She Eats an Alkaline Diet
Ripa swears by a seven-day alkaline diet cleanse to help get her body in tip-top shape. The alkaline diet is based on the idea that the foods you eat can affect the acidity or alkalinity (the pH value) of your body.
“It’s a very manageable cleanse. It’s very manageable,” Ripa told People. “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.”
According to the acid-ash theory, acidic foods make you more vulnerable to inflammation, illness, and disease, while alkaline ash is considered “protective” and improves your health.
Essentially the diet centers heavily around fruits and vegetables, rather than meat, grains, and processed foods.
Top alkaline foods include garlic, beets, avocado, almonds, tomatoes, and pumpkin seeds, while acidic foods to avoid include potatoes, butter, beef, pork, and white pasta and bread.
Though Ripa does a seven-day cleanse to jump-start her bod, she says that her regular diet doesn’t stray too far from an alkaline one anyway.
“My normal life…is not that different than the alkaline cleanse,” she said.