Having just celebrated Independence Day, there’s nothing Americans could benefit from more than being HEALTHY.
Well, what is health?
Simple. In one word…ENERGY! And how you reclaim your energy is by alkalizing your body, eliminating the acid that has been building up in your body, that has been slowing you down.
Just like a filter clogging your air-conditioner, making it run slower, and making it work harder to get the output you need to stay cool. Your body works exactly the same!
So, to get HEALTHY, you need to GET OFF YOUR ACID!
Acid is the common smoking gun behind so many diseases and conditions that plague our health:
- Fatigue and general lack of energy
- Acid reflux
- Joint and muscle pain
- Skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis
- Leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel, and other digestive complaints
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hormone imbalance
- Diabetes and pre-Diabetes
- And many more
And it’s no wonder… All of the acid that’s in our food – if we’re eating the (SAD) Standard American Diet – adds up to a tremendous amount of stress on our bodies. They have no choice but to work much harder to fight off the damage and inflammation that acid causes.
It’s a downward spiral from there. As our bodies try to fight the effects of acid, we wake up exhausted. We pump ourselves full of coffee, sugar, and other acidic foods, which creates more acid. The end result is pain and diseases that our bodies just can’t fight off.
So today, I’ve got the top 10 ways to reduce your acid levels and get more alkaline, so you can declare your independence from this unhealthy way of living.
- Eat something green everyday.
Your mom was right back when she told you to eat your veggies (though I always drove my mom crazy because I never wanted to eat mine!)!
The thing about green vegetables is that they contain a lot of chlorophyll, the missing ingredient to weight loss, better digestion, better skin, and preventing infections, common colds, and even cancer!
Anything with a lot of chlorophyll is bound to be highly alkaline. So the more greens you eat, the more alkaline you’ll be. It’s as simple as that.
Remember, organic is best and raw is better than cooked. That’s why adding dark, leafy greens to your smoothies is such an easy way to go alkaline. And by the way, if you’ve never tried it, you won’t even taste the difference.
It’s also why I recommend a scoop of Alkamind Daily Greens every morning. It’s an abundant serving of organic, raw greens that are rich in chlorophyll, plus a ton of vitamins and minerals.
- Cook fresh food at home. This is a simple one but it makes a huge difference in the long run. When you eat out, the food is never as nutritious as when you make it at home with fresh, organic ingredients.
Many times to cut costs and save money, restaurants (even the high end ones) use non-organic produce that have GMOs and all sorts of bad things like pesticides and bacteria. To make matters worse, they load up the butter onto even the healthiest dishes.
Just to clarify, making something fresh does not involve throwing a frozen pizza in the oven for dinner. Try to use fresh, organic greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains like quinoa.
- Incorporate alkalizing foods into your diet every day.Adding just one or two raw alkaline foods into your diet every day will prevent you from feeling any deprivation as you get alkaline.
Instead of focusing on what you’re not eating, focus on all of the delicious, nutritious foods you get to eat more of!
Remember, it’s moderation not deprivation. Alkalizing foods to add in to your everyday diet include:
- Red pepper
- Lemons and limes
So add them to your salads and soups, blend them into your smoothies, and toss them into stir-fries and burrito bowls.
- Just say no to sugar (and artificial sweeteners)!
Sugar is the root of ALL evil. End of story.
It is also something that we eat entirely too much of. The average American eats 170 pounds of sugar a year!
When thinking of sugar, think of it in terms of what it does inside of your body: Sugar = Acid = GLUE!
Sugar makes the blood this thick substance, so that it moves through the body sluggishly, leaving us drained of all energy. It feeds microforms like candida and yeast, fungus, mold, and even cancer in your body. I look at live blood every day and I see this all the time. The last 30 blood samples I evaluated, ALL had candida or yeast.
If you want to heal your body, starve these cells from the food they love the most and get the most energy from: sugar!
It can be hard to curb sugar cravings (I should know). But here’s the deal… When you crave sugar, your body is really craving magnesium. It is a sign that you are deficient in alkaline minerals, and as you start to add these minerals into your daily diet, your cravings and addictions will begin to go away (just as mine did).
That way, you avoid the trap of swapping sugar with artificial sweeteners. Aspartame is one of the worst neurotoxins you can put in your body, and other sweeteners are close behind.
They throw off the body’s pH levels while wreaking havoc on the cells. Try substituting in natural sweeteners like organic stevia or Lo Han (monk fruit).
- Cleanse your system of toxic sludge.
If you really want to get off your acid, the best way to go all-in is to do an alkaline cleanse.
What it will do for you is reset your digestion and clear out the build up along the digestive track of toxic sludge. Without clearing it, it’s likely that it will end up seeping through the lining of the intestines and going right back into your body.
