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14 Alkaline Foods and Drinks for Optimal Health

Elizabeth Renter
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February 3rd, 2014
Updated 02/03/2014 at 1:13 am
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lemons bowl alkaline 263x164 14 Alkaline Foods and Drinks for Optimal HealthStaying in good health has a lot to do with balance. Eating just enough, but not too much; getting enough exercise, but not overdoing it; managing your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight—they’re all about balance. Being healthy also has a lot to do with pH balance. The pH scale is one that measures the acidity or alkalinity of something. In the case of alkaline foods, we are concerned with the pH of your body.

Keeping pH levels in check is something a healthy body does naturally. All life has a pH level that keeps the body healthy and balanced. When we eat foods that are highly acidic, for example, our body works to correct it, bringing it into alignment with our own pH balance. Ph levels are measured on a scale of 0 to 14. 7.0 is considered neutral;  0 is completely acidic, and 14 is completely alkaline. Your blood needs to be slightly alkaline, with a pH somewhere between 7.35 and 7.45.

Human blood needs to be slightly alkaline when looking at the pH spectrum, somewhere between 7.35 and 7.45. Some evidence exists that suggests today’s modern diet, high in processed foods, is both acid-forming and thusly leading to disease and ill health around the globe.

Acid-forming foods could lead to kidney and liver damage, potentially even increasing your risk of diabetes.

Read: Top 5 Alkaline Foods and Why You Should Care

One study from the Arizona Respiratory Center at the University of Arizona found that foods high in acid content (often those with an abundance of animal proteins and salt and low in fruits and vegetables) can lead to “a sub-clinical or low-grade state of metabolic acidosis,” potentially leading to an increase in the risk of cancer.

In an effort to keep that balance within, eating foods that are alkaline-forming can offset the acidity of modern food sources.

Some of the top alkaline foods include:

  • 1. Watermelon
  • 2. Cayenne pepper
  • 3. Lemon water
  • 4. Apples
  • 5. Leafy greens
  • 6. Honey
  • 7. Asparagus
  • 8. Tomatoes
  • 9. Raisins
  • 10. Grapes
  • 11. Bananas
  • 12. Radishes
  • 13. Carrots
  • 14. Broccoli

These foods aren’t only alkaline-producing, they are loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and health benefits. These are foods that can help fight disease and encourage wellness in a variety of ways, with pH balancing being only one.

From around the web:

  • Paul

    The disassociation of water is the hydrogen ion and the hydroxyl ion. In moles per liter, pH is the negative log of the balance between the two. More hydrogen ions equal acidity. .0000001 is equal to 7 pH It was first discovered by a brewmaster to control fermentation.

  • Noel

    As soon as the article mentioned tomatoes I lost interest because tomatoes produce acid in your body. Like Vin below, I I take sodium bicarbonate every day but I take it in larger quantities. I take a teaspoon in the morning and a teaspoon in the evening with 8 ounces of water. Works for me!

  • vin

    1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarb (baking soda) in a glass of water daily will produce the same result

  • clyde

    I know almost everything but i didn’t know this.

  • dave

    These are great foods for health benefits as stated, but only if the soils are not depleted of mineral nutrients that the specific plants needs to develop properly.
    Plants produce everything but minerals, so it is important the soils are rich with more than just N, P&K.

  • http://crudeoiltrader.blogspot.com Crude Oil Trader

    Little research wouldn’t hurt before you reply…. http://phbalance.wikispaces.com/Fruits

  • John

    Actually. For example. Lemons are acidic but when processed by the body it becomes very alkaline. Look it up. Its the best thing for you.

  • RealityCheck

    I have a formal education in physiology. I know what I’m talking about.

    The burden of proof lies with those making the claim. Can you honestly provide any reputable sources on the matter?

    Can anyone?