How to Make My Diet More Alkaline
No doubt you’ve put some thought into trying to find a diet that will give you the right balance. You may already have checked out the food pyramid, which does offer information on how to keep to a healthy food intake.
But have you ever thought about just how important your pH levels are to help you reach a healthy balanced diet?
The balance between alkaline or acidic conditions is extremely important for a feeling of well-being. Without this balance you’ll find that you suffer more illnesses both in the short and long term.
But what is the recommended balance?
Generally speaking, your diet should always contain a ratio of approximately 7 to 3 in favor of alkaline food. Most commonly, people’s diets are tilted towards the acidic side and in the long term this can result in quite unpleasant health issues.
The solution is simple: focus on the more alkaline food sources.
How do you know which foods are alkalizing?
This isn’t simple as it sounds, because the majority of food types are available in alkaline and acidic forms. To help you understand why it’s so important we’ve put together the following guide and which includes benefits and a couple of really simple recipes.
Why Is An Alkaline Diet So Important?
Not being aware of what you are eating means that you often eat foods that are too acidic for our own good. You may enjoy eating them, but have you stopped to think what detrimental effect they could have on your health?
When you consume foods with a lower pH level (acidic) you are increasing the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and obesity. This is because of the high level of acid forcing the body to take the minerals needed from tissues, organs, cells and bones.
On the other hand, consuming the higher pH level (alkaline) puts you at less risk of suffering a stroke or hypertension. It also helps to reduce pain, but better still, it helps to improve cognition and your memory. What’s more, research has shown that bone density and muscle mass will also improve.
Do Alkaline Diets Work?
As with all diets, they’ll only work if you stick to them!
But the promise here is that by eating the right foods your body will become more alkaline. This means that you need to avoid products like processed foods, wheat, meat and refined sugar as they are the cause of acid being produced in your body.
This, of course, is not good for you. You’ll also need to reduce your consumption of alcohol to an absolute minimum, as it is one of the main contributing causes of acidosis. Try drinking alkaline water, green tea or natural energy boost drinks instead. These will balance your pH and work wonders to detox your body.
By choosing the right alkaline foods you’ll be protecting your body against many diseases or health ailments. This is because alkaline food is much simpler to break down so the body can absorb the minerals and vitamins easily. Additionally, any nuts or seeds you consume contain fats that are essential for improving your skin tone.
Another significant benefit, is that you’ll be able to shed those excess pounds a lot faster!
But how does that work?
An alkaline diet decreases the leptin level in your body as well as inflammation. This helps your fat burning abilities and decreases your hunger. You’ll find that with the average leptin level your body will suddenly be satisfied when you only consume the actual amount of calories that are needed.
What Are Alkaline Foods?
When we talk about alkaline foods we’re basically taking about specific fruits, legumes, most green vegetables, and nuts.
The most alkaline of all are considered to be cauliflower, watercress, spinach, kale, beetroot, asparagus, artichoke, broccoli, fennel, lime, lemon, grapefruit, figs and dates.
You will find that by consuming these in their raw state or by juicing or steaming them, you’ll benefit the most.
The best thing you can do is print out a pH food chart and then source as many different alkaline food sources as possible. The more diverse you can make your diet, the less likely you are to abandon it.
3 Simple Alkaline Diet Recipes
If you look at the alkaline food chart you’ll find that many foods are mildly and moderately alkaline, and some are highly alkaline. Because there are so many different types available, you can really diversify your diet.
With a simple list of recipes, you will increase your chances of getting the right balance.
Why not try out the following recipes to convince yourself of just how appetizing alkaline foods can be!
Watercress, Cucumber and Chilled Avocado Soup
Ingredients per portion:
- 2 cups watercress
- 1 cup diced cucumber
- 3 organic avocados
- 2 squeezed lemons
- 1 ½ cups water (filtered)
- Salt and pepper
- Cherry tomatoes as garnish
All you need to do for this simple recipe is puree all the ingredients, add a little salt and pepper then halve the cherry tomatoes to use as garnish.
Ingredients for 4:
- 200 grm carrots
- 500 grm broccoli
- 300 grm peas
- 2 medium onions
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 200 ml vegetable stock (yeast free)
- 200 ml unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Black pepper (freshly ground)
Peel onions and garlic cloves and chop them up. Cut the stem from the broccoli florets and thinly slice the carrots.
Fry the onion, garlic and curry powder in oils then add the carrots and broccoli. Add a little salt and fry briefly. Add stock, coconut milk and ½ teaspoon of lemon peel (grated). Gently cook in a covered pan for 12 minutes. Season and then bring to the boil before serving.
Poached Pears Dusted With Green Tea
Ingredients for 4:
- 4 firm pears
- 12 sweet green tea bags
- 2 orange peel strips (8cm)
- 3cm fresh ginger (peel + slice thinly)
- 1 vanilla bean (scrape)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 6 cups water
- Mascarpone cheese (whipped)
Bring the water to the boil and add the sweet green tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes. Add vanilla seeds + pod, orange peel, ginger and sugar and simmer for 5 minutes.
Peel the pears and remove core. Add to the saucepan covering them with parchment paper so they will stay submerged. Gently simmer for 20 minutes.
Boil the cooking liquid until only 1 cupful of syrup remains. Serve pears covered with 2 tablespoons of syrup.
As you can see, creating a more alkaline diet doesn’t take a Michelin star. Introducing one or two of such dishes a day will make a huge difference and will help you find the right pH balance.