Did you know that our blood pH must stay within a very narrow range or serious illness and death can occur? This is so essential to humans that our bodies have a wonderful maintenance mechanism to keep our blood in balance.
This mechanism protects our blood at all costs, sometimes at the expense of our tissues. When tissues become acidic, it can in turn lead to disturbances in the function of some important systems, including organs, digestion, the integrity of the skin, and the repair of injury.
The body's pH is so important, and there is no easy way to check your pH, and if necessary, an easy way to correct it.
The internal system of our body, needs a pH above 7.0. We call this the alkaline range. (As an example, dogs maintain an acidic pH range, which is much lower on the scale.)
Since we are human, our enzymatic, immune, and repair mechanisms all work best in this alkaline range.
However, our metabolic processes - life processes, tissue repair, and food metabolism - produce a large amount of acid.
In order to maintain our internal acid-alkaline balance, we need a few tools. These tools are all around us, and food is part of it.
The following are foods that are considered the most alkaline. Add these foods to add more alkalinity to your body, if you have it too acidic or if you just want to add more health to your body.
The 7 most alkaline foods
All green leafy vegetables should be eaten in abundance and be part of the alkaline diet. The spinach is easy to buy, easy to use in recipes and salads and delicious.
Spinach or baby spinach are nutritional powerhouses and it is one of the most alkaline foods that we should have in our daily diet.
As with all green foods, spinach is rich in chlorophyll, a powerful alkalinizer and blood builder.
It is also super high in vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, magnesium, folic acid, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, dietary fiber. One of the most alkaline foods on Earth and to eat every day.
Nutrients per 1 cup RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
· Vitamin K - 1110%
· Vitamin A - 337.3%
· Manganese - 84%
· Folate - 65.7%
· Magnesium - 38%
· Iron - 35%
· Vitamin C - 31%
· Vitamin B2 - 27%
· Calcium - 25%
· Potassium - 23%
· Vitamin E - 21%
· Fiber - 19%
Kale or kale is another leafy green beauty that is widely known to help fight cancer, lower cholesterol, high in antioxidants, a detoxifying goodness. That is why it is considered one of the most alkaline foods.
Less popular than spinach, but only because it has a history of being poorly prepared (like cabbage) - when done right, it's absolutely delicious.
If you eat the kale 2-3 times a week you will know. Like spinach, it is enormously rich in vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C, and being green leafy it also has a high chlorophyll content.
The reason it's so powerful against cancer is that kale contains at least four glucosinolates, but all you need to know is that as soon as you eat it, you digest it. These glucosinolates are very easily converted by the body into cancer-fighting compounds.
Also, quite amazing for lowering cholesterol, and it should be noted that steamed kale is most effective at lowering raw cholesterol.
Nutrients per 1 cup:
· Vitamin K: 1327%
· Vitamin A: 354%
· Vitamin C: 88.8%
· Manganese: 27%
· Fiber: 12%
· Calcium: 11%
· Magnesium: 11%
· Iron: 9%
· Omega 3: 7%
3. Cucumber one of the most alkaline foods
The beauty of cucumber is its water content - 95%. That's phenomenal and you won't find it anywhere else. It is the daddy in water content and one of nature's most alkaline foods.
This makes it a very hydrating food to eat, which also contains excellent amounts of antioxidants, including the super-important lignans.
These highly beneficial polyphenols have been most commonly associated with cruciferous vegetables, but their content in other vegetables such as cucumber is gaining increasing attention.
Cucumbers contain the correct load of lariciresinol, pinoresinol and secoisolariciresinol, three lignans that have a huge and very strong history in research related to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as several types of cancer, including breast, uterine, ovarian cancer, and prostate.
The great thing about cucumbers is that they provide the base for almost all alkaline soups, smoothies and juices - giving you a very alkaline and nutritious base that also tastes great.
In terms of the RDA of nutrients per serving, cucumbers contain fair amounts of vitamins K and C, and slightly less of vitamin A and B vitamins. Cucumbers also contain the following alkaline minerals: calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, iron, and zinc.
Nutrients per 1 cup (RDA)
· Vitamin K: 23%
· Molybdenum: 8%
· Vitamin C: 6%
· Potassium: 5%
· Manganese: 5%
· Magnesium: 4 %
Broccoli is a must. If you really want to live with health, energy and vitality, you simply have to eat broccoli, if not daily, at least 4 times a week.
Broccoli has been proven time and again, to be incredibly powerful in inhibiting cancers, to support the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, the detoxification processes in the body and also the skin, metabolism, the immune system, it is anti -inflammatory, and also provides ample antioxidants.
Eaten steamed or raw it is a highly alkaline food. It is recommended to eat daily too. Put it in salads, juices, smoothies, steamed soups with other veggies - it can even be grilled if you have Sunday food.
Nutrients per 1 cup (as RDA):
· Vitamin C: 135%
· Vitamin K: 115%
· Folate: 16%
· Vitamin A: 14%
· Manganese: 10%
· Dietary fiber: 10%
· Potassium: 8%
· Vitamin B6: 8%
· Vitamin B2: 7%
· Molybdenum: 6%
· Phosphorus: 6%
· Vitamin B5: 5%
· Protein: 5%
· Magnesium: 5%
· Calcium: 4%
· Selenium: 4%
· Vitamin E: 4%
Blood travels from the heart in arteries, which branch into smaller and smaller vessels, eventually becoming arterioles. Arterioles connect with even smaller blood vessels called capillaries. Through the thin walls of the capillaries, oxygen and nutrients pass from blood into tissues, and waste products pass from tissues into blood. From the capillaries, blood passes into venules, then into veins to return to the heart.