Alkalizing and balancing pH for Health


Vegetables and plant nutrients are considered alkalizing, as are foods rich in minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Some examples are kale: a mineral-rich, leafy vegetable that contains all of the above minerals as well as important plant nutrients; broccoli: a cruciferous vegetable that is also mineral-rich, with phytonutrients found to support hormone health; not to mention spinach, celery, lettuce, cabbage, and Swiss chard.

An important fact to point out: since food-serving recommendations have begun, no health organization, policy, rational health practitioner or author have ever suggested limiting these types of foods for better health! In fact, over the last several decades, the one piece of dietary advice given by all experts is that you need to eat more plant nutrients with some health experts now considering nine servings of vegetables per day to be optimal. A serving is considered to be about a handful in most cases: a piece of broccoli the size of your fist, a handful of spinach, or a carrot, meaning a total of nine per day would equate to two dinner plates of vegetables. It doesn’t appear that the recommendations will ever go lower, while grains, dairy, fruit and animal protein including fish, (acid-forming foods), have all seen recommendations for reduced consumption. Foods aren’t the only concern, acid-forming liquids are as big if not a bigger issue as they include alcohol, coffee and many sodas. Apart from adding to the acidic environment in the body, consumption of these beverages often means reduced intake of water and some juices that promote alkalinity! Where do nuts, seeds, and most legumes fall? Probably in the same category as vegetables but there isn’t complete agreement as some intolerances or allergies exist and some dietary recommendations avoid these foods. FYI Nuts and seeds cross the entire pH spectrum with almonds being alkalizing and walnuts being acidifying. Legumes are primarily acidifying.

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