Sunday, December 5, 2021

Is Your Diet Aging You?



Crystal Manjarres

It very well could be! I could literally spin this multiple ways, but I’ll just focus on one direction — alkalinity versus acidity.

Unlike the multiple diets out there, this one is actually geared more towards health (surprise!) and less about weight loss. Now, before you write it off because I didn’t say you’d shed weight like a Biggest Loser contestant, hear me out. Many diets promise quick fixes, lasting results, flatter abs or saving the planet one animal at a time — and to each their own. If you adopt this style of eating, you could accomplish many of those things as well, but don’t use this diet for superficial reasons. Use it to really feel your best, improve your digestion and be as healthy as you can be.

Before I go any further, I just want to note that there is a reason that there are many diets out there — because there are many different body types that respond differently to food. Some people work best on a high-carb, low-protein diet, while others thrive off of a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. Some nix dairy, while others would rather cut off their right arm then give up cheese. And that’s OK. Do what works best for you: what makes you feel good, look good, and truly be your best you. If it’s anything less (ex. making you tired, irritable, fatter or unhappier), then try something else.

Make sure that you check with your dietician and physician before making any dietary changes if you have any serious health conditions.

In a nutshell…

Alkalinity can help you preserve muscle mass. It’s true! By consuming more alkaline foods (like fruits and vegetables) and less acidic foods (like grains and meat for example), your body will thank you by hanging onto your hard-earned muscle.

But what foods constitute as alkaline? This is a bit trickier to decipher. Some say lemons and apple cider vinegar are acidic while others say they metabolize as alkaline. Who is correct? Both! Some people metabolize certain mildly acidic foods into alkaline substances while others ingest it as an acid. Once again, we are all different, and so some may choose to steer clear of lemon juice while others will add it to their morning cup of water. There are some black and white cases, as well as some gray areas, but I believe moderation is the key to life, so if you’re attempting to adopt a more conscientiously healthy diet, then you’re already a winner!

It can help you look younger! By avoiding sugars and processed carbohydrates (that break down into simple sugars) and eating fresh produce high in antioxidants, like vitamin C, you will help rebuild and repair any collagen damage that has occurred from those evil simple sugars. The big, bad sugars help break down that youthful collagen, causing the dreaded sagging look that we can’t bear to see, while the good guys (think red bell peppers, lemons, etc.) help keep those fibers strong, thus helping you to keep looking 29 (wink, wink).

It could help you lose weight, but only if you don’t overdo it! Like I said before, I’m not touting this way of eating as a weight-loss mecca. I’m supporting the balance of the pH system in the body. When your body is close to this ideal 7ish on the pH scale, then your body is set to run as optimally and healthy as possible. If you start overeating even healthy foods and not expending enough energy, you will gain weight. So don’t go eating five avocados now. Portion and moderation are key. Because you’ll be feeding your body exactly what it needs, chances are you’ll feel more than satisfied, and won’t desire extra calories or cheat meals. Thus, the possibility of weight loss.

This is such a teeny-tiny introduction into the world of acid and alkaline foods. I encourage you to pick up some great books on the subject to further increase your knowledge and fuel your curiosity. You’ve got nothing to lose! Happy eating!


Crystal Manjarres is the owner of One-On-One Fitness, a private personal training and Pilates studio for men and women on Marco Island. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Stott Pilates certified instructor. Her focus is “empowering men and women of all shapes and sizes”. To send in a question, email She can also be reached at or and 239-333-5771.


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