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The Alkaline Diet Menu – How Can It Help?

By Beth Shimanovsky

Even though there are a number of factors that can affect your body’s internal pH, the most important one is whether or not you follow an alkaline diet menu. In this article, I will describe top five foods that can make it practically impossible for you to alkalize your body.

1. Soft Drinks

Soft drinks are high in sugar, which is strongly acid-forming. These drinks also contain phosphoric acid, making them even more acid-forming. Additionally, they’re full of empty calories, but no nutritional benefits. Although energy drinks, sports drinks, and vitamin waters may have a healthier image than colas, they’re just as acidifying.

2. Coffee

Coffee is powerfully acid-forming, in part because it contains caffeine, a chemical that has a number of harmful effects on your health. If you drink several cups of coffee a day, you will likely feel terrible if you quit cold-turkey. Remember, caffeine is a drug, so withdrawal symptoms are to be expected. But you can make the process easier on yourself by gradually replacing coffee with green tea.

3. Alcoholic Beverages

Practically all alcoholic beverages are acid-producing. According to one study, the average American drinks 28 gallons of alcoholic beverages each year. Factoring in that most people already get too many calories from sugar, processed flour, and other nutritionally empty foods, adding alcohol in addition to everything else just adds insult to injury.

4. Dairy Products

When you pile dairy products on top of a diet that is already full of acid-forming meat, grains, and sugar, you end up making it impossible to achieve an perfect acid-alkaline balance. It is true that dairy products are rich in calcium. But there are other sources of this essential mineral, including calcium-rich plant foods and bone-building tablets.

5. Fast Food

Think of the ingredients in a cheeseburger: There’s fatty meat, fatty cheese, a white-flour bun, tomato, and a few bits of lettuce. Amazingly, all of those ingredients are acid-forming, except for the lettuce and the sesame seeds on the bun. But those aren’t nearly enough alkaline-forming ingredients to compensate for all of the acid-forming ones.

I hope this article will help you realize that an alkaline diet menu doesn’t need to be terribly difficult to understand. Eliminating or even just reducing the five foods in this article will go a long way toward helping you to rapidly create a healthy alkaline diet menu.

Beth explains health and nutrition for her Alkaline Diet Blog. Drop by today to discover the truth about the alkaline diet menu.

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