In an era riddled with obesity, it can feel like finding the holy grail when you know how best to treat your body. There’s always a thousand different diets all claiming that they’re the one to follow in order to keep your body as healthy as possible.
One particular diet which is particularly effective is the Alkaline Diet, which aims to balance the body’s pH levels, and in turn, give your health a bit of stability. All the acidic foods that you eat mean that your body releases alkaline-rich minerals into your bloodstream in order to balance the pH levels. If you aren’t eating enough alkaline-forming foods, your body has to get these minerals from other resources like bones, teeth and organs which can affect the immune system and cause fatigue.
Grains, beans, meats, fish, dairy and processed food are all acid-forming foods. If you’re looking for a balanced diet, your intake of food should be 20-40% acid-forming foods and 60-80% alkaline-forming foods. So what foods should you be eating? Read on to find out.
Avocados have a pH of 8.0, which means it can help to neutralise acidic foods in the stomach. You can have avocado on toast, in a salad or make some home-made guacamole.
2. Ripe Bananas
Although a banana that is too ripe could cause indigestion and constipation, a banana which has very few brown spots will provide your body with vitamins and nutrients.
Asparagus is one of the more powerful alkaline-forming foods, with a pH of 8.5. It can provide the body with fibre, vitamins, water and anti-oxidants.
Both almonds and almond milk are great for lowering cholesterol, improving brain function and aiding digestion. Why wouldn’t you add almond milk into your diet?
Watermelon has a high pH of 9.0, and offers minerals, water and vitamins which help balance your body and keep your electrolytes balanced. It also has a high fibre content, which means it can eliminate toxins in your body.
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