The media and the doctors keep saying it and repeating it: eating a balanced diet ensures a healthy and serene life. A healthy, rich and varied diet should consist mainly of fruits and vegetables. All foods have different nutritional values and provide the nutrients your body needs to maintain your health. Here is a list of the most alkaline foods in the world.
But above all, what does alkaline mean?
Alkaline foods are good for your health
Alkaline foods are those that do not bring acidity to the body which is great for your health. Indeed, for the body to be healthy, it must have a good acid-base balance and display a pH between 7 and 7.4 in terms of its fluids including blood, saliva, lymph and urine. However, nowadays, eating habits tend towards an acidic pH, which causes several disorders and diseases such as anxiety, insomnia, muscular pains, premature aging, etc.
To avoid these diseases and boost your energy, here is a list of alkaline foods to introduce into your eating routine.
The 5 most alkaline foods
- Olive oil
Olive oil is the healthiest vegetable oil that exists. It is one of the best alkaline foods because it contains an abundance of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidant vitamin E. It is very often used to prevent cardiovascular disease and to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women.
- Flax seed and linseed oil
Flaxseed oil or flaxseeds are very rich in Omega 3, vitamin E and vitamin K, monounsaturated acids and essential fatty acids. It is highly recommended for men with prostate problems because it reduces the size of tumors reaching this organ. It also promotes the proper functioning of the kidneys, prevents cancers (especially breast cancer). People who take a detox cure consume a lot. It is also known to rebalance blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
However, flaxseed is contraindicated only to children under 6 years of age and to people with thyroid disorders or bowel obstruction.
- Fruits and vegetables
Our parents have always told us and repeated: vegetables make you grow, but it heals too. It is recommended to eat more fruits and vegetables than meat because they are too rich in fat, while vegetables especially green vegetables have a high water content.
Here is a list of alkaline fruits and vegetables: asparagus, eggplant, chard, carrot, celery, cucumber, garlic, grapefruit, green beans, peas, lettuce, lemon and lime, onion, pear, apple, seaweed including spirulina, mushrooms squash, rutabaga …
- Cruciferous vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables are part of the cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli family. Their particularity is that they have a powerful anti cancer property. Among these vegetables we find: broccoli, watercress, turnip, radish, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and Kale.
The family of melons, including watermelon, are very rich in potassium, folic acid, vitamin A and B6, and dietary fiber. All of the above mentioned nutrients alone produce powerful energy which helps us to hold all day long. Melon precisely is a fruit that greatly reduces the risk of stroke because it has the special feature of thinning the blood, much better than paracetamol!