Kristoff St. John, who plays Neil Winters on the Young and the Restless, asked Doctor Oz about alkaline diets on his special Ask Dr. Oz Soap Edition for soap opera stars. Kristoff St. John is on a high alkaline diet and drinks a gallon of water each day that is higher in pH than tap water or bottled water and wanted to know if there is such a thing as drinking too much water and if there is a problem with having too much alkaline in your diet.
1. Alkaline Foods
Spinach, broccoli and onions are all alkaline foods. Alkaline foods tend to be those that are natural and you can normally predict them by if they are “good for you”.
2. Acidic Foods
Acidic foods include meat, cheese, oysters and beans.
Dr Oz says that our body likes to keep a pH of 7.4 and so we naturally have a lot of checks and buffers to make sure we stay in that range. Therefore, the alkaline diet theory is to stretch these buffers and make our body work a bit harder. Dr Oz says it is difficult to prove some of the claims of the Alkaline Diet, like that acidic foods cause cancer or that alkaline foods are much better for you. As always, a balanced diet is usually the best.