High acidity in blood can increase the risk of cancer and a lot of other diseases.A diet high in alkaline foods helps prevent many diseases.
It also boosts your energy and immune system.
Why is alkaline food important?
Although a balanced diet is essential, you are probably eating more foods that cause high acidity.
Oh, and of course, when you add stress things get even worse.
We can divide foods into 2 groups: the first cause acidity and the second cause alkalinity.
You need to know why acidity is dangerous.
But first things first.
All human organs have a high range of pH value (it determines acidity or alkalinity) except blood, in which the pH value is always 7,35-7,45.
Our bodies regulate the level of acidity in the organs, primarily in the bloodstream.
To enable optimal pH value in the blood, your body needs to take alkali elements from other organs when necessary leaving them more acidic.
That usually happens when you have an unhealthy diet and you intake a lot of ingredients that cause acidity.
For example, if you increase acidity your body takes alkali elements from digestive organs and transfers them to the blood.
And that makes your digestive tract more prone to developing bacteria, fungus, and cancer.
Foods that cause acidity and you should avoid are:
- Refined sugar, salt, flour
- Processed meat and delicatessen,
- Sodas and alcohol,
- Industrially processed food and canned food with conservatives, artificial colors, aromas, stabilizers…
How to know if your body is acidic or alkaline?
Signs that show acidity in your body can be:
- fatigue, low energy levels, weak immune system,
- sensitive gums and teeth,
- shortness of breath and cough,
- sciatica and stiff neck,
- headache and sleepiness,
- bladder and kidney inflammation,
- sore muscles and joints,
- obesity, accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles,
- allergies and acne, fungus, dry, lifeless hair, thin, brittle nails, skin irritation, eye irritation, eyelids inflammation, conjunctivitis.
Acidity in your digestive organs can cause ulcers, gastritis, flatulence, increased stomach acid. (1)
Also, you can measure the pH value in your urine with pH strips.
You can buy the pH strips in any pharmacy.
If your pH is below 7, your body is acidic and you should intake more alkaline foods.
And finally, the list of the best alkaline foods.
Best Alkaline Foods you Should Include in your diet
To achieve the right balance of acidic and alkaline, you need to make sure that you intake 75% alkaline and 25% acidic food a day. (2)
Let’s clear this up, the taste of food doesn’t determine if a food is pH acidic or not.
For example, lemon is sour, but it increases alkalinity.
So, you need to eat:
It has 20 essential nutrients.
Avocado is high in potassium, fiber, vitamin E and B.
It’s great alkaline food.
Also, it is one of the best foods for your gut health.
It’s high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
Pumpkin is also high in vitamins A, C, and B.
Also, pumpkin seeds are great for your body.
You should use pumpkin oil in salads.
3. Sweet potato
Sweet potato is high in good carbs.
It binds acids in the stomach and that’s very important for alkalinity.
Sweet potato is high in Vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium.
Also, it is one of the best foods for your immunity.
This grain is high in fiber and amino acid lysine.
It’s great for increasing alkalinity.
You can add it to salads, oatmeal.
It’s high in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus.
You can add it to a healthy green smoothie or salads.
Celery sticks are great for you.
You can make, for example, celery sticks filled with peanut butter.
Also, you can add celery sticks to healthy soups and salads.
Celery sticks are high in niacin and calcium.
They are good for digestion and lowering blood pressure.
On the other hand, celery root is also one of the best alkaline foods.
It is high in vitamin B, C, antioxidants.
You can shred celery root and add it to salads or mashed potatoes.
Almonds are high in proteins, zinc, vitamin E.
They are excellent for your skin.
Almond flour is a great substitute for wheat flour.
This vegetable is high in beta carotene that turns into vitamin A and has a positive effect on your sight.
It is also high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Carrot is great for detoxication because it helps clean the liver from toxins.
As I said, although lemon has a very sour taste, it’s one of the best alkaline foods you should include in your diet.
Lemon becomes alkaline in the body and it boosts the immune system.
10. Aloe vera
And last but definitely not least.
The magical plant for your health – aloe vera.
I already wrote about every single health benefit of aloe vera.
You can read that ultimate guide here.
Why is aloe vera a good alkaline food?
Aloe Vera Gel alkalizes the body, it helps maintain balance when you intake many acidic ingredients.
It also improves your immune system.
Furthermore, it boosts the metabolism and it helps with stress.
It’s best to use Aloe Vera juice.
If you want to read about the best aloe vera juices I am using to improve my health and looks, click on the link below:
Hi, I am Ivana Petrovska, the author of HealthyNaturalRemedies. I am a healthy life enthusiast who is passionate about fitness and weight loss, healthy natural remedies, healthy foods, recipes, and wellness. And I am here to help you improve your health by using natural remedies.