The typical American diet is a deadly one, consisting primarily of toxic and acid-forming foods like processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, refined grains, conventionally produced meats, and dairy, and hidden genetically modified organisms. These factors, combined with a plethora of challenging environmental factors (such as lack of rest, psychological stress, and pharmaceutical drugs), mean that more and more people are diagnosed with chronic, degenerative illnesses or otherwise deadly conditions. Many of which modern conventional medicine claims to have no known cure.
One of the fundamental underlying problems with this unsustainable lifestyle – and there are many – is the average consumer’s lack of understanding that the body must balance the blood’s pH levels at a slightly alkaline level of 7.365 to survive. When a person ingests food to “burn” for fuel, the digestive and metabolic process transforms it into a kind of ash that is either acidic or alkaline. The modern biochemistry explains that it is not the organic matter of foods. Still, their inorganic matter (such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, phosphorous), which determines either the acidity or alkalinity of this ashy residue. Of course, the ultimate goal is balance. Eating too many alkalizing foods can lead to its fair share of complications over time. Still, the risk of this is seemingly less likely, given the current sorry state of today’s highly addictive consumerist diet. To combat the effects of such a diet, here are six of the most alkaline-forming foods to work into your everyday meals:
1. Root vegetables
Vegetables have their tendency to be rich in minerals, and it is safe to say that you can’t get enough of them. Look for radishes, especially (black, red, or white), as well as beets, carrots, turnips, horseradish, and rutabaga. Ready to eat after steaming for just 15-20 minutes, root vegetables will help you feel both satisfied and better grounded.
2. Cruciferous vegetables
These are the veggies we all know and love, made even more delicious with just a small amount of healthy, homemade sauce like pesto. Choose from broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and the like.
3. Leafy greens
Kale is one of the leafy greens that is widely known for its cancer-fighting, cholesterol-lowering, antioxidant-rich, detoxifying goodness. If you eat kale 2-3 times per week, you’ll know it. Like spinach, it is massively high in vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C and also has much chlorophyll content. Also, Swiss chard, turnip greens, and spinach – of which spinach may be the best pick. Spinach is known mainly for its rich vitamin K, and folate content, it is also packed with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, and fiber, helping to improve digestion and even vision.
The beauty of cucumber is it’s water content-95%. That is phenomenal, and you won’t find it anywhere else. It’s the daddy of water content. Of course, it makes it an incredibly hydrating food to consume. It also contains a high amount of minerals, antioxidants including the super important lignans.
A pure miracle food, garlic appears at the top of many lists of foods that encourage overall health, and the alkaline-forming food is no exception. Among its other benefits are its ability to promote cardiovascular and immune health by lowering blood pressure, cleansing the liver, and fighting off disease.
Broccoli is just a must; If you are serious about living healthy, you have to eat broccoli, if not daily, then at least 3-4 times a week. Broccoli has been proven to inhibit cancer growth, supporting the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, the detoxification process in the body, and also supporting the skin, metabolism, immune system, being an anti-inflammatory. Eaten steamed or raw its excellent alkaline food, hugely nutritious food.
7. Cayenne peppers (capsicum)
The antioxidant superpower, bell pepper, is an all-time favorite to many of us because it’s sweet, crunchy, and refreshingly delicious. You can use it in almost any meal raw, grilled, fried, roasted, and it is always a winner. As part of a family of potent, tropical peppers which contain enzymes essential to endocrine function, cayenne is among the most alkalizing foods. It is known for its antibacterial properties and is an abundant supply of vitamin A, making it a helpful agent in fighting off the harmful free radicals that lead to stress and illness.
Lemons may be the most alkalizing food of all. As a natural disinfectant, it can heal wounds while also providing potent and immediate relief for hyperacidity and virus-related conditions, as well as coughs, colds, FLU, and heartburn. Lemon also works to energize the liver and promote detoxification.
Updated on 3/28/2020