How Alkaline Foods Can Benefit You

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21 Alkaline Foods and How They Can Help You.

Hummus This wonderful snack food is made from ground chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. It has a number of awesome trace minerals, is high in protein, and is full of healthy fats that promote heart health. It can be flavored in a variety of ways and comes with the added bonus that they can lower your cholesterol, and contain natural chemicals that can help fight cancer-causing damage.
Avocado is among the most popular alkaline foods. It is good for use as a condiment, topping, or filling. One thing few people know is that they are higher in potassium than the average banana. They are also high in fiber and can help to lower your cholesterol. They contain massive amounts of vitamins and minerals that help to nourish the body as well.
Cherries are an amazing natural source of melatonin with is a hormone-producing by your pineal gland. Science has discovered that eating cherries or drinking cherry juice can greatly help you to stay asleep for longer periods. Melatonin is also an antioxidant that can help to combat free radicals. Cherries are also full of powerful naturally occurring anti-inflammatory chemicals.

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Alkaline foods are those that have a pH above 7 or can lower acidity in the body.

The majority of these types of foods have an excellent impact on the bod. Furthermore, they tend to contain many of the vitamins and minerals that we rely on to fight disease and promote healing.


The body has a somewhat narrow pH window in which it must remain to stay alive. Additionally,  many things about the relationship between acid and alkaline sources are not completely understood. However, it is clear that  alkaline foods have health benefits that everyone can enjoy.






Ground chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic are the main ingredients in hummus. Hummus offers a number of  trace minerals. It is also high in protein and full of healthy fats that promote heart health. Hummus can be flavored in a variety of ways. It also can benefit your overall cholesterol and help fight cancer-causing damage.




Papaya Is a tropical fruit. This fruit is widely known for its ability to aid in calming the stomach and reducing the production of stomach acids. This can help to massively improve digestion.  It’s full of vitamins B, and C and is heavily antioxidant, which fights free radicals that cause cancer.


Hemp Oil


This oil is very rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. This makes it great at fighting the free radicals that cause cancer.  It is often associated with slowing the effects of aging of the skin, combats signs of oxidative stress, and is high in protein. It is also high in both omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids which are essential.




Avocado is among the most popular alkaline foods. It is good for use as a condiment, topping, or filling.  Avocado is high in fiber and can help to lower your cholesterol.


Olive Oil


Olive Oil a rich source of monosaturated fats. It can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.  Olive oil is famous for its anti-inflammatory action, as well as its ability to combat free radicals and other oxidative effects. It can be used as a healthy vegetable oil substitute.




Garlic is an excellent alkaline vegetable with a multitude of useful properties. It has long related to healing, and medicine because of its anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. It also contains large amounts of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, copper, potassium, selenium, B6, and B1. Garlic retains a very low-calorie count and is an excellent food additive.




This famous root is known for its powerful odor and antibacterial properties. It can help manage stomach issues including nausea and morning sickness. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and lowers blood sugar. Garlic may also help to reduce muscular pains.




Along with its alkalinity, lettuce provides a lot of the important trace minerals. These include phosphorous, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, zinc, and magnesium. It also includes vitamin B6, vitamin K, riboflavin, niacin, folate, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. Studies have found that lettuce can help to improve mood and regulate anxiety.




A high fiber vegetable, the carrot is well known for its starchy fibrous body. It is high in pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese, and has excellent antioxidant properties. Carrots make an excellent addition to any meal and can be cooked in a variety of ways. They have long been associated with the improvement of eyesight, and studies have shown that carrots can prevent some forms of muscular degeneration that are common as humans age.




Rhubarb is a leafy green vegetable that is packed with vitamins and important trace minerals. It’s a great source of dietary fiber and is a terrific addition to any salad mix. Rhubarb is also connected to weight loss because of its extremely low-calorie count. Rhubarb is also known for is its ability to help with constipation. Good bowel health can prevent other conditions of the colon from developing and becoming dangerous.


Herbal Tea


Tea has a long 2000-year-old history of medicinal purposes. Herbal teas have been known to provide nourishment due to their high vitamin content. Additinally, tea promotes healing, emotional well-being, and can improve sleep.  Drinking at least 2 cups of tea a day will help boost your immune system, and keep you feeling energized through the day.




This interesting vegetable is highly anti-inflammatory and provides a good amount of choline. Choline is an important B vitamin for brain health. Studies have shown that B vitamins can help reduce the speed of brain deterioration due to old age. It is also an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients. This will boost the bodies ability to fight.  free radicals. Cauliflower also helps cardiovascular health because of the agent sulforaphane. Sulforaphane promotes proper cell formation of the veins and arteries.




