What Are Alkalising Foods?
Fri, 2016-07-15

The pH scale measures how acidic or alkalizing a substance is. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of higher than 7 is alkalizing (also called basic). A pH less than 7 is acidic and a pH of 7 is considered neutral.

In order for our bodies to maintain the best living environment, the optimal level of pH required is close to 7.4. This is at a slightly alkalizing state. Although, 7.36 to 7.44 is also an acceptable range.

Our body contains alkaline reserves and can re-balance any deviations of fluctuating levels but they are limited (bone or vital tissues). So if the body isn’t in the specific range mentioned above, the blood cannot absorb enough oxygen, leading to many undesirable health conditions. In other terms, when your body is highly oxygenated, it will be disease and cancer-free.

In fact, deviations too far in being either "over alkalized" or "too acidic" can be harmful. However, typically due to the average diet most individuals are overly acidic and are not concerned or aware of the importance of alkalizing. Really, a balance of these two ends of spectrum (alkalizing and acidic) is key!

Therefore, it is very important to eat the right kinds of foods which are alkalizing. It is important to avoid acidic food, but the key is to focus on getting the good in rather than focusing on elimination the bad first.

The most alkalizing food are fresh vegetables and fruits; here are a few examples:

-       Lemon: start your day with a warm glass of water and juice of half a lemon.

-       Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, swiss chard that are highly rich in vitamin K, vitamins and minerals.

-       Peppers: cayenne pepper in particular

-       Celery and cucumber: 95% of cucumber is water and both vegetables are rich in antioxidants.

-       Garlic: also has the power to fight disease and promote immune health.

-       Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussel spouts

-       Avocado: apart of being a powerful alkaline, nutrient-dense superfood; let us not forget its ability to lower total cholesterol levels by increasing HDL (“good cholesterol”) and decreasing LDL (“bad cholesterol”).

 

We will not be mentioning the acidic food but the small diagram included can give you an idea. 

Remember to focus on adding the alkalizing foods listed above to your diet and this will automatically modify your eating habits and keep you away from acidic foods.

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