Balance is key when it comes to many things in life, including our body’s pH levels. The pH level is a measure of how acidic or alkaline something is, and it’s essential for our blood pH to maintain a slightly more alkaline level in order for us to enjoy optimum health.
If you aren’t sure what an alkalized body means, consider the two extremes of the spectrum. On one end, there is alkalizing, while the other is acidic, there are also substances that fall in between, with neutral effects, meaning they aren’t acidic or alkalizing. The pH scale measures how alkalizing or acidic a substance is on a scale from 0 to 14. A pH level that’s higher than 7 is alkalizing. A pH level under 7 is acidic, while a pH of 7 would be considered neutral.
Following a diet that contains too many acid-forming foods, and not enough alkalizing ones can cause serious health issues. That’s because when the body becomes overly acidic, it will take from the bones or vital tissues. That’s very damaging as it impairs the body’s ability to repair or detoxify, resulting in greater susceptibility to disease and illness. Acidity is also linked to pain and excess weight.
An alkalized body typically enjoys:
- More energy
- Better digestive health
- A stronger immune system
- Better clarity and focus
- Healthier, stronger bones and a reduced risk of osteoporosis
- Lessened arthritis symptoms
- The ability to maintain an ideal weight
- Better hair, skin and nails
- Improved dental health
- Slower aging
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Obviously, an alkalized body = a healthy body, but how do we get it that way? Fortunately, it’s a lot easier than you might think.
The main concept behind getting a more alkalized body is to follow an alkalizing diet, which means one that includes certain foods can create acidic byproducts in your body after digestion. You can reduce the negative health effects of these acids by limiting acid-forming foods in your diet and eating foods that alkalize your body instead.
1. Choose only organic foods to avoid pesticides, chemicals, and other contaminants.
These harmful substances diminish the alkalizing potential of all foods. Organic foods have also been shown to contain a higher nutritional content as compared to non-organic foods, which will help ensure your body gets the minerals it needs to neutralize acid wastes.
2. Pay attention to your breath.
Use your diaphragm and abdominal muscles to fully inhale and exhale. When exhaling, it’s important to completely expel carbon dioxide from the lungs. When you breathe in a more shallow way, some carbon dioxide is retained in the lungs and gets converted to an acid. As often as you can, try to count to 4 while inhaling, and exhaling fully for a count of 4.
3. Drink a glass or two of 1-2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar into filtered, distilled or purified alkalized water.
4. Drink plenty of water every day (preferably alkalized water) to flush your system of waste, and keep organs functioning properly.
Experts recommend consuming 50 percent of your weight in water (in ounces) daily. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should drink 60 ounces of water – if you’re at 200 pounds, your body needs 100 ounces of water every day.
5. Consume more vegetables.
All vegetables are alkalizing, so one of the best ways to achieve a more alkalized body is to eat more vegetables (only organic, of course). Your goal should be to consume them in the least processed form, such as raw or steamed. Deep-fried veggies, or things like carrot cake, don’t count. Fresh vegetable juice, on the other hand, is excellent, which means, if you don’t have one already, you may want to invest in a juicer – it’s a great way to get more veggies into your diet.
While all vegetables are alkalizing, some are particularly highly rated, including all types of seaweed, greens like kale, spinach, and watercress. Greens are among the best sources of alkaline minerals, like calcium. Cucumber and celery also help to quickly neutralize acid and aid in digestion.
6. Add as many meat-and poultry-free days to your week as possible, or even better, cut out meat altogether.
The food groups shown to have the most acidifying effect on the body are primarily animal-based, with meat the most acid forming of all. Fish and other seafood are slightly better, though still quite acidifying.
7. Cut back or eliminate dairy.
Dairy products are also acid-forming, with goat milk considered the least acidifying, and hard cheeses the most.
8. Start your morning with a glass or lemon or lime water.
Contrary to popular belief, lemons and limes are very alkalizing. One of the best ways to get your body off to a good start is with a glass of lukewarm water that’s had a fresh lemon or lime squeezed into it.
9. Use lots of garlic in your meals.
Garlic is not only great for overall health as it helps boost the immune system, but it’s also highly alkalizing.
10. Add more spices and herbs to your dishes.
You’d be amazed at how many health benefits spices and herbs can offer, in addition to most being incredibly alkalizing. Cinnamon works wonders, and can be added to just about anything. It’s especially tasty in hot tea, apples, and sweet potatoes. Ginger is another fabulous choice – it’s very alkalizing and detoxifying in addition to adding a wonderful flavor to many types of meals. It also makes a heavenly team to warm up with in the winter. Have fun experimenting with herbs and spices, as most are great for your health.
11. Don’t’ forget about sprouts.
Sprouts are extremely alkalizing and supercharged with nutrients and energy-boosting enzymes.
12. Avoid all processed, packaged and fast foods like the plague.
That means those Oreos, biscuits, McDonald’s hamburgers, KFC, frozen pizza, and even flame-broiled Burger King patties. These types of foods, are typically void of nutrients and cause all sorts of damage to the body, in addition to being very acidifying. These items are often nothing like “real” food at all, provided a huge dose of sugar and all sorts of harmful chemicals.
13. Kick the soda habit.
Coke and all other soft drinks are another one of the worst things you can put into your body. Scientific research has found that drinking soda may even be as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. Not only are soft drinks very acidic, but they also contain chemicals, sweeteners, and other ingredients that have been proven to be dangerous to human health. Instead, drink herbal tea or water with a squeeze of lemon or lime.
14. Use natural beauty products.
Using natural, or homemade, bath and body products, including soap, shampoo, and conditioner, mouthwash, toothpaste, lotions, creams and cosmetics can also help make you more alkaline. Traditional commercial products are made with chemicals that contribute to the body’s toxic load and make you more acidic.
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15. Instead of snacking on fried foods or sweets, snack on raw, organic unsalted almonds.
They’re loaded with natural alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium, which help to balance out acidity while balancing blood sugar. Avoid almonds that are salted, or come with added sweeteners.
16. Get some exercise.
Exercise is important for an alkalized body. Daily movement helps boost the balance of acidity and alkalinity, helping to restore and sustain the pH balance of tissues, blood, and cellular fluids. It helps move acidic waste product so that your body is better able to eliminate it. Aerobic exercise is optimal, as it helps reduce the accumulation of acid in the system while working the muscles too. Try to include some form of exercise every day, whether it’s a brisk walk (10,000 steps), dancing, biking, swimming or using a stair climber, as they say, just do it! But don’t overdo it, too much exercise can have the opposite effect.
17. Limit or avoid alcohol altogether.
Alcohol is highly acidic, and should be severely limited or avoided to keep the body’s pH level alkaline. That includes all forms, from beer and wine to hard liquor. These are some other benefits of giving up alcohol…
18. Trade your coffee for tea.
Many varieties of tea, including dandelion tea, ginseng tea, and green tea, are considered alkaline (provided you don’t add milk, cream or sugar). Try switching out your morning coffee for green tea to get the caffeine without the acidic effects as coffee is highly acidic. If that’s too much to ask, even cutting back on coffee, and switching out your second or third cup, can help.
19. Enjoy fresh fruit.
All fresh organic fruit, with the exception of cranberries, are considered to be alkaline. Some of the best you can choose include bananas, apples, lemons, cherries, limes and pineapples. As mentioned previously, many people believe lemons and limes are acidic, but during digestion, as they require an alkaline environment, they’re considered to be alkaline fruits.