Talking Alkaline balance...
Sometimes a simple shift in food selection can have a positive impact on our general well being that would surprise you... From feeling tired or high in energy, to taking on or reducing symptoms of disease, to weight gain or loss: All foods have either an acidifying or an alkalizing effect on the body. So here, we are talking about the importance of maintaining an alkaline balance in the body. In my opinion and experience, this is the first line of defense against disease and weight management. If you are recovering from a medical procedure, like chemotherapy or radiation, both of which are toxic and highly acidic to the body, you may consider re-balancing your pH once you have fully completed each cycle. You can schedule a consultation with Lisa for help getting started with that!
Because there are many myths and misleading information out there, let me just take a moment to review what "being alkaline" is NOT. It is not eating only alkaline foods all day, every day, because you should be seeking balance through nutrients you will find in both alkaline and acidic plant foods. Being alkaline is not being a 9 or 10pH- that is dangerous and not "alkaline balance". While eating all plant based foods is optimal, you do NOT have to only eat plant based foods or be vegan to be in alkaline bakance. Not all vegans are alkaline (or necessarily healthy, no judgment!). And while the teachings of Dr. Sebi are so important to learn about, you do not have to be a die hard Sebian to be alkaline and healthier. That is all dependent on your personal goals, upon fully informing yourself on the lifestyle he promoted and alkaline lifestyle.
Our pH works in tandem with our body temperature to make conditions optimal for eliminating toxins, giving energy to our blood cells and activating enzymes, even repairing on a cellular and DNA level. Alkaline foods and drinks will tilt you toward a positive pH while acidifying foods are like a thumb on the pH scale, pulling you down literally. But this does not mean one must or should ONLY eat alkaline food- many people make that all or nothing assumption, going from one extreme to another. Many people find they feel much improved by having a balance of 80% alkaline foods/ drinks and 20% acidic. That may seem like a big jump, but if your diet has been quite bad, you will find even reducing acidic foods to less than 40% and increasing alkaline foods to 60% is a great place to start moving the needle toward getting more alkaline. When our bodies are in balance we tend to feel more energy, sleep better, recover from workouts and injury better, and enjoy improved endurance and performance with exercise.
Alkaline water can certainly help with getting on track, as can green vegetable juices like our Kalicious and Hydralicious. But there are other options too, such as a splash of lemon in filtered water or a hot green tea. And there are many foods that are alkaline forming- watermelon, lemons and limes, avocados, kale, spinach and cucumbers, for example. Superfoods such as seaweed, sea moss, spirulina, chlorella, and trace minerals are helpful too. When you think of your diet when was the last time you had an uncooked green vegetable? The advantage of a green juice or green smoothie is that you have a quick and delicious way to get raw servings of greens in your system other than a salad. The internet has many resources for alkaline food & drink lists available. You do not have to like everything on the list you choose! highlight or circle what you like or would like to try and make that your shopping list! I am always available for consultations for alkaline lifestyle to elaborate in detail and answer questions as well as wellness consultations for your particular health or wellness issue(s).
Of course, before making any major dietary or fitness changes, it is recommended you consult your physician, especially if pregnant, taking medications or ill or elderly.
The contents of this website are provided for educational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. The information provided herein should not be considered as a substitute for the advice of a medical doctor or other healthcare professional.