The body functions optimally at a very specific pH level and has sophisticated mechanisms in place to help maintain this level. Known as buffering, when the pH of the body is too alkaline or too acidic, it will enact these buffers to bring it back to a safe level. Without these, and without maintaining the right pH level, we would not survive. Given that, it is not possible for us to remain in an acidic state for a long time, but it is possible to have negative reactions from over-consumption of acidic foods. Meat, fried foods, breads and pastas, among many others, can all have an acidic effect and lead to negative reactions for certain individuals. If this is the case for you, try opting for more alkaline foods like the following:
One of the best alkaline foods you can consume, leafy greens are filled with nutrients, including Vitamin K, magnesium, calcium and Vitamin B and are a powerhouse for delivering antioxidants and fibre to the body. When consumed, these nutrients are all beneficial to the body, offering everything from increased energy to better hair, to reducing muscle cramps. The fibre is key in helping move food along through the digestive tract and facilitate proper elimination. A key component of helping relieve symptoms of excess acid is to ensure food doesn’t sit and putrefy in the stomach and leafy greens can play a big part in preventing this.
Many people are perplexed to learn that lemon is actually an alkaline food. While it may taste acidic, and you use it in your food for an acidic flavour, when consumed and digested, the actions of the stomach neutralize it and it acts in an alkaline way in the body. This is why lemon is often recommended as a great way to aid in digestion and elimination, reduce bloating, and help with the natural cleansing of the body. If you find that you struggle to stay regular, or wake up in the morning bloated, starting the day with a mug of warm lemon water may be just what you need.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Similar to lemon, apple cider vinegar also has an alkaline effect on the body. Consuming apple cider vinegar is a great way to improve the microbiota in your stomach and is also an excellent, natural solution to acid reflux or gastrointestinal oesophageal disease. If you regularly experience severe acid reflux, your body may struggle to cope with acidic foods, and consuming antacids only masks the problem, offering relief, but not a solution. Incorporating consumption of apple cider vinegar and making it a regular part of your vegan food kit is a great way to address this issue in a more solution-based way.
While nearly all vegetables are alkaline, and there are many other alkaline foods, starting with just these three will help you get on the right track. Consume the lemon and leafy greens daily and use the apple cider vinegar when you have a case of acid reflux, and pretty soon you’ll feel better, have improved digestion and feel a massive energy boost. If you want to have meals ready to go with plenty of alkaline based foods, be sure to reach out to Savor to enquire about our meal subscription service.