How Eating Alkaline Foods Can Assist Weight Loss
Balance is key with a healthy lifestyle. And when it comes to our body’s pH levels, the food we eat must be balanced also, to ensure correct functioning.
pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline something is, and our blood pH needs to maintain a slightly alkaline level to keep us healthy. We help our bodies to maintain this pH balance by eating more alkaline-forming foods and fewer acid-forming foods.
- Alkaline-forming foods include most fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds, and herbal teas.
- Acid-forming foods include most grains, beans, meats, dairy products, fish, fast foods, and processed foods.
When we eat acid-forming foods, our body works to bring our blood pH back into balance by releasing alkaline-rich minerals into our bloodstream (e.g. calcium, phosphorus and magnesium).
If we are not eating enough alkaline-forming foods, then our body has to pull these minerals from our bones, teeth and organs. This can compromise our immune system, cause fatigue and make us vulnerable to viruses and disease.
Alkaline foods include:
- Sweet Potato
- Ginger Tea
- Coconut Oil
Acidic Foods include:
- Brazil Nuts
- White Rice
To ensure we are functioning at an optimum level, eat 60-80% Alkaline-forming foods and 40-20% Acidic-forming foods.