alkaline diet is on the alternative side of science (The founder is said to have
gotten the idea during psychic writing!) and it claims many healthy benefits -
everything from fighting cancer and clearing sinuses to be directly anti-aging.
It can also have some interesting effects on freedivers.
is based on the fact that we have a certain PH in out bodies (different PH in
different parts of the body, but the blood-plasma and cellular level PH is the
most important), and the theory is that we should eat foods that are close to
that PH-level, slightly alkaline. Obviously sweets, caffeine and refined foods
are very acidic, and a lot of people today suffer from acidosis because of bad
eating habits. Also, when your body is in a state of stress or illness the
PH-level is lowered into the acidic scale..
An imbalance towards the acidic in the PH-levels can deplete the body of alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, making people prone to chronic and degenerative diseases. Symptoms of excess acidity can be: low energy, fatigue, frequent colds, congestions, nervousness, irritability, headaches, muscle pain, leg cramps.. and so on. For freedivers with equalising problems it can be interesting to know that excess acidity also causes excess mucus. The worst offenders are dairy products, animal protein, white flour and pastas, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Too much acidic food also promotes more free radicals that attack cell wall and membranes, which makes our immune system weaker.
healthy people the PH level is around 7.40. +/-0.05. As we get older it
decreases to 7.30 or below. It seems like a small difference, but as the PH
decreases it also decreases in hydroxyl ion (OH-),
which is an oxygen donor. Because PH is logarithmic it would mean young people
carry 23% more oxygen in their blood than old people. (There is no reference as
to which age in the reports). So for overly acidic freedivers, this could be a
good diet to boost the oxygen carried in the blood.
interesting fact is that alkaline tissues hold 20 times more oxygen than acidic
tissues. But how much can we really affect the PH-levels of our tissues? The
kidneys, lungs and blood continuously regulate the acid/alkaline status of the
Also, with rising alkalinity blood can increase its oxygen uptake, and the blood cells can
hold more oxygen. The Bohr effect states that with rising blood alkalinity,
the red blood cells can saturate themselves with ever more oxygen. The
problem is, they can't let go of it. (Thatís the same problem as with
Eric Fattah says ďeating alkaline food increases your blood pH, giving you higher CO2 tolerance, which will delay the urge to breathe much like CO2 training doesĒ. Alkaline food doesnít affect the store of oxygen. The question is if the diet and having an alkaline body will also delay the onset of contractions.
levels increase during a breath hold, the concentration of H+ ions also
increases, and more H+ means more acid and a
lower blood pH. This acidic state signals your brain that you need to breathe
faster or deeper Ė does it also mean that the alkaline blood then turns acidic
and lets go of the oxygen easier?? If that is so, it would be very good to start
with alkaline blood (NOT from hyperventilating but an alkaline diet), delay the
urge to breathe and then get hold of the oxygen from the blood as it turns
alkaline diet gets you back to basics and common sense and itís an easy
adaptable diet. This is due to the fact that no foods are eliminated completely,
The main concept of this diet is whole,
unprocessed foods with lots of raw fruits and vegetables. You donít have to buy any special shakes, bars, or pills.
Itís not unhealthy in the way Atkins or the popular low-carb diets are. You
donít even have to suffer that much - chocolate is alkaline!
The alkaline diet consists of almost 75-80% of alkaline foods and about 20-25% of acidic food. Then itís only up to you to find out which foods are alkaline and which are acidic. On the contrary to what you would think, foods that you find acidic outside the body, like lemons for instance, gives an alkaline response in the body. Once the body metabolizes the citric acid, it becomes alkaline.
The acidic part of the diet is as
important as the alkaline, but it does have to be moderated to about 20% of your
food intake. This category includes dairy, white flour, poultry, beef, coffee,
There are many charts of alkaline/acidic foods:
You will find plenty more just googling it the words "alkaline food chart".
Eventually I wanted more information on the REAL ph of foods, instead of trusting the above list of just dividing foods into "alkaline" or "acidic". This link: http://homepage.mac.com/dtrapp/eChem.f/pHtable.html shows the PH-level of each food.
I tried a version of the diet last year for 6 weeks, cutting out wheat, refinded sugars and meat. It did feel great and it seemed the contractions came some half minute later in statics, but it can also have been because of the training. I haven't tried the full on diet yet, but I wil.