What Is The Alkaline Diet?
The Alkaline diet is based on a simple theory: foods can cause acid to be released by the body, which is harmful to health. Thus, by avoiding these foods and drinks, it’s said that health can be maintained.
The Alkaline diet uses the pH scale, a scale that measures how acidic something is. Zero at the lowest end is the most acidic something can be, with 14 at the highest end, the most alkaline. Seven is neutral.
According to the theory behind the Alkaline diet, foods that cause the body to produce acid, bringing the pH level of the body down on the scale. This creates a highly acidic environment in the body. Studies have shown that cancer cells thrive in these kinds of conditions, so it’s thought that by avoiding foods that create acidity, the probability of getting cancer is lessened.
Dr. Sebi and the Alkaline DIet
One of the most important figures in the Alkaline diet and its popularity is Dr. Sebi. Sebi, born Alredo Bowman in Honduras, was a herbalist and healer, who called himself an “intracellular therapist”. His diet is based on an African Bio-mineral balance theory. Despite his name, Dr. Sebi is not a medical doctor.
The diet is a plant-based diet that claims to eliminate waste by alkalyzing the blood. Dr. Sebi believes that disease doesn’t thrive in an alkaline environment and does so only when the body becomes too acidic. The nutritional guide includes drinking almost 4 litres of water a day. No alcohol or animal products, no wheat or using the microwave when cooking.
Health Benefits of the Alkaline Diet
- Improves memory and cognition
- Promotes cardiovascular health
- Boosts immune system
- Better digestion
- Prevents cancer
- Keeps bones and muscles healthy
Foods to Eat on the Alkaline Diet
Fruits such as apples, melons, dates, figs, papayas, peaches, pears, plums, mangoes.
Vegetables such as peppers, cucumbers, kale, lettuce (not iceberg), mushrooms, okra, squash, tomatoes, courgette.
Grains such as rye, wild rice, spelt, and quinoa.
Nuts and seeds such as Brazil nuts, hemp seeds, raw sesame seeds, walnuts
Oils such as avocado oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, and sesame oil.
Herbal teas such as elderberry, chamomile, fennel, burdock, ginger, and raspberry.
Spices such as oregano, basil, clove, bay leaf, dill, sweet basil, habernero, tarragon, sage, pure sea salt, thyme
Foods To Avoid on the Alkaline Diet
- Canned fruit or vegetable
- seedless fruit
- red meat
- soy products
- processed food
- baking powder