Alkaline diet helps maintain good pH balance in body, likely
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The appropriate and delicate balance between acids and bases, also known as pH value, has a huge role to play in your health.

Many researchers and nutritionists believe that avoiding acidic foods and increasing the intake of alkaline foods can help maintain the body’s pH balance and prevent all sorts of diseases. But is such an alkaline diet likely to work? Here’s what you need to know.

A study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health in 2012 points out that over the past 100 years, the pH values of all life on earth have changed - there have been marked decreases in sodium, potassium, magnesium and dietary fibre consumption.

At the same time, there has been an increase in chlorides, saturated fat and sugar, leading to metabolic acidosis and an increasing prevalence of diseases. Increased calcium and uric acid levels also indicate a higher risk of kidney stones and kidney diseases.

The study says that consuming a diet rich in alkaline foods can not only prevent kidney diseases but also results in an increase in growth hormone levels, prevention of muscle loss and can even help deal with chronic pain and inflammation.

A 2016 study in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine also suggests that consuming alkaline foods and alkaline water can reduce tumour cell growth and metastasis, effectively flush out toxins from the body and lead to a lower incidence of cardiovascular diseases.

While claims about the cancer preventing-benefits of an alkaline diet have been made in other studies like the one mentioned above, another study published in BMJ Open in 2016 suggests that there is no actual research to support them.

However, the fact that an alkaline diet has immense benefits for overall health and proper metabolic function is undisputed.

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