02 Mar '12, 5pm

What is the alkaline diet?

What is the alkaline diet?

Photo: Warren Goldswain /Shutterstock The lifestyles of the rich and famous these days often includes the alkaline diet – an eating plan that is said to alter the body chemistry, resulting in dramatic weight loss, better skin and hair and increased energy. Proponents of the diet — outlined in a series of books by Robert O. Young, Ph.D., and Shelly Redford Young — argue that the foods you eat affect the pH level of the blood. “The over-acidification of the body is the single underlying cause of all disease,” Young says on his website. Young’s office didn’t return a telephone call before deadline for this story. Water has a neutral pH value of 7 — the higher the value, the more alkaline. The Youngs, and others, say acidic values lead to weight gain and other health problems. The key to pH balance is a diet rich in green vegetables and light in meat, sugar and processed foods...

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