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Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014



Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014


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22 LIFESTYLE SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 body+soul www.bodyandsoul.com.au TELE01Z01BS - V1 b+s 04 profile Why EllE has gonE alkaline Australian designer, model and mum Elle Macpherson credits this approach with transforming her health and getting the body back on track, but how does the diet actually work? Laura Bond finds out T wo years ago, Elle Macpherson sat down with nutritional doctor Dr Simone Laubscher, who recalls that she cried. The model and mums seemingly healthy diet no red meat, no alcohol and three litres of water daily, as well as numerous supplements wasnt working anymore. She was fed up with gaining weight and feeling bad, and she needed help. I realise now that we can easily get into a rut of doing the same thing, expecting different results, Macpherson says. Laubscher introduced her to the idea of an alkaline diet, which marked a turning point in her health. I noticed changes in just two weeks: I had more vitality, my skin wasnt dry, I stopped craving sugar, my mood stabilised, everything became more balanced. A welcome by-product was losing weight around my middle. Two years on, she credits this dietary approach which advocates an 80/20 ratio of alkaline to acid foods to create the optimal pH balance for good health with helping to maintain her knockout figure at the age of 50. the acid-alkaline effect The theory is that a high-acid diet creates a breeding ground for disease and leads to poor health. If youre getting aching joints, gaining weight, craving carbs or sugar, or you have brain fog, then youre running too acidic, Laubscher says. Dr Stephan Domenig, author of the mindful eating plan The Alkaline Cure (Modern Books), says the alkaline diet is the opposite of a typical western diet. Its based on the idea that optimal health comes from balancing the bodys pH by eating more fresh veg and fruit, as well as certain legumes, grains and nuts. Many people start the day with coffee followed by toast and jam, cake for morning tea, then meat and a tiny amount of veg for dinner all of these are acid-forming, Domenig says, adding that a high-acid diet can lead to constipation and bloating, a lack of energy, weight problems, ageing and gum disease. Whether or not the diet is necessary or even has an affect on the body is a point of much contention in the medical world, however, an increasing number of health experts are touting its benefits. Dr Joseph Pizzorno, a leading expert on integrative medicine in the US, says that an overly acid-forming diet is a far more serious problem than commonly recognised. P H o To g r A P H y: g E TT y IM A g E S /J o S E P H M o N TE Z IN o S

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