What did you think of after every time you got an acid reflux after eating? That you should soon shift to an alkaline diet, isn’t it? Apart from the fact that an alkaline diet maintains optimum pH levels in your system, it does a host of other things for you. Like it helps you lose weight, aids in fighting cancer, enhances your cardiac functioning, and also increases your vitality, to name a few. In fact, some people have acknowledged that an alkaline diet proves to be fruitful on deeper spiritual levels too, to the extent where this diet is called the God-awakening diet. These alkaline foods might be just those things you are searching for to bring back the harmony in your body. Start eating them now!
1. Raw Almonds
The best part about alkaline foods is that you have alkaline foods, you have very alkaline foods, and then there are very very alkaline foods. And raw almonds fall exactly in that very bandwagon. Almonds are rich in magnesium and calcium, which is what makes them an alkaline-forming food. Almonds are not only alkaline but also excellent reserves of protein and good fats, all in one tiny nut. Consumption of almonds noticeably reduces the low-density lipids, maintains the levels of high-density lipids, and prevents cardiometabolic diseases (1). Although almonds can be eaten by roasting them and soaking them, if you want to encash on certain other benefits that come from the phytates, gorge on them as they are.
If you want to stick to an alkaline diet and feel your meal is incomplete without grains, then it is quinoa what you are looking for. Although I said grains, technically speaking, quinoa is a seed that shares its familial roots with beets and chards. Vegetarians and vegans find it difficult to find their daily dose of protein intake from their food. For people like that, quinoa is the answer. Quinoa is not just any protein source. What’s special about this is that it has all the 9 essential amino acids that our body requires, making it a very rare and wholesome source of protein.
We are all aware of the goodness that omega 3-fatty acids in marine foods bestow on our health. Again, vegetarians find it difficult to find foods that can give them that kind of nutrition. Flaxseeds are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids that impart significant cardiovascular benefits (2). Also, including this alkaline food in your diet will keep you feel full for a long time owing to the fiber content in flaxseeds. One of the unique advantages of eating flaxseeds is the benefit of the mucilage in them. Mucilage is a water-like substance present in plants. This mucilage makes sure that the food you eat stays in the stomach for a longer time before going into the small intestine. This enhances the absorption of nutrients in the body.
Next on the list stands the banana. You are on an alkaline diet, or just for the benefits of staying alkaline, you are sticking to a regimen. And then comes the craving. You want something sweet and rich. No, forget all your donuts and cupcakes. Eat one banana instead. This is a fat-free source of sugars for you. It will kickstart your day if you are otherwise low. Banana increases the serotonin levels in your brain, which is what contributes to the feel-good factor you bask in after eating the fruit. If you are trying to shed some pounds, don’t be under the impression that a banana will be the villain of your diet. Remember that a banana is 75% water and is a low-energy dense food, which makes it a perfect food if you are in the mood to indulge but don’t want to put on weight.
Apart from the fact that buckwheat is just alkaline-forming, it is a hot favorite among health freaks for a lot of other reasons. These ‘grains’ (seeds, in fact) are low glycemic and consist of huge amounts of fiber. Any fans of plant-based proteins and calcium? Then, buckwheat should become your new staple now. Talking in terms of your blood circulation, consuming buckwheat will help strengthen the walls of blood capillaries because of the flavonoid called rutin that’s present in it.
6. Swiss Chard
Greens are a boon to your health. Talking about Swiss Chard specifically, it is full of nitrates, which are believed to maintain healthy blood pressure. It is laden with antioxidants and carotenes. Plus, it is completely fat-free like any other green leafy veggies. It is an excellent source of vitamins A and K. In fact, Swiss chards have 3 times the amount of vitamin K you would need in a day.
So, when are you switching your acidic foods to these alkaline ones? Immediately, I suppose! Write to me in the comments section below if you ever included these foods in your diet and how they helped improve your health.
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