Acid and Alkaline Diets

Acid and Alkaline Diets and Their Effects

The food that we eat gets digested, absorbed, assimilated and metabolised. As a result, either an acid or an alkali is released into the bloodstream. Foods like grains (rye, wheat, barley, oatmeal, etc.), some vegetables (lentils, corns, legumes, corns, winter squash), meat, dairy products, seafood, poultry, coffee, bear, alcohol, tobacco, olive oil, sugar, mustard, and salt, all produce acid upon metabolism. When consumed in a high amount, these foods cause our body to become acidic and lose all its minerals. If this condition is not reversed by the consumption of alkaline foods, which are primarily soy products, fruits and vegetables, then the following Repercussions may be suffered:

• Acidity and acid reflux
• Bones weaken along with muscles and joints. The risk of osteoporosis increases as calcium is stripped off, especially in pregnant women
• Risk of heart disease increases
• Other diseases like diabetes, kidney stones
• Depression, listlessness, mood swings and headache may become regular
• Acne or dry skin may be encountered
• Poor digestion
• Brittle nails and hair
• Sensitive gums
• Susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections as bacteria and viruses thrive in an acidic environment
• Susceptibility to cancer increases as cancerous cells thrive in an acidic environment
• Cellular energy may decrease as free radicals increase in your body
• Body becomes stressed and cortisol levels increase, thereby disturbing sleep patterns
• Growth hormones may become lowered stunting growth
• Increased body fat

Long Term Health

Thus, we see that long-term health and longevity of life is dependent on acid-alkaline balance. Your body is constantly working to maintain a balance between pH levels of 7.35 and 7.45. If pH falls below 7.35, one gets acidosis and the central nervous system begins to depress. If pH falls below 7, it is categorised as severe acidosis, which can cause coma and then ultimately, death. If pH level rises above 7.45, alkalosis is encountered. It makes ones nervous system hypersensitive resulting in muscle spasms and convulsions.

The length of a juice fast can vary between 2-60 days. For a newbie, it’s a good idea to start with lesser days. Juice fasts can be intense and lifestyle circumstances can make long ones impossible. It is better to observe a short fast rather than keeping a long one and then having to break it. Thus, a 2-3 day fast is a good duration to begin with. Fasting beyond 7 days is a bad idea. It can cause serious deficiencies in the body. Weekends should be a good time to start and then continue. It will also give you a flexible schedule since juice fasting is labour-intensive.

Pregnant women, elderly people, people with certain liver and kidney disorders, hypoglycemics, nursing mothers, diabetics, underweight or malnourished individuals and those with advanced heart diseases or cancer, should not consider juice-fasting.

Why take all that risk when there are easier methods available to control weight?