How to get and stay healthy in 2014

January 16, 2014

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1. Eat Green – Fresh fruit, vegetables, roots, nuts, and legumes are alkalizing to the body – particularly dark or green vegetables such as beetroot, avocado, broccoli, spinach, kale, peas, beans and cucumber. Aim to have some at every meal, and make vegetables the focus rather than meat or grains.

2. Reduce acidic foods – While you don’t have to ban them from your diet, try and limit your intake of meats, eggs, refined sugars, white flour and dairy.

3. Limit alcohol consumption – Alcoholic beverages tend to have a high sugar content and are highly acidic. You don’t have to cut them out altogether, but be aware of what you are drinking.

4. Drink alkaline water – Hydrate yourself with 8-10 large glasses of alkaline water per day. Most tap water has a pH of approximately 6.5-7 while good quality alkaline water has a pH of 8-9, making it a great aid to help rebalance the acid-alkaline levels in your body. Also, alkaline water molecules are smaller than those of tap water, making them better able to permeate throughout your body and leave you more hydrated than regular water.

5. Choose natural energy boost drinks – Forget sugar and caffeine laden energy drinks. Instead choose natural, alkalizing energy drinks such as peppermint herbal tea, yerba maté tea, lemon water or a green powder supplement drink that can cleanse the digestive system, stimulate your metabolism and buffer excess acids.

6. Break a sweat – Exercise for at least 30 minutes three to five times a week. Among its many benefits, exercise helps counteract acidity in our bodies and sweat gives acid another pathway out of the body. Plus, it helps to oxygenate and alkalize your blood.

7. Seek balance – Stress contributes toward acid build-up so find ways to de-stress. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing and long walks are all great ways to de-stress and reduce acid levels.

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