A recipe for an alkalizing quinoa salad. Textural, refreshing and incredibly healthy.
Maintaining a more alkaline body can be beneficial to one's overall health. Blood has a slightly alkaline pH of about 7.4, and must maintain this in order for the body to function properly. Acidosis is linked to over 150 degenerative diseases.
Age-related diseases such as osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, allergies, kidney and gallstones all have linked low calcium levels and other low mineral levels in the body that are a result of an acidic body. Osteoporosis can be helped tremendously by eating an alkaline diet as an acidic body causes calcium to erode, leading to brittle bones. Weight-bearing activities are equally as important to maintain healthy bone density. 

By limiting the amount of acid-forming foods one eats, the more alkaline one's body will become, as will increasing alkalizing foods.

What Is An Alkaline Food? 

What makes a food more acid or alkaline is not how they taste, but the residue they leave in the body after being metabolized (an alkaline or acid ash). Eating more alkaline foods is a great way to increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and whole, gluten-free grains. 

Trying to eat a 70% alkaline diet is a manageable goal for most in the warmer months (with the large selection of alkalizing vegetables available), and 50-60% in the cooler months. You don't want to eat 100% alkaline as this can bring with it another set of health issues.

Symptoms of an Overly Acidic Body 

  • Chronic nasal or chest congestion 
  • Low energy
  • Anxiety, irritability
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Lowered immunity (frequent colds, flu and infections)
  • Osteoporosis
  • A family history of disease

More Acid-Forming Foods

  • Refined sugar (highly acid and inflammatory)
  • Coffee (highly acidic, dramatically depletes calcium from bone)
  • Milk (except goat milk, which is an alkaline food)
  • Black tea
  • Wheat
  • Meat
  • Poultry (less acidic than red meat)
  • Cranberries
  • Strawberries
  • White rice
  • Refined grain products and flours
  • Peanuts, cashews, pecans
  • Cheeses
  • White vinegar

The Top 23 List of Alkaline Foods

  1. Lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangerines
  2. Raspberries
  3. Watermelon
  4. Sweet potatoes
  5. Pumpkin seeds
  6. Sea vegetables
  7. Garlic
  8. Kale and other green leafy vegetables
  9. Pineapple
  10. Bananas
  11. Beets
  12. Onions
  13. Ginger
  14. Almonds
  15. Sprouts
  16. Avocado
  17. Apple cider vinegar
  18. Molasses
  19. Coconut oil, olive oil, flax oil
  20. Herbs (parsley, chives, mint, cilantro)
  21. Chia seeds
  22. Quinoa
  23. Millet

Seasonal Alkaline Diet Recipe 

This light, warmer weather salad features quinoa, a more alkaline grain, along with plenty of alkalizing herbs, fruits, seeds and olive oil. It's packed with beautifying vitamins, minerals, fibre, healthy fat and protein. I ate mine on top of spinach with sliced avocado for a satisfying lunch. 


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