Whether it is joint pain, chronic fatigue, acne, digestive issues or any amount of pain in the body, inflammation is one of the largest root causes of disease today. Diabetes, heart disease, and other major health problems all stem back to inflammation in some way or another. When the body is out of balance, the pH levels of the blood are affected. This not only disturbs the body’s natural processes, but also makes you feel pretty horrible in the meantime. Many people are even suffering inflammation and possibly don’t even realize it. And sadly, over-the-counter medications may help one deal with the symptoms, but they’re not taking care of the overall root problem.
The alkaline diet is a detoxifying diet, which is meant to keep our bodies operating in the best and most efficient way.
Certified Nutritional Consultant and Co-Founder of Project Juice, Lori Kenyon Farley, says that “If our diet consists of too many items with an acidic effect, our bodies will compensate by leaching minerals from our tissues to maintain the optimal balance. This leaching leads to bone loss, wrinkles, joint inflammation and creates a fertile environment for disease to grow.”
Here are the top alkaline foods that need to be in your diet:
Dark Lettuces-You might write off those dark lettucesas nothing worthy of your dollars and skip right to the kale and collards. And while kale and collards are definitely alkalizing superstars, you’re missing out if you pass up those dark-hued lettuce varieties. Their deep color indicates their high nutrient content, including chlorophyll for your blood sugar, Vitamin K, and lots of Vitamin C. They’re some of the easier greens to digest.
Root Vegetables– Root vegetables like sweet potato, taro root, lotus root, beets and carrots are great sources of alkali. They taste best when roasted with a little sprinkling of spices and other seasonings. Most often, they are overcooked which makes them lose out all their goodness. Pay attention while cooking and you will fall in love with root veggies as you learn to include them in soups, stir-fries, salads and more.
Nuts- Love to munch on nuts when hunger pangs kick in? Besides being sources of good fats, they also produce an alkaline effect in the body. However, since they are high in calories, it is important to have limited quantities of nuts. Include cashews, chestnuts and almonds in your daily meal plan.
Apples (sweet), Apricots, Alfalfa sprouts-These ones are super digestible foods, which are high in fiber and have a pH value of 8.0. They are also rich in enzymes that are helpful in maintaining the body’s hormonal balance. Surely, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Don’t forget to include apricots though. For those who do not know, Alfalfa sprouts are those sprouting seeds of beans that are commonly mixed in salads and sandwiches.
Watermelon- At apH level of 9.0, Watermelon are very alkaline. Because of its high fiber and water content at 92% of its entire weight, watermelon is a mild diuretic and a great source of beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamin C. This thirst-quenching fruit is the most life and energy supporting food when used in a week-long fasting and colon cleansing.