5 Tips To Alkalize Your Body

Have you ever wondered what “Alkalize” really means?  Alkalize refers to the pH balance in your body. In general, the pH scale measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is, and that number ranges from zero to 14.  A pH of seven is considered neutral.  As we pursue good health, know that the body should ideally remain with a neutral pH of seven, but tends to be more acidic with high consumption of sugar, starch and coffee.  A medical test can determine your own personal pH standing, but for most of us, it’s safe to simply pursue a natural path to alkalinize your body.  

Here are some simple steps that not only help to balance this ratio, but helps to promote overall good health.

Avoid Acidic Foods:

Soda
To reduce your acidic intake, cut soda out of your diet. It not only contains caffeine, which is very acidic and can irritate the digestive tract.  Most soda also has high fructose corn syrup. HFC is a no-no for good health, and it boosts overall acidity and can lead to health problems.

Artificial Sweeteners
Fake sugars are commonly used to reduce calorie and sugar content in a variety of products. However, artificial sweeteners can do more harm than good. They boost acidity in the body and harbor toxicity.

Coffee

Coffee is a major acid producing trigger.  Coffee beans are highly acidic, and the caffeine in them adds further fuel to the fire, irritating the digestive tract and contributing to a welcoming environment for toxins and disease.

Alcohol

Alcohol is another highly acidic substance and should be avoided to keep your body's pH alkaline.  All kinds of alcohol, from hard liquor to plain old beer cause acid problems.

Meats

Many meat products are acidic. Everything from beef to pork and chicken to shellfish is acidic. Organ meats are especially suspect. You don't have to quit eating meat or become a vegetarian to keep your acid intake low, but a diet high in vegetables and fruits is recommended.

Beans
Though healthy for you in several ways, beans are also acidic and should be eaten in moderation. Examples include pinto beans, red beans, soy beans, chick peas, kidney beans, and lentils. Legumes are also acidic. Examples include tahini, cashews, peanuts and walnuts.

Grains

Several kinds of grains can boost your body's acid level, leading to damage over time. They include bran, oats, rye, wheat, corn, kamut, rice and barley. Pasta and bread are often on the acidic list as well. Again, you can't exclude all of these foods from your diet. Moderation is the key.

Get proactive, and balance your pH from highly acidic to more alkaline by taking one teaspoon of a liquid chlorophyll supplement in water several times daily. Chlorophyll is a highly alkalizing green food.  Eat alkalizing foods such as figs, bananas, watermelon and dandelion greens.


Try Baking Soda:  (Sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate)   Although not considered a food in its own right, baking soda is one of the primary ingredients that can help alkalize the entire system, and help the burning pains of acid reflux.  Baking soda is extremely alkaline and not only neutralizes stomach acids quickly, but alkalinizes the entire system.  Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in an 8-ounce glass of purified water and drink immediately. Because it is high in salt, baking soda can raise your blood pressure. (If you take medicines for hypertension, speak to your health care professional before using baking soda.)

Drink Purified Water:  Nothing flushes the system better than plain old water!  Reach for purified, filtered, distilled or spring—but make sure to reach for it, a lot.  Drinking water throughout your day can help reduce acidity and increase your body’s natural level of alkalinity.  

So how much is enough?  The 64-ounces we used to call “enough” is the absolute minimum that we should be consuming daily: and drinking coffee, tea, alcohol, and other beverages doesn’t count!  Try to drink from two to three quarts (or more) per day—about 96 ounces.  Drink one glass of water half an hour before each meal, and another glassful two and a half hours after each meal.  Drink water before going to bed and upon waking up.  Once you’re noticeably thirsty you’re way behind, so drink before you become thirsty.  If you’re drinking plenty of water, you should feel the need to use the bathroom about every two hours, and the color should be almost colorless to light yellow.  (Remember, nutritional supplements can change the color of your urine.)  

Exercise Daily:  A daily boost of movement is a daily boost to the balance of acidity and alkalinity in your system.   Exercise helps to sustain and restore the pH balance of tissues, blood and cellular fluids. The best form of exercise to maintain the acid-alkaline equilibrium of the body is aerobic exercise, as it works the muscles and can help to reduce the accumulation of acid in the system.   Make sure to include some form of exercise in your life every day—whether that be walking, bicycling, using elliptical machines or stair climbers, swimming, dancing; the list goes on, and the more you exercise, the more you go on too!  

Get Picky with Calcium:  Choose calcium carbonate over calcium citrate.  Calcium carbonate is the least expensive type of calcium supplement currently available. The nutrient is important for maintaining strong bones and teeth.  It can also be used as an antacid to relieve heartburn or indigestion by directly neutralizing stomach acid.  In the converse, calcium citrate can increase stomach acids and compound the desire to balance the body’s pH.   Most of the calcium in the human body is stored in the bones and the teeth. While many people think of bones and teeth as permanent, unchanging structures, they are actually being constantly broken down and rebuilt. It is essential to keep a certain steady level of calcium in the blood. If blood calcium carbonate levels are too low, the body will break down bone and teeth to increase the blood calcium carbonate levels. If the blood levels are high, then the body uses the extra calcium carbonate to rebuild bone and teeth.

By Cindy Grey

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