Life is all about balance. Ying and yang; light and dark; work and play…and our bodies are no different. The human body is constantly striving to maintain a balanced pH level in the blood in order for it to survive. When food is digested, it produces an ash that is either acidic or alkaline. The ideal pH level is just slightly alkaline, which means we should consume slightly more alkalizing food than we do acidizing food. This sounds simple enough, but there’s one big issue. In general, the typical diet these days is made up of mostly acidizing foods like processed sugars, refined grains, and conventional meat and dairy products.
A diet too high in acidizing foods can create a multitude of health problems – it’s arguably a big reason why so many of us suffer from chronic, seemingly incurable illnesses. It’s important to make sure you’re consuming ample alkalizing foods, so today I want to share 5 that are readily available and easy to incorporate into your diet! A good reference for alkalizing foods is available here.
While lemons are an acidic fruit by nature, they actually produce alkaline in the body when digested. I’ve read time and time again that in addition to helping balance your pH levels, drinking lukewarm lemon water every morning does absolute wonders for your digestion, can clear your skin, and more! Go here for a great post about lemon water from Beth of Tasty Yummies.
In addition to using them for their alkalizing properties, cucumbers are excellent as hydrators, as they are made up of 95% water. Their anti-inflammatory properties make them a great vegetable to use externally, too, for skin irritations and sunburn. Add them into your diet with this delicious thai coconut cucumber salad.
Leafy greens like spinach and kale will help to balance your pH levels and supply your body with boatloads of nutrients. I love making kale chips or including kale in healthy juices like this kale and parsley juice.
I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t like avocado. How could you live without guacamole? Avocados offer up healthy fat that’s burned easily for energy and are also filled with tons of essential nutrients. One of my favorite ways to eat avocados is as part of this quinoa recipe.
Root vegetables – like carrots, beets and radishes – are known as “yang” foods in traditional Chinese medicine. They offer healing, cooling benefits to your body and can help you feel grounded. Try adding a bunch of carrots into a fall soup like this delicious red lentil soup.
What’s your favorite alkalizing food? Tell us how you like to eat it!
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