There are several reasons to switch to an alkaline diet. Studies have indicated that it may promote strong bones and muscles and could boost cognitive functioning and improve memory. Additionally, research indicates that it could play a role in preventing kidney stones, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and stroke. It’s a good, all-around healthy diet.
However, the main thing we demand from our diets is weight management, and an alkaline diet can help you do just that. From a practical standpoint, if you were to switch from the Standard American Diet notoriously heavy on processed foods, red meat, sugary desserts, high-fat foods, soda pop, high-fat dairy, and refined grains to an alkaline diet, you’ll probably lose weight just from good old-fashioned calorie reduction.
But the thinking behind an alkaline diet goes beyond calorie restriction. In fact, the diet has no official calorie cap. Acidic foods like processed meats, sugars, refined grains, and so forth change the pH balance of the body’s cellular environment. An acidic cellular environment can put stress on the body and its organs. The body becomes taxed trying to remove the acid and this negatively impacts the immune system and can cause unhealthy inflammation, thought to be an overreaction to overeating. Many people in the scientific community believe that chronic inflammation is what makes obesity so dangerous. So an alkaline diet may be a way to reduce weight and inflammation through proper nutrition.
AIM BarleyLife® has a potential renal acid load (PRAL) value of -6.77. The PRAL value adds the protein and phosphorus content of a food and subtracts the magnesium, calcium, and potassium content. The lower the PRAL value the more alkalizing the food. Of our all wholefood juice concentrates, BarleyLife is the most alkalizing with AIM Just Carrots® running a close second at -6.16. CalciAIM™, a nutritional supplement, has the overall highest at -8.18. To put it in perspective, foods commonly considered unhealthy like salami (+11.6) or frankfurters (+6.7) are unsurprisingly acidic. But innocuous-seeming foods like noodles (+6.4) and oat flakes (+10.4) can also have an acidifying effect on the body.
For those of you looking to go full-bore into an alkaline diet, The AIM Companies™ has several products that can help you transition. ProPeas™ is a good source of alkalizing protein for example. Those people who want to maintain a healthier cellular environment and reduce their waistlines and the accompanying chronic inflammation without eliminating bread, nuts, or meat should pour themselves a couple glasses of BarleyLife every day. At only fifteen calories per nutritionally dense serving, you get a full battery of vitamins and minerals in addition to the inherent alkalizing effects all in one amazing whole-food juice concentrate.