CELEBRITY NUTRITION Alkaline forming foods

Alkaline forming foods are actually extremely high in the exact vitamins and minerals needed for good skin and the best part is that they are naturally occurring! Antioxidants such as beta carotene and vitamins C, E, A, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc can all be found in these types of foods.

No wonder why Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston and Naomi Watts are all singing their praises. Not to mention Kristen Dunst, and Jared Leto are also huge fans!

When your body is in an alkaline state, you’re less likely to suffer from various chronic diseases and internal inflammation. The foods and beverages that you consume each day have a significant impact on the acid and alkaline balance in your body. This balance is measured by determining your pH value and in doing so informs you if your body's fluids and tissues are more acidic or alkaline.

Understanding pH

Did you know that pH stands for “potential hydrogen” or “power of hydrogen”?

It actually refers to the amount of hydrogen ions contained within the substance!

In H2O (water), they then attach to the molecules found in water to create hydronium ions H3O. So the more hydrogen, or hydronium ions, enclosed within the substance, the more acidic it becomes.

Water has a neutral pH of 7.0, and blood has a slightly alkaline pH of 7.35 to 7.45. Your body fights hard to neutralise acids and maintain the proper pH in organs, tissues, and body fluids. However, it can only do that for so long before a condition known as acidosis occurs.

You have to give the body what it needs, in the form of alkalising fruits and vegetables. That way it can properly maintain the delicate acid base balance in your body.

On a pH scale of negative 4.5 (very acidic), to positive 9.5, (highly alkaline), your body is considered healthy if you have a pH level of 7.0 or above. Although the health effects of drinking alkaline beverages are debatable, doing so may help you to maintain a healthy acid-base balance.

So we’ve lifted the lid on some of your favourite foods’ pH level! Any surprises?

What may be the signs of imbalanced pH?

• Fatigue

• Drowsiness

• Becoming tired easily

• Confusion

• Shortness of breath

• Sleepiness

• Headache

• Lack of appetite

• Jaundice

• Increased heart rate

• Breath that smells fruity


Carbonated Water, Club Soda, Energy Drinks

Popcorn, Cream Cheese, Prunes, Pastries, Pasta, Cheese, Pork, Beer, Wine, Black Tea,

Pickles, Chocolate, Roasted Nuts, Vinegar, Artificial Sweeteners

Most Purified Water, Distilled Water, Coffee, Sweetened Fruit Juice, Pistachios, Beef, White Bread, Peanuts, Wheat

Fruit Juices, Most Grains, Eggs, Fish, Tea, Cooked Beans, Cooked Spinach, Soy Milk, Coconut, Lima Beans, Plums, Brown Rice, Barley, Cocoa, Liver, Oysters, Salmon Neutral Most Tap Water, Most Spring Water, and River Water Alkaline

Apples, Almonds, Tomatoes, Grapefruit, Corn, Mushrooms, Turnips, Olives, Soybeans, Peaches, Radish, Pineapple, Cherries, Wild Rice, Apricots, Strawberries, Bananas

Avocados, Green Tea, Lettuce, Celery, Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Eggplant, Green Beans, Beets, Blueberries, Pears, Grapes, Kiwifruit, Melons, Tangerines, Figs, Dates, Mangoes, Papayas

Spinach, Broccoli, Artichoke, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Cucumbers, Lemons, Limes,

Seaweed Contained in DMK’s EFA Ultra, available at Skin4U

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