Alkaline vegetables are an essential part of keeping the acid alkaline balance of our body. In fact, they are the most important part. When following the alkaline diet, vegetables are the most alkalizing food you will eat. Only alkaline drinks, such as lemon water, is what you will have more of.
This is because most other foods have sugar or starch in them, which reduces the alkalizing qualities of the food. For example fruit includes a lot of fruit sugar (fructose), which makes even alkaline fruit less beneficial than alkaline vegetables.
What is the Alkaline Diet?
Just a quick recap, following the alkaline diet means to keep your bodies’ PH level in an alkaline state on an ongoing basis. Generally, the PH Level is measured on a PH scale ranging from 0-14, with 7 being neutral, less than 7 acidic and more than 7 alkaline.
Our bodies function more efficiently when in an alkaline state: the metabolism is improved, our internal organs work effectively, we feel more energised and most people also lose weight until their body arrives at its “natural weight”, a healthy and comfortable weight level determined by the body itself.
How Do We Alkalize The Body?
The main factors that contribute to our bodies’ PH level are nutrition and general lifestyle. The more toxins we put into our body through food, drink, stress and a toxic environment, the more acidic our body will be. When we consciously reduce the toxins that enter our body and choose a more alkaline way of life, our body becomes more alkaline and therefore healthier.
5 Best Alkaline Vegetables
Here are five great alkaline vegetables that you should start adding to your diet:
- Baby Spinach
- Green Asparagus
- Rocket Leaves
Baby Spinach: Can be added in salads, on sandwiches or pasta salad, or even green smoothies if you’re keen. It is preferable to eat baby spinach raw rather than cooked as your body will be able to receive more of the nutrients.
Broccoli: Is great in stir-fries, as a soup or even steamed with lemon juice and olive oil.
Green Asparagus: Can be steamed, stir-fried or even barbecued. Taste delicious with a little bit of good olive oil and himalayan salt.
Celery: Can be added to salads, stir-fries, eaten raw or juiced. If juicing it tastes best in combination with other fruits or vegetables. Try carrot, celery and apple juice for example.
Rocket Leaves: Like Baby Spinach, rocket leaves can be eaten as salads, with a sandwich or a pasta, and even on top of pizza! Be careful when making green smoothies, as rocket leaves can taste quite bitter by themselves.
These are only 5 alkaline vegetables you can add to your diet. There are many more alkaline foods that will improve your health, are delicious and easy to add to your every day life!