The Millstone Times December 2021


The Pros &Cons of Alkaline Foods By Stefanie Maglio Having a diet consisting of mainly alkaline foods consists of fruits and vegetables, soy, nuts, legumes, and of course water. This means, there will be less consumption of animal protein, white sugar, white flour, processed foods, and caffeine. Overall, an alkaline diet is considered to be healthy. Specifically, the increased intake of fruits and vegetables is said to reduce risk of chronic diseases, which is a major pro. Also, eating low- acid foods results in increased growth hormone, which can improve cardiovascular health as well as memory and cognition. Growth hormone also has anti-aging properties. Magnesium also increases, which in turn promotes energy and a healthy metabolism. Also, intake of fruits and vegetables has proven to help maintain a healthy weight, which is always ideal. Fluctuating weight is unhealthy. Some even say that an alkaline diet encourages healthy cell turnover and can help prevent cancer. However, that has not been proven. An alkaline diet is most well known for lowering the risk of kidney stones. There are few, if any cons to eating alkaline foods. It may become more difficult to get enough calcium or protein due to less consumption of meat and dairy. However, substitutions can bemade, and a holistic health practitioner can help you and your family put together the perfect diet. Sixty to eighty percent of our diets should come from alkaline foods, so you truly can’t go wrong.


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