Alkaline foods generally consist of fruits, vegetables, and certain whole grains.
It is believed by some that these foods can affect the acidity and pH of bodily fluids (blood or urine). The alkaline diet claims to help your body maintain its blood pH level and can therefore be used to treat or prevent diseases. In fact, nothing you eat is going to substantially change the pH of your blood. Your body works to keep that level constant.
These claims are not supported by medical evidence and make incorrect assumptions about how alkaline diets function that are contrary to modern understanding of human physiology.
Note: a food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.
Why should bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts care about alkaline foods?
Let me first say that the foods you’re supposed to eat on the alkaline diet tend to be vegetarian and are good for you anyway. So this diet is already in alignment with vegetarian bodybuilding nutrition. Not to mention that avoiding alcohol, sugar, and processed foods is healthy muscle-building/weight-loss advice.
This nutritional approach can produce higher energy levels, and a boost in the immune system.
And a desirable feature about this energy boost is that there’s no uncomfortable “crash” unlike many energy drinks that are used for pre-workout purposes.
Also, pain and inflammation can be reduced when the acidic foods are not depleting critical minerals from our system. For instance, magnesium is one mineral used to neutralize the effects of acids. And when our body is forced to use it for that purpose, there’s not as much left to carry out its other function of reducing the pain and inflammation felt in the joints.
Alkaline Food List
- Baking soda
- Celery root
- Dandelion greens
- Grass (wheat grass, barley grass, kamut grass)
- Green beans
- Kelp (“sea vegetables”)
- Lemon (aids in digestion)
- Lima beans
- Mustard greens
- Sea salt
- Soy beans
- Soy nuts
- Sprouts (sprouted beans, seeds, and grains)
- Sweet potatoes
- Taro root
- Green drinks (raw juice with the greens mentioned above as a base)
Most Acidic (eat in low amounts)
- Coffee & Black Tea
- Desert (generally speaking)
- Dried Fruit
- Fruit Juice (sweetened)
- Hydrogenated oil (really bad for you)
- Meat and Dairy (eggs not as acidic)
- Oats and oatmeal
- Soda (really bad for you)
- Soy Sauce
- Sugar, Sweeteners, and Syrups
Bodybuilders can appreciate these benefits from eating more alkaline foods:
- Less pain and inflammation, more comfortable workouts.
- More reps, more sets, and higher intensity in the weight room.
- Faster, more complete recovery.
You don’t need to waste your money buying books, e-courses, supplements, or alkalinized water. Just make a trip to the grocery store with this alkaline food list in hand and you’re all set.
Chris Willitts (creator of V3), is the founder and owner of Vegetarian Bodybuilding.
V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System is a mixture of science and author’s advice, providing users with optimal diet and exercise. This system is designed for vegans and vegetarians only.
A lot of research has been put in this program. Furthermore, a lot of professional bodybuilders and athletes tried and tested the program, praising its progressiveness and efficiency.
The program is about taking control of your own body and health according to your potential and needs. And worry not; you’ll get plenty of proteins with this system. It will boost you with energy, and you’ll feel just a strong as any carnivore would (perhaps even stronger, depending on how much you invest in your exercise). It avoids vitamins deficiency and provides you with a lot of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Instead of saying things like “I think a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders,” the V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System claims “I know a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders, and I have results to prove it.”
To find out more, visit the website at V3 Bodybuilding – Alkaline Diet for Bodybuilding