Since it has been made popular by the mainstream media, the Alkaline Diet has been credited with its ability to transform bodies, balance mood, digestion and increase overall energy. Devotees of this diet include WelleCo’s co-founder and former supermodel Elle Macpherson. Through following an alkaline-rich diet, this can help to reduce inflammation, slow down the ageing process and bring the body towards a harmonious state. In collaboration with the nutrition experts at Peak Health, this guide sets out to bring clarity to the purpose and benefits of the diet. We have included an exclusive three-day programme, along with recipes and advice that can be followed as an introductory guide to the alkaline lifestyle.
REset the balance
THE MODERN DIET
Whilst the healthy eating revolution has taken root in certain pockets of the West, it is generally accepted that the modern diet is causing us to age faster and become more susceptible to illness than our ancestors. In his book ‘The Alkaline Cure’, Dr Stephan Domenig writes that ‘the ways we choose to eat and our lifestyles tend to encourage an acid overload- high stress jobs, high intensity exercise, and last but not least high protein diets. Finding our way back to equilibrium is a great chance to improve overall health.’
The foundation of the Alkaline Diet is a focus on real foods: minimally processed, and as close to their natural state as possible. In avoiding the pitfalls of the modern diet, these choices give the body a chance to reset.The foods suggested in the Alkaline Diet are nutrient-dense, low calorie and low-sodium alternatives to ‘traditional’ dietary choices. Replacing a high-carbohydrate breakfast with plant-based and protein rich smoothie or a slow-release porridge sets the tone for the rest of the day and helps provide the vitality you need to see it through.
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Dr Simone Laubscher – Elle Macpherson’s personal Nutrition Doctor, recommends a ratio of 80% alkaline foods to 20% acidic foods
At Peak Health, the nutritionists focus on an abundance of gut-healing vegetables and fruit, plant based proteins, fish, gluten free grains, good fats such as avocado and coconut oil, and nuts and seeds. Dr Simone Laubscher – Elle Macpherson’s personal nutritionist, recommends a ratio of 80% alkaline foods to 20% acidic foods Avoiding foods high in omega-6 fatty acids, protein and processed sugars helps to reduce diet-related disease and the inflammation associated with heart disease and joint pain. We have outlined the benefits and basic principals of the diet below, along with exclusive recipes from Peak Health.
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Vegetables, especially leafy greens such as spinach, kale and Swiss chard, with rainbow colored options such as beetroot and tomatoes.
Fruits, including berries, kiwi, apple, peaches and mango
Lean animal proteins with a focus on fish and eggs
Plant based proteins, including quinoa, chickpeas, and lentils
Gluten free grains such as rice, buckwheat and amaranth
Good fats such as avocado, coconut oil and nuts and seeds
Lower body fat
Increased lean muscle growth and reduced muscle catabolism (muscle loss)
Vitality and increased energy
Reduced cravings for sugary and starchy foods
Increased mental clarity and cognition
Rather than focussing on the acid-forming foods that you are cutting out, think about the abundance of fresh vegetables, lean proteins and goods fats that will leave you feeling vital. Try to base meals around vegetables and fruits, add in some plant based protein (quinoa, pulses, legumes) or fish, good fats such as avocado, and some gluten free grains if you are hungry. Leafy green vegetables, quinoa, fish and avocado are good to have on hand for quick, delicious alkalizing lunches and dinners. Eggs make an easy, filling breakfast, and nuts, fruits and protein smoothies are great snacks.
To encourage an increase in water intake and further the benefits try adding lemon or lime juice, or apple cider vinegar. Another simple way of alkalizing water is to add a serving of The Super Elixir Alkalizing Formula to a glass.
Switching out the lemon to lime juice helps with digestion (by triggering bile release), helps protect liver function and its high Vitamin C level supports glutathione production (glutathione is a peptide that is essential for detoxification). The addition of Himalayan salt helps support our adrenals as they rely heavily on sodium for proper function. Whilst removing bleached salt (high levels are found in processed foods) from the diet is beneficial to health, supplementing with mineral rich Himalayan or Celtic salt ensures that we get a good balance of electrolytes such as sodium, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Elle Macpherson and Dr Simone created The Super Elixir Alkalizing Formula to support the Alkaline Diet. It is a blend of natural wholefoods, plants and herbs with a combination of 45 key nutrients formulated to be absorbed by your body at a cellular level. The Super Elixir Alkalizing Formula is on hand for the guests throughout the Welleco Peak Health Retreat to assist them in balancing their pH levels, increase their immunity, reduce premature ageing, create glowing skin and aid in exercise recovery.
Peak Health was created, in collaboration with a team of medical and wellness experts in Switzerland and across the globe in order to fulfill the need for a holistic approach to resetting one’s health. Their mission is to help people transform their lifestyles and create sustainable changes through true health immersion on a luxury vacation in an idyllic environment. The goal in the Peak Health Programme is to gain a new understanding about one’s body and its potential. To find out more about their programmes and retreats visit their site.