Alkaline foods are foods that raise the the amount of oxygen that your blood takes in. The most alkalizing foods are RAW green leafy vegetables, non-sweet fruits and (wheat) grasses. The opposite of alkaline foods are acid foods.
How much oxygen your blood can absorb is measured on a pH scale that ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 0 is most acidic while a pH of 14 is most alkaline.
The Right Acid – Alkaline Balance
Our blood is in balance when we’re slightly alkaline: with a pH of 7.365.
In the beginning of the 20th century, very smart scientists and nobel prize winners made a great discovery. If our blood cannot absorb enough oxygen we get sick: cancer, heart issues, arthritis and candida infections, diabetes are the result.
You know that our body tries to maintain a constant temperature 98.5F or 37C. But but do you know that your body tries even harder to maintain the right amount of oxygen in your blood (a pH of 7.365)? When our pH is too high or too low, we don’t feel well, we feel tired, gain weight, have poor digestion and get aches and pains.
Most people in the US and Europe are too acidic: they cannot absorb enough oxygen. That’s why cancer, heart disease, arthritis,diabetes are epidemic.
Why are we too acidic? The famous four:
- Parasites; and
- The FOOD we eat.
Acid Foods List
It’s too bad that the foods we like most make us most acidic and thus sick. What are these food? You guessed right:
- Junk & Processed foods;
- All animal food (meat, eggs, chicken, fish, lobster, oysters);
- Grains: (white) wheat, rice, pasta, flour, bread etc.;
- Some Fruits;
- Dairy products (milk, cheese, butter);
- Bad fats;
- Peanuts, cashews.
Alkaline Foods List
During most of our lives, the majority of the foods we eat are (highly) acidic. These make us sick and tired. By eating raw alkaline foods and drinks, we can help our body to heal it self from most diseases:
- Vegetables – especially raw green leafy vegetables.
- Fresh Herbs & Spice – parsley, basil, cilantro, cayenne, ginger;
- Fruits – watermelon, avocado, cucumber, young coconuts;
- Wheat grass;
- Sprouts: i.e. alfalfa, mung bean, broccoli etc.
For more details go to the acid alkaline food list.
The best alkaline drinks are alkaline water, young coconut water,vegetable juice and wheatgrass juice. If your very acidic you might need alkaline supplements to get you back in balance quicker.
How Acid Are You?
How do you know your body pH? I love this one, because it’s incredibly easy to find out what your alkalinity is. You simply buy some pH test strips (also called litmus paper) at a health store and pee on it. The paper will tell you instantly what your pH is and thus, how alkaline or acid you are.
Here are 8 easy steps for testing your pH.
The Best & Cheapest Alkaline Foods
Would you like to know the best and cheapest alkalizing foods? Edible wild plants! They’re highly alkaline, abundant, fresh and free! Just throwing a few of them in your salad will help balancing you.
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