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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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