How healthy is your diet? Well, unfortunately, if you eat a typical American diet, it will mostly consist of toxic fried foods, processed sugars and artificial additives.
Along with the lack of sleep, stress and pharmaceutical drugs that today’s society have learnt to live with, it’s not surprising that the disease diagnosis rate is increasing on a daily basis.
To live a healthy lifestyle, it is important to maintain a proper pH balance, which can be achieved through eating alkaline foods which are rich in both acid and alkaline-forming elements. Eating too many of either can lead to major health complications and not eating enough can result in the body drawing from its own stores, mainly the bones and other vital tissues, damaging the body beyond repair. Alkaline foods help balance the acidic foods, so getting the right amount of alkaline-based foods is vital for a healthy, vibrant life.
Here are the top 6 alkaline foods you should be incorporating into your diet on a daily basis:
Although it may seem acidic, lemons are actually very high in alkaline. They have a pH level of 9.0 and are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and electrolytes. Squeeze into your water for an added boost or marinate a chicken breast in a homemade lemon sauce.
Apples contain a wide variety of minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals which help to maintain the body and its immune system working optimally. Apples have a pH level of 8.0 and can be eaten raw, or baked into a crumble!
3. Root Vegetables
Beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips – the list goes on. Root vegetables have an extremely high mineral content and can be steamed, roasted or eaten raw to ensure you are getting the goodness from these healthy foods.
4. Alfalfa Sprouts
Sprouts, although many people’s least favourite Christmas food, actually contain a very high alkaline count and are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals. Whilst most often eaten at Christmas, if you grow your own, you can have them to hand all year round.
5. Leafy Greens
Kale, swiss chard, collard greens and spinach are some examples of leafy greens which will give you nutrients such as vitamin K, folate, phytochemicals, antioxidants and fibre. Lightly steamed, added to a salad or blended into your morning smoothie – there are plenty of ways to get the goodness of leafy greens into your diet.
A very high alkalizing food, watermelon has a pH of 9.0 and is also an excellent source of fibre, beta-carotene, vitamin C and lycopene. With 92% water, it can also have a variety of other health benefits that you can gain from eating this delicious fruit.
By Valerie S.
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