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Dr. Oz: Use alkaline diet to reduce disease risk, fuel rapid weight loss

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If you choose the wrong foods regularly, your body might be battling a toxic acid overload, according to Dr. Mehmet Oz. He explained how to use an alkaline diet to reduce the risk of diabetes and fuel rapid weight loss on his show today.

Foods that promote acid include dairy, meats, poultry and refined carbohydrates. In contrast, foods that result in alkaline compounds in your body include fruits and vegetables, explained Dr. Oz's guest expert Ashley Koff, author of "Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged" and "Recipes for IBS: Great-Tasting Recipes and Tips Customized for Your Symptoms."

In addition to fresh produce, gluten-free grains such as quinoa and spices are alkaline. For your protein, choose tofu and fish such as salmon. And don't overlook the importance of beverages. Water with lemon or lime, a green juice or cinnamon tea can help neutralize acid foods.

You can learn more about the diet, including a list of foods to avoid and to include, and how to use it to promote weight loss in "The pH Balance Diet: Restore Your Acid-Alkaline Levels to Eliminate Toxins and Lose Weight" (click for more information).

If you think that the alkaline diet sounds familiar, there's a reason: Celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow have credited the plan for helping them shed pounds, detoxify their bodies and stay healthy. Victoria recently tweeted her praise for the "Honestly Healthy" cookbook and alkaline diet guide: "Eating the Alkaline Way: Recipes for a Well-Balanced Honestly Healthy Lifestyle."

In addition, the "Honestly Healthy" authors have created the book "Honestly Healthy for Life: Eating the Alkaline Way Every Day" (click for details).

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