Celery is a heavily fibrous plant. It has its roots deep in history as an anti-high blood pressure medicine. It is highly anti-inflammatory and offers powerful anti-oxidant properties. Celery also contains quite a few trace minerals and vitamins. Another amazing effect of celery is its ability to stimulate liver functions. It does this by helping the liver to produce liver cleansing enzymes. It can help you to both lower your cholesterol, and to fight microbial infections in the body.




This hard-shelled fruit is packed with a ton of benefits. Coconut has a history of improving skin by aiding elasticity and fighting oxidative stress. It is also great for your immune system because it has a large amount of antiparasitic and antimicrobial properties. Coconut can also help to improve the digestion of food and make it easier for the body to absorb valuable nutrients. One of the best attributes of coconut is that it can even help regulate insulin, which can help to prevent diabetes.




This larger citrus fruit can help with cholesterol levels, and greatly impacts lipid levels. Grapefruit is associated with weight loss because of its effect on fats in the body. It is full of vitamins such as Vitamin C. It can also help to erode buildups of calcium such as in kidney stones. Consume at least a cup of grapefruit juice a day to try to prevent kidney stones.




Lemon juice is a great way to stimulate action in the liver because it contains uric acid. Uric acid breaks down a number of toxins in the body. Some have even said that this citrus fruit is effective at dissolving kidney stones and can help to improve digestion. If you were to consume at least a glass of lemon juice a day, the acids can stimulate your intestines to create a bowel movement. The juice may also help to dissolve substances that form plaque on the intestinal walls.


Green beans


More than just a staple food for some cultures, green beans are another highly antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food with great health benefits. Green beans have been found to be effective at reducing risks associated with heart disease. This is believed to be due to the high number of flavonoids. Green beans are also a major source of antioxidants.




Tomatoes are very high in lycopene. Lycopene is very effective at preventing dangerous oxidation that can lead to various diseases and conditions. One such effect that has been studied, is lycopene’s ability to prevent lipids from building up in the veins and arteries. These free-floating fats are a primary cause of heart disease and arterial obstructions. Tomatoes also have a positive effect on bone development in post-menopausal women.




Cherries are an amazing natural source of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone produced by your pineal gland.  Science has discovered that eating cherries or drinking cherry juice can help you to stay asleep for longer periods. Melatonin is also an antioxidant that can help to combat free radicals. Furthermore, cherries are full of powerful naturally occurring anti-inflammatory chemicals.




Radishes are known to have a cooling effect on the body They were used by ancient Chinese doctors to help people deal with heat during hot weather. There are also a diuretic in that they help the body to flush toxins by passing them into urine and out of the body. They are high in vitamin C and other trace minerals.




This yellow tree fruit is packed with great carbs and vitamins. Even though it contains a healthy dose of nutrition, it still has less than 120 calories. Eating a banana won’t spike your blood sugar, and they are absorbed quickly. They are very high in fiber, which can help you to have proper elimination. This absorption and high fiber will make you feel more satisfied and full.  Bananas also have a positive effect on moods and can help you to relax and be able to sleep better.


So now that you have the list of alkaline foods how will you make these foods part of your healthy diet?


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16 thoughts on “How Alkaline Foods Can Benefit You”

  1. I’ve heard a lot over the years about how important it is to keep your body in an alkaline state, but I’ve never researched it. Looking at the list of foods you’ve mentioned makes me think it’s something I could definitely do as I like most of the foods on the list. I especially love ginger, which most people find odd, and could eat my weight in it! I’m not super crazy about carrots or cauliflower, but I’d say those could easily be hidden in a really healthy smoothie! Great post, Elise, as always!

  2. Hello Dr Ho,

    Great post. Highly informative.

    I’d say 95% of my food intake is alkaline. Chickpeas are a staple along with many of the foods listed in this post.

    The more alkaline the body, the less chance of sickness. I plan to continue eating this way.

    1. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the post and to hear how well you are taking care of yourself.

  3. Almost all of the products you listed, I really love and try to eat every day! If it’s not difficult for you, write an article about the dishes that you cook from these products. I am sure that many of your readers will like this list of recipes, and they will take them to note.

  4. This is interesting. Thank you for sharing this info – many of my favorite foods are on this list! I’m working toward a better diet and better health. Thanks for sharing this week at our Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.