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Neutralize Your Body pH With the Right Foods

Neutralize Your Body pH With the Right Foods

Many people are troubled by health complaints that do not seem to bear any direct relation to their body size, level of exercise or age. They may experience symptoms such as heartburn, fluid retention, constipation, joint pain, headaches and tiredness, and be at a loss to understand what is happening to them.

Some researchers have also found that acidic body conditions can lead to arthritic conditions and bone deterioration as alkalizing minerals are stripped away from the bone as the body attempts to correct its blood composition. While all these symptoms can be produced by a number of underlying causes, in many instances they are directly related to the acidity/alkalinity balance in the body and bloodstream.

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Adjusting this balance to a healthy level can bring major improvements to the sufferer without the need for expensive drugs, fad diets or some other form of medical intervention. It can also improve cell function, reduce susceptibility to disease and help in heavy metal detoxification. The key to finding the right balance is in consuming appropriate foods and beverages. This article explains which foods and drinks to focus on and which to minimize or avoid.

First of all, what are acidity and alkalinity?

In terms of physical health, they are measures of the hydrogen ion concentration (pH) in the blood or in stomach acid, or drinks such as coffee, tea, wine or soda. The pH of a solution is given a number from zero to 14. From zero to seven a solution is called ‘acidic’ and from 7-14, it is called ‘alkaline’. The ideal pH for the body is around 7.4, which is slightly alkaline.

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The food we eat can also be classified as either ‘acidifying’ or ‘alkalizing’ depending on the post-digestion effect it has on the body. Strangely enough, some food that we think of as acidic, such as apples, oranges, lemons, strawberries and pineapple, actually increase blood alkalinity and can help to balance a skewed diet. Although these foods are inherently acidic, after digestion they release minerals that ‘soak up’ excess hydrogen ions, making them effective alkalizing agents.

What are the foods to avoid?

Many people have a diet which is rich in white flour, other grain products such as macaroni and rice cakes, meat, dairy, eggs, coffee and alcohol. While these foods and drinks are not inherently ‘evil’ in a dietary sense, and many of them are very useful for energy production and other health benefits, they should be consumed in moderation and balanced with consumption of alkalizing foods.

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What are the best alkalizing foods to eat?

Green vegetables such as broccoli, cucumber, kale, peas, spinach, green beans and sprouts are all great for altering the body’s chemistry to a more balanced state. Others such as onions, mushrooms, cabbage and beet are also very good. In the fruit department, a few of the many alkalizing varieties are grapes, cherries, coconut, bananas, blackberries, watermelon and honeydew melon. If you want an alkalizing sweetener, use stevia instead of sugar. As for nuts, the best choices are almonds and chestnuts.

What are the best alkalizing drinks?

You can stay hydrated with alkaline drinks such as coconut water, wheatgrass juice, vegetable juice, and get to drink a lot of alkaline water. Alkaline water is rich in alkalizing compounds, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, silica, and bicarbonate making it the best option to keep ultra-hydrated and help alkalize your body’s pH. For info, this water is available in bottles as well as home-made by specialized water machines as you can see in this video here.

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An alkalizing diet is as much about balance as anything else, and in that sense is perfectly consistent with the dietary advice from most health professionals. If you have a diet that is made up of 60% alkalizing foods and the remainder from acidifying foods, you are on the right track. If you have symptoms which suggest your body acidity is too high, shift your consumption more towards alkalizing foods until your health improves, which it almost certainly will.

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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