Alkaline Diets for Relief From Cramps and Itches
Alkaline diets have increased in popularity over the past few months as it helps maintain and balance the body's natural pH (potential hydrogen) ratio. The food and drinks we consume everyday release into the bloodstream in an alkaline or acidic base while the blood, saliva and urine chemistry work to maintain a slightly alkaline regulation.
The ideal body pH level is between 7.33 and 7.4. By maintaining the body in this range, the body is protected from bacterial, fungal and viral invasions. Once the pH level becomes acidic, the body borrows from internal alkalinity sources like potassium, sodium, calcium or magnesium to maintain the body's pH level. Many people suffer from acidity because of pH imbalances, which is why they start following alkaline diets.
Most of today's diets are acidic in nature and this imbalance causes both short and long-term damage to the system. While some bodies continue with this undetected condition for years, the body gets damaged as its intelligence tries to maintain pH levels with its available resources.
Plaque is the first consequence of acidity and ranges from plaque on the teeth to plaque in the arteries. Acidity also leads to yeast and Candida colonies that grow and expand in the system.
While these infections first appear in the digestive tract, it moves through the intestine into the blood stream to eventually rupture at any body part with lots of consequences. Excessive alkalinity also triggers problems like hive-like itching, sore muscles and joints, drowsiness, cramping and indigestion.
How an alkaline diet helps
An alkaline diet however helps provide a protective shield from all this. This diet consists of legumes, fresh vegetables, tubers, grains, roots and nuts. Though fruits are permitted, it should not be eaten in excess as its glutinous nature gets processed as any sugar.
This is the reason why fruits should be either cooked before eating, eaten on its own or eaten before heavy meals. Fruits should not be eaten after a heavy meal as it ends up fermented and acidic in the body and trigger gas and other digestive complications.
Foods to avoid
The best rule to follow for an alkaline diet is to avoid yeast, sugar and any processed or fermented foods. Chemical foods like NutraSweet, Equal and any form of aspartame should be avoided as they are very acid forming. As antibiotics also create an acidic environment, they should be followed by a course of probiotics to help replenish and rebalance the system.
On starting an alkaline diet, you will notice that you crave for sugar. This happens because yeast dies without any sugar to thrive on. Moreover, as yeast is not fed, you start experiencing flu-like symptoms. This is part of the withdrawal symptoms and lasts for a few days to weeks, to subside with time.
While conventional medicine does not endorse the benefits of alkaline diets, this diet does help prevent kidney stones, degeneration of muscle tone and osteoporosis. However people suffering from chronic kidney failure should start the diet only after consulting a physician.
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