The idea behind the alkaline die is that your food pH can affect the pH levels in the body fluids. Your pH level, in turn, affects your overall health and well-being. A person can be too alkaline or too acidic, so a balance is the key. Our fast food diets lean toward being very acidic and can create an inner atmosphere for inflammation and body aches. This is why mom’s insist that you eat your veggies!
What does pH level mean?
pH stands for Potential of Hydrogen. It refers to the hydrogen ion concentration in a solution. It is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. The pH value ranges from 0 to 14 on a pH scale.
When you eat something and digest it, your body doesn’t absorb everything. You produce what is called “metabolic waste”, or as proponents of the alkaline diet plan call it, “ash”. If you eat high acid foods, the ash will be acidic. If you eat high alkaline foods, the ash will be alkaline.
Scientists do agree that it’s very important to maintain the relatively alkaline of our blood at 7.365-7.4. The acid-ash diet theory believes that you can better manage your blood pH levels through an alkaline diet. The body works hard to maintain this blood pH at all costs.
There are lots other benefits of having an alkaline body. The diet rich in green vegetables and other alkaline foods can help you shed some pounds, improve energy levels, and prevent diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis, and diabetes. It also recommends alkaline foods for their cancer-busting properties. As people are unique, please see what works for you best.
The study of this is well worth the read. Our best vitamins and minerals can come from organic grown foods, and may also be behind the success of diets rich in alkaline foods.
Here are seven vegetables with remarkable properties and are high alkaline foods.
Leafy greens should be eaten in abundance. Baby or fully grown spinach are nutritional powerhouses and are incredibly alkaline. Spinach is rich in chlorophyll, a potent alkalizer and blood builder. It is also super high in vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin c, vitamin b2, calcium, potassium, vitamin e, dietary fiber.
Kale is widely known for its cancer-fighting, cholesterol-lowering, antioxidant-rich, detoxifying goodness. It was less popular than spinach, because it has a history of being cooked poorly, like cabbage. When prepared right it is delicious. Steamed kale is more effective for cholesterol lowering than raw.
Like spinach it is high in vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C and being green it also has a huge Chlorophyll content. Kale is so powerful against the cancer fight is that kale contains at least four Glucosinolates; which are really easily converted by the body into cancer fighting compounds.
The antioxidant superpower, bell pepper is sweet, crunchy and refreshingly delicious. You can use it in almost any meal raw, grilled, fried, roasted and it is always a winner. Bell peppers contain over 30 different members of the carotenoid nutrient family. The only other food that is close to this is Tomato.
Bell peppers have shown up in research relating to decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, macular degeneration, cancer, inflammation and more.
Alongside these lesser known or more complex-named antioxidants, bell pepper is one of, if not the best food source of the more common antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E. In fact, bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as oranges.
Bell pepper contains these antioxidants, Flavonoids ( luteolin, quercetin, hesperidin), Carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin) and Hydroxycinnamic Acids (ferulic acid, cinnamic acid)
Cucumber has a wealth of water content at 95%. It an incredibly hydrating food to consume, that also contains superb amounts of antioxidants, including the super-important lignans. Cucumbers contain highly beneficial polyphenols which have more commonly been associated with the cruciferous vegetables.
Cucumbers contain a healthy content of lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol , three lignans that have a huge and very strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
The best thing about cucumber is that they provide the base for practically every alkaline soup, smoothie and juice which give you a very alkaline, very nutritious base that also tastes great. In terms of the nutrient RDA per serve, cucumbers contain fair amounts of vitamins K and C, and slightly less of vitamin A and the B vitamins. Cucumbers also contain the following alkaline minerals: calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, iron and zinc.
Celery, like cucumber is a favorite because it’s alkaline and high water content, so is used very frequently as a base in juices and soups.
One of celery’s big benefits is it’s vitamin C level. Celery also has phthalides which have been shown to lower cholesterol and coumarins which have been shown to inhibit several types of cancers.
High vitamin C rich foods help with the most common and most challenging health concerns; they support the immune system, inflammation (so helps with Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Asthma, and other inflammatory issues), and vitamin C also helps significantly with Cardiovascular Health. If you are on a weight loss journey, know that celery contains plenty of potassium and sodium and so is a diuretic and helps rid the body of excess fluids.
Broccoli is one of the best vegetables ever. If you are serious about living with health, energy and vitality you simply have to eat broccoli several times a week.
Broccoli has been proven to be incredibly powerful in inhibiting cancers, supporting the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, the detoxification processes in the body and also supporting the skin, metabolism, immune system, being an anti-inflammatory and providing ample Antioxidants.
Eaten steamed or raw it is a hugely alkaline, hugely nutritious food. Put it in salads, juices, smoothies, soups, steam it, roast it and even bar-be-que it.
Avocado is misunderstood because it is a high-fat food (85% of its calories come from fats), yet these are good fats that will not make you gain weight.
If anything, due to the high content of oleic acid (making it an Omega 9 fat and very similar to olive oil), it can lower total cholesterol level and raise levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDLs) while lowering low-density lipoproteins (LDLs), also known as the “bad” cholesterol. Oleic Acid also slows the development of heart disease, and promotes the production of Antioxidants. These beneficial omega oils also help speed the metabolism, actually leading to weight loss rather than gain.
Avocado also contains a wide range of other nutrients that have serious anti-inflammatory, heart health, cardiovascular health, anti-cancer, and blood sugar benefits. Containing key antioxidants such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, selenium and more; it is a powerful, alkaline, nutrient-dense superfood.