In part one of our look into acidic and alkaline diets, we explored the science behind the way particular foods affect our bodies. Well, our expert nutritionist Lucy-Ann is back with some examples of which alkaline diet foods are best in keeping your acid levels low!
Alkaline and alkalising foods
Keeping things natural is the best way to stay feeling great. Here are some examples!
Most vegetables and salad greens…
Particularly asparagus, watercress, cucumbers, fresh peas and beans, lettuce, parsley and other culinary herbs such as coriander, basil and thyme, onions, carrots, celery, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and other brassicas.
Remember to try and eat sprouts regularly such as alfalfa, sprouted mung or sprouted aduki beans, sprouted lentils or seeds). These are nature's wonder foods, rich in the essential alkaline minerals, and are some of the most nutrient dense foods we can eat.
Particularly lemons, lime, oranges, pineapples, kiwi fruit, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, melons, paw paws, mangoes, apples, pears, apricots, avocadoes).
Homemade almond milk, coconut yoghurt and herbal teas (not ‘fruit teas’) have an alkalising effect. Being aware of the pH value of foods and drinks is very important. Many fruit juices for example are highly acidic, as is tea and coffee.
Acid producing foods…
Concentrated sources of starch and protein generally contain more acid producing minerals than alkaline minerals. These include refined sugar and commercial grains such as breakfast cereals, breads, cakes and pastries, canned, cooked and processed foods.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks, beer, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, refined common table salt, and man-made processed foods are highly acid producing and contribute very little to human health.
How about seeds?
Generally speaking most seeds, grains, legumes and nuts are acidic, unless they are sprouted. Contrary to this, pumpkin seeds are highly alkaline, and almonds, sesame and coconut are slightly alkaline – as well as their oils. When beans or seeds are soaked and then left to “sprout”, i.e. they swell and the hull (skin) breaks, to emerge as a sprout. When this extraordinary action takes place, the food becomes alkaline!
The key is balance!
By eating alkaline-rich foods we can gradually reduce the acid state of the body. It is most beneficial to increase alkaline foods, especially sprouts, drink plenty of water, learn to relax, and even better… practise deep breathing or meditation, deal with stress levels and get adequate sleep. It is the alkalinity of the blood and body tissues that provides a state of health and strong resistance to disease.
Therefore, we need to concentrate 75-80% of our daily food as alkaline forming - providing the alkaline-forming minerals to neutralise the acid wastes produced by 20-25% acid foods and numerous acid-producing stresses in our daily life. An alkaline body is a clean system that is able to play a vital role in maintaining natural immunity and optimum health.
So there you go! Hopefully you now have a good idea about which foods to eat, and which foods to avoid. If you missed part one of this exploration, no worries – it’s right here!