The Nutritionist – Claudia Norris
Alkaline diets are in the news and may seem like the latest fad but Japan has been following this way of life for many, many years and their incidence of obesity, heart disease and cancer are a fraction of ours in the West. Bill Clinton, Jennifer Anniston and Victoria Beckham have recently raised the profile of this way of eating and I thought I’d give a quick explanation this month into why they can be so effective for weight loss.
Many healthcare professionals now believe that obesity is not a fat problem but an over acidic problem from acidic lifestyle and dietary choices. The body retains fat to protect the body from harmful acidic metabolic waste products that are not being properly eliminated. When our bodies are excessively acidic they borrow essential minerals such as calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium from our vital organs or bones to buffer or neutralise the acid. This can lead to debilitating conditions such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis and more.
Acid comes from three sources – food, pollution, and stress. The average diet is laden with acidic foods such as fizzy drinks, alcohol, meat and sugar. Following an alkaline diet doesn’t mean cutting out all acidity – it means balancing it with alkaline foods like fruit and veg. I also give my clients alkaline water to help neutralise their acidity. I will explain how to follow an alkaline diet next month.
Nutritional Therapist Dip(BCNH), MA(Hons)
Registered Practitioner with the Nutritional Therapy Council (UK)
Mobile: 671 142 969
First published in The Resident March 2013