If you consume a Standard American Diet (SAD), lacking in vitamins and minerals, which are found abundantly in alkaline foods like raw fruit and vegetables, then your diet is likely too acidic for good health.
When the body is in an acidic state, it becomes diseased and distressed. Human life, like all life on Earth, depends on appropriate pH levels to ensure wellness and survival. That pH level sits around 7.4 – a range thats slightly more alkaline than acidic.
Eating foods that are more alkaline can help buffer the acid from a highly acidic diet. Most grains, dairy products, meats, seeds, legumes and nuts are acidic (with seeds, nuts and legumes being considerably less acidic than animal-based products). Foods in their raw form are also more alkaline than acidic in nature, as they have not been modified by heat to change the way nature (our bodies) recognize them (aka. the enzymes are not denatured in raw form, and so our bodies have a better time recognizing and processing them, than with cooked food, where it may see it as a potential threat, and thus increase inflammation and acidic levels in the blood).
Processed foods, soda, and junk food is also a big no-no when trying to heal and alkalize the body. Consuming these acidic foods actually strips our bones, tissues and cells of crucial minerals in order to buffer the acidity and do its best at keeping our bodies in that preferable pH range of 7.4. Most individuals in fact have a pH range that dips slightly acidic, which provides the perfect breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria and viruses, and DNA mutations. Heart disease, stroke, cancer, skin disorders, auto-immune conditions, allergies – the list goes on. All of these conditions are often caused by a diet that is lacking in fresh plant foods and higher in foods that cause an acidic state.
With that being said, consuming more alkaline foods will help shift an acidic body into one that is more alkaline. Substitute these foods for other less-healthy options in your day-to-day routine and notice the difference it’ll make on your body.
When it comes to leafy greens, their alkalizing potential is outstanding. The alkaline-forming minerals found in kale like calcium and magnesium make kale one of the most mineral dense greens out there! The chlorophyll component in kale also makes it an amazing alkalizer!
Although it might seem that citrus fruit would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalizing effect once metabolized. Lemons are a great source of alkaline minerals like potassium, magnesium and sodium.
At a pH level of 9.0, watermelons are very alkaline. It contains a high fibre content, as well as plenty of water. It is also a mild diuretic, so it can help flush out acidic waste matter. Doing a week-long fast on watermelon only is one of the best cleanses you could do for your body!
Composed of 95% water, cucumbers help hydrate and alkalize the body. They’re packed with minerals like potassium, manganese, magnesium, and molybdenum, which buffer any acids in the body. The skin of the cucumber contains most of the alkaline-containing elements, so be sure to include it when eating them!
Broccoli is a great example of an alkaline-forming food. They contain vitamins C, K, and A, as well as minerals like manganese, potassium, iron and protein. They also contain sulforaphane, which is a great cancer-fighting compound!
This popular herb is wonderful juiced or chopped up in a salad. They have a pH of 8.5, and are great at cleansing the kidneys. It is one of the best toxin and “dirt sweepers” when it comes to clearing the intestines.
I love sprouts! Sprouting anything from alfalfa seeds to broccoli seeds (or even sunflower seeds) will do the body wonders. They are nature’s wonder food, rich in essential alkaline minerals, as well as being one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet.
This alkaline staple should definitely be included in any diet. It contains high levels of vitamin C, which reduces cholesterol and fights inflammation. They’re also a natural diuretic, so they help flush any excess sodium in the body as well as any acidic wastes.
Other Foods To Include In An Alkaline Diet
Aside from the above, there are many other alkaline foods that provide the body with a host of alkalizing vitamins and minerals. Check out the list below!
– Barley grass
– Wheat grass
– Beet greens
– Sea vegetables (kelp, dulse, etc.)
– Green beans
– Mustard greens
– Red onion
– Brussels sprouts
– New baby potatoes
– Green peas
– Sweet potatoes
– Fresh coconut (flesh and water)
– Fresh dates
– Sweet cherries
– Sour cherries
– Honeydew Melon
Alkalizing Nuts & Seeds
*Make to sure soak and sprout before using
– Chia seeds (don’t need soaking and sprouting)
– Flax seeds (don’t need soaking and sprouting)
– Hemp seeds (don’t need soaking and sprouting)
– Pumpkin seeds
– Sunflower seeds
– Brazil nuts
– Pecan nuts
– Hazel nuts
Alkalizing Green Powders
Alkalizing Spices & Herbs
Alkalizing Pseudo-Grains & Beans:
*Be sure to soak and sprout before using
– Wild rice
– Butter beans
– Black beans
– Navy beans
– White beans
– Mung beans
– Apple cider vinegar
– Green juice
– Coconut water