If you have a condition that requires you to watch the alkaline and acid levels of your food, then you will be curious about which alkaline veggies you can add to your diet. Here are some of the best options for you.
You first vegetable option is probably one you already eat on a regular basis, which is good news! This makes it a lot easier to add to your current diet, and still be on the alkaline diet your doctor recommends.
This interesting vegetable is highly anti-inflammatory, and provides a good amount of choline which is an important B vitamin for brain health. Studies have been known to
Show that it can help reduce the speed of brain deterioration due to old age. It is also an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients which give the body a better chance at fighting free radicals. Cauliflower also helps cardiovascular health because of the agent sulforaphane which promotes proper cell formation of the veins and arteries.
Another excellent thing about cauliflower is that it is often used in low-carb diets, so if this is something you need to watch out for, this is a great low-starch vegetable.
Your next option is to add more radishes to your current diet, as they are also very alkaline vegetables. Radishes are known to have a cooling effect on the body, and was used by ancient Chinese doctors to help people deal with heat during hot weather. There are also diuretic and 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.
Along with its alkalinity, lettuce provides a lot of the important trace minerals. These include phosphorous, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, zinc, magnesium, and the vitamins vitamin B6, vitamin K, riboflavin, niacin, folate, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. Studies have also found that lettuce contains chemicals that help to improve mood, and can help to regulate anxiety.
It is so easy to eat more lettuce, making this at the top of the list. You can add lettuce to sandwiches or burgers, make wraps with lettuce, have salads, and even add it to your pasta or casseroles.
A high fiber vegetable, 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.
Carrots are easy to use fresh and eaten raw, or you can find them in your freezer section at the local grocery store. They are very versatile, so you should have no trouble adding more carrots to your diet.
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.
Since many people get green beans in the can, it is best you choose fresh or frozen varieties. If you do need them canned, get the ‘no salt added’ variety, and give them a good rinse just to be sure you don’t have extra sodium.
Celery is a heavily fibrous plant that has its roots deep in history as an anti-high blood pressure medicine. It is highly anti-inflammatory and 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.
Celery juice has also become very popular lately. You can get a juicer and use stalks of celery to make juice with celery alone. It has such a high water content, that it won’t take quite as much as other vegetables would for a similar juice.