Acid versus Alkaline Lifestyles

It’s definitely a mine field on the acid versus Alkaline Lifestyles debate. I get conflicting information and misinformation in regards to the benefits of an alkaline diet .

The Ph miracle man Dr. Robert Young has been arrested and this has given skeptics and critics  of an Alkaline Lifestyle all the fuel they need to discredit the information that supports it.

I must disclose from the outset of this post that I favor an Alkaline Life style. Last year I investigated green juicing as a way to lose weight. I had incredible results and lost 8 kgs throughout 2014.

Finally I was able to get back into the 70 kg weight range. I also enjoyed the extra energy that came with the Lifestyle I was leading. At the age of 56 I was able to successfully play cricket with my son who is 17 years old. The results were very encouraging however I was finding green juicing a challenge.

The time, freshness of the ingredients and the integrity of the ingredients were a concern. This led me to discover a company by the name of seven point 2 who market a greens powder that ticked all the boxes.

It tasted good especially when mixed with their protein shake and was cost effective, not to mention it being fast to prepare almost like fast food on steroids.

I am still with seven point 2 and continue to be steady with my weight apart from the over indulgence during the Christmas period?

Apart from my story I am not going to try and sway you one way or the other. After all it is your life and you make the choices according to the way you want to live.

Your body is an amazing machine and it is able to regulate the ph balance of your blood no matter what you eat. We know this is true since any slight variation in your blood’s ph can make you really sick. This implies that what you consume has very little bearing on your ph level.

Some proponents of the PH diet suggest that your food leaves behind an ash of some sort and this can either be alkaline or acidic.

You can test your ph level by using a special strip such as you did in chemistry to work out whether a substance was an acid or an alkaline. Do you remember the strip changing colour as you dipped it into the substance and then you had to refer to a chart and determine if it was an acid or an alkaline?

It is true that you can use this test to show you what your ph level is however one side of the argument says that this only indicates the ph of a  certain part of your body. They all add that it is very difficult to get an accurate reading for your entire body.

As you look for information over the net to validate the way you feel it becomes increasingly difficult without getting into a very scientific debate about how the body is able to regulate its functions.

One such article that has a deep research perspective is    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/   its not an easy read but it endeavors to provide a well balanced argument for both sides of the alkaline acid debate. You will find their conclusion encouraging if you are leaning towards an alkaline lifestyle however it does not present it as a miracle cure for everything.

Here is there abstract

This review looks at the role of an alkaline diet in health. Pubmed  was searched looking for articles on pH, potential renal acid loads, bone health, muscle, growth hormone, back pain, vitamin D and chemotherapy. Many books written in the lay literature on the alkaline diet were also reviewed and evaluated in light of the published medical literature. There may be some value in considering an alkaline diet in reducing morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases and further studies are warranted in this area of medicine.

What is your take on it please share your thoughts.

 

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