I won’t get into all the gory details, but trust me when I say: Gross!
That’s why I put together the 7-Day SUMMER Alkaline Cleanse in the first place. I wanted a reliable, easy, safe way to help my patients and myself cleanse and get on track to getting off our acid.
I know it seems simple, but breathing is the fastest and most efficient way to alkalize and energize your body. Breathing is an essential element to life, and yet today we’re using less and less of our lung capacity. Think about it – when you’re stressed, is your breath deep or shallow? You’d be surprised how often we actually hold our breath.
Did you know that 70% of the acids and toxins inside of your body are removed through your lungs?
Damaging acids and toxins are stored in your fat cells to protect your vital organs. The more toxins stored in your body, the more fat your body needs to hold on to. Once you remove the toxins, your body will be able to release excess weight.
When we are not breathing, we are trapping in the most significant acid in our body, carbon dioxide gas, or CO2. CO2 is 120 times more powerful as an acid than every other acid in your body COMBINED. That includes hydrochloric acid in your stomach, uric acid in your urine, and lactic acid in your muscles.
When we are not consciously breathing, we are building up acid. When you build up acid, your body becomes overstressed and inflamed, and has to work so much harder to keep you going, which crushes your energy.
Breathing is so powerful it can lower blood pressure, slow the heartbeat, energize and reduce stress, and most importantly, change your pH within just 1 to 3 minutes.
- Work out to reduce your stress level.
By adding exercise to your daily routine you are increasing the positive impact of your diet changes and growing the pool of energy inside you.
A little bit of exercise is certainly better than no exercise, so even just squeezing in a short session is better than doing nothing. It’s all about consistency.
But here’s the thing… Choose a work out routine for yourself that takes away stress, not adds it. If you’re miserable or tense the whole time you’re exercising, you’re not alkalizing. In fact, some exercise will actually increase your acid level.
So do what you enjoy – dance, jump, jog, punch, stretch, or swim.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with alkaline water.
The average person loses 2½ to 3 liters of water daily, and that’s from everyday activities like walking, eating, and sleeping. Add exercise into this mix, and you can tack on another liter to that statistic.
To avoid dehydration and not live in deprivation, drink 3 to 4 liters of good, pure alkaline water daily.
If you want to get more specific for yourself, drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water every day. The best water is:
- Filtered: Tap water is almost always untrustworthy and contains traces of bacteria, heavy metals, and other toxins. There are 327 known contaminants in tap water.
- High pH: You are aiming to drink water that has a pH between 8.0-9.5
- Room temperature (ideally). Cold water is harder for your body to use, and it burns vital energy. But if you’ll only drink enough if it’s cold, that’s better than getting dehydrated.
- Not bottled. It’s almost always acidic and filled with BPAs, which are known carcinogens. Use a glass bottle or BPA-free bottle when you can.
- Includes lemon or pH drops. These will alkalize your body and will neutralize acids in your system.
- Molecular Hydrogen – EVERY water should have this. Simply put, it is an incredible ionizer, and the hydrogen that it delivers is the most powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and helps heal the gut through the production of gastric ghrelin…which also improves cognitive function. Check out my friend Paul Barattiero’s company, Synergy Science, and his Echo H2Water Systems. State-of-the-art and most cutting edge. https://www.synergyscience.com/#agent=GETOFFYOURACID
- Consume enough good fats.
There’s a lot of confusion about fat in our diet, but the truth is that our bodies can’t function without it. It’s just a matter of which fats you eat. There are fats that KILL, and fats that HEAL!
There are fats that give you energy, and fats that DRAIN your energy.
If you want to be healthy, lose weight, get rid of chronic inflammation, and have optimal energy, it’s important that you get the recommended amount of healthy fats daily.
It’s a scientific fact that the (SAD) Standard American Diet is dangerously deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids, which research links to severe illnesses such as ADHD, allergies, eczema, certain forms of cancer, depression, ulcerative colitis, diabetes, high blood pressure, lowered immunity, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, painful menstruation, back pain, neck pain, fatigue, headaches, and the list goes on.
You want to consume a ratio of 1:1 Omega 3 healthy fat for every Omega 6 fat you eat, but for the average American, it’s 1:19!
So load up on chia and hemp seeds, enjoy organic Pacific caught wild salmon, and supplement with a good Omega 3 source.
- Load up on vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium. One study found that taking enough magnesium decreased headaches in frequent sufferers by 41%!
And remember, if you’re trying to kick a sugar addiction, more magnesium and minerals in general will help you say goodbye to sugar. So add in Alkamind Daily Minerals every night to ensure you’re getting enough magnesium, as well as a balance of calcium, potassium, and sodium bicarbonate.