3. Spinach

Spinach

Spinach is another leafy green for your list. It contains appreciable levels of potassium and iron, but where it really shines is its vitamin A and folate content, which helps to build and repair the body at the DNA level. Spinach also contains significant levels of calcium, although it is easier to make use of calcium from other sources; while raw spinach is the best way to go, it is a little more forgiving than other foods in that it retains its nutritional value better when frozen, steamed, or boiled. Try putting it in salads to get the most nutrition.

2. Carrots

Carrots

At some point, you’ve probably heard that carrots are good for your eyesight. This is because of the vitamin A, or more specifically, beta-carotene, in carrots helps the retina and other parts of the eyes to function smoothly. However, the benefits of carrots are not limited only to the eyes. Carrots are a mildly alkaline food that can help many systems within your body. For example, they help keep your hair and skin healthy too, by keeping them glossy and fresh. They also provide a host of other vitamins, including some B vitamins, vitamins C and K, and also potassium.

1. Quinoa

Quinoa

No list of healthy foods is complete without quinoa. Its nutrition content blows other grains out of the water, outperforming rice with easily twice the fiber. It also provides significant levels of lysine, which bolsters the immune system, and a handful of other vitamins in minerals. Perhaps most importantly, quinoa’s protein content is impressive; a 100 gram serving of quinoa proves over 20% of the recommended daily allowance of protein, along with fiber to ease digestion, and carbohydrates to provide energy. Quinoa is also really easy to add to soups, smoothies, or cereals, and is quite tasty on its own.

Remember, being too alkaline is just as harmful as being too acidic. Make sure to include some acidic foods in your diet to maintain a proper balance. Too much of any one food or nutrient can actually harm the body, so try and balance your meals wisely. Paying attention to the sugars, fats, vitamins, and minerals in everything you eat, not just the pH balance, is the secret to a long and healthy life.

Related: One Bowl of Rice is Equivalent to Two Cans of Soda

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