While using Bridgeford’s cleanse, you’ll swap foods that leave behind acidic by-products — including sugar, wheat, and meat — for a hearty regimen of soups and smoothies that leave behind alkalizing compounds. All veggies are on the menu, and so are options like avocados, lentils, almonds, and salmon. “Eat only these foods, and you shut down the biggest source of acid coming into your body. Your system is no longer in crisis mode, and it can begin to deal with the buildup of acid in your gut and fat cells,” notes Bridgeford.
It's a pitch Hollywood celebs love: that the alkaline diet -- also known as the alkaline ash diet or alkaline acid diet -- can help you lose weight and avoid problems like arthritis and cancer. The theory is that some foods, like meat, wheat, refined sugar, and processed foods, cause your body to produce acid, which is bad for you.
The concept of acid and alkaline foods is a confusing one. For instance, lemons are sour and acidic, yet they have an alkalising effect on the body. This is due to lemons’ mineral content, and the influence these minerals have on pH, or the acid/alkaline scale. The upshot is acidic tasting foods can be alkalising.
Naturopaths believe certain conditions including arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, gout and eczema are acidic in nature. The best way to prevent them is to reduce acid forming foods and increase alkaline forming foods. This 10-day alkalising detox will fast track your body to being in a more alkaline state.