Can’t I Get All The Alkalinity I Need From Food?
Can you reach ideal states of alkalinity through food alone? Yes, it’s possible. But at the end of the day you might not want to eat this way on a constant basis (tons of yummy acidic foods out there and life’s short!). Or, you may already eat this way and find that you’re still too acidic. Let’s talk about common high-alkaline foods that have been widely reported on to the point that they’ve become fad-like.
Alkaline Eating Means Go Green! If there were a color that signified higher alkaline content in natural foods it would definitely be green, well aside from red bell peppers which are fabulous. Just realize that when you’re eating for alkalinity it’s going to take garbage bags full and the price of organic veggies isn’t going to plummet anytime soon.
We’re talking fresh leafy greens here folks, the more local the better. Non-organic and possibly GMO spinach varieties are another story altogether. It’s all about naturally occurring chlorophyll which is a dominant alkalizer. Spinach also provides a laundry list of micronutrients and alkalizing components like calcium and potassium. See, part of the reason it’s such a powerful antioxidant is its alkaline content!
Back in 2014 it was reported that US kale consumption had gone stratospheric. 400% more restaurant dishes included kale and thousands of kale farms had sprung up across the nation. Again, when you go organic or with a trusted source then you know you’re getting huge doses of chlorophyll. But most nutritionists agree that you shouldn’t bombard your body with kale around the clock.
Another titan of chlorophyll which comes with a slew of health benefits to boot. The issue is how much and how often can you consume organic steamed or raw broccoli? As a complimentary source of alkalinity, sure, but as a primary lifestyle source you would have to eat mountains of the stuff on a yearly basis.
Like celery below, cucumbers have more water content than you do (95%)! The remaining 5% contains micronutrients and alkalinizing lignans. Again, with a juicer you can buy tons and tons of cucumbers and get a good amount of alkaline water. Access to this amount for the average person isn’t reasonable though.
Superfood all the way, but outside of juicing tons of celery they’re just little doses of water. How much celery can you eat? You would have to consume cup after cup after cup. Use it primarily as a juice or blended for smoothies or perhaps homemade alkaline-based soups, but they’re not a mega-source to depend on. In an ideal world you’d be getting more than enough hydration through water as your primary source supplemented with the veggie juice you juice yourself at home rather than buy in a plastic container from the store.
Now let’s talk a bit about where acids occur in nature. That’s right, it’s not all about fast food, processed foods, soda, and high fructose corn syrup. Although those are the major acidic culprits in terms of conventional modernized diets, there’s plenty of acid in healthy foods as well!
Did you know that corn is one of the most common ingredients in mainstream foods? It’s in almost everything you buy on the supermarket shelves. Natural, or organic corn typically has a pH of 5.2. How about GMO corn? How about high fructose corn syrup? You can also add to this list lentils/beans (around 6.3) and winter squash (6).
Oh boy, there’s a lot of them! This should tell you that acid in and of itself isn’t bad. It’s a part of the duality of nature. Maintaining this balance in the face of modernity is what’s difficult. Many berries and glazed fruits are acidic, especially when they’re canned and preserved or have been sprayed with toxic chemicals and fertilizers.
It’s all about processing. The more processed a grain is the more acidic it becomes. All those “carbs” that fitness and health experts tell you to avoid because they’re more fattening are also low in alkalinity: white bread/rice, pasta, bagels, etc.
On the one hand healthy sources of mono and polyunsaturated fats like nuts, nut butters, and nut or seed-based oils are awesome and essential! But, on the other side of the coin they’re also acidic. A big one is corn oil which is in so many food products these days. Then you’ve got the ever-popular olive and canola oils and so on down the line. What fat do you depend on the most and have you checked its pH?
On the extreme end you have soda, which is increasingly becoming one of the most dangerous substances in the food system in terms of acidity. Just one example would be A&W Crème Soda which a pH level of 4.2! How about Gatorade? Their Clear variety reads at 2.4 along with Pepsi. A tremendous amount of acidity in the modern diet comes from drinks.
So you have to sort of put all this together when trying to analyze your level of toxicity: the good/bad sources of food and water, your environment, lifestyle, and your body composition. This is why we highly advise personal pH testing before and during the use of alkaline water.