Our body is very acidic in the morning because it cleanses itself overnight. All waste from the previous day makes it way through our system. Most of the time, the acidic foods like sugar, food additives, meat, and fried foods are taken care by our body’s detoxification system but in the long run acidity in the body leads to pains, weight gain and other health issues like developing cancer. Acidity often causes damaging effects on the body.When the body becomes overly acidic, it will take from the bones and vital tissues and impairs the body’s ability to repair or detoxify.
Acidic body shows symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, allergies, aches, acne, headaches, confusion, sleepiness, infections, chronic fatigue and much more.
It is necessary to start your day with alkaline drinks as they promote energy, eliminate inflammation, strengthens the immune system, slows the aging process and solve all stomach related problems. For optimal health, a balance of pH level is needed. It is essential for our blood pH to maintain a slightly more alkaline level. Calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium are the primary alkalizing minerals.
The 7 Natural Ways to Alkalize The Body are Listed Below:
Exercise and going for a brisk morning walk is the easiest way to move acidic waste products from the body. Being in nature, helps to breath in more oxygen rich air. Daily movement helps boost the balance of acidity and alkalinity and thus sustain the pH balance of tissues, blood and cellular fluids. Proper breathing technique should be followed all the time. When one breathes in more shallow way, some carbon dioxide gets retained in the lungs and that converts into acid.
The best gift one can gift to his body is by starting the day with a big glass of lukewarm water mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice to flush out all toxins / acids from the body.
The lemons make the body alkaline. Lemons can be replaced by a spoon of vinegar to get the same effect. One may opt for Apple Cider Vinegar as it the nature’s most alkaline, probiotic rich beverage and works great to relieve muscle pains and helps in digestion. Drinking plenty of plain water / alkaline water or coconut water is very important to flush our system of the wastes and keep the organs functioning properly.
Adding Greens to the diet is the best way to balance the pH levels and alkalize the body. Greens are rich in magnesium, calcium, vitamin C and micronutrients that feed the body on a cellular level. One may prepare green juice by blending romaine lettuce, with some ginger, one lemon and half a cucumber and drink the juice as first thing in the morning.
Green juice and Green smoothies helps with achy muscles and reduces inflammations. Green salad can also be taken on daily basis. One may toss some lemon juice and olive oil as dressing to the green salad for maximum benefits.
It is advised to add broccoli, spinach, celery, asparagus, squash, sweet potatoes, peppers, turnip, radish, watercress in your diet. A plant based diet is always recommended over non vegetarian options as there is some acidic residue left behind by the meats. Liquid chlorophyll supplements are also available to give the benefits of greens.
Taking sprouts is one way to alkalize the body. Sprouts are rich in nutrients and energy booster enzymes.
Almonds are known for its alkaline properties. Almonds are rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium which help balance out the acidity and also balances the blood sugar levels. One may take a handful of almonds as snacks to balance the pH levels. One needs to avoid salted almonds or the ones with added sweeteners. Almonds are the best substitute for fried foods or snacks.
Herbs and spices also increase the alkalinity of the body. Some useful herbs include ginger and garlic. One needs to take lots of garlic to boost the body’s immunity. Both ginger and garlic are very alkalizing and detoxifying. They add flavor to the dishes. Among spices, the best is cinnamon. It can be added in teas, sprinkled in salads and also used in preparing desserts and other dishes.
All fruits except cranberries boost alkalinity. Fruit smoothies with almond milk are best way to alkalize the body. The best fruits to take include apples, grapefruits, peaches, pineapples, cherries, apricot, strawberries and bananas.
It is highly recommended to avoid foods and desserts loaded with sugars as sugar is one of the most acidic foods. One needs to completely avoid soda from their diet. Limiting alcohol is also advised as alcohol is highly acidic.
It is recommended to switch the morning coffee with green tea to get the desired caffeine without the acidic effects. Cutting back on dairy products is necessary as dairy products are acid forming in nature. Dairy should be replaced with coconut / soy or almond milk.
Taking in Omega 3 fatty acid also alkalize the body. One may take it as supplements to ensure better metabolism and improve digestion.
Nowadays, with more and more use of pesticides and chemicals, the alkalizing potential of foods is getting diminished. It is always better to opt for organic foods so that body gets the minerals it needs to neutralize acid wastes.
It is very important to reduce the negative health effects of the acids by limiting acid forming foods in the diet and eating foods that alkalize the body naturally. An alkalized body will lead to better hair, better skin and better nails. It will also promote healthier, stronger bones, better clarity and focus and improved dental health. Alkaline diet gives more energy, lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes, kidney problems and other chronic diseases.
This article is written by DR. Vikram Chauhan (MD – AYURVEDA). He is an expert Ayurvedic practitioner based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda (Ancient healing treatment), not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company.