Alkaline- for your health

There has been a lot of research done on the foods you should eat and the nutrition your body actually needs, which helps prevent chronic disease from developing in your body.
Our bodies are constantly trying to achieve a state of equilibrium at a pH of about 7.365, which is slightly alkaline. To do this, the body draws from the nutrients you put into it via food, which either acidifies or alkalizes the blood. When there are not enough nutrients to maintain this slightly alkaline state, the body draws from backup nutrient reserves in the bones and other places.
Most of the foods that people eat today — refined grains, pasteurized dairy, conventional meat, vegetable oils, artificial sweeteners, and processed sugars — are acid-forming foods. Rather than contribute to the roughly 80 percent alkaline-forming, 20 percent acid-forming diet, which some experts in the field believe to be ideal, a diet composed primarily of these acid-forming foods inhibits nerve function and damages cells.

Some of the best alkaline forming foods include:

• Cucumbers
• Chia seeds
• Figs
• Sprouts
• Dates
• String beans
• Root vegetables (radishes, carrots, beets, turnips, rutabagas)
• Almonds
• Avocados
• Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage)
• Fresh coconuts
• Raw, grass-fed milk
• Leafy greens (kale, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens)
• Raisins
• Lemons
• Cayenne pepper
• Wheatgrass
• Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)

You can see a pattern in the list- and its easy to understand what should be limited or eliminated!

Sources for this article include:

http://www.balance-ph-diet.com/acid_alkaline_food_chart.html

http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/holistic_health/data/thdiet3.html

http://livingthepresence.org/pdf/acid_alkaline_fds.pdf

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