Hi my beautiful people! Busy week so far? Here’s how you can get a boost!  In last weeks post we talked about acid- forming foods and how they can accelerate disease processes when in excess. This week we want to look at some alkaline producing foods! Remember the acidity or alkalinity of the actual food  before it’s eaten is different than the acidity or alkalinity of the food after it’s eaten. See more about this on my previous post.

Did you know that just by adding more alkaline forming foods into our diet we can promote healing! Also even JUST by reducing acidic-forming foods in our diet we can fight disease. Watch this 6min video where Dr. Oz explains this well.

Heres a list of just some alkaline forming foods

  • Garlic
  • spinach
  • kale
  • cucumber
  • almonds
  • apple cider vinegar
  • tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • bell pepper

Basically most dark green leafy vegetables! You can start by just adding a few of the above list into your already existing diet. Enjoy!

xox

~A~

References

Spinach as a powerful antioxidant: Manach C, Scalbert A, Morand C, Rémésy C, Jiménez L. Polyphenols: food sources and bioavailability. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 May;79(5):727-47. 2004. PMID:15113710.

Tang J, Meng X, Liu H et al. Antimicrobial activity of sphingolipids isolated from the stems of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). Molecules. 2010 Dec 15;15(12):9288-97. 2010.

Avocado & Inflammation: Rosenblat G, Meretski S, Segal J et al. Polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols derived from avocado suppress inflammatory response and provide non-sunscreen protection against UV-induced damage in skin cells. Arch Dermatol Res. 2010 Oct 27. [Epub ahead of print]. 2010.

Pepper and Cancer: Ambrosini GL, de Klerk NH, Fritschi L et al. Fruit, vegetable, vitamin A intakes, and prostate cancer risk. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2008;11(1):61-6. 2008.

 

 

 

Remember in chemistry class when we were learning about pH? When we may or may not have been paying attention?

Here’s a mini do-over that may save your health! Organisms on Earth function optimally at their designated  pH levels. pH-Chart

  • Human life needs a tightly controlled pH level to survive.

    This level is (7.35-7.45), which is slightly alkaline.

  • Different areas of your body will have varying pH’s.

    The stomach (pH of 1.35 to 3.5). This helps in digestion and to fight off unwanted organisms.

    The skin (pH of 4-6.5). To create an environmental barrier against bacteria overgrowth.

    The vagina (pH less than 4.7). To prevent unwanted bacteria overgrowth. 

  • Foods have pH levels, which can be acidic, alkaline, or neutral in the body.

    Fruits and leafy green vegetables tend to be more alkaline, while processed foods and meats tend to be more acidic in the body.

  • A diet too high in acidic forming foods can be linked to disease.

    Note that a foods acid/alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. i.e lemons are acidic but after digestion they create alkaline forming products in the body, likewise meat can test alkaline before digestion but create acid forming products in the body.

  • Alkaline forming foods are associated with healing. 

    So now what Arlene?! What do I do with this information? Well knowledge is the first step. Now you can start evaluating the foods you eat. Ask yourself with curiosity. “I wonder is this food promoting healing or sickness in my body? Stay tuned for more information on ‘alkaline vs. acidic forming foods’ in the body.

    xox

    ~A~


    *Reference– Schwalfenberg, G. K. (2012). The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health? Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012, 727630. http://doi.org/10.1155/2012/727630