Risks and Benefits of the pH Diet
The pH diet (aka “the alkaline diet”) involves eating alkaline-forming foods. This does not mean you can’t eat any acid-forming foods at all, such as coffee, dairy, or beef. Rather, the goal is to create a greater balance between acidic and alkaline foods. The idea behind the diet is that eating a pH-balanced diet will help you control the pH level of your blood and stomach so your body can function optimally.
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Benefits of the pH Diet
Our bodies naturally balance pH on their own, but eating a balanced diet makes it much easier for our bodies to do so. Since the body doesn’t have to put as much effort into balancing its pH levels, it has more energy for other functions, like metabolism, hence the long-term weight loss that many experience on the pH diet.
The pH diet consists mostly of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, seeds, and certain whole grains. These foods are conducive to weight loss because they are low calorie and are either low-fat or contain healthy fats like Omega 3s. Alkaline foods do not contain refined or “simple” sugars that cause your blood sugar to spike. This means the calories go more towards energy instead of getting stored as fat, and you won’t feel the energy crash that is typical after consuming junk foods. Because alkaline-forming foods are rich in fiber, they also help you feel full longer.
Along with weight loss, there are numerous other health benefits that come with the pH diet such as reduced risk of kidney stones, less erosion of tooth enamel, reduced acid reflux, and less stress on organs and the bladder.
Risks of the pH Diet
With any diet there are always some risks. In the case of the pH diet, some people end up eating more fruit than vegetables. The excess sugar can cause problems like acne breakouts or blood sugar problems. If people on the pH diet don’t eat enough of the diet’s more protein-rich foods, such as from legumes or seeds, they can end up with a deficiency. Protein deficiency can seriously impact weight loss because muscle deterioration can occur. That means the body will have less mass and metabolism will significantly slow down.
To avoid the risks of the pH diet, practitioners need to make sure that they are eating a well-balanced diet. They should be sure to get at least three servings of vegetables daily, some of which should be leafy greens to ensure adequate iron intake, and also to eat protein with every meal, which can be as simple as sprinkling some nuts onto your fruit bowl or salad.