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Tips to Eat Alkaline

By Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD

Fall is a great time to make a little extra effort to eat alkaline. We’re settling back into our routines — not to mention the abundance of traditional fall foods that are alkalizing. 

Whether you want to get started eating alkaline or are looking to take your alkaline eating plan to the next level, I’ve got some helpful tips for you: 

  • Try my NEW alkalizing app: When we first developed the book version of my popular Acid Alkaline Food Guide, we made it small enough to take to the grocery store in a purse or pocket.  Since things seem to be getting smaller every day, we’re introducing the Acid Alkaline app for your devices to use while shopping, eating out or any time you’re on the go.  Learn more here.
  • Follow my 80%/60% guideline for alkalizing: Achieving a favorable, slightly alkaline balance does not mean acid-forming foods are completely off limits. I suggest you use the following guidelines: If you want to reverse your current acid-forming diet or have an especially challenging health condition, increase your intake of alkaline-forming foods to 80% of your diet. If you are in good health and want to maintain your alkaline diet, aim for 60% of your nutrition from alkalizing foods.

Add small changes to your fall routines to increase your alkalinity

  • Add a sweet potato, yam, or other alkalizing root crop to your meal plan every day.  Fall is time to turn on the oven to bake root crops — enhancing their sweetness and warming the house.
  • Consume more cooked greens.  As the weather cools, include more sautéed delicious greens such as kale, collards, and beet greens in your diet.
  • Drink alkalizing hot beverages, such as ginger tea, apple cider vinegar, herbal teas, hot water, or hot veggie broths.
  • Make soups with a greater variety of fresh spices and vegetables. Try lemon basil, holy basil, oregano, lemon grass, ginger, galangal and coriander.  Add lentils to your veggie soup for added protein and extra texture.
  • Eat proteins and flesh foods in moderation. You need only 50-60 grams of protein a day, which can be provided by flesh foods, beans, grains, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy.

Remember, alkalizing improves health and protects bone — and small changes yield big results.

You can try Dr. Brown’s comprehensive supplements in her at-home bone health program, developed with Women's Health Network. Get her exclusive formulations along with her detailed lifestyle and diet guidance, plus telephone support whenever you need it. Learn more about the Better Bones Health Program.

We created the Better Bones blog as our forum to express opinions and educate the public about natural means of supporting and improving bone health and overall wellness. As part of this forum, we sometimes discuss medical issues and medications, and their effects on bone health in general. However, we cannot advise readers about specific medical issues in this forum. If you wish to obtain advice from Susan E. Brown, PhD, about your specific bone health and nutritional concerns, please visit our Consultations page. Other specific medical questions should be referred to your healthcare provider.

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