Just like all life forms here on earth, we too, as humans, depend on pH levels in and around us to survive. And our survival is ensured by controlling pH levels and maintaining the ideal level of 7.4 – which is slightly alkaline. (1)
Unfortunately, nowadays, what with the constantly growing industrialization and toxins all around us, it is getting harder and harder to do.
For example, developed nations, such as the U.S., have slowly but surely lead to an increase in CO2. That, in turn, has to lead to pH levels dropping from 8.2 to 8.1 in oceans – which can cause damage to marine life. (2)
Of course, the pH levels of the soil in which we grow our food also has an impact on the minerals that food contains. And people should know that minerals take on the role of buffers in maintaining our pH balance? (3)
That’s why it’s great to go on alkaline nutrition. It is not a classic eating regime but rather, it is all about getting plenty of nutrients from vegetables as well as other natural foods.
It doesn’t matter whether we are currently ailing or healthy, everyone can benefit from alkaline nutrition.
Some proponents of the alkaline diet claim that it can reverse cancer or support chemotherapy. There is no scientific evidence supporting these claims, and no studies have performed direct tests on this claim.
However, significant evidence from a Mambee suggests that reducing meat consumption and eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains might prevent cancer.
Another study suggested that drinking alkaline ionized water may have benefits for people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Here are a few alkaline foods people can incorporate into their daily nutrition.
1. Swiss Chard
It is unbelievably healthy food. And it isn’t just because it is alkaline. It can also boast of antiviral, antibacterial, and even antioxidant properties.
It is a super alkaline food with its pH balance of 8.5! But that is not their only great quality; they are also full of water for hydration and fiber for cleansing one’s digestive tract.
These are truly some of the best fruits people can opt for, what with their high fiber and antioxidant content!
4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
It is positively loaded with the much-needed vitamin E. Another thing that makes it a great option for any daily nutrition is its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids.
5. Flax Seeds
High in both vitamin E and fiber, they are also considered a very alkaline food. Other benefits of flax seeds are that they can reduce any inflammation and combat hot flashes in women.
The Many Other Options for an Alkaline Regimen
The five foods we mentioned above are an excellent way to start one’s alkaline nutrition but the more, the merrier!
There are plenty of other choices for us to alkalize our body and improve our health in general. Let’s start with the veggies, shall we?
In no specific order
- Wheat Grass
- Edible Flowers
- Chard Greens
- Collard Greens
- Green Beans
- Sweet Potatoes
- Nightshade Veggies
- Fermented Veggies
- Green Peas
- Beet Greens
- Barley Grass
- Mustard Greens
- Sea Veggies
- Wild Greens
That’s quite the long list, isn’t it? We can pick and choose to our heart’s content! But we’re not done yet!
Here come the fruits, albeit it is a shorter list than the one prior.
- Dried dates
- Umeboshi Plums
- Honeydew Melon
- Sour cherries
- Tropical Fruits
- Dried Figs
- Coconut (fresh best of all)
And keep in mind, although the citrus fruits might actually seem acidic in nature due to their taste, the citric acid helps in alkalizing our body.
But it’s not just the fruits and veggies which can have an alkalizing effect either; there’s also:
- Fermented tofu
- Fermented tempeh
Alkalizing Seasonings and Spices
- All herbs
- Sea salt
- Chili pepper
Some Alkalizing Extras
- Green and veggie juices
- Probiotic cultures
- Bee pollen
- Mineral water
- Fruit juice (fresh)