Top 10 Power Foods To Eat

February 10th, 2012

Did you know that eating an alkalizing PH diet is vital to keeping your body healthy and your body systems running smoothly? Now you know. It is vital to eat alkaline foods, although it may be less clear exactly which foods you should be eating. Vegetables, especially greens, provide the basis of an alkaline diet to keep your body running at top efficiency and feeding it with the fuel it needs.

To simplify it for you, here is a list of the top 10 alkaline vegetables everyone should be eating.

Spinach
It may come as no surprise to see spinach on the list of the top 10 alkaline PH vegetables everyone should be eating. Spinach contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, folate, magnesium and iron. Spinach also contains calcium and potassium, which contribute to bone strength.
In addition to the many vitamins and minerals spinach contains, this alkaline vegetable offers carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin) and flavonoids, which are collectively referred to as phytonutrients. These phytonutrients act as antioxidants, protecting your body from free radicals and fighting off chronic diseases, like obesity, diabetes and certain cancers.

Kale
The World’s Healthiest Foods by George Mateljian totes kale as “one of the healthiest vegetables around”. Kale is not only an alkaline vegetable, but like spinach, it acts as an antioxidant, helping your body fight off chronic diseases. Kale is high in fiber and rich in copper, iron, calcium and manganese. Kale also offers high amounts of vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Broccoli Sprouts
While you are undoubtedly familiar with broccoli, you may be slightly less familiar with one of the best alkaline vegetables, broccoli sprouts. Broccoli sprouts are 3 to 4 day old broccoli plants that resemble alfalfa sprouts. According to scientists at Johns Hopkins, broccoli sprouts are a highly concentrated source of sulforaphane, a compound that helps the body fight cancer. The same scientists at Johns Hopkins note that broccoli sprouts contain 20 to 50 times the chemoprotective compounds found in mature broccoli, although mature broccoli is still considered an alkaline PH vegetable.

Broccoli sprouts
also protect against H. pylori, the bacteria responsible for many cases of peptic ulcers.

Carrots
Carrots are packed full of of beta-carotene. This carotenoid not only gives carrots their beautiful orange color, but it also helps keep your eyes healthy, allowing you to see. Although carrots are not green, like many of the other alkaline vegetables, they still make the top ten list due to their various health properties.

Carrots play a role in cardiovascular health, and according to research at Harvard University, eating carrots regularly may help reduce your risk of experiencing a stroke.

Cabbage
Like broccoli sprouts, another alkaline vegetable, cabbage, contains sulforaphane, Cabbage is also a highly anti-inflammatory vegetable that offers folic acid, vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Cabbage is high in fiber, which helps promote healthy digestive function, reduces cholesterol and plays a role in blood sugar regulation. Cabbage is also linked to the promotion of healthy weight loss. In fact, consuming any of the alkaline vegetables regularly will help promote weight loss.

Parsley
Contrary to popular belief, parsley is not just a garnish. Parsley is packed with several antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Parsley also helps protect your heart by controlling the way your body handles homocysteine, a potentially dangerous molecule that can damage blood vessels in high amounts. So the next time you’re served a plate with a piece of parsley on the side, make sure you devour that alkaline vegetable, rather than simply tossing it aside!

Dandelion
Dandelion is a natural source of calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and phosphorus and contains the vitamins A, B, C and D. Dandelion also acts as a detoxifier, helping to promote healthy liver and gallbladder function.

Dandelion is also highly diuretic. Because of this, dandelion helps remove toxic substances from the kidneys and entire urinary system. So don’t shrug that dandelion off as a weed, remember it’s an alkaline vegetable powerhouse!

Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is one of the best sources of chlorophyll, the pigment responsible for the rich green color of grasses and various vegetables. Chlorophyll helps boost red blood cell production and may have a role in preventing the development of certain cancers. Chlorophyll also contains more than 90 minerals, including potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium, which are deemed the most highly alkaline minerals. This high concentration of chlorophyll, and its alkalizing PH, puts wheatgrass on our list of the top alkaline vegetables.

In addition to chlorophyll, wheatgrass also offers 19 amino acids, which allow your body to make all of the proteins it needs. Wheatgrass also boasts more vitamin C than oranges and more vitamin A than carrots.

Alfalfa Leaf
Alfalfa leaf is one of the most widely foraged plants in the world, according to the Global Healing Center. In Ayurvedic Medicine, alfalfa leaf is used for arthritis and ulcers.

Alfalfa leaf also contains 35 percent protein, making it a unique alkaline vegetable. Alfalfa leaf is loaded with various vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin E and the B vitamins.

Oat Grass

Oat grass offers a great source of beta-carotene, folic acid, protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin K and the B vitamins. Adding the alkaline vegetable oat grass to your diet is also believed to increase energy and stamina, although oat grass also has a relaxing property that helps support the nervous system.

If eating every one of these healthy foods every day sounds like a daunting task to you, you’re not alone. There are many options in the health stores and online that combine all of these powerful green foods, veggies and more into one delicious powder. Mix one scoop with 6 to 8 ounces of good H2 O and you’ve met your daily needs for all of the top 10 alkaline veggies that everyone should be eating to run at optimal speed.

Or if you prefer here is a recipe that I made up. You can change it according to your taste. First, use a good base. Either good clean water and that is an entire chapter in itself or almond milk or something that you like. I use water. Next, blend in some frozen strawberries, kale (you know the dark leafy greens; wash ‘em real good) and you can add some flax seeds or flax seed oil if you prefer for the healthy omega 3’s and that is that. I also add some of the green powder that I have in my cupboard and again I do it according to my personal taste. You whirl it in the blender with or without ice according to taste. And enjoy. Give you and your body a chance to get used to these new alkaline foods. You can’t change everything overnight so don’t become discouraged with yourself and your new way of life. :) Begin where you are and take baby steps if you have to for starters. Keep adding the good stuff and eventually your tastes will change. You won’t desire the acidic foods so much. You will make healthier choices and you body, mind and spirit will say: “thank you”

I will leave you with an Irish toast while we all drink our delicious green smoothies

“May your pockets be heavy—
Your heart be light,
And may good luck pursue you
Each morning and night”


-Meg

REFERENCES

http://altmed.creighton.edu/wheatgrass/health_benefits.htm

http://horticulturecenter.illinoisstate.edu/gardens/documents/grain.pdf

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=43

http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?dbid=38&tname=foodspice

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/press/1997/sept/970903.htm

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=100

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-dandelion.html

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/benefits-of/alfalfa

http://www.originandsource.com/Foundation.html

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