10 Ways to Alkalize Your Body Today

Acidity in the body has been linked to pain, excess weight and many other health issues.

In small amounts, acidic foods like sugarfood additives, meat, rancid oils, trans fats and fried food can be handled by your body’s detoxification systems—the kidneys as well as its mineral reserves. But, over time, acidity can have many damaging effects on the body.

Excessive amounts of acid deplete oxygen, which is needed by every cell in your body to function properly. It damages the mitochondria—the cells’ energy centers—so your cells won’t have enough energy to perform their vital functions properly. If not properly eliminated or neutralized, excessive amounts of acid can even damage brain cells and other cells.

Furthermore, acid can damage tissues, joints, organs and glands, resulting in any number of imbalances or dysfunction. Excessive amounts of acidity need to be eliminated or acid will be stored in tissues and joints, causing damage over time. It depletes alkaline mineral stores in the body, particularly calcium from bones and magnesium from muscles.

Fortunately, making your body more alkaline (the opposite of acidic) is easy. Here are 10 ways to alkalize your body for more energy and vitality:

10 Ways to Alkalize Your Body Today

1. Start your day with a large glass of water with the juice of a whole, freshly-squeezed lemon. While lemons may seem acidic, they have the opposite effect on your body as it metabolizes them.

2. Eat a large green salad tossed in lemon juice and olive oil. Greens are among the best sources of alkaline minerals, like calcium.

3. Snack on raw, unsalted almonds. Almonds are packed with natural alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium, which help to balance out acidity while balancing blood sugar.

4. Drink a non-dairy milk and berry smoothie with added green powder like spirulina, chlorella or other greens. Choose non-dairy milk over cow’s milk, since the latter is acid-forming.

10 Ways to Alkalize Your Body Today

5. Go for a brisk walk or some other exercise every day. Exercise helps move acidic waste products so your body can better eliminate them.

6. Breathe deeply. Ideally, choose a spot that has fresh, oxygen-rich air. And stay away from chemical-laden air fresheners and scented candles.

7. Stick to a plant-based diet. During the metabolism of meat, there is an acid residue left behind.

8. Skip the sugar-laden dessert or soda. Sugar is one of the most acidic foods we consume. You need over 30 glasses of neutral water just to neutralize the acidity of ONE can of soda.

9. Add more veggies to your diet. No, potatoes don’t count. But sweet potatoes are a good choice (provided you’re not slathering them in sweeteners or butter). Asparagus, squash, peppers and other vegetables are also excellent choices.

10. Sprout it out. Add more sprouts to your daily diet. They are extremely alkalizing and supercharged with nutrients and energy-boosting enzymes.

Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty & Cooking.

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454 comments

Pablo B.
Pablo B.16 hours ago

tyfs

Stardust Noel
Stardust Noel17 hours ago

Using so-called care2 favorites instead of new articles is getting old.

Stardust Noel
Stardust Noel17 hours ago

20 points

Donna T.
Donna T.yesterday

thank you

Linda W.
Linda W.1 days ago

Thank you. Good information.

Leo Custer
Leo Custer1 days ago

TYFS

Joe Le Gris
Joe Le Gris2 days ago

Does smoking a spliff first thing count? tyfs

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo2 days ago

I will use more of the tips in this article although the brisk walk is out of the question I must utilise my chi machine which duplicates the benefits of a brisk walk as in ten minutes on the chi machine is the equivalent of 60 minutes brisk walking

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo2 days ago

I always start the day with a glass of lemonised water

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo2 days ago

TYFS