Your body needs to be slightly alkaline to be at its healthiest. Your cells, the chemical reactions inside them, your beneficial bacteria in your gut and your immune system all work better in a slightly alkaline environment. The pH of your blood is tightly regulated by a complex system of buffers that are continuously at work to maintain a range of 7.35 to 7.45, which is slightly more alkaline than pure water. Maintaining your blood pH between 7.35 and 7.45 is essential for your body to perform vital functions, such as detoxification and nutrient absorption. Your body can become imbalanced if your diet consists primarily of acidic foods and you have a lack of oxygen due to a sedentary lifestyle. Making slight changes to your eating habits and daily routine is the most effective way to quickly alkalize your body. This article tells you how to alkalize for health, and what foods and factors provide an alkaline diet.
1. Start the Day with Glass of Water and Lemon
Lemon water helps to clear the body of excess acids and create an alkaline-forming state. Mix the juice of half an organic lemon or lime with two teaspoons of raw honey and eight ounces of warm water. Drink first thing in the morning to flush the system. Do not warm water in microwave oven. You can also use raw organic apple cider vinegar.
2. Drink Sodium Bicarbonate
Add one to two teaspoons of baking soda mixed with an eight ounce glass of water daily. If you have hypertension or edema, this may not be a good choice for you. You can also make a combination of two tablespoons lemon or lime juice with half a teaspoon of baking soda. After foaming has subsided, add 8-12 ounces of water and drink immediately.
3. Drink Pure Water
Drink lots of water daily to flush the system of waste. Pure water meaning water that is filtered, distilled water or reverse osmosis. Alkaline water has a pH over 7.5 and has added oxygen to help neutralize acids. There are also wonderful alkalizing agents you can purchase to buffer and alkalize the water. Consume in ounces, 50 percent of your weight in water every day. In other words, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water daily.
4. Add More Veggies to Your Diet
Greens are very alkalizing for your body and also are packed with rich vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. Vegetables and natural herbs like beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, cauliflower, celery, chard, chicory, chives, cucumber, dandelion, dill, endive, fennel, green beans, kale, kelp, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, peppers, potatoes, radishes, sorrel, soya beans, spinach, squash, turnips, watercress are the most alkalinizing foods. Moreover cucumber and celery are some of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. They quickly neutralize acids and aid in digestion.
5. Skip the Sugars and Artificial Sweeteners
People should cut the refined sugars immediately. All those desserts and bottles of soda are very acidic. To put it simply, it takes 30 glasses of water to neutralize one can of soda. Try to cut down on fizzy drinks them as much as you can. A glass of ice cold water with a slice of lemon is a really refreshing drink. Avoid artificial sweeteners such as NutraSweet, Sucralose, Aspartame, Saccharin are these acidic they also have other highly detrimental effects on the nervous system and neurological disease. Saccharin even tells you right on the package that it may cause cancer. A natural sugar substitute that has had no reported side effects is Stevia.
6. Go Meat-free for a Day
Eliminate red meat, pork, lamb consumption. Red meats, pork and lamb are highly acidic a very low water content, not to mention being hard on the digestive system. Substitute chicken, turkey or fresh fish in small quantities. If you must have meat protein, opt for chicken or turkey or wild fresh fish. A good way to go about this is to have one meat-free day every week.
7. Take Healthy Snacks
For a healthy snack during the day, a pack of unsalted almonds can carry you through to your next meal and help alkalize your body. Raw, unsalted almonds are full of healthy alkaline elements, like magnesium and calcium which, as well as tackling excess acidity, also help in balancing your blood sugar, which is especially good for diabetics.
8. Take a Multi-strain Probiotics
One of the positive functions that probiotics contribute includes helping the gastrointestinal tract maintain an optimal pH that is not too acidic that would damage tissues and organs. You can also take a pick at our Top 10 Beneficial Probiotic Food to Add to Your Diet.
9. Reduce Stress Daily
Reduce stress daily by adding yoga, tai chi, meditation, and proper breathing. An additional factor that adds to acidosis (acidic bodies) is stress. When the body moves into stress mode the digestive system shuts down and toxins cease to be eliminated. Thus the more toxins you keep in your system, the more the body will store them away (acids) in fat cells! Calming the mind, emotions and body will increase the body’s alkalinity.
Exercise helps move acidic waste products so your body can better eliminate them. A basic pillar of good health is exercise. No matter how good your diet is, you can’t avoid exercise. The good thing is one of the ways to alkalize your body is something as simple as a brisk walk. Consider parking a little further away from work and walk the rest of the way. By doing this, you move acidic waste out of your body.