An alkaline diet: what should you eat?
EATING AN ALKALINE DIET
An alkaline diet consists of eating lots of high “alkaline foods” like, for example, fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and legumes, while avoiding “acidic foods” such as cereals, meat and cheeses, as well as alcohol and carbonated soft drinks. This kind of diet, combined with a balanced lifestyle, can help the body to maintain a base pH, i.e. a value ranging from 7.1 to 7.5 (optimum pH between 7.39 and 7.41).
The tendency of a food that acidifies or alkalizes our body has no relation to the real pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, but the final effect they produce after digestion and assimilation is very alkaline, so lemons form alkalinity in the body. In the same way, meat is alkaline before the digestion, but it leaves a very acid residue in the body, so, like almost all animal products, meat forms a great amount of acid.
Following studies on their properties
ALKALINE FOODS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO:
counteracting the onset of metabolic acidosis induced by contemporary lifestyles, contributing to our well-being; (5)
by sporting activities; (8)
Interview with Dr. Alessandro Zanasi,
National President of the “Water Resources” Association, Member of the “International Water Academy” in Oslo and Director of the National Museum of Mineral Waters.
His publications include: “Acque minerali in bottiglia per conoscerle meglio”, “Uso ragionato delle acque minerali” and “Guida alle acque minerali italiane in bottiglia”.