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The 7 Best Alkaline Foods And Why You Should Eat Them

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Alkaline foods seem to make their way into every conversation about health. Why do they matter and should you be eating them? Many people in the United States have highly acidic bodies, and this acidity is linked to climbing rates of bone loss, weight gain, cancer, gastric disorders, and chronic inflammation. This is directly related to high protein diets, smoking cigarettes, alcohol consumption, and the intake of processed foods and medications. All of these things upset the natural pH balance, which is not good for your overall health.

 

While methods of self-care, including acupuncture, exercise, and meditation, can enhance overall health, diet is ultimately one of the most important things to focus on. Diet dictates your mood, brain health, muscle function, bone health, joint mobility, and pretty much everything else in the body. Most people go on autopilot and forget to consume foods that are alkaline. This is important because most of the foods in the Western diet are highly acidic. The average person is concerned with convenience and not actively focusing on healthy fats, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

The Acid/Alkaline Balance:

The body is an incredible specimen and regulates pH in very narrow ranges. The different organs and systems in the body are kept within certain pH ranges, and fine-tuned mechanisms are in place to adjust the pH to healthy levels if necessary. The body can release calcium from bone to adjust pH level, which may be a contributing factor to growing rates of osteoporosis.

 

Why Alkaline Foods Matter:

There is a very simple answer to this: the body’s internal design was not meant to process the foods in the Standard American Diet. The internal environment needs a diverse mix of nutrients to stay healthy, and one of the best ways to do this is to consume alkaline foods. The goal should be to have each meal contain 75% alkaline-producing foods and 25% acid-producing foods to maintain a healthy acid/alkaline balance. Fruits and vegetables balance the protein intake, which is exemplified in the Mediterranean diet. To help you on your quest to consume alkaline foods, we’ve detailed the best ones below.

 

Lemons:

People often associate lemons with acidic foods because they contain citric acid, but they have an alkalizing effect when ingested. Not only do they encourage healthy digestion, but they also aid the liver with eliminating toxins from the body. Start your day with a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon in it to propel the body into an alkaline state.

 

Leafy Greens:

Spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, watercress, chard, turnip greens, and collards fall under the leafy greens umbrella. These greens are typically loaded with iron, folate, copper, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, K, and B. Leafy greens have been known to protect against certain cancer cells, decrease inflammation, and reduce the risk of heart disease by improving blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

 

Peppers:

Whether you go for jalapenos or bell peppers, Anaheim peppers or poblanos, most peppers are alkaline forming. Peppers work to reduce excess acidity in the body to inhibit free radical damage. They also contain carotenoids and other antioxidants, which have been known to decrease the risk of age-related conditions like dementia.

 

Wheatgrass:

While wheatgrass may not be the most appetizing food on this list, it is one of the most nutrient-dense foods to consume. Did you know that wheatgrass contains 102 minerals that are naturally found in soil? Well, it does, and it is also rich in chlorophyll, vitamins, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Wheatgrass has been known to reduce gastro-intestinal problems, cleanse the liver, increase red blood cell count, and stimulate thyroid hormone production. Don’t consume more than a couple ounces of wheatgrass per day, though, in order to avoid stomach troubles.

 

Asparagus:

Many people suffer from fluid retention, and this is a common reason for weight gain. Additionally, the continued consumption of acid forming foods can make it difficult to release water weight. Asparagus is an alkaline-forming food that helps to decrease fluid retention and lower inflammation, and it works to promote healthy digestion!

 

Amaranth:

This is one of the few grains that has alkaline properties. Containing all nine essential amino acids, amaranth contains a lot of protein and is perfect for vegans or vegetarians. Since most breakfast cereals are high in sugar and sodium, swap those cereals with amaranth to increase alkalinity and your fiber intake.

 

Red Onion:

While eating raw red onion is a great way to reap its nutrients, lightly sautéing red onion in a healthy fat (like coconut oil or avocado oil) can increase the level of alkalinity. Onions are naturally rich in vitamin C and have been praised for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

As you can see, the regular consumption of alkaline foods can help decrease the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain cancers. Boost your alkaline levels to ensure a healthier body.

