Did you know that our blood pH must stay within a very narrow range or we could suffer serious illness and death as a result?
This is so essential to our body that we have an in-built maintenance mechanism that help protect our blood at all costs, – sometimes at the expense of our tissues. When our tissues become acidic it can result in serious problems for some of the major systems, such as our organs, digestion and skin health.
Each time we eat an acid-forming food such as coffee, red meat, milk, other dairy products, processed foods, sugar, alcohols, then our body needs to bring our blood pH levels back to a state of equilibrium. It does this by releasing alkaline-rich minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium into our bloodstream.
The trouble is that if we are not eating enough alkaline-forming foods to make this process happen naturally, then the body takes the minerals from other parts of the body, such as calcium from bones, magnesium from organs etc, this of course will result in a compromised immune system and decrease in energy levels!
Eating an alkaline diet will help keep your body and pH levels in balance. In your body, the blood pH levels need to maintain a slightly alkaline level in order to keep you strong and healthy.
You can maintain a healthy pH balance by eating more alkaline-forming foods:
- Fruits & berries – especially raspberries, melon, strawberries, limes, lemon, pineapple
- Vegetables – especially the green veg, wheatgrass juicen (which, as you know, is full of chlorophyll), onions, sweet potatoes
As a general rule, stick to these tips and you’ll be on your way to healthy alkalinity:
Dring plenty of water with a bit of fresh lemon. The lemon becomes alkaline in the body. This is a great pick-me-up tip which will also detoxify your liver.
Eat the Orange & Green spectrum
Brightly colored orange foods such as apricots, carrots, sweet potatoe and pumpkin are all great, as they contain the natural pigments, flavonoids, which also have antioxidant, alkalizing, and cell-protecting properties.
Drinking your greens through smoothies and juices- or just a shot of LiveWheatgrass juice with a bit of apple juice. Green vegetables are particularly rich in antioxidants, chlorophyll and alkaline properties.
Load up on garlic
Garlic is a moderately alkalizing immunity-boosting superstar that is available all year round. Did you know that one clove contains more than 100 healthy sulfuric compounds that are powerful enough to wipe out bacteria and infection? Adding garlic to your meals will provide you with an injection of empowering and immune-boosting ammunition this winter season.
Turmeric, is a great spice, which I have written about before (see Tumeric blog here). It is highly alkalising and contains curcumin, a compound that increases the level of immunity-boosting proteins in our bodies. These proteins help fight bacteria and viruses when they try to attack. Turmeric is also a natural anti-inflammatory and painkiller, an added benefit if you are fighting a flu virus.
Sip soups – but not instead of salads and juices
I recommend including soups into your winter diet. Soups are wonderfully soothing and healthy and you can add celery, onions, garlic and peppers with some stock, then throw in whatever vegetables you have on hand – really effectively alkalising and healthy!
Mind you, soups can not replace salads and green juices, as soups are not raw and you therefore loose the ‘zest’ from the enzynes and through the boining some of the nutrients and chlorophyll are lost.
Click on the 2 min film below and get surprised by how easy it is to make a fully Alkaline-loaded juice for your skin & body.