Reclaim Your Life With The Alkalinity Diet

One of the most interesting diets that have been talked about in the last few years is the alkaline diet.  The diet focuses on foods that have an effect on your pH levels.  This includes foods such as vegetables and fruits while cutting out foods that have an acidic effect on your body such as sugar, pasta, bread, and rice.  But just what are the benefits of this diet?

The first benefit is that the function of your immune system is improved as a result of a good balance in your pH levels.  It’s shown that you are more prone to infection and sickness when your body is too acidic.  A more alkaline state in our bodies makes it hard for pathogens to spread and get stronger.  That means that your body will be more immune even in colder seasons where many of us tend to get sick.

The second benefit is that it can help with inflammation.  It has been shown that if your body is too acidic, it can affect your joints and cause inflammation.  It will also affect your skin and even problem areas such as your sinuses.  The inflammation can also lead to bone loss over a long period of time as it leaves the bones very brittle.

The third benefit is that it is a healthy diet that will provide you the energy to go through your diet.  Compared to other diets that focus on starving yourself and limiting carbohydrates, the alkaline diet is a healthy alternative.  You can lose weight without starving yourself, you can eat delicious foods, and you’ll have energy throughout the day with no crashing.

The fourth benefit of the alkaline diet is that it has been shown to be effective against cancer.  While this doesn’t mean that the alkaline diet can cure cancer, studies have shown that cancer cells and tumors cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.  This means that by eating foods that make your blood more alkaline, you are discouraging cancer cells from growing.

The fifth benefit of the diet is that the foods consume health enzymes that help improve your digestion.  Digestion is a big issue in today’s society where so many people have irregular bowel movements, stomach cramps, and other digestive issues.  This all can be pointed to the foods that we eat such as sugar, junk foods, and other unhealthy foods.

If you want to get an idea of how the alkalinity diet can improve your life, you can visit forums that consist of people following the diet.  You’ll see that many people are seeing great results from following the diet and have gotten rid of some of their health issues as well.  And of course, many people also lose weight from following the diet as well.

So those are the main benefits of the alkaline diet.  If you are sick and tired of feeling tired all the time, know you need to lose excess weight, and want to be healthier, take a look at the alkaline diet.  By getting resources on recipes, foods, and other information, you can get started right away.

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Probiotics vs. Prebiotics—What’s the Difference?

You have probably heard or seen the words probiotic and prebiotic more than once.  Maybe you’ve seen it on your yogurt carton or read an article in a magazine about them.  So…what’s the fuss about?  Why are probiotics and prebiotics so important for your diet and what’s the difference between the two?

First of all, you need to know that more than 400 types of microorganisms are living in your gastrointestinal tract—right now, at this moment.  It may disgust you, but many of them are actually healthy.  However, some are not.  The healthy bacteria are there to protect your body against the unhealthy bacteria.  They also help your body digest food and use some important vitamins you get from that digested food.

So what is a probiotic?  It is a live microorganism that is beneficial in many ways.  It stimulates the growth of microorganisms with beneficial properties.  In simpler words—it encourages the growth of the “good” bacteria in your digestive system.  Probiotics synthesize vitamins, particularly B vitamins that are necessary for several body functions.  They have been known to decrease allergies and dental caries.  Individuals with digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease may see an improvement in their symptoms if they make probiotics part of their diet.  These “good” bacteria can also improve cholesterol levels and decrease one’s risk for colon cancer.  The wide range of probiotic health benefits is very convincing and makes you wonder why anyone would be discouraged to take them.  There is a list of foods containing probiotics including yogurt, cottage cheese, fresh sauerkraut, soy sauce and buttermilk—just to name a few.  Probiotics can also be taken in the form of a supplement.

A prebiotic is a non-digestible food ingredient that “feeds” the probiotics.  Because of them, beneficial bacteria are able to thrive in the digestive tract.  It is important to consume prebiotics and probiotics at the same time to sustain the life of the probiotic.  Prebiotics enhance mineral absorption, particularity calcium, iron and magnesium.  Because of their ability to enhance calcium absorption, they can decrease one’s risk for developing osteoporosis and other bone conditions.   Same as probiotics, prebiotics are known to improve cholesterol levels and decrease risks for colon cancer.  You can obtain prebiotics from foods such as: chicory root, bananas, wheat, rye, barley, berries, honey, flax, oatmeal, garlic, onions, leafy greens, legumes—and the list goes on.

To enhance the benefits of probiotics, you can consider incorporating resistant starch into your diet.  They have a function similar to that of prebiotics—they help to feed probiotics.  This substance is found in cooked starchy products.

Supplements for probiotics and prebiotics are available, but you need to be cautious when deciding which to purchase.  This is because probiotics in supplements aren’t always live—and they are only beneficial when they are live.  Accuflora has been found to be highly survivable throughout the digestive process…this is important because probiotics will not even technically be considered a probiotic if they aren’t alive.  Prebiotic supplements come in many forms, and you can talk to a doctor or decide for yourself which is the best for you.

Probiotics and prebiotics should be emphasized in everyone’s diet.  They provide the body with benefits that range from the digestive system to the cardiovascular system.  Something like that should not be ignored.  Make changes to your diet if you don’t think you consume enough of these healthy microorganisms.  And remember, not all bacteria is bad!

Brianna Elliott is a third year dietetics student.  She has grown a passion for nutrition through her years of studying.  She thinks it is important for people to learn about probiotics and prebiotics because of how healthy they are for the various body systems.  Brianna also contributes regularly to ProbioticSmart.com – the web’s leading product and information hub for probiotics.