Do you wake up during the night?
Have trouble getting to sleep or falling back asleep?
Are you waking up multiple times to go to the bathroom?
Does your mind start racing at 2:00 AM but you feel like you need 3 hours more sleep at 7:00 AM?
These are all common complaints these days, when higher than usual stress levels are leading to disrupted sleep.
But with that said, the sleep problems above are also signs that your body is having trouble fighting ACID.
Waking up consistently between 1:00 and 3:00 AM is a telltale sign your body is ACIDIC and your liver and your kidneys – your major detoxification organs – may be asking for some help.
Your body hits peak acidity at 2:00 AM, and if you’re not alkalizing your body on a daily basis, acid will build up and begin to drive the pH of your body down (which is bad), and your body will do anything to prevent this from happening.
The 5 major pathways it uses to eliminate acid are:
- Urination (pee it out)
- Perspiration (sweat it out)
- Respiration (breathe it out)
- Defecation (I think you got this one ☺)
- FAT retention – your body will use fat as buffer to prevent these damaging acids from harming the more vital organs and delicate blood pH
That means if you are looking to lose weight, have better digestion, decrease stress, or sleep like a baby again, you need to GET OFF YOUR ACID so that your body can heal.
While we sleep, the liver becomes more active and works on cleansing and detoxification. Waking up around this “liver time” can signal that the liver and the body are exhibiting signs of acidity and need some cleansing.
Many times this happens from eating either too much sugar or animal proteins in the evening, or a gradual build-up of dietary and metabolic acids during the day.
When we get up to urinate during the night, that’s a sign our body is doing whatever is can to get rid of the acid that it’s having trouble handling.
Every acid and toxin you come into contact with must be filtered through the liver. The liver is the second largest organ in your body and it is also the most overworked.
Our bodies are barraged by a whole host of toxins on a daily basis in our modern world, so it is easy to see how your liver is being put into overdrive. When the liver becomes overburdened, it loses its ability to function efficiently and detox the acids and toxins on its own. This can lead to a cascade of potentially serious health consequences and uncomfortable symptoms.
What happens when the liver and kidneys are not functioning properly or are overburdened?
Acids begin to find their way into other important organs like skin, fatty tissues, and most dangerously, the blood. When this happens your body goes into instant panic mode, doing whatever it can to neutralize and fight the acid.
It will even leach calcium and other minerals from your bones and muscles to fight off the acid. That’s right, the pH of your blood is so important that your body will sacrifice its own resources to keep it stable.
And as it does this, it is expending large amounts of energy that keep you from having the quality of sleep that you need and want.
So I’ve created a simple daily protocol that you can put into action right away to not only improve the quality of your sleep, but also help you kick acid!
Remember, it’s about PROGRESS, not perfection. So even if you incorporate just 1 or 2 of these tips into your routine, you’re going to see and feel a difference in your sleep and energy.
My Daily Sleep Protocol
Start your day with 8 ounces of alkaline water.
You’ll want to continue drinking water throughout the day. This is your first line of defense against dehydration, which can affect your ability to sleep. A lack of water slows down the detoxification process that’s constantly taking place in the liver and digestive system. So drink 3 to 4 liters of alkaline water to stay hydrated throughout the day, starting with first thing in the morning when you wake up dehydrated.
Choose decaf. Better yet, avoid coffee!
Did you know that drinking caffeine even first thing in the morning can mess with your adrenals all day and night? That’s right, if you’re having trouble falling asleep, think back to that coffee you had 12 or even 18 hours earlier as a culprit.
Coffee and all caffeine products (even green tea) are acid-forming. So if you’re going to drink coffee, make sure you neutralize the massive amount of acid you’re consuming with a simple scoop of Acid-Kicking Coffee Alkalizer, a powder supplement that delivers plant-based, clean keto fats, acid-fighting minerals, pure Himalayan pink mineral salts, and enzymes to optimize brain-boosting energy, suppress hunger, and burn body fat throughout your day.
