How to Alkalize Your Body Naturally
Hello! My tribe,
My heartfelt gratitude to all of you for showering me with so much love. Its so nice to know that you all are loving the content on my blog and channel. Today I am going to talk about something that affects our overall health on a big way. Its about alkalizing our body that can help us loose weight and avoid many diseases. So lets start from the basic, being a certified health coach, I always like to explain thing from the basic level for all of you to understand your body better.
What is alkaline and acidic?
So let me start by saying it is the ph balance in the body! Now obviously you must be wondering, what is ph and how to balance it? So this involves a bit of science! Everything from the human body to ocean life to soil quality is affected by ph. Ph in simple terms stands for ‘potential of hydrogen’ which is the measure of hydrogen ions in a particular solution. Let me make it a bit more simple for you! In the human body, solution means the body’s fluids and tissues. Now the ph scale measures how acidic or alkaline our body is and ranges from 0 to 14, seven being neutral. If the ph level is below 7, the body becomes more acidic and above seven obviously denotes high alkaline levels. And usually our body is designed to operate in a healthy way within a narrow ph range of around 7.365, which is slightly alkaline. Now the important part to remember in this is, every different body fluid is different and has a different ph to create motion and movement. For example, the ph in the fluid of our stomach is different than the ph of the fluid in our blood, and so is the case with sweat, tear and the fluid in our brain.
But today we are talking about the PH balance of stomach.
What happens when body is too acidic?
When the body is sulking with high acid levels, there are scores of diseases that attack you. Some of them are:
Inflamed sensitive gums canaries
Shortness of breath
Yeast fungal overgrowth
Low energy and chronic fatigue
Increased heart rate
Weight gain and obesity
Osteoporosis and weak brittle bones
Headache confusion and sleepiness
What happens when body is too alkaline?
If all this while you thought that being more acidic is dangerous and being more alkaline was great, then you are absolutely wrong! Because, we face many health problems and diseases because of having higher alkaline levels too. To list a few:
Twitching of muscles
Lightheadedness and tremor in hands
I’m sure you must have got the hang of how having a ph balance in the body is so very important!
Now that we know balancing ph is important. But how to do that?
So let me tell you a few things you can do which are super easy and super effective to help you keep the ph balance!
Drink warm water with organic raw apple cider vinegar or a squeeze of lemon in the morning.
Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a ph balance by restoring the body’s alkaline state. Also, lemon has vitamin C which helps in getting rid of acidity and prevents acid reflux. So including this one drink in your daily routine can work wonders to maintain the ph balance in your body throughout the day.
Avoid caffeine sugar and alcohol
For most of us, to imagine the start of our day without that mug of coffee, indulging in sweets after a meal and ending the day without having a drink may seem unfathomable. These three things make us feel so good, that giving them up looks quite challenging. But let me tell you, that happens only at first. Although caffeine sharpens our thought process, sugar gives us the feel good high and alcohol relaxes us, these three increase the acid levels in the body and make us more irritable and lethargic in the long run! Plus, consuming these foods cause dependency which is anyway not a great thing for your health. So cut this crap from your diet and balance blood sugar, reduce pathogenic bacteria in the gut and be in a fantastic mood always.
Drink fresh organic green smoothies
If making drastic changes to your diet is tough, there is one change you can make which is fast and easy and which will make a huge difference – it is also something I do every day!
Drink fresh organic green juices and smoothies. I have been living by this habit for years and it has helped me tremendously.
Adding a green drink to your routine is a superb way to add more veggies to your diet. This helps alleviate mood cravings and provides you with a burst of nutrition. The rule is pretty simple, if you don’t give your body enough nutrition, cravings kick in, and once you give into those cravings, you’re going to grab unhealthy foods that will cause acidity and disrupt your ph balance. Greens are full of nutrition and also fiber which keep the digestive system on track. So start pumping your body with greens and get the green drink cravings instead!
Eat leafy green veggies
Green veggies are alkalizing to the body, so increase the amount of green veggies in your diet. Include it in your salad or make a soup of it, but try to add it in every meal. Go for green or dark vegetables such as beetroot, avocado, broccoli, spinach, kale, peas, beans and cucumber. Colourful veggies contain enzymes that help to break down food. Also, green vegetables are great sources of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. So focus on replacing processed foods with steamed, microwaved, roasted or raw vegetables to avoid adding more acid-inducing fat to your diet.
Eat slacked nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are nutrient-dense powerhouses which provide protein, fiber, healthy fats, enzymes and a number of vitamins and minerals. You can eat them whole, in butters or use them as nut creams and nut milks to make sauces or smoothies.
Nuts are mostly low acid superfoods that have high levels of enzymes which help to keep the digestive system in place and also reduce food cravings. So to beat the hunger blues and avoid acid reflux, keep a handful of nuts handy. But people suffering from heart diseases should avoid nuts altogether and would benefit from substituting nuts with green veggies instead !
Also to balance the ph levels add that as we learn to listen to our body more on your journey of awareness to better health we will know when we are overdoing any particular foods. Key is eating a colorful diet and variety is the spice of life so keep changing the greens and buy more local seasonal produce .
You must be wondering how yoga helps with maintaining the ph balance? So let me tell you that yoga is simple breathing exercises that raise the carbon dioxide level in the blood (less exhalations per minute). This nudges the ph level back to a less alkaline state. As the blood’s pH balances, the nervous system calms us by stimulating the vagus nerve to secrete acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that lowers the heart rate making us feel more calm and peaceful. As you all know, stress is generally the cause behind an acid reflux, so obviously yoga acts as a great stress buster.
Emotional, mental and physical stress lead to the release of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline which give rise to negative emotions. And these negative emotions such as hate, fear, distrust and vengeance cause the body to become more acidic. Meditation can help restore optimal neutral pH levels and assists the body in balancing, healing and regenerating itself. As we negate the effects of stress, we have enough alkalinity within us to neutralize acids.
Always remember, our body has a limit, there is no question what we eat, think and do, directly affects our body, so I hope this made you understand our body better for you to start have a balanced approach to everything that you do.
Do you follow any alkaline diet? Share with me and my tribe.
Love and Health