Anyone try to eat an alkalizing diet for a prolonged period? If so, how did it go? Would you recommend it? What is a good source for determining what is alkalizing vs acidifying?
I tried it for a short period, but I am too much of a carnivore, and I felt like I was having trouble getting enough protein. So I stopped the whole diet, but stuck with taking the greens powder, Magma Plus(I think). I still use that because I have suffered fromn acid reflux/heartburn for years, and after I had been using the greens supp I noticed I hardly ever have heartburn now. I also rarely feel the lactic acid burn while lifting(I have been lifting for about 13 years steady, though, so that could be part of it).
You can't change the pH of your blood by diet, don't try.
If you actually did manage to chnge it, btw, you would die. Acid or alkaline, doesn't matter. You'd die.
jonwell - do you have a decent link to that explains that. i need to send to someone. thanks
yomama- your blood pH is very strictly regulated at about 7.4 by a powerful series of buffers (a buffer is something that moderates pH changes). It takes something very drastic to override those buffers- in either direction. The reason it's so tightly controlled is because any deviation from that norm is VERY dangerous and can easily result in death.
Yes Jason, because all sound scientific advances are made by of lone scientists who publish directly to the media instead of their peers.
And, wow, what a suprise, he's selling certification and products too!
Come on dude, open your eyes.
It really amazes me how many people believe this crap.
That's not to say eating lots of greens isn't a good idea--it is. I even take a greens powder similar to Lifeforce--but only because it has lots of active cultures and nutrients that I don't get due to my frenetic schedule.
However, jonwell is right. The whole idea of an akaline diet is contrary to everything we know about how to body works. pH levels are very strictly regulated, and anything you eat will not change those levels.
What also funny is that these "wellness" and "holistic" sites tell you to monitor your PH through taking saliva and urine samples - the two fluids in your body that have the least to do with systemic PH and can vary widely from 6.0 to in the high 7's.
But it's easier to trick sheep into thinking something is happening if you just neglect to mention that fact ;)
I DON'T DO THE DIET. THIS IS JUST A THOUGHT OF MINE. MAYBE IT'S NOT
ABOUT CHANGING YOUR BLOOD PH. MAYBE IT HELPS YOUR BODY
REGULATE IT EASIER WITHOUT AS MANY RESOURCES. THEREFORE PUTTING
LESS STRESS ON YOUR BODY, WHICH RESULTS IN GREATER HEALTH AND
Just take a multi-mineral supplement.
themolotok- breathing puts more strain on your buffering system than eating does (scrubbing CO2 is a big part of it, read the link). If you're not showing symptoms of pH balance mismanagment, there's nothing wrong. 'Optimum health' without further qualification is a meaningless buzzword invented to sell snake oil and quack treatments.
Reason 2, which I just remembered (I hate being out of school for so long) is that your buffering system would have to work just as hard to correct an alkaline condition as it would an acidic condition.
So the purpose, reasoning, or concept behind the diet is foolish (my judgement based on information Jonwell posted as well as other stuff I've learned in the past). BUT looking at the diet or foods and drink that are advised to be eaten- it sounds to be pretty sound otherwise. Sounds better than the American Diet lol.
Fruits, Vegetables (greens), water, a green drink, some meats, fish, and certain ways to cook your foods. Throw an angle behind it and it's a revolution.
Ayala108 and Jonwell are both correct. Pretty decent diet plan, for reasons completely unrelated to the "science" that's being used to promote it.
well, throw and angle behind it and sell books. Nobody pays for advice like "Eat vegetables" since our parents have been saying it for years :P
On pubmed I've read some docs about how Sodium Bicarbonate or Sodium Citrate can affect*(edit) blood pH in athletes, etc. Are they wrong in that it can be done?