Courtesy of Gosia, Naturopath & Medical Herbalist
In order to detoxify our system first we need to make sure that our pH is correct. Disease cannot live in an alkaline environment. Bad bacteria, fungus, toxins create acidic state which is basically suffocating the cells and our organs. Healthy, energetic body is an alkaline body.
Once you remove acid toxins and balance your pH, you will detoxify fast, oxygenate your cells and your energy will improve dramatically. Your skin will glow, your sleep will be much deeper and you will experience sense of overall wellbeing and joy.
The body’s pH is measured on a scale of 0 – 14. Midrange at 7 is where the pH is balanced. Anything below 7 is acidic and a state where your body does not function as designed. Above 7 is called Alkaline. Alkaline is the state in which your body thrives.
Below are the 7 steps to make your body more alkaline:
Step 1 — Drink Pure Alkaline Water – minimum 2 L a day. Pure water meaning water that is filtered – the finest choice is an alkaline ionization unit. Alkaline water means water with a pH over 7.5. Alkaline water adds oxygen to your water and helps to neutralize acids. A simple way to alkalize your water is with a dash of baking soda. There are also wonderful alkalizing agents you can purchase to buffer and alkalize the water.
Coffee, black tea and sodas are highly acidic and do not count towards your daily water intake, so avoid them.
Step 2 — Eat Green Salads – Always have a green salad on hand. Some greens that have the highest water content are: cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, celery, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, carrots, and onions. A great dressing would be cold pressed extra virgin olive oil with some lemon juice. Keep this in a bowl in your fridge. Eat a BIG salad with every meal
Note that celery is one of the most alkaline foods you can eat. It quickly neutralizes acids. Eat it before, after or during a meal. Celery is so high in water content that is also works as an excellent thirst quencher. Celery is excellent for digestion.
Step 3 – Avoid cow milk – Switch from cow’s milk, to almond or rice milk. Cows milk has shown to produce an abundance of mucous in the human body. There are also few adults who can metabolize the protein in cow’s milk properly. This protein, casein, is what a cow’s metabolism needs for proper health, not for a human beings health. Also note that most dairy cows are injected with hormones such as the Bovine Growth Hormone to increase their milk production. Many of these hormones have potentially harmful side effects that can be passed on when consumed. Most dairy products are homogenised and pasteurised meaning that all the enzymes are removed which makes it very difficult for us to digest. Also be modest with cheese, have it only on a special occasions.
Step 4 – Minimize/Avoid processed and refined foods. That means anything made with white flour and white sugar or food colouring. Our bodies were not designed to digest these chemicals and so it must do one of three things: 1. Eliminate them (if you are not hydrating properly this is very hard to do) or 2. Neutralize them by pulling alkaline buffers where it can – like from your bones leaching calcium, or from your blood, leaching iron. Or: 3. Park them away (in fat cells). Bottom line here – stay away from processed food as much as possible.
Also – Avoid artificial sweeteners. This includes: NutraSweet, Sucralose, Aspartame, Saccharin. Not only are these acidic they also have other highly detrimental effects on the nervous system and neurological disease. Saccharin even tells you right on the package that it may cause cancer.
There is one natural sugar substitute that has had no reported side effects: Stevia. It is made of a green plant and doesn’t have any negative effects on health. It is however much more sweet than sugar so only very small amounts are needed.
Step 5 – Supplement with green powders like spirulina, green barley, or other powdered greens. Organic super greens are known to be some of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. They infuse the body with easily absorbed vitamins, minerals, amino acids chlorophyll, enzymes, phytonutrients and alkaline salts that help neutralize acids in the blood and tissues.
Another great idea is to eat a grapefruit in the morning before having breakfast. Grapefruit, similar to lemons, is also alkalizing when ingested. Grapefruits have a very high water content and are highly alkalizing.
Step 6 – Eliminate or reduce consumption of red meat, pork, lamb. Substitute chicken, turkey or fresh fish in small quantities. Red meats, pork and lamb are highly acidic a very low fibre content, not to mention being hard on the digestive system. If you must have meat, go for chicken or turkey. Fresh wild fish is another excellent great choice.
Step 7 – Reduce stress daily by adding yoga, tai chi, meditation, and proper breathing. An additional factor that adds to acidosis is stress. When the body moves into stress mode the digestive system shuts down and toxins cease to be eliminated. Thus the more toxins you keep in your system, the more the body will store them away in fat cells! Anything we can do to calm the mind/body will have a huge impact on alkalizing the body.