Eat Alkaline Foods for Better Health
By Joanne Aponte, ND • November 28, 2018
Alkaline foods boost your immune system, reduce inflammation and are chock full of anti-aging anti-oxidants. Many of our diets are too high in acidic foods and are not balanced with the health promoting alkaline foods. One thing you can do to promote better health is to make sure you are eating plenty of alkaline foods each day. At least half your plate should consist of alkaline forming foods.
Alkaline forming foods include: Fruit (most), Vegetables (most), Lentils, Spices/Herbs, Nuts and Seeds (pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, almonds, cashews) shiitake mushrooms, sea vegetables
Acid forming foods include: Meat, Fish, Poultry, Eggs, Grains, Beans, Alcohol, Sugar
It’s not that acid forming foods are bad for us, it’s just that we eat too many! Eat more of the alkaline foods and less of the acidic foods to keep your body in better balance and health.
What is the problem with an acidic diet?
When the cells of the body become acidic, their function is compromised and this can lead to fatigue, susceptibility to illness, inflammation, body pain and chronic illnesses. These excess acids in the body deplete essential mineral such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. Losing minerals and build up of acids can lead to decreased function of your cells and tissues. The end result is that your cells don’t work quite as well, meaning your organs do not work quite as well. To compensate for the imbalance, the body has to work harder to maintain equilibrium and there is less energy to handle stress and fight illness.
10 Ways to create a more alkaline body
- Fill at least 1/2 your plate with alkaline forming foods.
- Eat 2 servings of fruit per day (focus on berries)
- Add lemon or lime to water and drink green tea
- Add spices liberally to your cooking (basil, turmeric, oregano, rosemary)
- Drink 1-2 tsp of apple cider vinegar per day or use it to make salad dressings.
- Eat pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and almonds
- Have lentils as the protein in your meal a couple times per week
- Eat sea vegetables such as sea weed snacks, nori sheets and sushi
- Use good fats and oils – olive oil, coconut oil, whole avocado and avocado oil, flax oil (add to smoothies and for salad dressings)
- Eat miso soup as a dinner appetizer
Here is a list of the most alkaline foods to include in your diet.
Cucumber Rutabaga Garlic Eggplant
Sea vegetables Asparagus Kale Spirulina (algae)
Fermented veggies Kohlrabi Sprouts Watercress
Lettuces (all types) Squashes Beets Mushrooms
Alfalfa grass Broccoli Mustard greens Barley grass
Brussels sprouts Novia Scotia duke Wheat grass Cabbage
Dandelion greens Wild greens Edible flowers Cauliflower
Onions Celery Parsnips Chard
Chlorella (algae) Peppers Collard greens Pumpkin
Dulce Maitake mushroom Daikon radish Burdock root
Shiitake mushroom Kombu Reishi mushroom Nori
Umeboshi Wakame Other sea vegetables
Apple Apricot Avocado Banana
Blackberry Blueberry Cantaloupe Cherries, Currants
Dates, Figs Grapes Grapefruit, Lime Honeydew melon
Nectarine Orange, Lemon Peach Pear
Raspberry Strawberry Tangerine Tropical fruits
Free-range eggs Whey protein powder Organic yogurt Almonds
Chestnuts Tofu (fermented) Flax seeds Pumpkin seeds
Tempeh (fermented) Sesame seeds Sunflower seeds
Sprouted seeds Cashews Lentils
FATS AND OILS
Avocado oil Coconut oil Olive oil Flax oil
Cod liver oil Primrose oil
Whole oats Quinoa Wild rice Japonica rice
Apple cider vinegar Bee Pollen Lecithin granules Dairy-free probiotic
Vegetable juices Fresh fruit juice Mineral water Purified water
Green tea Most herbal tea Dandelion tea
Kombucha Ginger root tea
Stevia Sucanat Rice syrup Molasses
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.