Alkaline Diet Detox: Fact or Fiction
We've all heard of the term "detox", and while the name is simple enough to understand, it's also important to consider that there are many different types of detox programmes, much without scientific backing and rather passed along because it's what we've been told to do.
In this article, we'll focus on an Alkaline Detox, and why it may be necessary to consider this type of detox. First of all, your timing needs to be right, if you are going to try an alkaline detox, do it when there are the least public holidays or special occasions that need attending - some people find it rude to bring your celery sticks to their wedding. Also, while there is a perfect idea of things to do and to avoid, understandably, this is reality and we simply cannot avoid everything, rather time your day accordingly and consume your more acidic items earlier in the day to be able to metabolise them easier.
Secondly, you shouldn't think of a detox as a punishment for eating things that you shouldn't have over the years, nor should you brush it off because you eat healthily every day. It goes way beyond what we can control, as times changed, we discovered convenience and it has been a race against the clock ever since, thus making everything we do a hyper tense situation.
Lastly, different part of our bodies work in different pH environments, focusing on blood- our optimal blood pH should be between 7.35 - 7.45 which is slightly alkaline. If you are experiencing health issues unrelated to genetics, your blood pH may be slightly more acidic. Although our body naturally regulates our blood pH by drawing alkaline substances like calcium of the bones, which, after extended periods of time may cause bone calcium deficiencies. Therefore, a good alkaline detox is necessary for restoring your true blood pH back to it's optimal range so that problems in other parts of your body are minimised.
While this is an oversimplification of how our bodies react to certain environments, the true answer of our bodies is way more complicated and researchers are continuously working on treatments, it helps to do our part and lead a balanced, healthy lifestyle. That being said, do your part in keeping your internals in a less stressful environment by eating unrefined, good food, the way nature intended.