Advantages of An Alkaline Diet

by | Jan 14, 2020

Metabolic acidosis is an inevitable result of tissue damage and improper lifestyle.

Balance and compartmentalization of acid-alkaline factors in the body.

First, a little chemistry: A pH level measures how acid or alkaline something is. A pH of 0 is totally acidic, while a pH of 14 is completely alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral. Those levels vary throughout your body. Your blood is slightly alkaline, with a pH between 7.35 and 7.45. Your stomach is very acidic, with a pH of 3.5 or below, so it can break down food. And your urine changes, depending on what you eat — that’s how your body keeps the level in your blood steady.

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Balance without excess acid is vital.

The idea behind the alkaline diet is that you “alkalize” your body through the foods you eat to offset acids in your body. Excess acidity often is at the root of numerous health conditions, from acne to cancer. However, different parts of our bodies have different levels of acidity to perform their natural functions. For example, the stomach is extremely acidic to help us digest our food.

While the diet promotes adopting healthy eating habits, like eating more fruit and veggies, the science behind some of its claims is flawed. There a strong buffering systems in the body to help prevent sudden acid or alkaline shifts.

The benefits of an alkaline diet

There are several things that I like about the alkaline diet. The main benefit is the promotion of more locally raised organic fruit and vegetable consumption. So load those up on your plate! I also like that the alkaline diet encourages people to cut back on refined sugar and processed meats.

There is much research demonstrating the benefit of a whole food, plant-based diet in overall health and disease prevention. All plant-based foods start out as alkalizing the body but the way they are prepared and preserved makes a great difference in the body’s ability to utilize the inherent alkaline benefits.

Baking Soda – an amazing Supplement

Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, is secreted in the pancreas to help aid in digestion. It helps neutralize the stomach acid that is generated in the pancreas during the digestive process and helps in the neutralization of certain enzymes. Sodium bicarbonate levels in the body must be neither too low nor too high in order for digestion to function normally and for the digestive tract to remain healthy.

Sodium bicarbonate is one of the best medicines in nature. The company Arm &Hammer starting selling it in 1846, and in 1926 they brought out a booklet about how to use it as a medicine. It is possibly the most useful substance that we know of — there are books and websites that talk about hundreds of common and incredibly varied uses.

Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) is the monosodium salt of carbonic acid, and it forms sodium and bicarbonate ions. This ion formation increases plasma bicarbonate and buffers excess hydrogen ion concentration, resulting in a raised blood pH protecting the blood alkalinity.

In athletes, the standard doses of sodium bicarbonate supplementation (200-300 mg/kg) tend to reliably benefit performance when failure on the exercise is associated with metabolic acidosis, aka “the burn.”

Benefits of sodium bicarbonate can be observed with a single dose taken 60-90 minutes before exercise, but supplementation should be approached cautiously as it can cause gastrointestinal side effects if too much is taken at once or, if it’s consumed too rapidly.

Additionally, 5 g of sodium bicarbonate taken daily appears to be somewhat effective in reducing acidosis induced by the diet or the aging process (although using potassium bicarbonate appears to be better), and therefore it may reduce the rate of bone loss over time in susceptible populations.

There are mechanisms in place for sodium bicarbonate to be a fat-burning agent (it increases ketone production and lipolysis and causes a minor increase in metabolic rate), but these have not yet been linked to actual weight loss in trials.

Dietary Therapy of Metabolic Acidosis

Dietary strategies incorporating fruits and vegetables should be considered in the management of metabolic acidosis and are reasonable for those with normal tCO2. In addition to providing base, the accompanying potassium,

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fiber, and other nutrients may be beneficial in health, but serum potassium concentration should be monitored closely. A dose of fruits and vegetables that reduces potential renal acid load by 50% may reduce kidney injury, including albuminuria.10,12,13 Dietary protein reduction raises serum tCO2.18 However, this may lead to protein malnutrition and decreased muscle mass.76 Reduction of other acid-producing foods such as grains and cheeses can be considered.51

Dr. Brouse offers nutritional counseling based upon an individual’s genetic needs and laboratory testing. Metabolic acidosis is a common problem that when resolved allows the body to heal and recover tissue health. Call today for a personal consultation! (503)631-4184

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