Top Six Alkaline Foods To Eat Every Day For Vibrant Health

The typical American diet is a deadly one, consisting primarily of toxic and acid-forming foods like processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, refined grains, conventionally produced meats and dairy, and hidden genetically modified organisms.

All this, combined with a plethora of other challenging environmental  factors (such as lack of rest, psychological stress, and pharmaceutical drugs),  mean it's no wonder that more and more people are being diagnosed with chronic,  degenerative illnesses or otherwise deadly conditions for which modern  conventional medicine claims to have no known cure.
One of the basic  underlying problems with this unsustainable lifestyle - and there are many - is  the average consumer's lack of understanding that the body must balance the  blood's pH levels at a slightly alkaline level of 7.365 in order to survive.  When a person ingests food to "burn" for fuel, the digestive and metabolic  process transforms it into a kind of ash which is either acidic or alkaline. The  laws of modern biochemistry further explain that it is not the organic matter of  foods (whether the food itself is acidic or alkaline), but their inorganic  matter (such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, phosphorous; that  is, how they break down in our bodies), that determines either the acidity or  alkalinity of this ashy residue.
For this reason, and because all foods  in nature contain both acid and alkaline-forming elements according to the  Conscious Living Center, balance is either achieved or thwarted as a  direct result of the foods we choose to eat. Too many acid-forming foods can have dire consequences for our  health, with "acidosis" being a common diagnosis in diabetics, for example. This  is because when the nutrients required to maintain this slightly alkaline state cannot be obtained from food, the body will instead draw from its own  stores, like the bones or other vital tissues - damaging its ability to repair  itself and detoxify heavy metals, thereby making a person more vulnerable to  fatigue and illness. And the margin for error is small. Even an only slightly  acidic pH of 6.9 can actually lead to coma and death.
Of course, the  ultimate goal is balance. Eating too many alkalizing foods can lead to its own  fair share of complications over time, but the risk of this is seemingly less  likely, given the current sorry state of today's highly addictive consumerist  diet. To combat the effects of such a diet, here are six of the most  alkaline-forming foods to work into your everyday meals:

1. Root vegetables

Due to the healing "yang" nature of these foods in  traditional Chinese medicine, and their tendency to be more rich in minerals  than many other vegetables, it may be safe to say that you can't get enough of  them. Look for radishes especially (black, red or white), as well as beets,  carrots, turnips, horseradish and rutabaga. Ready to eat after steaming for just  15-20 minutes, root vegetables will help you feel both satiated and better  grounded.

2. Cruciferous vegetables

These are the veggies we all know and love,  made even more delicious with just a small amount of healthy, homemade sauce  like pesto. Choose from broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and the  like.

3. Leafy greens

These include kale, Swiss chard, turnip greens and  spinach - of which spinach may in fact be the best pick. Known especially for  its rich vitamin K and folate content, spinach is also packed with vitamins,  minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber, helping to improve digestion  and even vision.

4. Garlic

A true miracle food, garlic appears at the top of innumerable  lists of foods that encourage overall health, and alkaline-forming food is no  exception. Among its other benefits are its ability to promote cardiovascular  and immune health by lowering blood pressure, cleansing the liver and fighting  off disease.

5. Cayenne peppers (capsicum)

As part of a family of potent, tropical  peppers which contain enzymes essential to endocrine function, cayenne is among  the most alkalizing foods. It is known for its antibacterial properties and is a  rich supply of vitamin A, making it a helpful agent in fighting off the harmful  free radicals that lead to stress and illness.

6. Lemons

Lemons may be the most alkalizing food of all. As a natural  disinfectant, it can heal wounds while also providing potent and immediate  relief for hyperacidity and virus-related conditions, as well as coughs, colds,  flu and heartburn. Lemon also works to energize the liver and promote  detoxification.
So it can't hurt to think twice about what's on your  plate at your next meal, but not doing so might. Just applying that  age-old motherly advice to "eat your vegetables" can be a solid first step in  achieving better health.

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