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Key Facts About Acid Alkaline Diets

By Beth Shimanovsky

If you’re like most people, you have a few questions about acid alkaline diets. What are the benefits of this nutritional approach, and what, if any, are the risks or drawbacks? Keep reading for answers to these common nutritional questions.

First, let’s start with an explanation. The key goal of acid alkaline diets is to provide the correct ratio of acid and alkaline foods for optimal health. As there are several different acid alkaline diets available, I am referring to these diets in the plural. Although these plans disagree on the details, they are all based on the underlying principle that acid-alkaline balance has an important influence on your health.

How can acid alkaline diets benefit you? Acid-alkaline balance has important effects on many organs and systems within the body. In turn, this means that eating the right foods can affect your health in many ways. To provide one example, an optimal acid-alkaline balance will enhance the functioning of the mitochondria, microscopic energy factories which transform food into useful energy. Following a well-designed acid alkaline diet often leads to improved energy levels.

Research suggests that an alkaline diet can also reduce pain and inflammation in conditions such as arthritis and chronic low back pain. Additionally, many people find that an acid alkaline diet helps them to achieve and maintain a proper weight. Why? Because the foods you eat on this type of diet are typically lower in calories than the junk that most people eat.

Finally, I want to talk about potential drawbacks of this nutritional approach. Can acid alkaline diets be dangerous? In general, these are some of the safest nutritional options. This isn’t too surprising, perhaps, considering that these diet plans emphasize healthy fruits and vegetables. Still, there are some people who need to eat even fruits and vegetables in moderation. These foods are rich in potassium, which can be problematic for those suffering from poor kidney function. If you fit this description, you should ask a medical professional before beginning a diet plan of this description.

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