Why eat and drink “alkaline forming” foods and juices such as an Alkalinizing Punch?
Even though a fruit or food might not be alkaline in nature, when digested, the body produces an alkaline effect. One such example is that citrus fruits, like grapefruits, oranges and lemons. Even though these contain citric acid, they are actually alkalizing to your body once you have eaten them. That’s why it’s important to distinguish between foods that on the outside are acidic, but once digested and processed by the human body, become alkaline.
You might notice that there are a lot of different alkaline/acidic lists out there, with change-ups of different foods, some showing them to be alkaline and other showing them to be acidic. It can be really confusing but we did our best to bring you the most accurate data.
What do alkaline foods do?
Alkaline foods may help to bring the body’s pH to a level that supports health and wellbeing. They might also help to neutralize excessive amounts of acid that can lead to inflammation and other chronic conditions. Although there is some debate as to whether these foods can actually change the pH level of your blood, and therefore change the way your body handles certain diseases and conditions.
Depending on who you ask, alkaline foods may be able to do everything, from turn back cancer, to preventing heart disease, to reducing inflammation in the body. But you have to take all of this with a grain of salt, because alkaline foods each have their own unique health benefits, so it could simply be a matter of just eating better and cutting out the unhealthy foods from your diet. There is no scientific evidence to back some of these statements, like the cancer prevention ones, but alkaline foods in general are healthy and natural, meaning you will be healthier overall if you cut out processed foods and eat healthy, natural food.
If a food tends to increase the acidity of urine after it is ingested, it is classified as an acid forming food. Conversely, if a food increases the alkalinity of urine after it has been ingested, it is classified it as an alkaline forming food. The effect foods have on urine pH may be quite different than the pH of the foods themselves. For example, orange juice is a highly acidic food due to its high citrus acid content, but after being metabolized it will cause urine to become alkaline.
Here’s a superstar food that always shows up all over the place. It’s a superfood that helps you to lose weight by boosting your metabolism, grapefruit has even been dubbed as one of the healthiest foods on Earth. Half of a grapefruit provides 73% vitamin C, 2% calcium and 1% iron. So what else can this wonderkid do? Turns out it’s also alkaline. Its low sugar count makes it a fruit you can love, even though it may taste sour and acidic, it has an alkalizing effect on the body when consumed.
We were surprised to see this make the list of top alkaline foods because our mouths are puckering by just typing the word lemon. It’s so sour and tastes so acidic that many people believe this has to be acid forming. On the other hand, it produces an alkaline response by the body, and since it’s very low in sugar it’s not going to set you back the way sweet fruits do. It also has a cleansing effect on the digestive system, while it provides a good dose of vitamin C so it’s good to use more of it each day. The body obtains 51% vitamin C, 2% calcium and 2% iron per 100 grams.
Here’s a recipe for an Alkalinizing Punch that’s simple to make and tastes great.
Alkaline Mix (makes about 1 gallon):
- juice of 6 lemons
- juice of 6 grapefruits
- juice of twelve oranges
Drink one glass full
Drink up to 3 per hour