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We’re never going to entirely give up our sweet treats and other guilty pleasures in life, but thanks to Holistic Nutritionist, Kristin Dahl of Dahlhouse Nutrition, and Health Coach, Alexa Gray of Superfood Superlife, we’re refreshing our knowledge of what it means to live that alkaline life. Understanding the balance between alkalinity and acidity is an essential tool in anyone’s wellness toolkit. Listen up as Kristin and Alexa break down all things alkaline and how we can counter the effects of too much acidity

What is the acid/alkaline balance? The pH spectrum measures how acidic or alkaline our body system is; the scale runs from 0-14. Neutral pH is 7.0. The higher the pH (greater than 7) the more alkaline, while a lower pH, (less than 7) is acidic. For good health, our bodies need to be slightly alkaline. Our immunity is directly related to how alkaline our diet is. An overly acidic diet eventually leads to a weakened state, and our bodies become susceptible to disease. The digestive system, liver and kidneys all begin to suffer. This causes a variety of issues, such as inflammation, allergies, arthritis, constipation and other bowel issues. Your body works very hard to create balance.

Why should we be concerned with “alkalizing” our bodies regularly? When you are stressed, make poor lifestyle choices or are exposed to a toxic environment, your body is constantly trying to bring you back to a more alkaline state. The body starts pulling minerals like magnesium and calcium from your bones, teeth, and organs to neutralize the acid. Unprocessed, plant-based foods are highly alkaline, meaning they clean the blood, oxygenate the body, and keep your cells in tip-top shape! This will give you energy, clear up your skin and reduce inflammation in the body.

Where should we start? It’s a good idea to start the day with daily lemon water, drink a fresh vegetable juice, and fill more than half your plate with veggies at every meal. Offset overly acidic foods like sugar, dairy, meat, caffeine and alcohol by loading up on greens, fresh veggies, fruits and alkaline water daily. Think 80/20: Make 80% of the foods you eat alkaline and 20% acidic.

6 WAYS TO ALKALIZE YOUR BODY DAILY

Drink plenty of water

Adequate water intake supports all body systems and clears out excess toxins. Drink half your body weight in ounces everyday to keep your body systems regulated. For instance, if you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 ounces of water daily. Carry a water bottle with you and fill it with filtered water all day vs. constantly drinking from plastic, which wreaks havoc on your hormones. For an extra boost in alkalinity – add lemon! Lemon water not only alkalizing, but it also contains high amounts of vitamin C and aids in digestion.

Trade coffee for tea

Green tea is highly alkaline. Try jasmine, sencha or matcha – or switch to a less processed, less acidic coffee like bulletproof or brands labeled ‘low acid.’

Use natural sweeteners

Use stevia, coconut sugar or small amounts of honey in place of sugar. Sugar is one of the most acidic foods and it pops up everywhere in our day-to-day lives. Try to balance the amount you are having by using alternative sweeteners as much as possible.

Eat more greens

Eat a salad or add greens to every meal. Load up on leafy greens every day. Add a tablespoon of green powder to your smoothies or buy liquid chlorophyll and add it to your water once a day. Greens are highly alkaline and oxygen rich. Drink fresh green vegetable juices as often as possible. Again, greens contain high amounts of chlorophyll, which contain high amounts of oxygen and oxygen = alkalinity.

Move

Exercise to create more oxygen and qi flow in the body and to avoid stagnation. Dance, hike, do yoga, play with your kids and have fun! Exercise also helps to relieve stress. Do your best to get moving whenever possible. Exercise = oxygen = alkalinity.

Reduce stress

Meditate as often as possible, practice deep breathing, do yoga, get into nature, try earthing and get plenty of sleep. Take baths, drink tea, daydream, go for a walk after dinner – whatever makes you feel centered. Stress creates cellular acidity. Always work on bringing yourself back into balance by creating rituals that make you feel good and calm your mind and body.

These tips are part of Kristin Dahl and Alexa Gray’s 21 Day Transformation.  Stay tuned for their upcoming spring cleanse!


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  1. Such a great breakdown of the benefits && ways to be more alkaline. Becoming more alkaline saves lives, I’ve seen first hand!

  2. Adding aluminum free baking soda (just a pinch) to coffee actually reduces the acid levels of coffee making it much more PH balanced

    April | 03.30.2016 | Reply
  3. I really like this web site. Very helpful

    jane frey | 08.12.2016 | Reply
  4. Great Article,

    in first step you talking about drinking plenty of water. that is correct and necessary. The best is to drink also alkaline water. In 1st step in revolutionary health approach #4StepsToHealth is to drink a lot of alkaline water, the best is Coral Water. Great article. thanks for sharing.

  5. Do I need to peel lemon or just a drop of juice in a bottle of water? In making veges and fruit juices what are fruits and veges highly recommended? Thank you very much.

    Marilou Vergara | 11.23.2016 | Reply
  6. thanks for the info :o)

  7. I understand the benefits of eating healthy but from my understanding the body does not have a single PH value. Various parts of the body and various fluids and cells in the body have different PH values.The take home point is that you need to eat nutrient dense food that provides minerals like magnesium and calcium which will enable the kidneys to keep the PH of the blood at a PH level of approximately 7.35. The PH of food and drink cannot directly influence the PH of the ‘body’. To cut a long story short, I highly recommend that everyone reads the following article written by Professor Scott-Mumby: (http://alternative-doctor.com/problems-with-science/is-alkaline-food-really-good-for-you/).

    Leshec | 04.29.2017 | Reply
  8. Thank You LESHEC. Good to know.

    Chretia | 04.29.2017 | Reply
  9. This is interesting. Thanks for educating us.God bless you

    JESSICA | 04.30.2017 | Reply
  10. Thanks for your inspiring lessons in greens….

    Beverley | 11.14.2017 | Reply
  11. Thank you

    Sherry | 11.14.2017 | Reply
  12. I just found out I’m also suffering from acidid. I started coughing non stop and the Doctor put me on Alkaline diet which I feel much better

    Ntombi Shoko | 11.14.2017 | Reply


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