What Are the Benefits of an Alkaline Diet?

Patrick Lynch
Patrick Lynch
Cells do not function properly if the body's pH level is too acidic.
Cells do not function properly if the body's pH level is too acidic.

It is said that a high level of acidity in the body can cause a number of health problems. Among these problems are fatigue, dental health problems, a poorly functioning immune system, premature aging, and pain. The alkaline diet has a number of benefits, including a higher level of energy, healthier teeth and gums, reduction in illnesses, and a decrease in levels of pain. It is also claimed that the alkaline diet has the ability to slow down the aging process.

Meat and other sources of protein are considered acidic foods.
Meat and other sources of protein are considered acidic foods.

If the body's cells are not functioning correctly, the body will not be able to transfer and hold oxygen. This is the reason for decreased energy levels and complaints of fatigue. Adenosine troposphere (ATP) is a key factor in increasing a person's energy level, and the body's production of ATP depends on pH level. It is claimed that the alkaline diet can reduce the acidity that prevents ATP from being created thus increasing an individual's energy levels.

It's believed that the alkaline diet can help someone maintain high levels of ATP, increasing one's energy levels.
It's believed that the alkaline diet can help someone maintain high levels of ATP, increasing one's energy levels.

Acid in the mouth causes bacteria to grow rapidly. An increased rate of bacterial growth creates a heightened chance of developing oral problems, such as gum disease and tooth decay. The alkaline diet can effectively reduce the level of bacteria created in the mouth and lower the risk of dental problems.

Proponents of the alkaline diet claim that the healthier the body's cells are, the better it is at eliminating waste. Weakened cells do not eliminate waste products effectively and leave the body open to invasion by infectious organisms. The body's cells do not function at their peak level when the pH level is too acidic.

It's been claimed that the alkaline diet can help slow down the aging process.
It's been claimed that the alkaline diet can help slow down the aging process.

The body needs magnesium to help joint and tissue functions. A diet with too much acid in it supposedly causes the body to use up its stores of magnesium to control this influx of acidity. As a result, there is less magnesium left to combat aches and pains. With the alkaline diet, the body will supposedly not need to waste its magnesium reserves, leaving the mineral available to help the joints and tissues.

A lack of potassium, calcium or magnesium -- all important minerals in an alkaline diet -- can cause leg cramps.
A lack of potassium, calcium or magnesium -- all important minerals in an alkaline diet -- can cause leg cramps.

As cells do not function at full capacity when the body's pH level is too acidic, their ability to repair themselves also suffers. It is known that aging comes from the body slowing down in its efforts to repair cells. When these cells fail to get an adequate level of oxygen, toxins remain in the body and contribute to premature aging. With an alkaline diet, the body is supposedly able to cleanse itself and to repairs cells more rapidly. The result is said to be a reduction in the speed of the aging process.

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Discussion Comments

bluedolphin

I was not sure that an alkaline diet would benefit me in the beginning but now I'm convinced. I have been following an alkaline diet for several months and the changes are remarkable. I feel better, I have more energy and my chronic allergies have reduced. I think that an alkaline diet really does protect from illnesses.

bear78

@ddljohn-- Whole foods, fruits and vegetables mostly make up an alkaline diet. Meat and dairy are acidic food groups.

Some of the best foods to eat in the alkaline diet are spinach, raisins, potatoes, cauliflower, bananas, green beans and tomatoes. At the same time, you want to reduce cheese, beef, chicken and yogurt in your diet.

Before doing anything though, buy some test strips and test your pH level. If it's acidic, then try to eat mostly alkaline foods. If your pH is alkaline, then a diet with 60% alkaline foods and 40% acidic foods is ideal. The latter will maintain an alkaline pH in the body. But if you are acidic, then you need to reduce acidic foods more.

ddljohn

So what should I eat to make my body alkaline? Which foods are recommended?

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    • Cells do not function properly if the body's pH level is too acidic.
      By: monropic
      Cells do not function properly if the body's pH level is too acidic.
    • Meat and other sources of protein are considered acidic foods.
      By: MSPhotographic
      Meat and other sources of protein are considered acidic foods.
    • It's believed that the alkaline diet can help someone maintain high levels of ATP, increasing one's energy levels.
      By: logos2012
      It's believed that the alkaline diet can help someone maintain high levels of ATP, increasing one's energy levels.
    • It's been claimed that the alkaline diet can help slow down the aging process.
      By: Gianfranco Bella
      It's been claimed that the alkaline diet can help slow down the aging process.
    • A lack of potassium, calcium or magnesium -- all important minerals in an alkaline diet -- can cause leg cramps.
      By: stryjek
      A lack of potassium, calcium or magnesium -- all important minerals in an alkaline diet -- can cause leg cramps.
    • The alkaline diet can help to produce healthier teeth and gums.
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      The alkaline diet can help to produce healthier teeth and gums.