 

Sources:

http://www.ilovenature.world/mindful-living/2017/6/2/what-are-alkaline-foods-and-why-should-you-be-eating-them

https://www.amazinggrass.com/blog/articles/ten-amazing-alkalizing-foods/

https://nbihealth.com/top-alkaline-foods-to-eat-acid-foods-to-avoid/

https://www.getoffyouracid.com/blogs/alkaline-foods/the-top-7-most-alkaline-foods-on-the-planet

2019-11-01T17:04:30+00:00

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    Q: I was wondering in your list you include foods that are classified as acidic (AC). I thought we were to avoid acidic foods so we can stay alkaline or do we need some acidic foods? I am guessing that there is a better explanation but please let me know. My partner and I have changed our diet after watching your videos and Dr Sebi’s video and we are very curious about this.

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    I TRUST YOU READ MY ARTICLE THAT COVERS THESE FOODS BELOW. BELOVED, ACID FOODS ARE NOT BAD (UNHEALTHY) AND IN FACT YOU NEED SOME ACID FOODS TO BALANCE OUT THE DIET. THE PROBLEM IS WITH ACID-FORMING FOODS (COOKED FOODS: MEAT, DAIRY, REFINED STARCHES, REFINED GRAINS, ETC.). SO THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACID FOODS AND ACID-FORMING FOODS. AND YOU DO KNOW THAT MOST OF WHAT WE ARE EATING IS HYBRIDIZED, RIGHT? WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL OF WHAT WE ARE EATING TODAY. EVEN DR. SEBI EATS HYBRIDIZED FOODS. HE CAN'T HELP IT. WE DON'T CONTROL THE FOOD SUPPLY. REMEMBER, MA'AM: BALANCE IN ALL THINGS. SOME ACID FOODS ARE GOOD AND NECESSARY BUT ACID-FORMING FOODS ARE UNHEALTHY AS THEY CREATE MUCUS IN THE BODY.

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    Q: I am trying to monitor my ph level. This morning, I did a urine sample, and it turned yellowish green. So, my body is not alkaline. I understand that if I want to get a negative test results from the docs. I need to be alkaline. Because disease can't survive in this state. My question then is, how long does ones body have to be alkaline before a viral infection (HSV,HPV,HIV) will go away and you can be healed?

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    Give it about 6-12 months. Alkaline levels may be good if the thought of having a disease is in the mind, then everything is for naught. The healing must be wholistic. Get your mind right! Consider reading "The Mental Science Manual" e-book.

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    Q: I need to know what diet will keep my body ph perfect? I am drinking alkaline water, but don't want to mess up the effectiveness with wrong foods.

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    A raw foods diet consisting of living enzymatic foods! Eat at least 50% raw organic foods!

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    Q: What Are Some Natural Sweet Treats (Junk Foods) I can Consume? Under free will you can consume what you like, but healthier products are best. You will find plenty of "healthier" snack, treat, and junk foods at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, PCC Natural Food Stores, Erewhon, Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, New Frontiers, etc. Just make sure to abstain from salt, sugar, and other harmful chemicals in the products you buy. We list many companies of alternative foods and products (and their website addresses) in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL.

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    Recommended: ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL

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    Q: I am doing the the Full Body Detox, the Anti Viral Cleanse, and then the 10 Day Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse. I am trying to fully heal form so called HIV. I started seeing brown spots on my palm, and bottom of my feet. I am trying not to freak out. I am drinking distilled, and alkaline water. Also eating salads, smoothies(not diary), and fresh fruits. I plan on going to find a sauna and get my Charka balance. What else can I do to make these spots go away?

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    Don't put too much emphasis on getting rid of HIV! Focus on optimal health, and well-being. Get your mind right! Recommended reading, The Mental Science Manual e-book. Subconsciously, and subtly you have already freaked out, and your body knows it. Relax! Chill Out! Focus on healing! Not on disease! You can and will heal! Keep the faith!

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    Q: I love to drink water, but I like to drink hot water you know boiling water slightly cooled. Is there a benefit, or disadvantage to this compared to drinking room temperature water? Secondly, the water I drink is boiled water. Alkaline water is not a privilege most Kenyans have. If 56% of the population is living below poverty line you do the math. So the water I drink is tap water, that I boil to make it safe for drinking. When I get to work I have Alkaline water as my work place provides me with that provision. I think this is detailed enough for you to get the picture and help. Once again (I love you) in Swahili for spreading the gospel!

