List of alkaline foods & drinks for the body

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List of alkaline foods & drinks for the body
Alkaline foods, like vegetables, can help maintain the body's pH balance. (vegetables image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

Unclear thinking, low energy and fatigue, excess weight and poor digestion are all possible symptoms of over-acidification of the body. Maintaining a proper pH balance, or acid-alkaline balance, keeps the body's organs from setting the stage for disease. With today's diet being highly processed, it is important to know the right foods to consume in order to counteract the acidity. Although many people are proponents of this diet, there are no medical studies to support its claims.

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Fruits

Rhubarb, avocado, tomato, lemon, grapefruit and watermelon are alkaline fruits. Mango, orange, papaya, banana, apricot, pineapple and pears should be eaten only in moderation, as they are slightly acidic.

Vegetables

For a salad choose lettuce, green or red cabbage, spinach and cucumbers. As a side dish, eat asparagus, leeks, peas, zucchini and cauliflower. If you want root vegetables, potatoes, radishes, beets, carrots and turnips are all alkaline.

Protein

Seeds and nuts are the best choice for protein. Almonds and Brazil nuts are alkaline. Eat sunflower, flax, sesame and pumpkin seeds. Animal meats are acidic. If meat must be eaten, stick to freshwater fish and organ meat, as they are the least acidic choices.

Grains and Fats

Spelt, buckwheat and lentils are the alkaline grains. Some alkaline oils are hemp, avocado, olive, evening primrose, coconut, borage and flax oil.

Drinks

Distilled or ionised water with or without fresh lime or lemon juice is best to drink. Choose herbal tea for a hot beverage. Some other alkaline choices are non-sweetened soy milk, almond milk and vegetable broth.

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