(NOTE: I tried to write a different blog post. This one has been bubbling up for a while now. I try not to rant on my blog. I believe this is only the second time I’ve ever done it. So you have been warned.)
For the last ten days I’ve been taking an online workshop about an alkaline keto diet.
I know, I know.
Alkaline diets probably don’t actually work. The alkaline diet proponents claim that the body behaves in a certain way in order to maintain the body’s alkalinity. However, they’re actually wrong. The body doesn’t work the way that they claim. Also, measuring the acidity of your urine isn’t a good way to test, as it probably doesn’t actually measure how alkaline your body is.
But. BUT.
While I am all for science, I’m afraid science isn’t always all for me.
For example, what causes night sweats? What is the actual metabolic process?
That, my friends, is the sound of crickets coming from the scientific community.
NOBODY KNOWS. It’s never been studied.
If you have a doctor who tells you that your night sweats are due to dehydration, he’s talking out his ass. THEY DO NOT KNOW.
There is ONE, singular, menopause clinic in the US, that specializes in peri- and post-menopausal women. One. And it came into existence in 2017.
(When the woman was setting it up in her hospital, she kept telling the board that she needed more staff. They didn’t listen. There’s now a six to eight month waiting list for an appointment.)
Did you know that your current Ob/Gyn isn’t required to study hormones or menopause? It’s only required as part of the curriculum for less than 10% of medical schools.
So again, it’s possibly that the alkaline keto diet is a fad and doesn’t work. I believe it’s possible that most of the people who go on this type of alkaline diet are getting healthy because they’ve stopped eating processed foods and crap.
That doesn’t explain the women (and again, it’s only women, and who counts them?) who have tried a keto diet, but who didn’t really see their peri- or post-menopausal symptoms diminish until they changed over to an alkaline diet. (How does it differ from my current diet? Same amount of veggies, less nuts and protein.)
It possibly has nothing to do with acidity, but with some combination of the macro and micro nutrients they’re getting from that diet.
I don’t know.
And neither do you.