All living organisms and life forms on earth depend on maintaining appropriate pH levels. The average American diet, which is high in protein and low in fruits and vegetables, generates a large amount of acid waste in the body and creates a state of acidosis.
An alkaline diet has the potential of reducing risk of chronic diseases including hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, Vitamin D deficiency, and low bone density. Alkaline-forming foods like fruits, vegetables, and soaked nuts and seeds can help your body create a more alkaline urine pH level, which helps protect healthy cells and balance essential mineral levels. Whereas grain products, meats, dairy products, and fish have relatively high acid loads.
Green leafy vegetables contain chlorophyl which is very alkaline-forming. It is highly anti-inflammatory and helps to prevent diseases like cancer. Leafy green vegetable intake had the strongest inverse association with major chronic diseases and cardiovascular diseases, with just one serving of leafy greens per day showing a relative risk of 0.95 and 0.89 for major chronic diseases and cardiovascular disease.
But did you know only 9% of Americans consume the minimum daily vegetable recommendation of two to three cups per day? Not only that, it has been shown that the minimum should really be eight servings of fruits and vegetables per day to reduce the risk of disease and premature death.
Drinking juices is an efficient way to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. When the recipe contains a mixture of ingredients, like this recipe, you’re consuming a variety of polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. A large amount of evidence shows that juice is part of a balanced diet offering profound risk reduction of many diseases, such as cancers, neurodegenerative diseases, and cardiovascular diseases.
This juice might taste quite intense because it doesn’t have any fruit, but as someone who loves her sweet fruits, I think this tastes really nice for a super green juice! Plus, just sip on it whilst thinking about all the amazing benefits mentioned above and any reluctance will fade.
Alkaline Green Juice
- 2 large green cucumbers or 4 Lebanese cucumbers
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 zucchini
- 3 leaves romaine
- 1/2 lime
- Chunk of ginger
- Handful mint leaves
- Handful dill leaves
- Put all ingredients through a juicer.