Top 7 Alkaline Foods

Following an alkaline diet is one of the best things you can do for your health to prevent illness and disease and to feel wonderfully vital, full of energy and to look a good few years younger!

Here's a list of 7 common powerhouse alkaline foods that you'll be able to buy in any good supermarket or green grocers:

1. Spinach - As a general rule, dark green vegetables are alkaline foods and spinach is no exception. The chlorophyll contained in the green pigment is pure sunlight energy and highly alkalizing to our bodies. It is most beneficial eaten raw, in salads or even juiced with some other alkaline foods, such as...

2. Avocado - one of the only alkaline fruits, it makes a great smoothie when blended with spinach, cucumber and pineapple (pineapple is not alkaline but we are looking to achieve a 70:30 balance between alkaline and acidic foods, so this is ok ☺). Avocado is also packed full of essential omega oils, for a healthy heart and great skin, hair and nails, as well as maintaining good joint functionality.

3. Celery - With virtually zero calories in it and full of nutrients, you can't really go wrong with celery. It's great to eat celery sticks raw with houmous dip, or chop it up in your spinach salads, with some seeds and almonds, or make a cabbage and celery soup if you like. Celery loses its bitter taste when cooked but remember that cooking also destroys some of the vitamins and minerals and makes it less alkaline.

4. Tomatoes - our little round red friends are fantastic alkaline foods and, like avocadoes, one of the only alkaline fruits. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which can help to prevent against heart attacks. However, lycopene it is not well absorbed into the body unless the tomatoes are cooked. Thus, the best sources are concentrated tomato products like tomato paste, ketchup and tomato juice. In addition, tomatoes ripened on the vine have more lycopene than those that ripen after they are picked.

Tomatoes are so abundant, tasty and versatile, there's no excuse for not eating them every day!

5. Broccoli - broccoli contains loads of cancer preventing/fighting anti-oxidants and it is also a good source of folate, iron, fibre, potassium and vitamin K, and has more calcium than a glass of milk (milk is acidic by the way too).

6. Cucumber - like celery, there are virtually no calories in cucumber, just water, nutrients and chlorophyll. Cut up into crudités and dip in houmous, or chop into salads. The most alkalizing part of a cucumber is its dark green skin, so eat all of it.

7. Lemons - many people are surprised to learn that lemons are an alkaline food. A fantastic and cheap way to make alkaline water is to squeeze the juice of a couple of lemons into a large jug of fresh water, or a lemon and a lime and drink.

(Source - Laura Wilson)

I would add sprouts, kale, spirulina and red pepper to my list of favourites. What are yours?