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How To Choose The Right Alkaline Foods? Here’s What You Should Be Eating

How To Choose The Right Alkaline Foods? Here’s What You Should Be Eating

Have you ever had heartburn? It’s an uncomfortable subject. You feel the stomach acid painfully welling up in your chest, then seeping up your throat. You’ve probably also heard people refer to it as acid reflux. Around 19.8 percent of adults have a recurring heartburn condition called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).[1][2] Fortunately, an alkaline diet can help stave off the effects of acid reflux. An alkaline diet works by balancing the pH levels in your body. It also helps maintain muscle and bone density.

The modern American diet consists of a lot of acidic, protein-rich foods, which create an imbalance between acidity and alkalinity. According to Healthline, a medically-reviewed source for health information, there are multiple problems with eating too many acidic foods full of protein:

  • The acid can build up in your urine, causing a type of kidney stone called uric acid stones to form
  • The acid can build up in your blood, causing bone and muscle deterioration and leading to conditions such as osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, as well as liver problems

To help balance your pH levels, tame the heartburn beast, and reduce the risk of debilitating conditions, consider this list of alkaline foods.

Note: Some foods, such as corn, have a high pH value but don’t convert to alkaline ash in the body. The following list includes foods that:

A) Have a high pH value and also convert to alkaline ash in urine

B) May not have a high pH value but are known to contribute to higher alkaline ash levels in urine

The pH values range from 0 to 14, where 0 is highly acidic, 7 is neutral, and 14 is highly alkaline.

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Consult with a physician before making any drastic changes to your diet.

Tofu

    The pH of soybean curd tofu is 7.2. Soybean curd also provides a good source of vegetable protein. You can add tofu to all sorts of dishes, including stir fry, curry, and casseroles.

    Honeydew

      Yes it’s hard to find the perfectly ripe honeydew, but when it comes to flavor, the search is well worth it. When it comes to alkalinity, the honeydew can reach 6.67 pH. Combine with other kinds of melon for a flavorful and healthy combo.

      Broccoli

        You might hate it, but this stuff is great for you. Broccoli is high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, B6, and vitamin A. It’s actually a fairly good protein source, and its pH value can reach 6.85.

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        Cabbage

          Cabbage can reach a pH value of 6.8. For a truly healthy, tasty cabbage meal, try a Mexican Cabbage Soup.

          Spinach

            The whole “eat your spinach, it’ll make you stronger” thing (you remember Popeye?) has a health-benefit basis. Spinach has a pH value of up to 6.8, and it‘s high in insoluble fiber, which helps with digestion. One cup of spinach has a gram of protein, and is packed with vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron.

            Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil

              Flaxseed is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, and ALA Omega 3 fatty acid, which helps prevent heart disease and high cholesterol.[3] Flaxseed oil has the heart benefits of flaxseed without the fiber, and both convert to alkaline ash as they make their way through your digestive system.

              Lemon and Lemon Juice

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                Lemons have high acidity, but you convert it to alkaline ash during digestion. Some sources indicate that, along with watermelon, lemon yields the most alkalinity for your system. Lemons are fantastic for a lot of reasons—lemon juice turns water into an even healthier beverage, and lemons have a ton of vitamin C.

                Beets and Beet Juice

                  Beets check in at up to 6.6 alkalinity, and they may benefit your brain. Researchers from Wake Forest University found that beet juice improved blood flow to the brain because beets have a lot of nitrate, which you convert to nitrite. In turn, nitrite opens up blood vessels.

                  Kale

                    What a fantastic leafy green! In addition to promoting healthy alkaline levels, kale is packed with even more fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C than spinach.

                    Sprouts

                      Brussel sprouts have a pH value of up to 6.3, and they’re chock full of phytochemicals such as isothiocyanates. Isothiocyanates might suppress tumor growth and hormone production. Meanwhile alfalfa sprouts have essential amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals.[4] And, sprouted breads are a great option to replace the carb-heavy, flour-based breads we’re used to buying at supermarket.

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                      Quinoa

                        Of course! Quinoa is a great source for your protein, as it’s a complete protein.[5] It’s also great for balancing your alkalinity. The majority of meat protein sources are acidic. Along with a balance of the other foods on this list, quinoa could potentially replace meat in your diet.

                        Herbs and Spices

                          Besides salt, mustard, and nutmeg, most herbs and spices are alkaline. So season and spice your meals to perfection. In particular, capsaicin (a chemical in chili peppers) can help reduce pain and may even help treat heartburn. Also, studies are showing that cinnamon can help with weight loss, can help reduce blood sugar levels, and may be an anti-aging agent.[6]

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                          Reference

                          [1]Medical News Today: Alkaline Diet Can Combat The Effects Of Acid Reflux
                          [2]GERD Help: GERD and Food
                          [3]University of Maryland Medical Center: Flaxseed
                          [4]Food Source Information: Sprouts
                          [5]Huffington Post: 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Quinoa
                          [6]Time: Why Cinnamon Is Insanely Good for You

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                          How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                          How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                          Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                          The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                          The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                          Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                          Review Your Past Flow

                          Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                          Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                          Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                          Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                          Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                          Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                          Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                          We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                          Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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