Drastic times call for drastic measures, some might say. However, when it comes to protecting yourselves and your dearest and nearest, a few quite simple habits will have a HUGE impact on your overall physical and mental health!
For those of you who are not that familiar with the state of ALKALINITY vs. ACIDITY here are all the basic facts.
A pH is a scale of acidity from 0 to 14 used to specify how acidic or alkaline a substance is. Neutral substances have a pH of 7. Every substance with a pH below 7 is considered acidic, and every substance with a pH above 7 is considered alkaline. Our body, or more accurately, our blood, is slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7,4, and our stomach is acidic so as to process the food that we consume. And that is all of the chemistry that you’ll need to know.
How does the food that we consume affect our overall health and why is it so important to alkalize?
Making quality food choices nowadays seems quite a challenge with all of the online nutritionists’ pieces of advice. It seems sometimes as though we ought to have a list of at least a dozen of habits in order to stay fit, vital and healthy; yet, we lack the time to practice all of them. When we do find the time, on the other hand, we often don’t know which practice or food is the right one for us. Here is where alkalinity takes the lead role.
Nourishing an alkaline body environment not only preserves us from even the most dangerous viruses and bacteria (yes, you are reading it right), but it also speeds up our metabolism, it promotes a healthy endocrine system, keeps our mood and emotions balanced and even aids in weight loss!
How to alkalize your body?
The rule is simple. Most raw foods are alkaline, most processed foods are acidic.
Drinking a big glass of water combined with the juice of 1 squeezed lemon in the morning, has never been more important! It alkalizes the entire body immediately! (Note that even though lemons are acidic in taste, they have an alkaline pH.) (1)
Consuming leafy greens is also a very powerful tool to alkalize your body!
Almost 90% of people worldwide practice a so-called acidic diet, but this is none of their fault. It’s simply the ways of the modern world. We eat on the go, rarely cook and don’t pay much attention to what we consume in general. The crazy passed daily life and work, the environment and the food commercials, they all play a vital role in this.
The problem lies in the fact that people who aren’t familiar with the basics of chemistry or medicine, do not pay attention to the simple facts that almost 85% of all diseases arise from an improper diet. Diseases can’t live long nor develop in an alkaline body environment, and almost every doctor knows this. That is the main reason why cancer patients (and people with other severe diseases) are advised to radically change their diet, i.e. to transfer to a raw diet.
What to do now?
Change your food habits, start small but stay consistent. Consume lemon-water in the morning; this is basically the most important thing that you have to do. If you alkalize in the morning (when the body is most acidic), then your chances of catching a cold minimize. Start consuming leafy green salads. Consume more vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts in general. It is also crucial that, prior to consuming them, you keep all the fruits and vegetables in a solution of water and sodium bicarbonate for at least 20 min. (A tea spoon in a few litters of water will do the trick – don’t worry too much about the ratio.)
Avoid eating junk food, processed sugars, too much red meat, white rice, white sugar, white flour, dairy products, artificial sweeteners, soft and fizzy drinks, canned fruits… This doesn’t mean that you should immediately exclude all cravings, it just means that now, perhaps more than ever, your paying attention to what you consume can help preserve the homeostasis of your body!
Here is also a chart that will help you in your food choices and that shows the exact pH of each type of food. (2)
Choose well and stay safe!