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What is the Alkaline diet & what is its link to PCOS?

11th October 2014

Every few months, a new diet emerges that promises amazing health and psychological benefits. This month it's the Alkaline diet, first introduced by the step-sister of Sienna Miller, Vicki Edgson and already adopted by many celebrities including Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow. The diet claims to maintain a healthy acidity level in your body by avoiding food that cause you to produce more acid like meat, dairy, grains and processed food.

Supposed benefits:

The Alkaline diet boasts a number of benefits including keeping your energy levels high throughout the day. Some of the specific PCOS symptoms are also supposed to be aided in with this diet; even Victoria Beckham is a big advocate for the diet plan and claims it helps her manage her PCOS.

The diet is thought to improve the chances of conception by making the cervical mucus les acidic and therefore less likely to kill off sperm). Anyone who lives with PCOS understands the challenges they can face when it comes to fertility.

Fatty livers can also affect women with PCOS, which can contribute to their weight gain. Many of the food groups that aren't allowed in the Alkaline diet can accentuate this problem, so in theory the diet should help prevent weight gain.

Another main benefit of this regime is the effect it has on the skin. PCOS can lead to very oily or acne prone skin, which can have a nasty effect on confidence. The Alkaline diet not only (supposedly) keeps your skin healthy, the lack of sugar will drastically help manage acne and make nasty breakouts less likely.

Dangers of fad diets

Any strict diet regime should always be discussed with your GP or nutritionist. It may be tempting to try out a new eating plan if it boasts miraculous results, especially if you live with a condition that can affect your skin, weight and internal processes like PCOS. Although diet may be able to help control these symptoms, it won't completely get rid of them and you should always consult a medical professional first.

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