Brandon Burell, a former Wall Street investment banker and entrepreneur, has recently made the headlines for how he is said to single-handedly cure himself of a chronic condition by simply changing the way he eats.
Brandon grew frustrated (and his doctors left baffled) from the chronic sinus issues he had. He knew something was happening, so he started his research and found inflammation as the top cause of disease in America. He pinpointed food as a major problem: he was, after all, 40 lbs overweight, borderline diabetic, and at wit’s end with his sinus issue.
He began to follow the alkaline diet.
Every day, he took a green smoothie with kale, dandelion greens, ginger, bladderwrack, moringa, a combination of other alkaline herbs, and sea moss. He consumed alkaline grains, other alkaline meals, and a lot of alkaline teas. But what is this alkaline diet in the first place and what are its benefits?
What Is the Alkaline Diet?
The values of pH range in food from 0 to 14. The values 0.0 to 6.9 mean acidic, neutral sits at 7.0, and alkaline or basic is at 7.1 to 14.0. The alkaline diet is premised on the idea of replacing acid-forming foods with alkaline ones to improve health and even fight serious conditions such as cancer.
Here are the classifications of some commonly consumed foods:
- Acidic: Meat, poultry, dairy, fish, grains, eggs, alcohol
- Neutral: Natural fats, starches, sugars
- Alkaline: Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts
Proponents of the alkaline diet also believe that in order to maintain a constant blood pH, your body takes alkaline minerals, such as calcium in the bones, to buffer the acids coming from the acid-forming foods you consume. According to the theory, the standard Western diet then causes a loss in bone mineral density, establishing a link with osteoporosis.
The jury is still out on whether alkaline diets are beneficial and that acid-forming foods should be completely limited. There are those that suggest controlling intake of acid-forming foods and increasing that of fruits and vegetables. Others, however, think some acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits should only need to be avoided if they set off acid reflux or GERD symptoms.
To Be Alkaline or Not: Final Thoughts
Having a better quality of life keeps motivating Brandon to keep up with his current diet and lifestyle. He even created a way to start offering alkaline foods to the mainstream, starting Alkaline Certified, a certification process committed to certifying as well as building sources of alkaline products. He has partnered with research labs for the process, providing the needed services efficiently and offering relevant tools for alkalinity in the modern diet.
Given contrasting findings out there, it’s crucial to note that the alkaline diet is healthy in that it is based on healthy, whole, unprocessed foods. It encourages eating a lot of vegetables, fruits, and healthy plant-based foods while limiting processed and junk items.
If you are skeptical, well and good – no need to be conscious of the stuff you eat alongside your daily fruit and veggie portions. However, if you are keen to discover the purported benefits of the alkaline diet, then be smart about your food preferences.
Sea moss, for instance, is hailed as a complete superfood of the sea for its abundance of minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants, to name a few. It can be a regular feature of your diet if you want to stay alkaline and conscious of your body’s pH levels. The effects are likely to be largely individual and not everyone may pull off a Brandon in this diet, but it’s worth being more discriminating about the food you eat.