Alkaline Foods You Should Be Eating
Author: Kaitlyn Chiu
'Eat more alkaline food and reduce the intake of acidic food' - we often hear that at the doctor's office, but what do they do for your body exactly? According to the Journal of Environmental Health, balancing your body’s pH value by taking on an alkaline diet can help reduce the risks for chronic diseases and ailments — such as hypertension, diabetes, kidney stones, headaches, strokes, vitamin D deficiency and low bone density.
The pH value measures the acidity or alkalinity of our body’s fluids and tissues - on a 0 to 14 scale. A pH value of around 7 is neutral. The lower the value is, the more acidic the substance is. The optimal pH for the human body is around 7.4, which is considered neutral to slightly alkaline. However, it is important to note that different parts of the body have various pH levels.
It is crucial to keep a balance in your diet - we are not encouraging an alkaline-only diet, but the appropriate, balanced and healthy diet that makes you feel good. Here are a few alkaline foods that we love - keep scrolling!
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1. Plant Proteins
Meat is not the only source of protein. Think edamame, navy beans, lima beans, lentils, peanuts - most other beans are great choices especially if you follow a plant-based diet. Lentils are one of the best sources of plant based protein. A single cup of cooked lentils already provides 18 g of protein!
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Nuts for nuts? The almond craze is scientifically supported. Whether you are crunching on the nut itself or chugging that carton of almond milk (exaggerated, but sometimes it's hard to resist eh?). These flavourful tasty nuts are great for increasing muscle gain and lowering cholesterol levels. They are great snacks to carry in your bag and a delicious crunch to your leafy green salads.
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Asparagus is one of the best super greens because of its nutritious value and detoxifying components. This awesome mild-tasting vegetable does not only compliment salmon and parma ham perfectly, it is also low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. Vitamins wise, asparagus has vitamin A, which produces pigments in the retina - your vision will thank you after a long day gazing at the screen. It is also rich in vitamin E, which provides antioxidant and anti-aging properties - where oxidative damages from oxygen are reduced.
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That Green Machine smoothie you've been living on is not solely for psychological comfort. All leafy greens are great alkaline vegetables but spinach is simply amazing - rich in chlorophyll, vitamin K, vitamin A, Vitamin E, potassium... and super versatile that you can incorporate it in many dishes. So next time you want to get that glorious spinach frittata, no hesitance!
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Other than putting slices of cucumber over your eyelids and feeling like a princess, this beautiful vegetable is highly beneficial for your body. Cucumber is high in water content (yes, we are talking about 95%), decent load of Vitamin K and C, and have a great amount of lignans. If you wonder what kind of alkaline minerals do they contain, let's name a few here: calcium, iron, phosphorus, selenium, copper, zinc... you got the idea.
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The millennial's favourite is not just for show. Avocado contains a great load of antioxidants like alpha-carotene, lutein and selenium, which make them a nutritious alkaline superfood. This holy grail produce is great addition to salads, smoothies and just any dish to be honest - try Avocado pesto for your sourdough and pasta if you are not doing it already.
What's more, avocado is rich in omega oils, which help speed up metabolism. It also contains key nutrients that are anti-inflammatory, great for cardiovascular health and anti-cancer.