Keeping your body alkaline is the goal you should be making every day. When your body is alkaline, you will not only feel better, but you can lose weight, have better skin, more energy, and much better overall body function. So, what makes a food alkaline?
Alkaline foods are low in sugar and high in water and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorous. These are minerals necessary for your body to process all nutrients on a cellular level.
What makes a food acidic?
If a food is high in sugar or yeast, is fermented, contains fungi, or is refined, then it’s acidic. Most fruit is acidic because of the high sugar content. But there are some exceptions like avocados, tomatoes, lemons, limes, grapefruits, coconuts, and pomegranates.
1. EAT MORE GREENS
Fresh vegetables and fruits are so important to keep your body alkaline. Aim to have some at every meal and make vegetables the focus, rather than meat or grains. Reach for dark or green vegetables such as beetroot, avocado, broccoli, spinach, kale, peas, beans, and cucumber. I love taking these Alkamind Daily Greens by Dr. Gioffre for some extra greens in my diet.
2. REDUCE ACIDIC FOODS
Processed sugar is one of the top causes that make the body acidic. You don’t have to cut sugar out altogether (honey and natural sugars are still okay) but try and limit your intake of meats, eggs, refined sugars, white flour, and dairy.
3. DRINK ALKALINE WATER
Drinking naturally alkaline spring water is SO important to our health and most of us don’t drink enough, to begin with. Hydrate yourself with at least eight to ten large glasses of alkaline water per day. I love Mountain Valley Spring Water.
Most tap water has a pH of 6.5 to 7, while alkaline water has a pH of 9, making it better at rebalancing the acid-alkaline levels in your body. Alkaline water molecules are also smaller than those of tap water. This means it leaves you more hydrated than regular water. I also love starting out my morning with lemon water because it helps keep your body alkaline and speeds up your metabolism.
4. SWEAT IT OUT
Exercise for at least 30 minutes three to five times a week. or you can be like me and work out 60 to 90 minutes five times a week. Among its many benefits, exercise helps counteract acidity in our bodies, and sweat gives acid another pathway out of the body. This is why I LOVE the infrared sauna, as well. If my body is feeling sore and tired, I skip the gym and sit in the sauna. Plus, sweating helps to oxygenate and alkalize your blood.
5. LIMIT ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Most alcoholic beverages are high in sugar and are very acidic. I’m not saying to cut it out altogether, but being aware of what you’re choosing to drink, how much, and how often is a good thing! Try a glass of wine instead of that mixed sugary drink. Or be like me: when I drink a cocktail I normally drink silver tequila or mezcal with sparkling water, lemon and lime wedge, or tequila with FRESH grapefruit juice (only if its fresh), not that canned sugary stuff. 🙂
6. SEEK BALANCE
Stress contributes to acid build-up, so find ways to de-stress. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing and long walks to hear the birds chirping and the wind blowing are all great ways to de-stress and reduce acid levels.
7. TAKE YOUR TIME
Little changes are a good step in the right direction!
But here’s the bottom line, all the information, tips, tricks, and healthy recipes aren’t going to help you if you aren’t determined to be responsible for your own health and make decisions and choices toward a permanent change! BE STRONG!