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15 Alkaline Foods You Should Eat to Improve Your Health

14. Cauliflower Cauliflower originated from Asia and is now commonly grown in the United States, France, Italy, India, and China. It comes from the cruciferous family… Elizabeth Lilian - February 13, 2017

14. Cauliflower

Cauliflower originated from Asia and is now commonly grown in the United States, France, Italy, India, and China. It comes from the cruciferous family and is an alkaline food. It has vitamin C and K,  folate and is a good source of fiber. It is rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants that play the main role in preventing chronic diseases.

Cauliflower contains a nutrient called Indole-3-Carbinol that assists the body to regulate the levels of a compound known as estrogen. A large amount of estrogen can cause weight gain, digestive problems such as bloating cancer and infertility. These compounds are found in foods like soy, and environmental chemicals such as plastics.  It is mostly used by those with weight problems.

It can be cooked, eaten raw and/or added to soup stock. Its florets, leaves, and stalks can all be eaten.  The vitamin C and K, as well as the manganese, are all antioxidants that assist the body remain healthy. The oxidative stress can significantly be reduced by eating this food.  It has also been studied that vitamins C and K may play a role in preventing the occurrence of diseases such as cancer, heart problems, and arthritis.

The fiber content promotes good digestion, bulk, and regularity. A higher fiber content goes a long way in reducing the risk of getting small painful pouches on the colon conditions. There are also findings in cauliflower that link the sulforaphane that is found in glucosinolates with regulating the stomach bacteria from overgrowing or getting too much attached to the stomach. In that way, it assists keeping the stomach lining healthy.

Vitamin C helps in wound healing. This is largely due to its contribution toward the synthesis of collagen and development. apparently, collagen is important for the skin and hair. Vitamin K is important in the reduction of the risks related to the heart diseases.  It is also an essential component that helps in blood clotting.

15. Potatoes

Potatoes are the most popular vegetable food in the United States and when cooked in the right way, they have a high nutrition value. They are low in calories and are a good source of vitamins B6 and C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin and pantothenic acid.

The phytonutrients in potatoes include carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeine. The vitamin C works as an antioxidant that prevents or delay the cells from getting damaged. They help with digestion, heart health, blood pressure and cancer prevention. Particularly, there are purple potatoes which are a good source of the phytonutrients and antioxidants. These potatoes lower the blood pressure, the risk of heart diseases and stroke.

The potatoes are able to bind with the cholesterol in the blood and in that way lower blood pressure. They are a good source of the potassium, especially in their skins. The potassium helps lower the blood pressure. They are a good source of nutrients to those with diabetes.

The vitamin B6 is significant in maintaining the health of the neurological system. It helps create the brain chemicals such as the serotonin and dopamine. Therefore, potatoes help with depression and stress.  The high levels of carbohydrates also help in maintaining good levels of the blood glucose that helps in good functioning of the brain.

The potatoes’ greatest benefit is their help with the digestion. They have high fiber content and the presence of carbohydrates enables them to be easily digested. The fiber is also linked with clearing the cholesterol from the blood vessels. The carotenoids assist in maintaining the proper functioning of the heart.

The vitamins C and B6, potassium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus help to keep the skin healthy. It results in the skin getting the smooth and creamy appearance.  The mashed potatoes can also be used to get the benefits.

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.

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