The Top 6 Alkaline Foods for Your Everyday Meals

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Most Americans have terrible diets. Not just terrible, but deadly. Just think of all the chemical-laden, fatty, fried, acid-forming foods that are commonly eaten in the United States. We live in a “fast food” society and to eat healthy is most certainly not the “norm”, and it’s not popular with the big food corporations either. Everything around us pushes boxed foods, processed carbs, fast fixes, and all kinds of “foods” that might taste good, but offer very little in true nutritional quality… and are far more likely to hurt us over the long run. It’s difficult, because many people get caught up in this mess—eating a lot of “so-called” food instead of real food—and they do so…

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What is the Alkaline Diet?

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An alkaline diet is a diet that focuses on alkaline-promoting foods, while reducing or avoiding acid-promoting foods. It is believed that following the alkaline diet will improve your overall health by balancing your pH and making the body’s job of regulating pH easier. The key to the alkaline diet is focusing on the best foods, and replacing or reducing the “acidic offenders” wherever possible. Some examples of “high” alkaline-forming foods that are included in a healthy alkaline diet include: alfalfa sprouts apples apricots avocados bananas beets bell peppers broccoli cabbage cantaloupe cauliflower celery corn dates figs garlic ginger grapefruit grapes green beans kelp kiwi leafy greens lemons limes mango nectarines onions oranges papaya parsley passion fruit peaches…

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New Research Reveals Six Dietary Guidelines for Cancer Prevention

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A new study offers some dietary guidelines for cancer prevention that will be quite familiar to those who follow the alkaline diet. According to Dr. Neal Barnard—the author of the study, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and associate professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences–“Plant-based foods provide an antioxidant boost and help promote a healthy weight, reducing the risk for all types of cancer in the long run.” Here are the six dietary guidelines for cancer prevention{1} offered by the study, along with associated findings from the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine: 1. Limit or avoid dairy products. – “Consuming thirty-five grams of dairy protein each day,…

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An Alkaline Diet Reduces the Risk of Disease

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The adverse effects of acid-promoting diets are many. Too much acid in the body results in a number of health problems, and increases the risk of disease for the individual substantially. Examples of disease risks associated with acidity include cancer, osteoporosis, GERD, and more. Since excess acidity essentially promotes these and other diseases in the body, it would make sense that lowering the acid levels in the body would reduce the risk of the same diseases. And this is precisely why the alkaline diet exists. An alkaline diet is simply a diet that promotes alkalinity in the body instead of acidity. In today’s modern world, consumption of acid-promoting foods is at an all time high. From fast…

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The Acid Versus Alkaline Diet

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A lot of people eat foods that form acid in the body. Note that there is a difference between “acidic” foods and “acid forming” foods. They are not necessarily one and the same. What matters most is not the acidity of the food itself, but how the food is processed in the body. If we have too much acid in the body, this can cause a condition known as acidosis. Acidosis can lead to a variety of health problems. One of the most talked-about risks associated with acidosis is that of osteoporosis. What happens, in the case of acid and osteoporosis, is that minerals are taken out of the bones by the body in order to balance…

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Lose Weight and Stay Energized with These Alkaline Foods

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As we’ve already discussed before, the alkaline diet can be a powerful way to lose weight and feel great. A diet high in alkaline foods can help you naturally lose weight and keep the weight off longer than many of the “fad” diets out there. Alkaline foods are foods that help to neutralize acids in the body and lower the body’s acidity. A lot of times people focus on the foods that they can’t eat when they are dieting. Why not focus on all of the good foods that you can eat? For example, with the alkaline diet you get to eat plenty of vegetables. In particular, healthy dark green vegetables are great for you. Aside from…

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The Health Benefits of Alkaline-Forming Foods

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There are numerous aspects of our health that matter if we want to live full and vibrant lives. One important aspect that cannot be overlooked is the pH of our bodies. If your pH is too acidic, you’ll experience a number of negative symptoms—some of which are so common in today’s world that acidosis ought to be considered a pandemic. Take, for example, the symptom of peptic ulcers. Ulcers are painful stomach or intestinal sores that can lead to very serious health problems. They are associated with the h-pylori bacteria, with stress, and of course with excess acidity in the digestive system. In 2011 there were a reported 15.5 million people with peptic ulcers. This resulted in…

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The acid test: does your diet pass?

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We talk a lot about diet needs here on the AlkaVision blog. Today I thought we’d condense some information into a simple worksheet that you can do at home. Here’s a quick checklist to see if your diet passes the acid test. Instructions: Write the number of times you eat each of the foods below in a given week. Total up the numbers for each category, then compare the totals for ACIDIC foods versus ALKALINE foods. ACIDIC FOODS INVENTORY ____ Meats (Red Meat, Fish/Seafood, Pork, Chicken, Lamb, other meats) ____ Dairy products ____ Foods containing refined flours and sugars (white breads, cookies, etc.) ____ Canned foods ____ Acidic drinks: coffee, alcohol, sodas/pop ____ Peanuts ____ Processed oils…

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Acid or Alkaline? What You Should Know About Your Body’s pH…

In chemistry, pH (which stands for “power of hydrogen”) is a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions in a solution. In practical terms, the pH scale provides a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. Lower pH means more acidity, higher pH means higher alkalinity. Coffee, for example, has a pH of around 5… making it about 100 times more acidic than water. Wine has a pH between 3 and 4. Water has a pH of 7, and blood has a pH of 7.4. The pH of the food we eat matters because it can affect the pH of our bodies. Some foods—even a few of those considered acidic—produce alkalinity in the body. Other…

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5 Plant Based Foods that Boost pH Levels

  The body works most efficiently at a slightly alkaline pH. Through maintaining a healthy pH level, you will enjoy better health, more energy, and fewer of the risks often associated with high acidity. (This means that you’re less likely to experience things like bleeding gums, thinning hair, brittle nails, fatigue, joint pain, weakness, yeast infections, psoriasis, and more. Eating a diet high in plant based foods in one way to promote alkalinity in the body. Here are a few foods to get you started: 1. Leafy Greens. Leafy greens, it probably goes without saying, are extremely good for you. Alkalinity aside, most of us could benefit from increased intake of leafy greens. We can add to…

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