There are all types of diets out there — some good, some bad — but there is perhaps no diet better for longevity and good health than an alkaline diet.
This diet is based around the idea that the foods you eat can alter the acidity or alkalinity (the pH value) of your body.
When you metabolise foods and extract the energy (calories) from them, you are actually burning the foods, except that it happens in a slow and controlled fashion.
When you burn foods, they actually leave an ash residue, just like when you burn wood in a furnace.
As it turns out, this ash can be acidic or alkaline (or neutral)… and proponents of this diet claim that this ash can directly affect the acidity of your body.
So if you eat foods with acidic ash, it makes your body acidic. If you eat foods with alkaline ash, it makes your body alkaline. Neutral ash has no effect. Simple.
Acid ash is thought to make your body more vulnerable to illness and disease, whereas alkaline ash is considered protective. By choosing more alkaline foods, you should be able to “alkalize” your diet and improve health.
Food components that leave an acidic ash include protein, phosphate and sulphur, while alkaline components include calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Certain food groups are considered acidic, alkaline or neutral:
- Acidic:Meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains and alcohol.
- Neutral:Natural fats, starches and sugars.
- Alkaline:Fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables.
10 Alkaline foods that can keep your body healthy
They are low in calories and are rich in vitamin C. This nutrient helps to boost your immune system. The carotenoids present in them like beta-carotene phytochemicals make them have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
This is considered to be a super fruit since it contains 20 different minerals and vitamins. This fruit is also rich in fiber that helps to lower the spike in blood sugar and helps to lose weight.
This helps to boost your immunity and has soluble fiber that can reduce cholesterol. It has high amounts of fatty acids – Omega 3 that are good as an anti-inflammatory. It also helps to reduce allergic reactions.
This is a great source of antioxidants and enzymes, minerals and vitamins such as vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and folate. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help to improve the levels of cholesterol, the blood pressure, and to prevent heart disease.
This consists of 96% water. It can clean waste products out of your system. It has vitamins A, B and C and also potassium and magnesium. According to some studies it has the potential to help in the fight against cancer and to keep your kidneys in shape.
It can improve the insulin sensitivity and may lower the risk for diabetes. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect. It might increase the beneficial levels of cholesterol ie, HDL and at the same time decrease the total cholesterol.
This leafy green vegetable has zero fat. One cup of this shredded vegetable has 36 calories and is rich in vitamin K. This vitamin is useful for different functions of the body especially for bone health.
This has anti-inflammatory properties and is a great pain reliever. It strengthens the immune system and provides relief in case of gastrointestinal issues like nausea, indigestion, bloating and stomach cramps.
By consuming spinach one can improve the control of blood glucose, reduce blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing asthma. It contains alpha-lipoic acid which is an antioxidant and can reduce the glucose level and can increase the sensitivity to insulin.
These are a good source of copper, potassium and magnesium. They contain a high amount of dietary protein and fiber. They help to protect the heart and can also lower cholesterol. Consuming this fruit helps to manage diabetes on a daily basis by lowering the oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes.
When talking about the alkaline diet, it is important to understand the meaning of the pH value. Put simply, the pH value is a measure of how acidic or alkaline something is.
The pH value ranges from 0 to 14:
- 0-7 is acidic.
- 7 is neutral.
- 7-14 is alkaline (alkaline is often called basic).
Take Home Message
Unlike many other strange diets, the alkaline diet is actually quite healthy.
It encourages high consumption of fruits, vegetables and healthy plant foods, while restricting processed junk foods.
- AHT Desk