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    No difference at all, Beloved! Even the boiled water becomes room temperature water. You're doing fine! Thank you for your words as well! Much appreciated! Peace and Love!

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    Q: I was diagnosed with breast cancer about 18 months ago and I've been treating the tumor wholistically with no chemo or radiation. The tumor has gradually gotten smaller but I'm concerned that the progress could be improved if my diet was better. I get conflicting information about eating fruits while trying to maintain a high alkaline diet. Should people healing cancer eat fruit?

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    Fruits are predominantly alkaline but most warnings about fruit while having cancer stems from the sugars in fruit which cancer can thrive in which is why many healers recommend vegetables instead of fruits. All live foods are good for you when there is cancer because live foods have enzymes.

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    Q: I recently purchased the FULL BODY DETOX and ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. I totally understand that healing is holistic and that changes must occur in diet, lifestyle, and only positive thinking will result in optimal health. I am noticing balding on the right side of my head. Of all the hair care products provided by dherbs.com, I was curious to know if using any of the dherbs.com hair herbs would affect the detox/cleansing regime? If not which would be the most effective in assisting me with hair loss? (Due to financial limitations I can't afford to purchase them all because I just purchased an alkaline water machine that set a brother back)Aside from performing the anti-viral cleanse regime. I eat plenty of cilantro and parsley, drink half my body weight in alkaline water daily, and eliminate stressors out of my life. I was interested in knowing what other follow up actions can I take to help assist me in overcoming this trial (virus) that has changed my life for the better.

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    You have the right attitude and spirit! Kudos to you. For the hair inquiry, you can drink the HAIR-SKIN-NAILS TEA during your detox. In re additional pointers, work on your mind-reprogramming it. Use daily affirmations! Reinvent yourself. Meditate! Perform yoga! perform the "SEA SALT SOAKS" daily! Keep getting knowledge! Just be creative and follow!

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    Q: I'm taking the FULL BODY DETOX what does the ACTIVATED CHARCOAL do for the body? it does not say in the book. I want to get more alkaline water. I usually had distilled in the house. Where do you recommend buying in bulk or what ionizations system do you recommend? Also is it good to bath in alkaline water?

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    Please read the articles "ALKALINE WATER"" and "BENEFITS OF CARBON A/K/A ACTIVATED CHARCOAL" . They are in our articles section.

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    Q: Could you please supply me with a number of different foods that are OK to eat or a good place to shop for reasonable foods while on the Full Body Detox? I am waiting for my shipment to come and I'm not exactly sure what foods I should be eating?

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    YOU WILL BE EATING ALL RAW FOODS. PLEASE READ OUR ARTICLE â€WHAT IS RAW FOODS†LOCATED ON OUR SITE UNDER ARTICLES. RAW FOODS IS RAW FRUITS, VEGETABLES, SEEDS, AND NUTS. NOTHING COOKED! NO MEAT, DAIRY PRODUCTS, REFINED GRAINS AND STARCHES, ETC. A GOOD PLACE TO SHOP WOULD BE WHOLE FOODS MARKET AND TRADER JOES.

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    Q: I have incorporated fish into my diet because I have been craving. Is moderation okay.... meaning my fruits for breakfast a regular lunch with salad and a salad for dinner okay to pretty much moderate other foods? It is challenging for me to become a vegan. Do you have any suggestions on how to still eat healthy to maintain an alkalized body with certain foods with moderation that are not raw? I still drink my green veggies at least twice a day. I am praying that my results will be negative.

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    FISH IN MODERATION IS OKAY FOR YOU. TO MAINTAIN ALKALINITY, DESPITE THE ACID-FORMING THINGS YOU EAT, JUST MAKE SURE TO EAT AS MANY GREEN FOODS AS POSSIBLE. YOU CAN ALSO TAKE 6 CAPSULES OF ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD TOO! YOU’RE DOING GOOD SO KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS POSITIVE AND ON YOUR DESIRES.

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    Q: In your opinion which Alkaline Water Machine is the best to use for ideal health.

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    The Kangen machine is one of the best alkaline water machines on the market today. We recommend doing your own research on alkaline water machines to choose which one is best for you.

