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)
- 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
- Poultry (less acidic than red meat)
- White rice
- Refined grain products and flours
- Peanuts, cashews, pecans
- White vinegar
The Top 23 List of Alkaline Foods
- Lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangerines
- Sweet potatoes
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sea vegetables
- Kale and other green leafy vegetables
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coconut oil, olive oil, flax oil
- Herbs (parsley, chives, mint, cilantro)
- Chia seeds
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.