Eating alkaline foods and drinking alkaline water not only help cleanse the body, but they are also essential to bone health! A diet high in alkaline foods could also be considered “anti-aging” because it increases your intake of antioxidants. Constant consumption of highly acidic food puts stress on the kidneys, which need to regulate our pH for us. Highly acid-forming foods include meat, dairy, cheeses, and refined sugar, as well as nicotine and caffeine.
Read on for an easy guide to stay alkaline, and an easy recipe for a tasty green juice!
1. Start the day with an alkaline tilt
An alkaline-forming seed or grain (quinoa, wild rice, oats) with fruit
Tofu scramble with greens
Lentil vegetable soup
Ginger tea or hot lemon/lime water tea
2. Consume two cups of vegetables for lunch and two cups for dinner
1 to 2 different alkaline-forming veggies with olive oil dressing
A veggie steamer with a timer does all the work
Vegetable-laden soups in the winter and lush salads in the summer
3. Replace most grains with root crops and gourds
Every day use of roots such as sweet potatoes, yams, turnips, beet, white and red potatoes, daikon, etc.
Squash of all sorts provides an alkalizing carbohydrate
Baking yams, sweet potatoes and squash enhances their rich, sweet taste
4. Enjoy nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices daily
Pumpkin seeds, cashews, chestnuts, sesame seeds, and almonds are among the best
Most all spices are alkaline forming and high in antioxidants and add zest to the meal
Liberal use of onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and all cooking herbs
5. Incorporate alkalizing drinks daily
Juice of a lemon or lime in hot or cold water
Mineral water with high dissolved solids and spring water as a second option
Green tea, ginger tea, kombucha, and apple cider vinegar tea
“Green” vegetable juices and smoothies (recipe below!)
Homemade vegetable broth
6. Limit sweeteners and use them in small quantities in alkalizing forms
Coconut sugar, maple syrup, and agave are good choices
Baked and dried fruit used to tame the sweet tooth
7. Monitor your acid load and adjust your program as necessary
Strive for a 6.5 to 7.5 first-morning urine pH (best is urine tested after 6 hours or more of uninterrupted sleep)
The Alkaline for Life® pH Test Kit provides all the materials and knowledge you need for testing your pH and developing a full Alkaline for Life® diet
For more information see www.betterbones.com, and Dr. Brown’s bestselling book, The Acid Alkaline Food Guide.
GREEN JUICE: BASIC DELICIOUS RECIPE
Makes 2 servings
3 apples, cored
2 stalks celery
juice of 1 lemon
4 ounces of kale leaves, about 1 bunch
pinch of cayenne
Wash all your ingredients thoroughly and run them through your juicer.
To make this recipe without a juicer, combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, using a spatula to squeeze out as much juice as possible. An even better technique for extracting more juice is to strain the mixture through cheesecloth and wring out as much liquid as you can.
Divide the juice into two glasses and enjoy!