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Mark Consuelos defends Kelly Ripa's controversial bikini picture

By Leah Groth ; Updated April 03, 2018

Kelly Ripa was recently trolled online for looking too “sexy” wearing a bikini at 47 years old, and her husband, Mark Consuelos, immediately came to her defense.

Consuelos points out that his hot wife’s fantastic physique is the result of her dedication to a healthy diet as well as an intense exercise routine.

“She works extremely hard in her professional life, and her commitment to exercise [and] healthy diet is admirable, and the benefits show. Yes, she’s wearing a bikini at age 47 and will no doubt wear one for many years to come,” he clapped back at Ripa’s ridiculous trolls on Instagram. Tell ’em, Mark!

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The “admirable healthy diet” Consuelos is referring to is the alkaline diet, which Ripa claims changed her life.

Proponents of the alkaline diet believe highly acidic foods — usually with a pH between 0 and 7 — such as sugar, caffeine, animal protein and any processed foods — throw off the body’s balance, leading it to become overly acidic (humans have a blood pH around 7.35).

While supporters of the diet claim it can do everything from help prevent cancer to ease physical pain (something Ripa herself has touted), few are actually backed by science, so it’s debatable what its exact benefits are.

Unlike strict adherents of the diet, Kelly’s version isn’t quite as restrictive, as she allows herself to indulge in some of her guilty pleasures. “I like to drink coffee. I occasionally will have fish. The alkaline diet is primarily a vegan diet, but I like cream in my coffee. I like to have a glass of wine,” she told People. “So I don't adhere to it strictly, but when I do a cleanse, it will be seven days, and then I go back to my normal life. But my normal life is not that different than the alkaline cleanse.”

Keep in mind that before trying any diet, such as the high alkaline, it’s always a good idea to first consult your physician. And, Kelly, keep rocking that bikini into your 50s and beyond!

Read more: How to Boldly Age in the Instagram Era

What Do YOU Think?

Have you ever tried the alkaline diet like Kelly Ripa? Why or why didn’t you like it? Were you surprised the talk-show host was shamed for wearing a bikini at 47?

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