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Alkaline Forming Foods and the Body

Updated on February 17, 2013

What are alkaline foods?

Did you know that our body is slightly alkaline in nature?

To function properly, our body’s pH should be more alkaline than acidic. The acidity of our body increases with stress, fatigue, restlessness and poor diet.

The signs of an acidic body include:

  • low on energy
  • lack of concentration
  • weak immune system (e.g. easily gets sick, prone to pains)
  • shows early signs of aging

On the other hand, when our pH level is more alkaline, we feel better.

We are generally healthy.

More importantly, we are able to reach our proper weights.

Those who exercise regularly and eat properly are most likely with a balanced pH level.

When you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of an acidic body, eating alkaline forming foods help. While there are other factors that affect our pH levels (e.g. worries, anger, pain or any kind of stress), having alkaline foods in our system should be good.

Some of the alkaline forming foods include:

  • watermelon
  • pears
  • melons
  • papaya
  • cantaloupe
  • seaweeds
  • apples
  • asparagus
  • okra
  • beets
  • strawberries
  • ginger
  • grains
  • lettuce
  • bananas
  • carrots
  • celery
  • spinach
  • limes
  • kiwi

Notice how alkaline forming foods are mostly fruits and vegetables? Aside from being alkaline forming, we benefit a lot them since they are packed with phyto-nutrients, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.

During digestion, these alkaline forming foods help with the distribution of nutrients across our body. They also help with the removal of toxic wastes from our system.

Alkaline foods help with weight loss, too. For one, they are mostly low in calories; some, even with negative-calorie effects. They help increase our metabolic rates; and help boost our energy levels. Adding alkaline forming foods in our diet truly benefits our weight loss goals.

In contrast, to maintain a balanced pH, acidic foods or acid-forming foods should be avoided. Such includes:

  • fried foods
  • soda
  • concentrated fruit juices
  • dairy products
  • alcohol

Proper nutrition, rest and exercise will help our pH level in balance. However, like in everything else, moderation is in order.

Even if alkaline foods are important to us, we should still not over-eat them. In the same respect, it’s fine to eat acid forming foods once in a while.

As long as you eat plenty of alkaline rather than acidic foods; coupled with exercise, your body should be fine.


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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Sure thing, mr-veg! All the best!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for your visit rebecca! I'm glad to be of service!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks peggy! Like you, I'm fond of reading alkanine and acid-forming foods... I am hyper-acidic; and I like taking care of my body.

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      mr-veg 5 years ago from Colorado United States

      Good one beignwell !! I learnt something today ! thanks for sharing

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is new information for me, and I learned something here. Fortunately the list includes all the foods I love. Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have been reading more about the benefits of keeping our bodies in an alkaline state verses an acidic one. Your hub reinforces what I have been reading. Voted up and useful. Will also share.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I like how you presented this info. I see food differently...thank you!