Everyone has his or her own methods. Whether it’s working out, watching Netflix or taking your dog for a walk, find a way to relax! Chronic stress can lead to excess acid inside our bodies. When our bodies become acidic, minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium may be stolen from our vital organs and bones to combat or buffer the acid.
4. Lemon Water
Lemon water offers a variety of health benefits. By simply adding a lemon, or half of a lemon, to a glass of water you are giving your immune system a boost. Although the fruit is acidic, it has the opposite effects on the body once digested. Lemons contain very alkalizing minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium that can help balance your bodily pH.
Additionally, lemon juice can improve digestion and help flush the body out by loosening the toxins in the digestive tract. A properly functioning digestive tract and cleansed immune system can lead to clearer skin, weight loss, fresher breath, and a boost in energy. The best way to take advantage of the benefits of lemon water is to drink a glass of lemon 20-30 minutes before breakfast each day. This allows the body to metabolize and experience all of the benefits of the lemon water before you begin to digest any substance.
There are handfuls of basic foods with all natural minerals that we should all consume on a regular basis. A good example would be raw, unsalted almonds. Almonds contain magnesium, calcium, and other natural alkaline minerals that work to balance out our bodies.
Other basic snacks include: Artichokes, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Celery, Limes, Mango, Honeydew, Papaya, Parsley, Seaweed, Seedless grapes, Watercress, Asparagus, Kiwi, Pears, Apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Garlic, Ginger, Peaches, Grapefruit, Broccoli, and many others.
Acidic snacks: Alcohol, Soft drinks, Tobacco, Coffee, White Sugar, Refined Salt, Artificial Sweeteners, Antibiotics, White flour products, Seafood, White vinegar, Barley, Cheese, Flesh Meats, and many others.
We don’t recommend cutting out acidic foods completely. There’s a balance inside your body and it needs its acidic foods just as it needs its alkaline ones. A good rule of thumb is to go 60% alkaline and 40% acidic.
Whether you are training for marathon or just walking around your neighborhood, exercise will always help your body flush toxins, increase blood flow, ensure consistent oxygen delivery, and ultimately help balance our blood’s pH. This increased activity in the blood and nervous system enable people to control weight gain and weight loss, combat disease and bacteria, experience more positive moods, and of course an boost in energy and stamina. Exercise will help your body get into a position where it can metabolize and absorb all of the nutrients and minerals you digest. Similarly, your diet will help your body prepare, endure, and recover from exercise.
1. Drink Whol-E Water!
… Of course! Consumption of high alkaline water is one of the most effective ways to balance your bodily pH. One bottle won’t solve all your problems, so remember to drink Whol-E Water on a daily basis.
How to measure your pH:
1. Listen to your body: The main indicator here will be a loss of energy. If you constantly feel fatigued, it is likely that you are not only dehydrated, but also out of balance.
2. pH test strips: These strips test urine and saliva and are very accurate. This would be a more precise way of keeping track of your pH levels. Check out pH strips: http://www.phionbalance.com/ph-balancing-products/ph-test-strips
Your body does a great job of regulating its pH. Even if we get slightly out of balance, it can be fatal. The body will pull minerals like calcium and magnesium from other places like our bones and muscles to ensure its equilibrium. We want to keep our mineral reserves where they belong (in our bones, muscles and vital organs) so staying balanced through the techniques listed above would be a great start in your quest to “go alkaline.”