What is an Alkaline Diet?

What is an Alkaline Diet?

pH is an important concept that most people don’t understand. It simply refers to the Hydrogen content in a person’s body. It is necessary to maintain a certain pH because it helps prevent inflammations.

pH values range from 1 to 14. A pH level of 7 is called the neutral pH. A body with less than 7 pH level (1 to 6) means that it is acidic; while with more than 7 pH level (8 to 14) means that it is alkaline. Doctors, however, recommend maintaining a slightly above 7 pH level to ensure that the body functions optimally.

How to determine your body’s pH level

The easiest way to know your pH level is to use the litmus paper test. When you wake up in the morning, use a litmus paper to check the pH of your urine or saliva. Just dip the litmus paper in a little sample of either the urine or saliva. Watch as the litmus paper change color and when the color has stabilized, compare it to the standard color to know the pH level.

Indications of Low Alkalinity

There are symptoms that are associated with low alkalinity. If you have the following symptoms, it’s possible that your pH level is more likely acidic

  • Experiencing Insomnia
  • Frequent headaches and fatigues
  • Water retention
  • Depression
  • Having low blood pressure
  • Unhealthy skin, nails and hair
  • Gastritis and skin dryness

It’s been observed that when a body experiences a lot of stress as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle, the body becomes acidic. Being acidic can lead to having different ailments, including ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, reproductive problems and cancer.

To avoid these ailments, you need an alkaline diet. The alkalinity will help keep body cells and tissues stay healthy and stop inflammation. Furthermore, an alkaline diet has been found helpful in making the skeletal system strong and keep osteoporosis at bay.

How to have an Alkaline Diet

Here’s a list of foods you need to eat to have an alkaline diet. Most are fruts, veggies and whole grains.

  • Vegetables including cauliflower, beets, radish, carrots, broccoli, celery, turnips, cucumber, celery, garlic, onions, spinach, pepper and peas.
  • Fresh fruits including berries, apple, lemon, melon, orange, banana, pear, watermelon, peach.
  • Protein-rich foods like tofu, almonds and chestnuts
  • Ginger, cinnamon, mustard, sea salt and other spices.

Remember to do the following to ensure an alkaline diet everyday:

  • You need to eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies.
  • A glass of lemon juice is a must everyday
  • Use apple cider vinegar when making salad dressings.
  • Instead of coffee, drink green tea.
  • Red meat makes the body very acidic, so if possible reduce your animal protein intake.
  • Don’t drink soft drinks and reduce your overall intake of sugar.
  • Eat foods with whole carbohydrates instead of refined ones i.e. whole wheat bread instead of white bread.
  • Take your everyday vitamin C supplement.

It is important to balance your body’s pH level and optimize it’s regular processes and functions. Make an effort to have an alkaline diet to stay healthy always.

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