Natasha Corrett wants to reassure you that detoxing doesn’t mean you have to do a liquid-only cleanse. “I don’t like to use juicing fasts,” says the founder of the alkaline diet resource Honestly Healthy Food.
It’s a sentiment shared by nutritionist Dr. Larry Dibo-Cohen. “Cleansing diets are usually badly unbalanced and don’t contain enough protein,” he tells us.
Honestly Healthy is a resource for living an alkaline life — that is, keeping the body’s pH levels from fluctuating. The pH in our body can vary considerably from one area to another, with the highest acidity in the stomach (1.35 to 3.5 pH) and lowest in the pancreas (8.8 pH).
Modern diets, especially those that include a lot of processed foods, are much more acidic than what we ate before the Industrial Revolution, which alkaline diet advocates say is the cause of common skin and stomach issues.
A study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health in 2012 established that alkaline diets had a number of health benefits, such as improving cardiovascular and bone health, memory and thinking, as well as preserving muscle mass and staving off high blood pressure and stroke.
Corrett’s diet, outlined in her book “Honestly Healthy Cleanse,” focuses on “a more gentle cleanse with delicious food, which is more likely to fit into your life.”
We asked the gourmet vegetarian cook to share one of her bulge-busting alkaline recipes.