Alkaline and acid foods

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Why it’s important to have the right balance

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 imagesWhen your body’s pH balance is off it creates an internal environment for bacteria, viruses, and other diseases to grow and thrive and almost every area of the body can be affected:

  • Nervous system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Muscles
  • Skin
  • Cancers

Some foods can neutralise acids – lemons, limes, seaweed, Asparagus, parsley

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The general “rule of thumb” is to eat between 20 – 35% acid foods and between 65-80% alkaline foods.

Alkaline-ash-producing food:
Milk, fruits, vegetables, almonds, dried apricots, butterbeans and haricot beans, chard, imagesdates, figs, molasses, olives, dried peas, parsnips, raisins, watercress, chestnuts, goats milk and cheese, soya, foods prepared with baking powder or bicarbonate of soda

Strongly Alkaline: green leafy vegetables, broccoli, spinach,  potato skins, bananas, millet, buckwheat and brown rice

Acid-ash-producing food:
Bread (especially wholewheat), cereals, cheese, corn, crackers, cranberries, eggs, lentils, pasta, meat, fish, poultry, pastry, white rice, peanuts, plums, prunes, walnuts, soft drinks

Strongly Acid: meat, fish, poultry, soft drinks, eggs, cheese. when eating these foods trying also incorporating acid neutralising foods like lemons, limes, seaweed, Asparagus, parsley

For more detailed information about acid and alkaline food tables click here

How to maintain the pH balance in the body

  • Don’t overuse scented bodywashes, shower gels etc
  • Don’t shower excessively, once a day is plenty
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid smoking
  • Add lemon juice to your salads or drink lemon juice and water
  • Eat fruits and veg that have a low GI (Glycemic Index)
  • Limit refined carbohydrates like white bread, rice pasta and flour. Cakes, biscuits, sweets and pastries
  • Chew your food and eat slowly

Try this Alkaline packed main course to restore your pH balance

Stir-fried Greens with sesame seeds, garlic and chilli – serves two 

100g of finely sliced kale or green cabbage1 tbls vegetable oil4 spring onions

150g broccoli florets

2 large handfuls of spinach

I chopped red chilli

 

1 “ of fresh ginger – finely sliced1 tbls soy sauce

2 cloves of garlic – finely sliced or crushed

2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

150g of brown rice

 

recipe-image-legacy-id--6009_11Cover the rice with boiling water and cook for 20 minutes (or according to the instructions on the packet) once cooked set aside

Heat the oil in a wok add the sliced greens and broccoli.  Stir fry for 5 – 8 minutes. Add the chillis, ginger and garlic.  If it gets too dry add a drop of water

Add the spring onions, spinach and soy sauce, and more water if necessary.  Cook for a further 5 minutes.  Tip the cooked rice into warmed bowls add the cooked greens and sprinkle over the toasted sesame seeds

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