3 Easy Steps to Transitioning Gently to a More Alkaline Lifestyle
Making the switch to a more alkalizing lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard. Like anything, it can be done step by step by making small changes here and there. Here are the three easiest and most cost effective to help you get started.
Alkaline Health Benefits - Living an alkaline lifestyle is important to many areas of health. PH levels affect every cell in the body. An increase in fruits and vegetables in an alkaline diet improves bone health, reduces muscle wasting, and mitigates chronic diseases such as hypertension and strokes.
An alkaline diet may also improve outcomes in cardiovascular disease, memory, and cognition. It may also increase intracellular magnesium, which is necessary for the operation of many enzyme systems.
An alkaline lifestyle may also improve some chemotherapeutic agents that require a higher pH level (Schwalfenberg 2011).
How to Know When Changes are Needed
The kidneys and lungs are responsible for maintaining pH balance of chemicals called acids and bases in the body. Acidosis occurs when acid builds up or when bicarbonate (a base) is lost.
Acidosis is classified as either respiratory or metabolic acidosis (2013).
Respiratory acidosis occurs when there is too much carbon dioxide in the body. This type of acidosis occurs when excess carbon dioxide cannot be eliminated through respiratory means (exhaling). Metabolic acidosis is when there are too many acids present in the body. It occurs when the kidneys cannot remove acids fast enough.
Symptoms of acidosis can be simple and non life-threatening. Therefore, it is not always easy to detect when blood pH levels are off. Headaches, asthma, congestion, and fatigue can easily be shrugged off as the common cold. But living an alkaline lifestyle means decreased risk for developing symptoms.
Bad cells cannot live in an environment unless they have something to thrive on. Chances are if you are feeling bad for no reason, you may benefit from making the switch to a more alkalizing lifestyle.
The following is a list of three easy ways to make a gentle transition to a more alkalizing lifestyle:
1) Follow an alkaline diet.
Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, which bind to free radical cells and prevent them from spreading or causing disease. Processed foods and sugar contribute to acidosis by creating an imbalance pH level.
For a simple switch, swap out all processed foods in your home for fruits and vegetables. Fruit is easy to travel with and can be packed for snacks at work or school. Stay away from anything that requires a wrapper to stay fresh, such as granola bars, snack bites, sugary yogurt, or store bought baked goods. For an easy snack that doesn’t require much time or effort, pair raw vegetables with dips such as hummus or guacamole.
Preparing meals in advance is a good way to stay on track. On a Sunday afternoon, prepare organic, free range chicken breasts for the week. Keep them in the refrigerator. When you get home from work, throw them in a salad or quickly steam some vegetables as a side dish. Portion out food in plastic or glass Tupperware ahead of time for an easy, portable meal wherever you are and you will never be out of options for a healthy meal.
2) Alkaline Water
When acidosis occurs, your body uses alkaline minerals to fight off bad cells. But when you run out of alkaline minerals, your body takes them from sources such as bone, which can cause osteoporosis and bone density issues. To restore a constant supply of alkaline minerals, sip on alkaline water throughout the day.
Biocera Alkaline Teabags are an easy, portable way to ensure you can turn any water source into mineral water. Just put the teabag in your bottle or glass of water for alkaline, antioxidant water.
3) Green Vibrance Powder
Sometimes it’s hard to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables per day. We aren’t always home to cook or prepare food the way we want. But mostly, sometimes we just don’t want to eat healthy. To make the slow transition away from processed foods, start by adding Green Vibrance Powder to your diet regimen.
Green Vibrance contains:
- 2.5 billion Probiotics and Fibre to Support Digestion
- 6 ceral grasses
- 14 Antioxidants
- 2730 mg of plant based micronutrition
Start by supplementing with Green Vibrance Powder once a day. Prepare it in a smoothie for breakfast or a snack, or add it to water or juice.
Acidosis. (2013). US National Library of Medicine.
Schwalfenberg, G. (2011). The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health? Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 1-7.