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The alkaline diet is based on the idea that replacing acid-forming foods with alkaline foods will improve your health.
Proponents of this diet claim that it helps fight serious diseases such as cancer.
This article looks at the science behind the alkaline diet.
An alkaline diet is also called an acid-alkaline diet or an alkaline ash diet.
The bottom line is that your diet can change your body’s pH value, a measurement of acidity or alkalinity.
Your metabolism, the process by which food is converted into energy, is sometimes compared to fire. Both undergo chemical reactions that break down solid masses.
However, chemical reactions in your body are slow and controlled.
When things burn, ash remains. Likewise, the food you eat leaves behind a residue called metabolic waste called “ash.”
This metabolic waste can be alkaline, neutral or acidic. Proponents of this diet believe that metabolic waste directly affects your body’s acidity.
In other words, eating food that leaves acid ash makes the blood more acidic. If you eat foods that leave an alkaline ash, you alkalize the blood.
According to the acid-ash hypothesis, acidic ash makes you more susceptible to disease and illness, while alkaline ash is protective.
By choosing more alkaline foods, you should be able to “alkalize” your body and improve your health.