How to Alkalize Your Diet

Three Methods:Alkalizing Your DietMaking Other Lifestyle ChangesUnderstanding pH

The Alkaline Diet, or Alkaline Ash Diet, is believed to have many health benefits. This is based on the idea that the acid and alkaline levels of the blood, also known as the pH levels, can be either positively or negatively affected by the foods you eat. [1] Follow these steps to increase the alkaline foods in your diet..

Method 1
Alkalizing Your Diet

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    Build most of your diet from alkaline foods. Though there’s not a daily recommended serving of alkaline foods, try to make 70-80% of your daily foods alkaline. This can help you balance the levels in your body each day.
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    Eat plenty of vegetables. Vegetables are one of the best ways to include alkaline foods to your diet. Eat the vegetables such as:
    • Beets, radishes, and beet greens
    • Leafy greens, like kale, lettuce, spinach, turnip greens, collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, and arugula
    • Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, and zucchini
    • Celery, cucumber, onions, peas, green beans, and peppers
    • Asparagus, brussel sprouts, and artichokes
    • Barley grass, wheatgrass, and alfalfa
    • Cilantro, basil, garlic, and ginger[2]
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    Include fruit. Fruits, like vegetables, are alkaline food. Any fruit is good, like avocados, apples, bananas, berries, cantaloupe, grapes, lemon, oranges, figs,peaches, pears, tomatoes, and watermelon.
    • Raisins are one of the most alkaline producing foods.[3]
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    Eat nuts and seeds. Nuts and nut milks are good alkaline foods. Try almonds, chestnuts, and hazelnuts, or flax seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds.[4]
    • You can also drink nut milks, such as almond milk.[5]
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    Incorporate soy products. Soy is another great way to eat alkaline foods. Eat tofu, soy flour, or soy milk.[6]
    • You can also eat dried soy beans as a snack.
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    Eat grains. Try to eat gluten and yeast free grains and bread on an alkaline diet.[7] This includes brown or wild rice, buckwheat, millet, spelt, and kamut flour.
    • Amaranth and quinoa are also great alkaline foods.[8]
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    Add legumes. Legumes, which include beans such as white, navy, red, lima, and mung beans, are alkaline foods. Lentils are also great.[9]
    • Add them to salads, soups, or as side dishes every day.
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    Cook with oils. Some oils are better that others, while some are acid forming. Use coconut oil, flax seed oil, sesame oil, borage oil, olive oil, and avocado oil.[10]
    • Don’t cook with saturated fats or butter.[11]
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    Eliminate acid causing foods. There are certain foods that encourage acid production in your body. Acidic foods include meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, and alcohol. You should also stay away from refined sugar and processed foods.[12][13]
    • White meat and seafood are better choices for your pH. You should also choose other milk sources over cows milk.[14] Also choose grass-fed, organic meats.[15]
    • Reduce the number of condiments, sauces, and dressings you eat. Ask for them on the side.
    • Don’t choose prepackaged snacks.

Method 2
Making Other Lifestyle Changes

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    Fill your plate with veggies. One of the best ways to promote an alkaline diet is to pile your plate with vegetables instead of meat or starches. If you do this, you don’t leave room for acidic foods.[16]
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    Reconsider eating out. Instead of going through the drive-thru, fix food at home. Meals from restaurants are generally full of processed foods. Fixing your food at home is the healthier and more alkaline-friendly option.[17]
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    Clean with natural products. Many commercially produced products contain high levels of acid. This includes household cleaning products and bath products.
    • Instead of these, make natural household cleaning products like diluted apple cider vinegar.[18]
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    Ingest baking soda. Baking soda is an alkaline product, so ingesting it daily can help you alkalize your diet. Mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water.[19]
    • Drink this mixture once a day.

Method 3
Understanding pH

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    Understand your body’s pH. pH refers to the concentration of hydrogen ions in the body. The pH of the blood is slightly alkaline, usually between 7.37 and 7.43.[20] Because of the processed foods you eat, your bodies can get too acidic.
    • The body closely controls the pH of the blood. If the pH of the blood changes, serious consequences can result, such as heart arrhythmias, lung conditions, blood sugar control problems, coma, seizures, stupor, and death.[21]
    • Food can affect the pH of your urine and the contents of your breath, but not the pH of your blood. Some who promote the alkaline diet often claim that this diet protects your bones from acid, but acid in your diet does not affect bones.[22][23]
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    Know the importance of alkaline foods. It is a fact that overall alkaline foods are better for your health than acidic foods. Although reason and science doesn’t support an alkaline diet, eating alkaline foods is good for you.[24]
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    Recognize the benefits of the diet. Though foods may not significantly change the pH of your blood and there’s no evidence for any significant medical changes, the alkaline diet can help you become healthier and promote weight loss.[25]
    • Since the diet is rich in fruits and vegetables and low in animal protein, some early evidence has shown eating alkaline foods can help prevent kidney stones, strengthen muscles and bones, boost heart and brain function, reduce lower back pain, and lower risk for type 2 diabetes.[26]

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