The Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host said Thursday on the show that an anti-acid diet is “responsible for me not being in pain. Yes. It has changed my life, it’s changed the whole way I think about food.”
Ripa, 44, went on to explain her work with Dr. Daryl Gioffre, a chiropractor and nutritionist in Manhattan.
“It’s a very manageable cleanse. It’s very manageable,” Ripa said of the high-alkaline diet. “You’re not hungry. It’s not like … people go, ‘What are you eating? You’re just drinking, you know, a green juice a day?’ No, it’s not like that. You eat. I actually eat much more on this cleanse than I do in my actual life, but it’s what you eat and how you eat it.”
Ripa said she’s in physical therapy for “strange injuries,” but that the cleanse that has helped with pain management.
The talk show host also admitted that she cheats a little with a high-acid cup of joe: “I’m still drinking coffee, even though I lied and told him I wasn’t.”
So what is it? And does it actually work?
Proponents of this diet suggest that replacing acid-forming foods with alkaline foods can improve health.
Claims as to the benefits of an alkaline diet are not new. Pioneered by an American biologist Dr Robert Young, the theory is that the digestive process causes foods to become either alkaline or acidic, as measured by their pH levels. The results are sometimes counter-intuitive: dairy for example becomes highly acidic when digested while lemons become alkaline..
Fans of alkaline eating maintain that while alkaline forming foods help the body maintain healthy pH levels, too much acidity does the opposite; and that sticking to an alkaline diet can help with weight loss and bloating as well as improving digestion, skin tone and mood. An acid based diet is blamed for diseases such as osteoporosis, heart problems, back pain and kidney stones.