SO what does it mean to alkalize your body? And why is our body’s pH so important? Well for starters, you may have heard that diseases such as cancer and autoimmune disorder flourish in an acidic body composition. To alkalize your body means to remove excess acidity, maintaining a blood pH of between 7.35 – 7.45 and thus preventing your body’s ability to foster life-threatening bacteria and viruses. But how do we determine our body’s pH? As with most things, what we put into our body is the primary factor influencing the acidity of our biome, but stress and exercise also play a role in jeopardizing your body’s ability to fight off disease. Acidosis is provoked by excess sugar or salt, fast food or processed foods, drugs, as well as the pesticides or contaminants that can be found in GMO’s or sometimes non-organic produce. Needless to say, optimizing dietary nutrition is vital. Literally. Use the following nutrition and alkalizing guidelines to maintain your body in an alkalized blood pH and get the most out of life!
1. START YOUR DAY WITH LEMON + HONEY
You can start removing acids from your body first thing in the morning with a warm cup of lemon water and honey. Although lemons are acidic, they have the opposite effect on your body as it metabolizes them. Use the following ratios below for the perfect cup:
-half an organic lemon
-2 teaspoons of raw honey
-8 oz of hot water
2. FRUITS + VEGGIES DAILY
Vegetables sustain your body’s pH on a daily basis. The best sources of alkaline minerals (i.e calcium) are green veggies, so big salads chock-full of greens are a good daily alkalizer. Try adding lemon juice and olive oil as dressing instead of a creamy or processed store-bought dressing. A few headliners in the alkaline veggies department: kale, broccoli, cucumbers, and radishes.
Almost all fruits are alkaline, especially apples and avocados- great nutritious snacks to keep in your bag for when hunger strikes. Fruits high in potassium like bananas and lemons are also good for alkalizing but be aware that too much sugar, even sugar from fruit, can jeopardize your body’s pH.
3. DRINK H20 ‘TIL THE COWS COME HOME (And when is that exactly? Never. Never stop).
Water? Again?! When is water not the answer to a health maintenance how-to? Your body needs water to the flush the system of waste. You should aim to drink 50 percent of your weight in oz of water every day (If you weigh 160 lbs, you should drink 80 oz of water / day).
4. AVOID EXCESS SUGAR + PROCESSED SALT
Sugar is one of the most disease-causing, acidic substances you can put into your body. That said, ditch the sodas and processed candy (it takes over 30 glasses of neutral water just to neutralize the acidity of one soda can). Processed salt is also very acidic but can be easily replaced by the more alkaline and mineral-rich alternatives, sea salt or Himalayan salt. You can also use flavor replacements like herbs, spices, lemon, tamarind, pomegranate molasses, chili, wasabi, wine, tomato stock, or vinegar to add a salty flavor to your food.
5. BE WARY OF DAIRY
Dairy’s effect on your body’s pH depends on how your body responds to dairy and what kind of dairy product you are consuming. Raw organic milk could be beneficial for some people, but processed dairy will definitely make your body more acidic. To avoid this you can swap cheese and milk for nut-based (i.e. almond, cashew) milks and cheeses. Lactose-free and super yummy!
6. DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
Digestive enzyme supplements are a great why to help facilitate good digestion. If you eat a diet of at least 70% raw, you probably don’t need digestive enzymes on a daily basis. They are a great tool to help aid in digestion when you know you are going to be eating something very processed or high in sugar or salt. When we eat these kinds of foods, our bodies do not utilize our natural enzymes and begin to inflame and cause harm to our digestive organs. Digestive enzymes are a great way to help combat this; a personal must-have for pre or post thanksgiving dinner!
7. QUICK AT-HOME ELIXIRS
There are many things you likely have sitting in your kitchen cupboard that can moonlight as an alkalizer. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar are easy kitchen household items that you can use to alkalize. Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with an 8 oz glass of water OR drink two glasses of ACV daily. You can also mix cream of tartar with water is not only alkaline, but it is also a remedy for nausea or relieving headaches.
8. AVOID STRESS
Stress is killing us in numerous ways; acidifying your body is just one of them. Exercise can help to reduce stress as well as remove acidic waste products from your body, even if that just means taking a power walk around the block! Yoga and meditation can also provide a means of stress-relief and relaxation. Namaste.
Well, there ya have it! Eight quick hacks for keeping an alkalized pH. Remember, DIET is the most effective way to achieve this. Start there and then add in the other hacks where and when they fit into your routine.