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Alkaline Diet or Low Carb Diet.. Is there a difference?

We hear it time and again: Dietary fat is not good for us, it promotes heart disease and gives us dangerously high cholesterol levels. No matter how many studies show that a low-fat diet is in fact making us sick… and fat, this advice just never seems to change… at least, that is until now.

• A recent study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that cutting your carbohydrates — NOT fat — will do more to help you lose weight and protect your heart than any tasteless, low-fat diet ever could.

• Not only did the people in this study lose weight eating eggs, butter and red meat, but they showed a healthy increase in HDL ‘good’ cholesterol.

• Another earlier study, also published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that a kind of dairy fat called margaric acid can “significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.” And guess where you can find a great source of this margaric acid? In butter!

• Last year, a big study, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, found that a Mediterranean-type diet — rich in olive oil and other good fats, like those found in nuts — will slash your diabetes risk by a whopping 40 per cent. And, for people who already have diabetes, following the Mediterranean diet lowered their heart attack and stroke risk by 30 per cent.

Now… fats are acidic.. and yet here we see healthy fats and their proven benefits. So where does that leave the alkaline diet? Well, alkaline diet is all about reducing acid-producing foods and increasing alkaline-producing foods. Which is good advice.. but perhaps a little simplistic given the facts we’ve just read about.

alkaline-boosterMy experience with our own Alkaline Paleo diet, which translates as lots of greens, healthy fats and just enough meat, would appear to fulfil more of the requirements we are seeing emerge than juust reducing acid-producing foods. And here’s the thing. The acid-producing foods – grains, pasta, carbs, sugar are all seriously addictive. It’s been our experience that by shifting the focus of our diet away from these foods, quite miraculous things happen.. like actually losing your 24/7 nibble habits. Less mood swings. no cravings… and a need for less rather than more meat.

Here’as another thing… you’ll hear a lot about alkaline balance from the alkaline diet devotees.

So tell me this.. if that translates into more alkaline minerals, why not short circuit the recommended and dreaded 9 Vegie servings a day – and take the alkaline minerals in their raw form?

Getting alkaline minerals from greens seems a bit like reading a telephone book from the Letter ‘A” to find your friend Ziggy Zbinski.

We’ve been taking shots of our Alkaline Booster recently and can both report a definite pick up energy effect. Strange.. we’be had the product, people have been buying it for years, but we didn’t regularly use it ourselves!

Well, things change.  We can now say yes, it really does work and almost immediately. With summer dehydration and electrolyte loss it’s going to be front and centre in our daily regime.

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