The Alkaline Diet 101
Let’s start with the premise behind the alkaline diet. The opposite of alkalinity is acidity. The American diet is filled with highly acidic foods such as meats and refined carbohydrates. Too many acidic foods cause inflammation and leave the body vulnerable to disease. Signs of an acidic body include fatigue, gum and teeth problems, premature aging, and an impaired immune system.
To be clear, whether or not a food is acidic or alkaline has more to do with how your body reacts to it, rather than the actual acid contained in the food itself. For example, lemons are actually very alkaline and are excellent consumed raw.
What’s blood got to do with it?
Our blood pH (the balance of acid and alkaline) should be between 7.35 and 7.45. A pH that slides too far alkaline or too far acidic is asking for trouble. Maintaining a healthy pH level by eating the right foods, ensures better health.
Eat these alkaline foods for better health
Not surprisingly, many alkaline foods are vegetables known for their cancer-fighting properties. These include:
● raw spinach
● brussel sprouts
● alfalfa grass
● raw broccoli
● red cabbage
● raw celery
● raw zucchini
● raw green beans
● most lettuce
● raw eggplant
● raw peas
● alfalfa sprouts
Notice that many of these stipulate that the vegetables should be consumed raw. This is because most foods become more acidic when they are cooked.
Many fruits are considered alkaline as well. Some of the most alkalizing fruits include:
Other healthy alkalizing foods to include in the diet are:
● olive oil
● borage oil
● sprouted grains
● wild rice
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