Alkaline DietsPublished:April 17th, 2011
A properly balanced diet is very important if you want to optimize your health and prevent diseases. The body’s normal pH is slightly alkaline. If the foods you eat are more alkaline forming, there is less stress on the body to maintain its pH levels.
A body that is too acidic means less energy, chronic fatigue, nervousness, stress, irritability, dry skin, weak nails, headaches, muscle pain, acid indigestion, weight gain, premature aging. In order to maintain a healthy pH, you have to obtain a correct ration of alkaline to acidic foods.
Raw vegetables and fruits are sources of alkaline foods. Asparagus, peas, lettuce, garlic, broccoli, spinach and green beans are alkaline rich vegetables while grapes, grapefruit, lemons, watermelons, pineapple and blueberries are alkaline fruits.
Alkaline foods are lower in calories and can be burned more easily. Black currant tea is a useful drink that can help you balance you pH levels. The black currant is rich in antioxidants and various nutrients. When ingested, black currants can raise the alkaline pH of the body. Drinking plain water also improves the body acidity. Alkaline water can also be used to neutralize acid.
Meats contain high acidity, so decreasing the amount of meat in your diet can also increase the alkalinity.
Alkaline foods are rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium. A body that becomes too acidic, ends up with removing calcium and other minerals from the bones. Magnesium can also fight excess acid but there are other important roles that it plays within the body. Deficiency in magnesium levels can lead to pain and inflammation.
A diet that is rich in alkaline foods will have a natural cleansing effect on your body. Once your body is purified of various toxins, it will be able to function optimally.