What’s Your Type?
To determine an individual’s unique biochemical blueprint so he or she can formulate a customized neutral pH diet, Kuhl recommends athletes connect with a metabolic typing advisor, who can perform a number of tests to determine their type. “You want to work with someone who understands this kind of nutrition,” she advised.
Another option: Do a little research. Kuhl recommends starting with a metabolic typing book by William Wolcott called “The Metabolic Typing Diet.”
“It gives a really good background into this kind of nutrition and emphasizes how important it is to eat in a way that’s suitable for your specific biochemistry,” she said. “There’s a basic questionnaire you can fill out, and it’ll point you in the right direction. It wouldn’t be as accurate as doing a clinical assessment, but it’s going to give you some good insights.
“It’s more complicated than choosing the right foods,” Kuhl said. “You have to know your type.”
Though each person’s nutritional needs are unique, various foods do leave behind an acidic, alkaline or neutral residue in the body, said nutrition experts Nicole Kuhl and Lisa Suriano. The goal, generally, is to keep your shopping list balanced, leaning toward the alkaline side. Following are some acid, alkaline and neutral ash-producing foods:
Grains, beans, legumes, dairy, animal proteins, fats and oils, sugars and sweeteners, coffee, vinegar, alcohol and some nuts.
Vegetables, fruits (including citrus), plant-based protein, minerals, herbs and spices.
Coconut water, coconut meat, coconut oil.
This piece first appeared in the April 2012 issue of Competitor magazine.