Scientifically speaking, foods are considered acidic, alkaline or neutral before they enter the body. However, whether or not a food is alkalizing is all about the outcome, quite literally. As a general rule, alkalizing foods which can help the body reduce acid are fruits and vegetables, with a few exceptions of course. Some fruits are obviously more alkalizing than others. Watermelon is extremely alkalizing, but not as much as lemon or lime, which is counter to their properties before they are eaten. You can use these alkalizing foods to make your favorite acidic foods more alkalizing. For example, you can add fresh squeezed lime juice or lemon juice to your favorite piece of meat, fish, or poultry. A wonderful and tasty example of an alkalizing food combination is Ceviche. Ceviche is a food originating from Latin America; it's is a dish where the fish is marinated in citrus juices, primarily lime.
Certain types of fish used in Ceviche are actually raw, yet these citrus juices effectively 'cook' the fish as it marinates. Fish and other meats are not considered alkalizing foods; in fact, it's quite the opposite. Certain vegetables are very alkalizing foods, and root vegetables are exceptionally alkalizing. Sweet potatoes are at the top of the list and require no additional foods to make them more alkalizing.
If you are a fan of Asian-style foods, you may appreciate the fact that taro root is also a very alkalizing food. Both of these root vegetables (taro root and sweet potatoes) can be served in a variety of ways, and they are are much easier to find than before. Sweet potatoes come in chips and frozen now in French fry style, and taro root can be found not only in Dim Sum restaurants but also at your local grocer in the potato chip aisle. Adding just a little bit of these vegetables to a main course will help alkalize your food.
One way to help you determine if a food is an alkalizing food is: generally speaking, foods that come most directly from the ground are the most alkalizing; and those farthest from the ground are the least. However, there are some exceptions. Several grains, beans and legumes are not alkalizing foods, so it is best to research and make a list of your favorites in order to alkalize your system.
Another good rule of thumb is the fact that foods high in minerals tend to be the most alkalizing foods. Edible seaweeds found in miso soup and sushi are delicious sources for alkalizing. The good news is, there are many exceptionally tasty choices and easy ways to get alkalizing foods into your diet.