Our health, body shape, and life expectancy depend on the right balance of acids and alkali (pH) in the blood. If something is wrong with the balance, the body starts to have problems. The diet of modern people is, most of the time, very acidic, this is why eating more alkaline foods can normalize the pH.
Enlighten found information about 10 alkaline foods that will keep us safe from obesity, health issues, and bad moods. Don’t miss the bonus at the end of the article: we will tell you about the diet that helps actress and model Elle Macpherson look like she is 25 years old, when she is actually 54.
Studies of a diet based on this food show that the overall cholesterol level drops by 8.2%. Besides, avocado helps to neutralize the acids in our stomach and improves the digestion of nutrients from fruits and vegetables.
Spanish historian Bernardino de Sahagun, in his book The Universal History of the Things of New Spain (1576), said that even the Aztecs knew about the useful features of the avocado. They used the avocado pit in special medical ointments.
Bananas contain 2 basic types of fiber: resistant starch (which is contained in unripe bananas and helps digestion), and pectin (which can help protect us from colon cancer). Ripe bananas contain vitamins and alkali, normalize the blood sugar level (thanks to the iron for hemoglobin production), and lower the blood pressure (thanks to the potassium).
Cauliflower exceeds all other kinds of cabbage in terms of the number of healthy nutrients. It contains vitamins С, А, В, РР, and also choline that makes the nervous system stronger and helps prevent the accumulation of cholesterol in the liver. Cauliflower contains calcium (for stronger bones) and magnesium (for a good mood).
The best thing: it contains carotene (which decreases the probability of developing cancer), fiber, and also folic and ascorbic acid (for the support of the immune system and bone tissue). And also, because there is a lot of vitamin C, melon can help keep our skin healthy and beautiful.
Grapes contain a lot of healthy organic compounds that can protect us from some kinds of cancer and lower our cholesterol level. In a 16-week-long study, 38 men who took 20 grams of grape extract every day had a lower blood sugar level than usual. Grapes contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus — the elements that are necessary for having healthy bones.
Cucumbers are great for removing acid and toxins from the body. Also, they remove free radicals thanks to the flavonoids. Free radicals can lead to the development of cardiovascular, lung-related, and autoimmune diseases. Cucumbers also have a low caloric value which is why they can be included in many different diets.
Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain. Also, you can get a lot of phosphorus from this food (it contains almost as much as many kinds of fish), iron (2 times more than wheat), calcium, fiber, and vitamin B that improves all the metabolism-related processes.
Chard is a green leafy vegetable that contains a lot of vitamin K (which helps to clear the blood and improve its coagulation), and also vitamins A and E, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. This vitamin cocktail improves the blood circulation, makes teeth and bones stronger, and helps the body fight off viruses.
Lemon prevents the development of cancer, decreases the risk of stroke, clears the body of toxins, helps with vitamin deficiency, problems with the gastrointestinal tract, problems with mineral metabolism, atherosclerosis, and hypertension. The list of health effects of this product is so long that in the Middle Ages, people even believed this citrus fruit was capable of protecting people from the plague.
Basil contains a lot of antioxidants, helps to detox the body, and decreases the harmful influence of stress on the body. Also, this product has anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, antipyretic, immuno-modulating, and diuretic effects.
Bonus: Elle Macpherson and her alkaline diet
Elle Macpherson supports the optimal pH balance in her body because she doesn’t eat red meat, wheat, sugar, dairy products, and processed foods. By decreasing the amount of acidic foods and replacing them with fruits and vegetables, you can help your body return to the alkaline state and get rid of the toxins. This will also allow the digestive system and the liver have some rest and recover.
And what other healthy alkaline foods would you add to this list? Tell us in the comment section below.