Eat greens with your breakfast.
Green vegetables – both the leafy kind and others like celery and asparagus – supply minerals that regulate sleep and stress, as well as aid the detoxification process. So you want to get lots and lots of greens into your diet all day, starting with your breakfast. That’s why smoothies are great, because you can add spinach or kale, and even a scoop of Daily Greens if you want an additional chlorophyll boost.
Make sure you incorporate some form of exercise into each and every day. It has been clinically proven to improve sleep, and one of the ways it does that – you might be surprised to find out – is through sweating. It is one of the body’s most important detoxification tools.
You can do whatever exercise you enjoy. I recommend jumping on a rebounder, or small trampoline, which is a way to stimulate lymphatic drainage, ridding your body of toxins, wastes, trapped protein, bacteria, and viruses. This creates an ideal condition for cleaning the cells. The vertical acceleration and deceleration help the cells squeeze out waste.
Bare in mind, you don’t have to exercise in the morning. If it works best for you to fit it in after you finish up with work for the day, or even after the kids are in bed, it’s still beneficial for sleep.
Eat an alkaline lunch.
The more alkaline you eat throughout the day, the better you will sleep. It’s that simple. Again, greens and veggies are a great way to accomplish this while also aiding sleep. Salads with ingredients like watercress, broccoli, kale, cucumber, spinach, romaine, celery, and fresh herbs like basil and cilantro make a great choice for lunch.
Minimizing these acid-forming foods in your diet will go a long way toward neutralizing acid and helping you sleep:
- Soft drinks and carbonated water
- Milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
- All meats
- White bread and pasta
If you’re going to eat meat at all, do it at lunchtime. It can be stressful for the liver to break down animal proteins, as they are acidic. So they require a lot of nerve energy to metabolize, especially during your sleeping hours. With that said, you need protein to support and detoxify the liver. Read my blog post about getting enough proteins for ideas on transitioning away from animal protein to plant-based proteins.
Fight stress all day long.
The effects of stress on your sleep are two-fold. First, it’s harder to sleep if you have a lot on your mind. But beyond that, stress is the number one cause of acid in the body. So your body is busier fighting acid from stress as you try to sleep. So practice meditation, yoga, massage, keep a gratitude journal, or anything else that helps keep your stress down.
Take opportunities throughout the day to do deep breathing exercises, which are one of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce stress and acid at the same time. If you don’t already do my 3:6:5 Power Breathing, give it a try.
Eat dinner at least 2-3 hours before bedtime.
That will prevent your digestive process from keeping you awake. Keep in mind that dinner is not supposed to be your big meal of the day. And again, you want to eat as alkaline of a dinner as possible.
As you wind down, incorporate these detoxes.
Use a body brush to stimulate your lymphatic system and help move lymphatic fluids before taking a nice, hot shower.
Take a toxin elimination bath with Epsom salts, baking soda, and lavender oil in the hottest water you can enjoy.
Drink Detox Tea.
Try infrared sauna to sweat out toxins.
Before getting in bed, take Acid-Kicking Minerals.
Taking Minerals 30 minutes before going to bed is going to fight the acid you’ve consumed during the day, setting your liver up for overnight success so you can sleep soundly.
Daily Minerals – now Acid-Kicking Minerals – is my secret weapon when it comes to trouble sleeping. I can't tell you how many hard-core insomniacs have come to me, and after starting on minerals, their sleep problems quickly disappear.
The minerals are very calming to your nervous system, especially magnesium. And again, you body is MOST acidic around 2:00 AM, and if you are very acidic, your body spends your energy to clear out this acid, which it should be using for restful sleep.
When you take Acid-Kicking Minerals before bed, they will neutralize all of those damaging acids, thus preventing your body from having to do all the work.
What's the result? You sleep better, so that you wake up with this newfound energy that will give you what you need to take on your day!
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