12 Facts About Alkaline diet


Alkaline diet describes a group of loosely related diets based on the misconception that different types of food can have an effect on the pH balance of the body.

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Proponents of the Alkaline diet believe that certain foods can affect the acidity of the body and that the change in pH can therefore be used to treat or prevent disease.

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Alternative medicine practitioners who have promoted the alkaline diet have advocated its use in the treatment of various medical conditions, including cancer.

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Version of this Alkaline diet has been promoted by Robert O Young as a method of weight loss in his book The pH Miracle.

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Alkaline diet promotes excluding certain families of foods, it could result in a less balanced diet with resulting nutrient deficiencies such as essential fatty acids and phytonutrients.

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Many websites and books promoting this Alkaline diet sell courses of supplements and foods which are unnecessary to purchase even under the Alkaline diet's own terms.

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The level of effort needed to use this Alkaline diet is considered "high" as there are many foods that need to be excluded.

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Alkaline diet ash is produced by fruits and vegetables, except cranberries, prunes and plums.

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Advocates propose that since the normal pH of the blood is slightly alkaline, the goal of diet should be to mirror this by eating a diet that is alkaline producing as well.

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Similar proposal by those advocating this diet suggests that cancer grows in an acidic environment, and that an alkaline diet can change the environment of the body to treat cancer.

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Years ago, such a Alkaline diet was used to adjust the acidity of the urinary environment that the stones formed in, and could hypothetically help prevent stones from forming or the development of UTIs.

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Therefore, medications, which can more reliably alter the urine pH, rather than Alkaline diet modification, have been the treatment of choice when trying to alter urine pH.

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