When I was fighting for my life to beat a stage IV cancer diagnosis, I was determined to learn the foundation of real health. No stone I could find was left unturned. As it would unfold, an alkaline lifestyle was paramount.
In many ways, staying healthy and preventing disease is about making smart preventative choices. Living well helps increase the strength of your natural immune system and can help your body fight off sickness and damage. Having a good diet is an integral part of staying healthy, energetic and young!
• Spinach – Spinach has some of the highest alkaline concentration out of any food on Earth. Above and beyond this, it has close to a dozen other vitamins that are extremely important for the functioning of your body, including vitamins K, A, B2, E, magnesium, iron, dietary fiber, and more. It also has high concentrations of chlorophyll; recent studies seem to indicate that this substance acts as an antioxidant and is beneficial to ingest on a regular basis. Spinach also happens to be delicious and easily available at grocery stores everywhere, and there are a ton of recipes you can use it in.
• Kale – Number two on our list of high alkaline foods is kale. Like spinach, this is another large, leafy green, which is not a coincidence. You will again find tons of antioxidants and chlorophyll, just like with spinach. One particular advantage Kale brings to the table is that it contains at least 4 cancer-fighting agents, called glucosinolates. Kale is also great for those who are on a program to treat their cholesterol; steamed Kale is one of the best foods for those with cholesterol issues. Kale is slightly less popular than spinach, but this is usually because people overcook it; it is truly a delicious vegetable when prepared properly however.
• Cucumbers – Cucumbers are the best choice for those who are looking to detoxify and purify their systems as well as add alkalinity; this is because these are so incredibly hydrating, they also carry chemical compounds that you do not often find in other foods such as lignans. Lignans have been linked to reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Another popular use of cucumbers is as the base for many types of vegetable soup, as well as smoothies and juices. It provides a great tasting base juice that mixes easily with almost anything else.
• Broccoli – While definitely high in alkalinity, broccoli has some of the best across the board general nutrition of any food. Containing substantial portions of a healthy daily dose of close to two dozen different vitamins and minerals, a growing number of nutritionists and savvy cooks are trying to work broccoli in to the daily diet of their clients. This shouldn’t be that difficult, because broccoli is immensely versatile as a food. It is delicious raw, steamed, cooked, or added to almost any other food – you can even roast it.
• Avocados – Avocado is another food that is probably wouldn’t hurt to work into your daily diet. It gets a lot of bad press because of its high fat content, but what most people don’t realize is that these are ‘good’ fats, which won’t really make you gain weight. Think of it like ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol; same principle. Avocado makes the list because not only is it super-high in alkaline content and antioxidants, but it also has more oleic acid than probably any other food. This compound promotes your metabolism, helps fight bad cholesterol, and reduces the risk of heart disease.
• Celery – This is another food similar to cucumber, in that it has a very high water content. You’ll find it used more often as a juice and soup base than as a smoothie because of the higher cellulose content. Celery is of course loaded with alkaline but also surprisingly high in vitamin C as well as compounds referred to as phthalides and coumarins; again agents that inhibit cancer and improve heart health (a common theme among all alkaline-heavy foods in case you haven’t noticed by now).
• Bell Peppers – Bell peppers are some of the tastiest foods on this list, and also some of the highest in different types of antioxidant families. They contain literally dozens of distinct antioxidant compounds, including some of the most complex ones in existence. Bell peppers have over thirty different carotenoids present, for example. They also have twice as much vitamin C as the typical orange does.
Be sure to check out the recipe section of Renewed Living to incorporate these fabulous foods into your raw recipes.
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In health and gratitude,
Elaine & Nevin
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