by Lisa Riley
How to switch to an alkaline diet
Now that you know all about alkaline foods, it is time to give some pointers on how to switch completely over to an alkaline diet. Before getting into the details, know that your body should always have a regular PH; it means the Potential of Hydrogen, and it measures how acidic or how alkaline your body is. The PH has a scale that ranges from 1-14 where seven is considered neutral. A typical PH would be between 7.35 and 7.45. You can read more details here.
How Lifestyle Affects your PH
Foods you eat
Whatever foods you put in your mouth, whether it is liquids or solids, affect your PH. Some solid foods and liquids have more acids or alkaline than others. Foods such as meat and dairy products have more acids in them. On the other hand, plant-based foods such as fruits and veggies have more alkaline. Your body needs both alkaline and acidic-based foods to keep it neutral.
Common household products that you use can affect your PH. For example, soaps, detergents, air fresheners, and glass cleaners have toxic chemicals in them. They make the body more acidic. Once they touch your skin, they get absorbed into your blood stream. An option would be to use all natural products.
The body is capable of maintaining a normal PH level. It does this by drawing alkaline away from bones to make the body more slightly alkaline. However, if you consume too many acid-forming foods, this could deplete the body of its essential resources. You could end up getting fatigued, and it could also lead to osteoporosis. According to Dr. Weill, a highly acidic diet can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis.
How to Switch to an Alkaline Diet
- On a daily basis, drink some fresh green juice from organic sources.
- When you get up in the mornings, squeeze a half of lemon into a glass of warm water. Do this on an empty stomach.
- Eat fruits and vegetables rich in alkaline from this list.
- Do not eat processed or fried foods. They have a high acidic content.
- Do not eat processed sugar. Use honey or eat fresh fruits.
- Drink purified or all-natural spring water that does not have fluoride in it.
- Use natural cleaning products to clean your house such as diluted apple cider vinegar.
- When it comes to showers, baths, and washing your hair, use all-natural products. Do the same for toothpaste, mouthwash, lotions, and face creams. Commercial products tend to have more chemicals that are acidic-forming.
- Eat plant-based foods that are organic.
- Try to eat more green leafy veggies such as kale, collards, Romaine lettuce and others.
- To bring your PH level up, you can mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Do this on a daily basis.
While eating certain foods will help you to maintain a typical PH, there are environmental factors to consider as well. Use natural products to cleanse your body as well as cleaning your home. Harmful chemicals have more acids in them. Drink purified or natural spring water. Drink lemon water in the mornings and stock up on much fruits and veggies. You can bring your PH level up by mixing ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Do this on a daily basis.