10 Most Alkaline Foods You Should Include In Your Healthy Lifestyle
You’ve probably heard that foods are either acidic or alkaline. But what you might not know is that many of us eat more acidic foods than we do alkaline. This can create problems with our Ph balancing system, sending it out of whack so that we don’t feel 100%. When we don’t alkalise our body properly via our diet, symptoms can arise, and they include indigestion and fatigue.
Alkaline needs to dominate your system, but it can only do this if you eat the right foods. Let’s take a look at the 10 most alkaline foods you should include as part of your health lifestyle.
If there is one (minor) downside to chomping on asparagus, it’s that it makes your urine smell funny. But this is just a mere complaint sided against all the many wonderful benefits it brings.
Asparagus has a very high Ph level – 8.5 in fact, which makes it a bit of a beast of the alkaline world. Eating more of it is the best way of balancing out your Ph levels, ensuring that the villainous acid is not allowed to run riot in your system.
Gosh darn you, acid! You’re not gonna win this time!
Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, are rich in minerals, vitamins, phyto-chemicals and antioxidants.
Spinach is particularly amazing, and has a total Ph of 9.0. Kale, meanwhile, has a cooked Ph of 6.8. That’s still pretty good! Both are ideal for getting more alkaline into your body, though the amount of minerals and vitamins they have varies.
Spinach, for example, is rich in folate, vitamin K, iron and fibre, while kale is rich in antioxidants and can reduce bad cholesterol levels, fight cancer and cleanse your body.
Garlic is a proper miracle food that dieticians, health experts and nutritionists agree you should try to eat each day. And when you think about how a pinch of garlic compliments so many dishes, this is actually easier than you might have thought. It can be added to curries, pasta, soups … pretty much anything you can think of!
It’s ideal for alkalising your body, but as well as this it also boosts you immunity, reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, lowers blood pressure and aids your overworked liver.
Celery is both alkaline and watery, and is therefore perfect for restoring your Ph levels and hydrating your system. It’s ideal for flushing out your system, too, and is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is very beneficial because it does battle with some of the more common health problems, such as a weakened immune system.
There is one caveat to celery though, which is that some people are allergic to it. If you think there is a chance you have an allergy to celery, consult your doctor before taking a bite. Breaking out in anaphylactic shock is not worth it for the sake of a bit more alkaline!
Avocado is a great choice of alkaline food if you’re looking to get healthier. It’s super easy to prepare can be added to a variety of meals, light lunches and sandwiches. You could even blend it and add to a tasty smoothie!
People point out that avocado has a high fat content, which it does. But it’s high in good fats, such as omega 9, which your body needs if it’s too fight off all that acid. Avocado can also lower bad cholesterol levels, and it looks after your heart, too.
Vitamins and minerals that it contains include fibre, potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin B6.
Like celery, watermelon is very watery. It’s also high in essential vitamins and minerals, and has an incredibly Ph level of 9.0. As such, it’s ideal for cleansing out your system and restoring your Ph levels so that you feel awesome everyday.
Broccoli is a tough one because it’s one of those greens that not too many people like the taste of. We eat it largely because we know it’s good for us – and, boy, is it good for us!
Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, one that you should try to include in at least three of your weekly meals. It’s rich in alkaline, and can boost your energy, improve your digestion, prevent cancer, and flush toxins out of your system.
As well as the minerals and vitamins it contains, it also has anti-inflammatory agents. You can add it to salads and soups, or blend it and add it to a green smoothie.
The exotic-looking bell power is a bit of a super power. But not only is it amazingly alkaline, it’s also delicious and comes with a crunch. It’s a star.
Bell peppers are rich in a rather astonishing amount of antioxidants that include carotenoids, flavonoids and cinnamic acid.
You will also find carotenoids in carrots, but the bell pepper is your best source for them because it contains a whopping THIRTY different types!
Cucumber was pretty much the only green I’d eat as a child. My mom always said, “Well, at least she’s eating something healthy.”
Cucumber is a popular choice with those of us who aren’t too keen on eating whole vegetables. It’s 95% water, which means that it’s the perfect way to battle dehydration. It’s also a great energy booster, and I recommend adding it to smoothies if you really can’t stomach whole veggies.
Cucumber contains antioxidants, most of which are lignans that lower your risk of developing heart disease and cancer. Vitamins and minerals it contains include potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium and zinc.
Everyone knows that the banana USP is its high potassium content, but it’s also a very alkaline food that is dense in all kinds of essential vitamins and minerals.
However, you should always aim to eat ripe bananas as these are more alkaline than unripe ones, which are too acidic.
Stay happy and healthy!