The Alkaline Diet
The Alkaline Diet

The Alkaline Diet



Although the Alkaline Diet has existed since the early 1900s, it has resurfaced on many healthy lifestyle platforms in recent years. In the wake of increased rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic illnesses, people who are concerned about their health are looking for ways to take control of their health through diet.

In search of ways to treat kidney stones and urinary tract infections, researchers and physicians found ways to reduce acid in the urine through diet. Of course, this treatment was replaced with the development of medication to treat conditions related to high levels of acidity in the urine. However, you can change your diet as a preventative measure and reap many benefits, such as improved digestion, weight loss, increased energy, and reduced joint pain and inflammation. For transparency, some sources question the validity of the benefits associated with the alkaline diet. I was undecided after reviewing several peer-reviewed articles on the subject, so I decided to try it.

On March 1, I transitioned to a vegan eating plan for other medical reasons. My diet now comprises fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I also enrich my diet by incorporating alkaline foods. Healthline released an evidence-based review touting a few of the top alkaline foods such as mushrooms, tomatoes, apples, cherries, pineapple, almonds, and pumpkin seeds, among other foods, but stated, “the diet does support health with the elimination of processed foods but does not fight disease by affecting the body’s pH levels.”

My experience with eating alkaline foods and eliminating processed foods has resulted in higher energy levels, weight loss, and less pain in my arms, legs, and knees. I will admit that it is not easy to prepare all of your meals from scratch, but the health benefits I’ve experienced are worth every minute I spend pressing milk out of seeds and kneading alkaline bread dough. To succeed, you must be organized and have a daily food plan. Select foods with a pH greater than 7 (alkaline) instead of acidic foods. Also, I drink naturally alkaline spring water.

Reach out to me for menu ideas @ coach@ As always, consult with a doctor before beginning any diet or exercise plan. Here’s to better health.

Ronni Walker is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in mass communication. She is committed to helping people transition to and maintain healthy lifestyles through the P.RE.T.T.Y. Girl Fitness project. You may contact her by sending an email to