10. Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are fruits from flowering plants of the nightshade family. Technically called Capsicum annuum. they’re related to chili peppers and tomatoes and are native to Central and South America. There are various colors of green, red, yellow and orange, and they can range from spicy to mild and sweet.
Fresh bell peppers consist of up to 92 percent water, as well as protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. Their benefits come from the huge amounts of vitamins and minerals contained within. They’re exceptionally rich in vitamin C, with one medium-sized pepper containing 169 percent of your daily recommended intake. Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, vitamin E, folate, potassium, and vitamin A.
They’re also full of various antioxidants like capsanthin, which is found in abundance in red bell peppers and is responsible for their bright red color. Studies have indicated that capsanthin has anti-tumor properties, and increasing your intake of capsanthin-rich foods like red bell peppers can improve your health. Bell peppers also contain the antioxidants violaxanthin, lutein, quercetin, and luteolin, which are all hugely beneficial polyphenols that act as effective antioxidants.
If you’re focusing on alkaline-forming foods, bell peppers are a great place to start. They can be roasted, grilled, steamed, pan-friend, stuffed with mushrooms, eaten in salads, on sandwiches, dipped in condiments, or simply eaten raw.
What we eat has the potential to alter our pH levels. Signs of an overly-acidic diet include weight gain, aching bones, painful joints, acid reflux, heartburn, poor digestion, fatigue, receding gums and skin problems. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and you’re unsure why visit your doctor or physician to discuss the options of an alkaline diet plan in order to begin rebalancing your pH levels.