How an Alkaline Diet Can Improve Diabetes Symptoms


With diabetes one would find a plethora of advice out there as to how to manage and control your blood sugar levels with diet. One factor that comes into play, but not often discussed, is how an maintaining body's acid-base balance can improve your health and the alleviate common diabetic symptoms. And balancing your pH levels can be easily accomplished by adding minerals to your daily regimen of vitamins.

The pH refers to a measure of the acid-base balance in a body. For instance, the stomach is very acidic, using hydrochloric acid to turn food into liquid in order to to aid digestion. The average pH level in the stomach is 1.35 to 3.50 (where the pH is considered very acidic) whereas the body prefers to have a pH level of 7.35 to 7.45 (very low).

For the diabetic, this is critical information. DKA also known as Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs with acid accumulates in blood and urine and as a condition, if left untreated, may become life threatening.

Symptoms include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fruity-spotted breath
  • Confusion

and for the diabetic, specifically:

High blood sugar level (hyperglycemia)

High ketone levels in your urine

Now the "Paleo Diet" or "Caveman Diet" may be considered a modern-day fad, but being around for 10,000 years, adjusting your eating regimen to this manner may help you. Eating as our ancestors did, the diet is rich in fish, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruits, and berries. The very foods that the early hunters-gatherers had at their disposal.

You will not find any dairy here either you will find grains, sugar, legumes, potatoes, processed oils, and any foods that were grown after man began to farm land. Sugar-laden drinks such as soda are strictly off limits as the diet advises followers to stick to water, coconut water or organic green tea. The introduction of agriculture also made way for a more acidic diet.

Now it may be difficult to follow a strict Paleo diet, however, there are major benefits to converting a gluten filled plate to vegetarian based diet. Low acid-producing food such as fresh fruits, soy, nuts, legumes, olive oil will all result in a mineral balanced body. This, together with being mindful of your blood sugar levels you should be able to achieve optimum body health.