“Kick Acid” Tips for Great Health
1. Bittersweet pH Balancing
Start every morning with a large glass of water with the juice of half a lemon. Wait 20 minutes to half an hour before eating to give the lemon water a chance to start working. Be sure to drink a chaser of plain water afterward and swish it around in your mouth to prevent tooth enamel erosion.
2. Water, Water Everywhere
Drink at least 10 more cups of water throughout the day, preferably on an empty stomach. Add alkalizing liquid drops found in most health food stores to each glass of water. Better yet, filter your water using an alkalizing water system or add an alkalizing water stick to your water bottle. Learn more about alkalizing water.
3. Lose the Caffeine
Instead of reaching for a caffeine jolt from coffee or cola, drink some raspberry leaf tea. It is naturally caffeine-free and is one of Mother Nature’s gentle hormone balancers. Since there’s controversy over the role of caffeine consumption and pregnancy, staying away from the java may be a good idea anyway.
4. Take Mom‘s Advice
Okay, who wants to admit that mom was right when she commanded, “eat your vegetables!” But she was. Make vegetables the focal point of your lunch and dinner meals. Enjoy some delicious mashed sweet potatoes or rich dairy-free guacamole. I share the easiest and fastest recipe for yummy guac in my book, The Ultimate pH Solution and even my chocolate mousse recipe features the highly healthy avocado–which technically is a fruit—but still highly alkalizing.
5. Lean Green Alkalizing Machines
Leafy greens are powerful alkalizers. Eat at least one large salad per day. Avoid store-bought dressings full of rancid oils, preservatives, additives, and sugar. Try my blueberry dressing from The Ultimate pH Solution — it’s fast and delicious. Add 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), 1/3 cup of raw apple cider vinegar, a pinch of Celtic sea salt, and 6 drops of stevia or a 1/2 teaspoon of unpasteurized honey to a wide-mouth jar. Blend with a hand blender or cover with the lid and shake the container well. Pour over a plate of greens or grated veggies. Store the remaining dressing in the fridge.
For a chart of over 200 foods categorized as acid or alkaline, check out the Acid-Alkaline Food Chart on my website http://www.WorldsHealthiestDiet.com. Adapted from The Ultimate pH Solution. Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, ROHP.
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