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The Utmost Alkaline Foods

The Utmost Alkaline Foods

Alkalinity In The Body

When a person eats the body breaks down the food as fuel. The food we metabolize or burn turns into an ash residue. This ash residue can be neutral, acidic, or alkaline, based on certain minerals found in the food. According to modern biochemistry, it is not the organic matter of foods that leave acid or alkaline residues in the body. The inorganic matter (sulphur, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium) determines the acidity or alkalinity of the body fluids. Food comparatively rich in acid forming elements are acid forming foods; those comparatively rich in alkaline forming elements are alkaline forming foods.  The pH in your blood is usually near 7.4, which can ultimately depend on your diet. The food you consume should consist of at least 70 to 80 percent basic foods and at least half that should be in their raw form. Following that at least 20 to 30 percent remaining in acidifying foods.

Root vegetables

Due to the healing “yang” nature of these foods in traditional Chinese medicine, and their tendency to be more rich in minerals than many other vegetables, it may be safe to say that you can’t get enough of them. Look for radishes especially (black, red or white), as well as beets, carrots, turnips, horseradish and rutabaga. Ready to eat after steaming for just 15-20 minutes, root vegetables will help you feel both satiated and better grounded.

Cruciferous vegetables

These are the veggies we all know and love, made even more delicious with just a small amount of healthy, homemade sauce like pesto. Choose from broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and the like.

Leafy greens

These include kale, Swiss chard, turnip greens and spinach – of which spinach may in fact be the best pick. Known especially for its rich vitamin K and folate content, spinach is also packed with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber, helping to improve digestion and even vision.

Garlic

A true miracle food, garlic appears at the top of innumerable lists of foods that encourage overall health, and alkaline-forming food is no exception. Among its other benefits are its ability to promote cardiovascular and immune health by lowering blood pressure, cleansing the liver and fighting off disease.

Cayenne peppers (capsicum)

As part of a family of potent, tropical peppers which contain enzymes essential to endocrine function, cayenne is among the most alkalizing foods. It is known for its antibacterial properties and is a rich supply of vitamin A, making it a helpful agent in fighting off the harmful free radicals that lead to stress and illness.

Lemons

Lemons may be the most alkalizing food of all. As a natural disinfectant, it can heal wounds while also providing potent and immediate relief for hyperacidity and virus-related conditions, as well as coughs, colds, flu and heartburn. Lemon also works to energize the liver and promote detoxification.

Sources:

Herman Aihara. (13 Jan. 2017). “Acid-Alkaline Forming Foods.” Acid Alkaline, pp. 1–3., Web.

Unknown Author. (13 Jan. 2017). “Top Six Alkaline Foods to Eat Every Day for Vibrant Health.” NaturalNews, Web.

Healthy Living,

Jaclyn Rae


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