You may have heard a lot of buzz about alkaline diets or “acid-ash” diets, and you may be wondering what it’s all about. Your body’s natural pH is around 7.36, but unfortunately a lot of foods and drinks in the standard North American diet are acidic (we’re looking at you packaged snacks). By following these simple tips on being more alkaline, you can help your body neutralize some of its acidity, improving your overall health and restoring your body’s natural balance.
1. Count Ingredients instead of Calories
On your next trip to the grocery store, look for foods with small ingredient lists. That’s normally an indication that the ingredients are – or at least are more – organic. When the list is longer than a couple of ingredients and you can’t pronounce anything on the list, that’s usually when you know to put it back on the shelf. Natural, whole ingredients are more likely to be alkaline-forming that foods that are processed and manufactured.
2. Grow it Yourself
The best way to know what kind of foods you’re eating is to grow them yourself. With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start a little vegetable garden in the backyard. Tomatoes, carrots, and berries are all examples of easy and cost-efficient foods to grow on your own. If you don’t have space to grow your own veggies in the backyard, try growing some herbs in your kitchen. It will save you from the pesticides and fertilizers that you would find in the grocery store – and your wallet will thank you!
3. Swap Out Coffee
Yes, we know this may seem a little far fetched – but there are other ways to wake yourself up in morning. Lemon water and tea are both alkaline examples of ways to start off your day. But, if you can’t kick the caffeine habit (like us!), try matcha or black coffee instead. Matcha has more than twice as much caffeine as regular tea, and it’s great for your health as well. If you seriously can’t give up your coffee, try drinking it plain. Sugar and cream may seem sweet, but they’re both acid-forming in the body, and may be taking a toll on your health.
4. Eat More Fat!
This may be where the “unexpected” part of this list kicks in! Although this tip may seem to counteract many of the dieting advice you’ve received in the past, fat is actually good for you health (if you pick the right kind!). Eating foods that are high in polyunsaturated fats, DHA, and saturated fat can improve your health and neutralize acidity. But before you pick up that donut, it’s important that you’re choosing the right (read: healthy) sources of fat. Foods like salmon, avocados, nuts, whole eggs, olive oil, and coconut oil are actually known to reduce rates of depression (SOURCE), and improve brain function.
5. Break a Sweat!
The Public Health Agency of Canada suggests that adults aged 18-64 get at least two and a half hours of physical activity a week to achieve health benefits. It may seem daunting, but it’s easier when you split it up into 30 minutes of activity five times a week. Sweating will help give acidity another pathway out of the body, and it will oxygenate and alkalize your body. Feeling blue? Physical activity will also improve your mood and increase happiness (SOURCE).
In contrast to our last tip, it is also important to take time to relax. When you’re stressed out it can contribute to an acid build up in the body (as if you didn’t have enough to worry about!). So make time to meditate, practice yoga, take a nap, or go for a walk – your body will thank you in the long run. This will help neutralize acidity in your body and can strengthen your immune system.
7. Take it Slow
Becoming alkaline requires time, and won’t happen all at once – so don’t feel pressure to jump in all at once. Take it slow, by incorporating healthier foods like green vegetables and alkaline fruits, while slowly cutting out acidic foods like soda and processed foods. It’s okay to slip up sometimes and eat a burger or order your favourite Starbucks drink. We like to follow the 80/20 rule – meaning that 80% of the foods we eat are alkaline, and 20% of the foods we eat can be acidic (hello, frappuccino with extra whip).
8. Drink More Alkaline Water
This one may not be as unexpected as some of the other tips (ahem! Number 4), but it is super important and is really easy to implement. Many people are choosing alkaline water to support the body in maintaining optimal pH levels, which also promotes optimal health. Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, tells her clients that “Drinking alkaline water is one of the best things you can do for your health.” Since you’re already drinking water everyday, why not swap it for clean, mineralized, and alkaline water? We have a product that’s perfect for every lifestyle – whether you’re always on the move, have a big family, or looking for a small filter for yourself – we’ve got what you’re looking for!
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This post was written by Makena Anderson