.
‘I’ve been a fan of eating alkaline for years,’ says nutritionist Vicki Edgson. ‘It’s basically about getting the balance right between alkaline and acidic foods. We can eat both types, but we need to ensure we eat more alkaline foods than acidic ones.
‘Acidic foods are, as the name suggests, acid-forming in the body,’ explains Vicki. ‘They can cause weight gain, a bloated stomach, tiredness and other health problems. Whereas alkaline foods help you stay in shape and feel and look younger.
‘The other good thing about this way of eating is that it’s entirely un-faddy: it doesn’t cut out food groups or involve counting calories.’
So, could you be acidic? Signs include weight gain, poor digestion, bloating, tiredness and skin problems (dryness or spots). If so, it may be time to give alkaline eating a go.
The alkaline diet first came to prominence in America when Robert Young wrote the New York Times bestselling The pH Miracle. In it, he explains how he discovered that the pH of foods (i.e. whether they’re alkaline or acidic) affects our weight and health.
‘Eating alkaline foods acts as a buffer for the stresses and strains of life, which are acid-forming,’ says Robert. He goes on to explain how the more alkaline you are, the healthier you’ll feel. You’ll be able to lose excess weight more quickly, you won’t feel bloated or tired and your skin will look better. In other words, your body will function more efficiently, he claims.
A typical diet of coffee, processed food, too much meat, alcohol, sugar, salt and stress can quickly cause us to become acidic — and poor health, weight gain and tiredness will follow. So stress causes us to become acidic too!
Our long-hours culture is causing many of us to become acidic. Tiredness and stress are very acid-forming. However, what is even more so is anger and bitterness.
It’s one thing to get a little stressed about daily chores, but if you hold on to feelings of anger and resentment for many months or years, you run the risk of becoming incredibly acidic, which can be detrimental to your health.’
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