Many nutritionists and scientists all over the world agree that we should take in at least five servings of vegetables and green foods per day. Most people do not even come close to this.
What many people do, especially for breakfast, is to consume foods and drinks like orange juice, toast, sweet rolls, muffins, etc., which contain huge amounts of sugar and simple carbohydrates. Traditional high protein breakfast foods like eggs, bacon, sausage, meats etc. also compromise the inner fluids and ultimately lead to higher acid levels in our body.
As a result, many people nowadays suffer from the over-acidification of their body, also known as acidosis. All food we ingest influence our body pH level. By consuming acid-forming or acidic food our body is continuously fighting to neutralize the excessive acid and to retain pH balance (a level of 7.356 on the pH scale). Symptoms of a pH imbalance can be weight problems such as overweight and underweight, as well as other health conditions such as allergies, arthritis, acne and heart attacks.
The general guidelines for an alkaline diet emphasize whole foods, particularly vegetables, root crops, and to a lesser degree, fruits, nuts, seeds, spices, whole grains, and beans (especially lentils). It also includes alkalizing beverages such as spring water and ginger root or green tea, and smaller amounts of essential fats, meat, fish, eggs, and dairy (if tolerated). Processed and artificial foods, caffeine, white sugar, and white flour are eliminated, when possible, but don’t be afraid to use real butter and full-fat milk (if you use dairy), and you may dress salads or cook with high-quality fats such as cold-pressed virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil.
Here is a list of Alkaline Forming Foods
High alkaline: Vegetable juices, parsley, raw spinach, broccoli, celery, garlic and barley grass.
Alkaline: Green beans, lima beans, carrots, beets, lettuce and zucchini.
High alkaline: Dried Figs and raisins
Alkaline: Dates, black currant, grapes, papaya, kiwi, berries, apples and pears.
Nuts and Seeds:
Alkaline: Hazelnuts and almonds.
High alkaline: Herb teas and lemonade (sweetened with stevia).
Alkaline: Green tea.