Saturday, May 22, 2010

Alkaline Diet - Top 5 Benefits

First benefit: Lasting weight loss. The alkaline diet can help you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Why? Because the alkaline diet is simultaneously rich in low-calorie fruits and vegetables, and low in high calorie and addictive junk foods like soft drinks and sugary snacks.

Second benefit: Improved energy. The alkaline diet can boost your energy level by helping the mitochondria inside your cells to manufacture energy more efficiently. The alkaline diet is therefore a healthier alternative to the energy drinks and other artificial stimulants that most of us rely on to get through the day.

Third benefit: Reduced risk of osteoporosis. How can this diet reduce your risk of osteoporosis? Because the alkaline diet provides plenty of foods that are rich in alkaline minerals. At the same time, the alkaline diet generates less acid than the typical diet, which means that your body need to use fewer minerals to neutralize excess acid. On the alkaline diet, minerals can be put to their proper use, which is building strong bones and carrying out various other important roles within your body.

Fourth benefit: Reduced risk of muscle wasting. For the same reason that the alkaline diet helps to prevent osteoporosis, it also preserves valuable muscle mass which is often lost as people grow older. When your body becomes too acidic, it tends to break down muscle tissue to release glutathione, and alkalizing amino acid. Following an alkaline diet makes it less likely that this will happen.

As you can see, the alkaline diet overall is one of the best approaches to losing weight and improving overall health. Not only can the alkaline diet help you to achieve your perfect weight, but it can also help you to gain energy, which in turn will make it easier to engage in regular physical activity.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Alkaline Diet Drawbacks

The alkaline diet has plenty of benefits. It can help you lose weight, boost your energy level, and even improve immune function. But in the interest of fairness, today I want to talk about some of the drawbacks of the alkaline diet. Although I am a strong supporter of this diet, no diet is perfect. And I believe you are most likely to choose a diet that is right for you if you have both sides of the story.

The first drawback of the alkaline diet is that it will probably require significant changes in the way you eat. Of course, this drawback is not exclusive to the alkaline diet. By definition, any diet requires you to change the way you eat. And in general, diets that deliver bigger benefits will require bigger changes.

Specifically what will you have to do differently to follow an alkaline diet? If you currently follow something close to the vegetarian diet or the Mediterranean diet, it may only take a few tweaks to adopt an alkaline diet. On the other hand, if you eat a lot of meat, dairy products, processed carbs, or sugary snacks or desserts, you will have to make some dramatic changes to achieve an alkaline diet.

A second drawback of the alkaline diet is that not all of the benefits that are claimed for it are supported by well-documented scientific research. Then again, this same complaint could be made about most diets. On the bright side, the alkaline diet is supported by some research, which shows that a diet rich in alkaline foods can reduce bone loss and muscle wasting as people grow older.

In conclusion, like any diet, the alkaline diet has both pros and cons. Whether or not the alkaline diet is right for you depends on your personal preferences.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Alkaline Diet Effective for Weight Loss?

Can the alkaline diet help you to lose weight? This is a question that is on a lot of people's minds these days. The alkaline diet is rapidly increasing in popularity, and weight loss is a perennial motivation. One of the interesting things about the alkaline diet is that you don't have to be overweight to follow it. Many people have adopted the alkaline diet simply to improve their blood lipid profile, increase their energy levels, or for other general health reasons. In many cases, weight loss is not the main goal of the alkaline diet, but merely a very welcome side effect.

To answer the question of whether or not the alkaline diet is effective for weight loss, we need to ask what types of diets are most effective at helping people to lose weight. Once we know that, we can figure out whether or not the alkaline diet is such a diet.

Many factors can cause people to become overweight, but effective weight loss really depends on one thing: Consuming fewer calories than you burn. There are two ways to accomplish this goal. You can either count every calorie, or you can eliminate certain foods from your diet.

The alkaline diet falls under the second group of weight loss approaches. The alkaline diet helps you to lose weight by reducing your consumption of acidifying foods. The good news from a weight-loss perspective is that acidifying foods also tend to be fattening foods. For example, fatty meat, fatty dairy products, sugar, white flour, and regular soft drinks are all no-nos on the alkaline diet, and they are also some of the biggest reasons for the obesity epidemic.

My conclusion: If you do it right, the alkaline diet can indeed be an effective way to lose weight and keep it off.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Alkaline Diet - Can It Give You More Energy?

Is the alkaline diet and effective way to increase your energy level without guzzling caffeinated beverages? Before I answer this question, I want to take a moment to describe what the alkaline diet is. In a nutshell, the alkaline diet is a nutritional approach that encourages you to eat more foods that have been alkalizing effect on the body, and fewer foods that have an acidifying effect.

But just what does the alkaline diet have to do with your energy level? Well, the answer is that when your body becomes overly acidic, everything functions less efficiently. that includes the mitochondria inside yourselves which are responsible for literally manufacturing energy out of the food you eat. On the other hand, a well-designed alkaline diet can make every cell and organ in your body function more efficiently.

But there is another reason why an alkaline diet can help you to feel more energetic. When you eat a lot of simple carbs in the form of sugary snacks and baked goods made with white flour, these cards are assimilated quickly. Unfortunately, this can send your blood sugar level on a roller coaster ride. Pretty soon your energy level is plummeting, and so is your mood.

The alkaline diet helps to preserve a stable sugar level because it is rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber. At the same time, the alkaline diet downplays sugars and refined starches.

A third reason that people often lack energy is that they eat too much fat, which makes them feel sluggish. The alkaline diet is not necessarily a low-fat diet, so one way to make your alkaline diet better is by eating fat in moderation. Since I began the alkaline diet, I have seen more energy. I hope you will see the same results on your alkaline diet.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Alkaline Diet - What's the Evidence?

The alkaline diet is rapidly gaining adherents. By itself, however, this doesn't mean that the alkaline diet is safe or effective. After all, fad diets that are wrong or even dangerous have become quite popular at times. Often, the popularity of a particular diet has little to do with accuracy or results. The alkaline diet may have become popular because it is unusual, and therefore appeals to a taste for novelty. Or you might suspect that the alkaline diet was pushed into the spotlight by a savvy and well-funded marketing campaign. Once a diet book gets on Oprah or Larry King, it is pretty much guaranteed to sell a lot of copies.

So, the question becomes, is the alkaline diet just another fad diet? Or is the alkaline diet a sensible way of eating that is supported by valid scientific evidence?

Most mainstream doctors are either unfamiliar with the alkaline diet, or else they view it with suspicion. However, this also does not prove that the alkaline diet is worthless. Doctors have a hard time keeping up on all the new research, so the fact that a doctor does not recommend the alkaline diet doesn't mean that there are not sound reasons to follow it.

Whether or not to embrace the alkaline diet is a decision that you will have to make for yourself. However, there is at least some scientific evidence for this diet. Several studies have demonstrated that when the body becomes too acidic, this can lead to negative consequences, including the loss of bone and muscle tissue. Conversely, those who eat plenty of alkalizing foods are more likely to maintain good bone density and muscle tone as they get older. And that, in my opinion, is a reason that we should take the alkaline diet seriously.