Scientists and researchers agree that human life requires a tightly controlled pH level in the serum of about 7.4 (a slightly alkaline range of 7.35 to 7.45) to survive. So it’s clear that the body’s pH levels need to be balanced. But does adopting an alkaline diet have any real health benefits?
A recent paper attempted to investigate, with an overview of the evidence found in scientific literature about the role of pH in various cells, organs, chronic acidosis, bone disease, muscle, growth hormone, back pain and chemotherapy.
The detailed paper stated that the human body has an amazing ability to maintain a steady pH in the blood and that many of the membranes in our bodies require an acid pH to protect and to help digest food. The report also said that according to the reviewed research, the alkaline diet may reduce back pain and improve the efficacy of (certain) chemotherapy agents that require a higher pH, but that there isn’t enough evidence to suggest alkaline diet alone will reduce one’s risk of disease or improve bone health.
Most of the research points to the fact that because the alkaline diet involves upping our fruit and vegetable intake, it would indirectly benefit bone health by improving one’s K/Na (potassium-to-sodium) ratio and reducing muscle wasting, as well as help mitigate other chronic diseases such as hypertension and strokes. It’s also clear that the alkaline diet leads to an overall increase of growth hormone which may improve cardiovascular health, memory and cognition.
In summary, the alkaline diet may be beneficial in managing certain life-threatening diseases, but more detailed research is needed. One thing’s certain though: it sure is good for the body to be eating more fruit and veg.
If you’re interested in helping your body be more alkaline, consider all of the above, and ask your doctor or pharmacist about Releaf Alkaline Tablets, which contain multi-minerals that may assist the body in maintaining its acid-alkaline balance and regulating urinary pH. These act as an antacid and may also assist with the relief of heartburn, excessive stomach acid and acid indigestion.