Extract By ERICA TEMPESTA FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 12:12 GMT, 11 May 2015 | UPDATED: 18:45 GMT, 11 May 2015
FEMAIL tries Elle Macpherson's daily urine tests for five days to see if her much-loved pH balance strips really can help to achieve an alkaline balance - and a healthier life
- One Femail reporter spent five days testing her urine to monitor whether her body was more acidic, or more alkaline
- Elle, 51, recently revealed that she carries a pH balance urine tester kit with her wherever she goes to ensure her body is always alkaline
- The model credits her unbelievable appearance to a strict alkaline diet, because she believes 'most ailments come from having an acidic body'
- Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Chris Hemsworth are also believed to be devotees of the controversial diet
When 51-year-old Elle Macpherson revealed that her secret behind her age-defying appearance was carrying around a pH balance urine tester kit, many were left in disbelief. Was the key to mimicking the supermodel's seemingly eternal youth, and her enviably trim and toned abs, really just a few urine samples away?
After Elle candidly told the Evening Standard last month that she totes around a pack of urine strips to check if she is an 'alkaline state' - because she believes 'most ailments come from having an acidic body' - the Femail team was determined to see whether this was just another bizarre celebrity beauty ritual or an accessible way to keep your body perfectly balanced, as the ageless supermodel suggests.
The body's pH value tells you how acidic or alkaline your body is - and let's just say hitting the highly-coveted alkaline state is not as easy as you might think.
Elle claims to have been following a strict alkaline diet for years, meaning 80 per cent of the food she consumes is alkaline-forming and the other 20 per cent is acidic.
'For me that meant one espresso in the morning, not three, only one protein meal a day, no red meat, lots of vegetables, particularly greens, and plenty of still water – I haven’t drunk alcohol for 11 years,' she told the Mail on Sunday in an interview last year.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Chris Hemsworth are also reportedly devotees of the controversial diet, which was introduced a decade ago by Dr Robert Young, an American 'world expert' on nutrition.
According to his theories, everyday issues, including tiredness, weight gain and acne, are the result of an acidic diet - and Dr Young even goes as far as to suggest serious illnesses such as osteoporosis, heart disease and cancer are caused by too much acid in the blood.
Holistic websites also tout an alkaline diet as one of the most natural ways to prevent and treat dreaded urinary tract infections. As someone who suffered from terrible UTIs when I was younger, I like the idea of preventing them with my diet. However, if one should arise, I don't care what anyone says, I am opting for the antibiotics.
While I will be the first to admit that my daily diet is often anything but healthy, I did still query whether that would really and truly be reflected in my urine.
When I first embarked on my pH balance adventures, quick research revealed that most fruits and vegetables are alkalizing, while almonds, chestnuts, sunflower seeds and tofu are considered alkalizing sources of protein; herbs and spices, including cinnamon, curry and ginger would also allegedly help me reach that ideal alkaline state.
Unfortunately, very few of these things were actually already included in my daily diet.
Although I was thrilled to learn that apple cider vinegar, bee pollen and probiotic cultures were also alkaline approved, I soon realized that meat, dairy, beans, coffee, alcohol and basically everything else I consume on a daily basis are considered acidic poison and must be avoided at all costs.
It was unclear what brand of pH test strips Elle carries around in her designer handbags, so after coming up empty handed at multiple New York City pharmacies, I placed an overnight Amazon order for HealthyWiser's 100 pack of pH test strips for saliva and urine.
And, for the sake of my personal experiment, I planned on adjusting my diet to make my urine as acidic as possible before I tried to go alkaline, in order to see exactly what impact different diets would really have on the test results.
What's great about the strips is that they essentially make urination fun; two of my co-workers asked if they take a few before they went to the bathroom out of their sheer curiosity.
And it definitely gives you motivation to make healthier choices because the strips allow you to quite literally see the results of your diet within seconds. I will definitely use them again, and since I've always dreamed of being a supermodel, I will continue to carry them in my purse - just like Elle.
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