The theory behind the alkaline diet is that after food is digested, it either has an acidic or alkaline effect on your body. Our bodies are naturally designed to be alkaline however; the modern diet plagued with processed and sugar-laden junk has switched it more towards the acidic side, making it a breeding ground for many modern day illnesses and not to mention, bad skin. Acid forming foods trigger the body to draw essentials minerals from various parts to help break the excess acid down.
To improve health inside out, it’s important that you follow the 80/20 rule of dieting, where you consume clean, healthy alkaline foods 80 percent of the time and have acid forming foods 20 percent of the time to maintain an optimum pH in your body.
The following are alkalizing foods that don’t only improve your skin’s condition but help improve your health and wellness too:
Celery is alkalizing and has an incredibly high water content, which makes it a great addition to green juices. One major benefit of celery is that it is packed with vitamin C, which supports the immune system and helps fight inflammation. In addition, vitamin C is needed for the production of collagen in the skin. It also contains phthalides which helps lower cholesterol levels in the body.
- Root vegetables
In Chinese medicine, root vegetables are yang in nature, making them more rich in vital minerals than other vegetables. For an optimum alkalizing effect, add radishes, beetroots, carrots, horse radishes and turnips to your everyday diet. It’s better to have them fresh and raw but if you do plan on cooking them, make sure you only steam them for a maximum of 20 minutes to retain their antioxidant benefits.
Avocados may be rich in fat (with about an 85% fat content), but the fat it has is the good stuff we need for our skin. Avocados are packed with oleic acid, a fatty acid that can lower cholesterol levels and help in the production of antioxidants that boost your skin glow. Avocados contain nutrients that have an anti-inflammatory effect on your skin too. Some of avocado’s key antioxidants include selenium, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein. On top of that, it contains 24% of your vitamin C RDA (recommended daily allowance).
- Cayenne pepper
Cayenne comes from a family of powerful tropical peppers with an abundance of enzymes that makes it one of the most alkalizing foods around. It has potent antibacterial properties and is rich in vitamin A, making it an excellent food source to fight free radicals, reduce inflammation and combat stress-related skin conditions.
Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse containing massive amounts of chlorophyll, which is an incredible alkaliser. Chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants, helps improve blood flow and increase vitality of the skin. It’s a great energy booster as well. Spinach also provides a plentiful supply of vitamin A, B2, C, E and K, folate, manganese, magnesium, calcium, potassium and fiber.