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    Q: Thank you for always answering my questions. I have about two more. Okay, I'm currently living overseas where I'm limited on raw fresh foods (vegetables and fruits). I want to do the detox but I'm concerned that I won't have everything as far as raw food to be successful. I have access to basics (apples, oranges, bananas, tomatoes, avocados, melons, lettuce, cabbage, bean spouts, carrots, celery, peppers, green beans, peas, bagged nuts,) but nothing exotic by any means. Then I was told to safely eat some of the food in the local economy that we should wash it with a 5% bleach solution (is that safe...and if on the detox I'm thinking that would be a no go). Two questions?Given the mentioned availability of raw foods could I be able to successfully complete the detox (I don't have an issue with eating the same things over and over again) and two what can I do to clean local produce so that its safe for consumption? Apparently part of the issue is that they use human feces to fertilize. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response

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    Yes, it seems you have enough raw food available to you to complete the cleanse.

    In order to clean local produce, rinse thoroughly with apple cider vinegar to "disinfect" it. If apple cider vinegar is unavailable, just use water.

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    Q: If I may ask, what is it specifically about the baby's diet that is conducive to eczema? We try to give her a normal, healthy, nutritious diet. Exactly which foods are acid-forming so that we may alternate them out of her diet? As for my wife, she has taken several detoxes in the past with no results. She is now expecting and breastfeeding so I don't believe a detox would be the best thing for her at the moment. Are there any other suggestions you can offer us for currently treating these problems?

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    The acid-forming foods are eggs, meat, dairy products, and refined grains. Shop for vegan foods. Your wife can drink DETOX TEA and use HEALING SKIN OIL (externally) as well as drink vegetable juice (which greatly cleanses the blood). Please consider a consultation so that all questions may be thoroughly answered and so you all can get on the path of healing together as a family.

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    Q: If I follow the raw foods diet with the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN, I could possibly lose 30-40lbs. Is that safe? How much could I lose if I don’t eat all raw foods??

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    You will release weight to the amount you need to release weight and depending on what you eat. Raw foods are best and will give the best weight release!

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    Q: A lot of nuts & seeds that are on the food chart are acidic. Because our body should be alkaline during the cleanse is it ok to eat them?

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    Please see the article "UNDERSTANDING ACIDIC VS. ACID-FORMING" in our articles section for the answer you seek and require.

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    Q: Hi, I'm a 36 year old African/American woman with 4 children whose been trying to lose weight off and on for the past 16 years. I lose the weight but then I gain it right back after I go off of my diet. I know that I need a good body/colon cleanse, but what I need to learn how to do is to eat the right food's to keep my body healthy. I've been conditioned to eat the foods that I do eat, I need to know how do I go about "de-programming" myself from the bad food's and program myself to want and crave the healthy one's? I'm open to any suggestion's you have, even using crystals and meditation. Thank you.

    A:

    Time is limited here in "Ask the Herbalist" so I humbly request you consider a full length health consultation. However, I can tell you that you'd greatly benefit from a FULL BODY DETOX Cleanse.

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    Q: I am an underweight but healthy 26 year old female. I would like to maintain my weight and I use organic canned coconut milk in my grain hot cereal. Is canned organic coconut milk acidic? If so, what brands are alkaline?

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    Anything canned is going to be acidic. What ever you use for make, let it be raw. Raw coconut milk fresh from the coconut is alkaline.

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    Q: On WebMD there is information stating that high fiber foods such as raw fruits, and vegetables can irritate or flare up Crohn's disease. But, your article on Chron's disease says to switch to a vegan diet after detoxing. Why would raw fruits and vegetables flare up Chron's disease? Why do your articles suggest to eat raw fruits and veggies when people say it can irritate the disease?

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    We don't subscribe to that. We do our own homework at Dherbs.com. There is no confusion at Dherbs because we use logic, reason, common sense, intuition, wisdom, etc. So we are not confused in regards to food and health.

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    Q: What Is Alkaline Water?

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    Please read our article "ALKALINE WATER" in our articles section. We list website addresses of companies that sell alkaline water machines in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL available from our On-Line store. You can find alkaline water brands sold in commercial health food stores such as Whole Foods Market. Good brands include "Essentia" and "Penta-Hydrate".