We are certain that you have heard the premise an apple per day keeps the doctor away. But apple is just one of the foods that have numerous health benefits.
For a truly healthy lifestyle, you need alkaline foods that prevent your health and neutralize acids.
Truth be told, almost any unhealthy diet consists of toxins and acid-forming foods.
This includes processed sugars, refined grains, meats and dairy and much more. In order to neutralize the acidic influence, you need alkaline foods.
It is basic chemistry! Here are six alkaline foods that will help your immune system and overall health.
However, make sure to keep it balanced, as consuming too many alkaline foods can also be a problem.
Let’s start from the basic, and that is vegetables. In Chinese alternative medicine, root vegetables are a must have.
Common referred as the “healing yang”, root vegetables are rich in minerals that few other veggies contain.
When it comes to root vegetables, opt for beets, turnips, carrots, rutabaga and horseradish.
The best way to consume root vegetables is to steam them, as that way they keep all their nutritional and health benefits and values.
Chop them into a bowl, steam for 15 minutes and you have a healthy dish that will keep you full for several hours.
Serve as breakfast or dinner.
Another group of vegetables, cruciferous vegetables are mostly known for their ability to lower risk of cancer.
The group includes broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.
You know that broccoli that most parents in the movies try to force their children to eat?
Well, you need it as well. And there is an easy way to consume lots of cruciferous vegetables.
Make a homemade pesto, and add some broccoli to the basil.
Aside from numerous minerals, cruciferous vegetables also contain fiber and vitamins.
If you want to reduce the risk for cancer, eating cruciferous is the way to go.
Broccoli and other similar vegetables reduce the risk for liver, cervix, breast, lung, prostate colon cancer and uterine lining.
They also reduce oxidative stress, caused by the overload of free radicals.
Now we are getting into a super food category. Garlic is considered a miracle food, one that everyone should consume on a daily basis.
Yes, we know it is hard for some people to digest it, and the odor you get in your stomach and breath is sometimes impossible to digest.
But take a look at the nutritional value and health benefits of garlic.
Just one ounce of garlic contains 23% of your recommended daily dose of manganese, 17% of the vitamin B6 dose, 15% vitamin C and 6% of the recommended daily selenium dosage.
In addition, one ounce of garlic contains 1gram of fiber, 1.8 grams protein, 9 grams of carbs and moderate amounts of potassium, iron, calcium, copper and vitamin B1.
The miracle food is on the top of the list of recommended foods you need to consume to prevent several illnesses.
For starters, everyone knows garlic helps fight the common cold and flu, but the miracle food also lowers blood pressure, keeps cholesterol levels at a normal level, cleanse the liver and much more.
Stop for a second to think about this. Cayenne peppers have anti-irritant, anti-cold, anti-flu and anti-fungal properties.
And that is just scratching the surface of the health benefits of consuming cayenne peppers on a daily basis.
Peppers contain enzymes that are essential for our endocrine system to function properly.
They are rich in vitamin A, a vitamin we need in order to fight off free radicals.
One of the most common illness of the 21st century, migraine and headache, can also be cured by consuming cayenne peppers.
They have the ability to stimulate pain responses in different areas of the body.
Last, but not least, cayenne peppers help with digestive aid by stimulating the production of saliva.
Let’s get something clear, everyone wants to stay young.
Leafy greens help you in that goal. Rich with vitamin K, leafy greens prevent the blood clots, but also prevent age-related conditions.
With just 250ml raw serving of leafy greens (which you can do as a smoothie) is enough for your daily dose of vitamin K.
The group of leafy greens includes spinach, turnip greens, kale and Swiss chard among the most popular choices.
They are all rich with antioxidants and fiber, improving your digestion and vision.
And let’s not forget that kale is considered one of the superfoods, and one of the reasons is that the leafy green lowers cholesterol levels.
Last on the list of alkaline foods, lemons are arguably one of the most alkalizing foods among the group.
They provide instant prevention and cure for virus-related conditions and help with common coughs, flu, and cold symptoms. The green and yellow fruit also promotes detoxification and energizes the liver.
If you want to know how healthy a lemon is, just take a look at its nutritional value.
Just one raw lemon contains 0.6 grams of protein, 5.4 grams of carbs, 51% of your daily vitamin C dose and amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, and potassium.
One of the biggest reasons our body needs vitamin C, and lemons (in particular) is that the fruit helps our body absorb iron.
Pairing foods rich in vitamin C with foods rich in iron is the best way to fight iron deficiency.
For example, you can always use lemon as a sauce in a spinach salad. Squeeze one lemon over spinach salad and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.