Today, more than 100 million Americans have pain that persists for weeks, months and sometimes even years. This figure has been growing steadily over recent decades. As a result, we have seen a significant push to increase efforts to combat pain and promote good health. In the US market, the financial toll of the pain epidemic costs $560 billion to $635 billion per year, according to Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. (1)
Among the plethora of pain management solutions available, the Alkaline diet is garnering more believers. The Alkaline diet basically aims to make your body less acidic, resulting in a more alkaline pH and reduced calcium in the urine. (2)
The alkaline diet works on balancing pH levels in the body. This means that you need to reduce the consumption of acidic foods that may spoil the pH balance in your body. Certain foods are emphasized in the Alkaline Diet, such as more fruits and vegetables. These types of foods may improve the potassium to sodium ratio and may benefit bone health. (2, 3) Whole grains such as lentils, white beans, lima beans, and soybean also work well in an alkaline menu. (2)
How does alkalization help manage pain and promote good health?
For the science geeks who want to know the hows and whys of an alkaline diet, we collected a host of research that shows how an alkaline diet may be beneficial. Read on to know more…
- Osteoarthritis is a common chronic condition, and an alkaline diet is known to help with the management of osteoarthritis symptoms (4).
- People tend to lose muscle mass as they age, and this can increase the risk of injuries and chronic pain. But food that is rich in potassium may help preserve muscle mass in older men and women. (5) Potassium is a big part of the Alkaline diet.
- Chronic back pain is a dreaded part of adulthood. The easiest way to reduce chronic lower back pain is supplement your diet with alkaline minerals. (6) Research published by the ‘Journal of Environmental and Public Health’ shows that supplementing the diet with alkaline minerals may improve chronic lower back pain (2).
- Including potassium bicarbonate in the diet may result in a significant rise in growth hormone levels in postmenopausal women. Interestingly, this increased growth hormone level may tend to improve quality of life, body composition, and may reduce the risk of some health issues such as cardiovascular risk factors. (2)
A diet that includes a variety of food is the best option. So, it is imperative to consume a range of different proteins, grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. An alkaline diet is one of the most popular diets, preferred by people suffering from any kind of pain. This diet consists of almost every important fruit and vegetable that are vital for better health. However, you also need to consult your doctor before trying this diet if you have any kind of chronic pain.
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- “Pain: Hope Through Research”. NIH. https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Hope-Through-Research/Pain-Hope-Through-Research
- Schwalfenberg, Gerry K. “The alkaline diet: is there evidence that an alkaline pH diet benefits health?.” Journal of environmental and public health. 2012 (2012): 727630. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/
- James A. Tobey et al. “The Question of Acid and Alkali Forming Foods*” American Journal of Public Health. 26 (1936). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1562900/pdf/amjphnation01068-0065.pdf
- Van Velden, David P., et al. “Non-allopathic adjuvant management of osteoarthritis by alkalinisation of the diet.” African journal of primary health care & family medicine. 7:1 (2015): 1-7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4564851/
- Dawson-Hughes, Bess, Susan S. Harris, and Lisa Ceglia. “Alkaline diets favor lean tissue mass in older adults.” The American journal of clinical nutrition. 87:3 (2008): 662-665. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18326605
- Vormann, Jürgen, et al. “Supplementation with alkaline minerals reduces symptoms in patients with chronic low back pain.” Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology. 15:2-3 (2001): 179-183. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11787986