Our bodies have a lot of systems in place to regulate the pH of our blood, organs, and other tissues.  It’s vital that our bodies stay pH balanced; otherwise our tissues could suffer damage from overly acidic or basic environments.  Additionally a wonky pH could slow down or stop the chemical reactions that constantly occur in the body.  That doesn’t bode well!

Once digested and processed, foods can be acid, alkaline, or neutral in our bodies.  Research shows that eating foods that result in alkaline products could have a number of health benefits.  Today we’ll talk about what alkaline foods are, and how they could benefit your health.

Alkaline Foods (eat these liberally)
  • Almonds
  • Chestnuts
  • Coconut
  • Molasses
  • Swiss chard
  • Kale
  • Beets
  • Beet greens
  • Dandelion greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Spinach
  • Most fruits and vegetables except those listed below

Acidic Foods (eat more moderately)
  • Meat
  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • Lentils
  • Cranberries
  • Plums
  • Prunes

Neutral Foods (eat more moderately)
  • Butter
  • Vegetable oils
  • Honey
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Research shows that diets rich in alkaline foods could help:

  • Strengthen bones
  • Maintain muscle mass
  • Support kidney health
  • Boost hormones that improve memory and cognition

As you can see this information gives me further incentive to push a diet that is rich in dark leafy greens!  Still feeling shy around spinach?  Try this Green Smoothie Recipe from Chef Marcus Samuelsson, you won’t even taste it… 

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