Alternative medicine strongly emphasizes the importance of an alkaline diet to protect you from chronic ailments.
Alkaline diet (acid-base balance): the key to longevity and fighting chronic disease.
A 2012 report, published in the Journal of Environmental Health, found that balancing the body’s pH through an alkaline diet can reduce mortality from numerous chronic diseases and conditions. Such are cancer, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis, as well as vitamin D deficiency and low bone density, to name a few.
What is an alkaline diet?
An alkaline diet helps to balance the pH of your body fluids, including blood and urine. Your pH is determined in part by the mineral density of the foods you eat. All living organisms and life forms on earth depend on maintaining an adequate pH level. It is often said that diseases and disorders cannot take root in a body with a balanced pH level.
How does an alkaline diet work?
Research shows that diets consisting of highly alkaline foods – for example, fresh vegetables, fruits, and unprocessed vegetable protein sources – result in a more alkaline urine ph. This helps protect healthy cells and balance essential minerals. Alkaline diets (also called alkaline-ash diets) have been shown to help prevent plaque formation in blood vessels, stop the accumulation of calcium in urine, prevent kidney stones, build stronger bones, and reduce muscle atrophy, cramps and more.
Typically, the kidneys maintain the electrolyte levels (calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium). However, when we are overexposed to acidic substances, these electrolytes are used to combat acidity. According to the Journal of Environmental Health report mentioned earlier, the ratio of potassium to sodium in most people’s diets has changed dramatically. Potassium used to outnumber sodium 10:1, but the percentage has now dropped to 1:3. People who eat a “Standard Western Diet” now consume, on average, three times as much sodium as potassium.
Many children and adults today consume a high-sodium diet that is not only low in magnesium and potassium but also low in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. The typical Western diet is high in refined fats, simple sugars, sodium, and chloride. All of these changes in the human diet have resulted in increased “metabolic acidosis.” In other words, the pH of many people is no longer optimal. Also, many suffer from low nutrient intake and problems such as potassium and magnesium deficiency. Those deficiencies accelerate the aging process, cause gradual organ function loss, and degenerates tissue and bone mass. High acidity forces our body to remove minerals from bones, cells, organs, and tissues.
Pomegranate is full of surprises.
Essential facts in a nutshell:
- A flood of antioxidants makes pomegranates a super-healthy and delicious food!
- Particularly rich in potassium: this is important for energy metabolism and cell health.
- Well suited for an alkaline diet.
In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), the wolfberry is used to remedy aging, cancer and strengthening the immune system. Because of its extreme richness of ingredients, this berry is also used as a preventive health measure. Due to the berry’s favorable properties, the general well-being is increased, and you feel better. With the wolfberry, you cannot perform miracles, but you can do something for your health! Besides that, the wolfberry must not be missing in any alkaline diet.
The little blueberries are said to be the world’s healthiest fruit—they oodles of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
If you have the opportunity in the summer, get wild blueberries at the farmer’s market or pick them yourself. They are much healthier than the cultivated blueberries.
Blueberries are great for snacking, mixing into cereal, or blending with banana and almond milk for a delicious drink. Blueberries are a medium alkaline fruit.
Other alkaline foods include:
Apple, pineapple, apricot, avocado, banana, pear, date, strawberry, fig, blueberry, raspberry, currant, cherry, kiwi, tangerine, mango, melon, nectarine, olive, orange, grapefruit, papaya, peach, plum, cranberry, quince, gooseberry, grape, lemon
Algae, artichoke, eggplant, cauliflower, bean (green), broccoli, chicory, pea, fennel, kale, cucumber, carrot, potato, garlic, kohlrabi, pumpkin, chard, bell pepper, radish, Brussels sprout, beet, red cabbage, asparagus, tomato, savoy cabbage, zucchini, onion
Herbs and salads:
Basil, chili, dill, iceberg lettuce, cress, ginger, capers, cardamom, coriander, lettuce, cumin, turmeric, dandelion, marjoram, lemon balm, nutmeg, clove, oregano, parsley, pepper, rosemary, saffron, sage, chives, thyme, vanilla, cinnamon
Oyster mushroom, mushroom, morel, chanterelle, shiitake, porcini, truffle.
Sprouts, germs, nuts, and seeds
Alfalfa, fenugreek, spelt, tiger nut, barley, millet, flaxseed, almond, chestnut (sweet chestnut), rye, mustard, sunflower seeds.
Fruit and green smoothies, herbal teas, and water (mixed with apple cider vinegar or lemon).