12 Feb

What is Alkaline and Why is it Important?

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Why are alkaline diets important? An Alkaline diet is key for optimizing vitality because alkaline diets keep our tissues supple and reduces inflammation, which is a culprit in several disease processes like arthritis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel disorders, and even cancer. Alkalizing your body also builds and strengthens bone, thereby reducing the incidence of osteoporosis.

How you know if you are alkaline?  pH refers to a measurement of acidity or alkalinity.  It is easily measured using a pH dip stick purchased at your local pharmacy, and with your first morning urine you can find out what your level of alkaline-acid is. Low pH readings (below 7.0) are considered acidic, while higher readings (above 7.0) are considered alkaline.

Your body functions best when the  pH is slightly alkaline. However many bodily processes, for example, digestion, will produce acid residues. Your pH level is always in flux: acids are constantly being produced and neutralized. These acids are produced and require neutralization- also known as alkalization. Diet and supplements are the main way to reduce the acid load.

What are some examples of alkaline food? Most alkaline foods are vegetables and fruits. Leafy greens are especially alkaline forming in the body.

 Some alkaline forming foods include:

  • Root vegetables: examples include radishes especially (black, red or white), as well as beets, carrots, turnips, horseradish and rutabaga
  • Cruciferous such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts
  • Leafy greens including kale, Swiss chard, turnip greens, and spinach.
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Apples
  • Millet

Some acid forming foods:

  • Animal proteins: Bacon, Beef, Pork,
  • Dairy
  • Corn
  • Soda
  • Refined sugar

 10 ways to alkalize your diet:

1. Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day

2.  Squeeze a fresh lemon or lime into your water

3.  Add apple cider vinegar to salad dressings

4.  Add green tea to your diet (switch from coffee to green tea once or twice per week)

5.  Twice per week, replace an animal protein meal with vegetables and limit animal protein (maximum 60 mg per day.)

6.  Reduce sugar intake and soda drinks

7.  Reduce refined carbohydrates

8.  Supplement with buffered Vitamin C 1000mg

9.  Incorporate sea vegetables into diet

10. Monitor urinary pH  (and add supplements and diet to alkalinize.)

As part of a detoxification plan, or reducing inflammation, it is helpful to monitor alkaline-acid and eat foods that support alkalinity . Some of the benefits of the alkaline foods include increased energy, mental clarity, reduced joint stiffness and muscle pain.

Now I’d like to hear from you.

Have you followed an alkaline diet? If so, what changes did you notice? Leave your comments below.

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7 Responses to What is Alkaline and Why is it Important?

  1. dhruv jain says:

    this gives good information about health! Thank you

  2. Lakshmikant Vaidya says:

    This too good …….pH Play key role in Health

  3. Judith M. Amores says:

    it’s really a great diet. it’s still a month and i’ve already shed off 3kgs of my weight and

    • Judith M. Amores says:

      and i also shed off 3 iches of my waistline. it also helped alleviate my muscle and joint pains. actually, i’m just starting with cucumber, carrots, sweet potato instead of rice, and green leafy vegetables. this is really energy boosting too.

  4. Judith M. Amores says:

    how can i measure ph level?

    • drsheila says:

      The easiest way to measure pH, is to check your urine first thing in the morning with a pH stick. You can follow the chart to see if you are in range or not.

  5. Lee Stewart says:

    Not only am I overweight but I am having a lot of pain in my feet. I was looking into Alkaline to put in my water to drink and come across your website. I already put lemon into my first drink of the morning. I will start this eating plan to see if I have results, I don’t mean weight loss(would be a plus) but mainly to feel healthier. Thank you for your information. Lee

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