Do you sometimes feel like this? 
If there are times you are tired, restless and moody or your muscles feel always tight and are getting sore quickly it could be that your body and mind are pointing out to you that you might be too acidic. It certainly is a trendy topic and my health coaching colleagues and I are talking about it a lot. In this post I summarised what you need to know about acidity and alkalinity while I tried to keep it as digestible as possible: 

Simple pH-science
Our inner biochemistry is measured and discussed in terms of its pH. 
pH is the measurement of the amount of acid and basic. It ranges from 1 to 14. 1 means being extremely acidic, and 14 being extremely basic. The neutral state has a pH of 7. Mixing acids and bases can cancel out or 'neutralise' their extreme effects. A substance that is neither acidic nor basic is described as being neutral. 

Certain areas (the stomach, kidneys and bladder have a more acidic environment than others, but the overall ph of your body and blood should be maintained within a narrow range of alkalinity (pH 7.30 -7.45). Why?

Effects on the body of being too acidic
Acidity in your body can sap your energy, impair the functioning of your hormonal system and leave you prone to illness and pain. Studies have shown that acidy contributes to weight gain and even cancer. I will elaborate on the effects in my next blogpost. So it is extremely important that you keep your body in a healthy equilibrium slightly tilting towards alkalinity. 

What happens when you are alkaline? Natural News says that you will: 

  • 'Boost your energy dramatically
  • Keep your body functioning at its optimal level.
  • Slow down the aging process. An acidic diet can take its toll on our bones and muscles the older we get.
  • Lower your cancer risk. Some research suggests that an alkaline-rich diet is linked to lower rates of cancer, if only because such diets consist primarily of vegetables.
  • Keep off the extra pounds. By boosting your consumption of alkaline-producing foods, you can naturally shed weight.'

You get it, its pretty much everything our society tries to counteract with quick fix solutions that not only cost us a lot of money, it also, because there are so many healing formulas out there, our nerves. 

Here are 10 simple steps that will help you to get your more optimal pH:  

Remember, this is not just achieved in one day. Living la vida alkaline it is an ongoing, extremely rewarding practice which requires loving self-awareness and mindful proactivity. Pick one a day or one a week and see how it effects you.


  1. Cut out sugar. Do not eat any refined or processed sugars (including corn syrup, agave, maltose, aspartame).
  2. Drink fresh vegetable juices in the morning for breakfast. 
  3. De-stress. Slow down. Smile more often. Learn how to meditate. High stress levels create acidity in your body. Relax and alkalinise yourself every morning. 
  4. Practice Yoga. Yoga cleanses the acids from your body and deeply relaxes and rejuvenates you. 
  5. Avoid fried foods (toxic transfats) and use coconut oil for cooking. Please repeat after me: I will never, ever eat fast food again.  Eat fruit and vegetables. 
  6. Use natural soaps, shampoos, deodorants, mouthwashes, creams, toothpastes. 
  7. Drink high quality water. 
  8. Cut down on (or cut out your choice) dairy products, soft drinks, coffee, tea and alcohol. See what works dor you best.
  9. Cut down on meat. Meat is very acidic. Especially red meat. Instead: Eat fruit and vegetables.  
  10. Learn about and enjoy alkalising foods like barely grass, alfalfa grass, chlorella, broccoli, kelp, cayenne, cucumber. Don't be afraid, be experimental! 
Health is an explorative and adventurous journey. There is a lot of information about the alkaline lifestyle out there. I have put a few links below to keep you on your toes. Have a look around, ask questions, try things out and remember to keep it simple and implementable. I am curious how you go, so keep me posted! 

with much love, be well, 

Alexa 

Dive in! 
Books: 
The pH Balance Diet: Restore Your Acid-Alkaline Levels to Eliminate Toxins and Lose Weight 
Bharti Vyas (Author), Suzanne Le Quesne (Author)

The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health [Paperback]Shelley Redford Young (Author), Robert O. Young (Author)

The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide: A Quick Reference to Foods & Their Effect on pH Levels [Paperback]Susan E. Brown (Author), Larry Trivieri Jr. (Author)

Articles:
US Journal of Environmental & Public Health: The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health?

Well & Good NYC: What is alkalinity? The wellness buzzword explained

Natural News: Five reasons to keep your body alkaline for true healing

 


Kinkerhoffen
02/21/2013 8:49pm

Thanky

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Alexa Nehter
02/22/2013 11:35pm

With pleasure Kinkerhofen! Xx

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04/19/2013 12:10pm

Sehr interessanter Artikel. Genauso wie der heute auf Mind Body Green! Gruesse nach Oz.

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05/06/2013 10:35pm

It's a very interesting concept! I'll be sure to try out your tips. I could definitely drink higher quality water.

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