You may have heard a little bit about the Alkaline Diet. When I was at Admiral Insurance at a meeting about my corporate wellbeing program, one of the fab girls there asked for a bit more information about alkalinity.
So I thought I’d give you a little low down on what it’s all about.
The theory of the alkaline diet is that eating certain foods can help maintain the body’s ideal pH balance to improve overall health.
Your body works constantly to keep your acid/alkaline blood levels in balance and our ideal pH is slightly alkaline – 7.30 to 7.45.
Acidity has been linked to pain, disease, excess weight and many other health issues. Benefits of following an alkaline diet include reducing inflammation, assisting your body in becoming healthier and increasing energy.You may be able to help your body keep your pH in balance more easily by eating certain foods that have a higher pH than others
You can test your pH levels regularly by using a pH test strip in your saliva or urine first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. I do this from time to time on myself and with my clients and you can buy them easily online.
So what should you be doing?
1. Eat your greens! Make sure you regularly eat foods such as spinach, kale, cucumber, broccoli, avocado, celery, sprouts (yay!), greens drinks. So fill up you plate with a salad or veggies at each meal.
2. Drink plenty lemon water as this has an alkalising effect in the body. While lemons may seem acidic, they have the opposite effect on your body as it metabolises them.
3. Avoid sugar, alcohol, coffee, processed foods & pastries
4. Go for a brisk walk, this is great for helping to better eliminate acidic waste products & toxins.
5. Supplement, like I do, with a greens drink or alkalising salts.
So on the whole follow a healthy balanced diet, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly and you can’t go far wrong.
We kinda knew that anyway right?!
I wouldn’t say stop eating meat, stop drinking coffee or anything, I go on about the benefits of protein all the time and love my morning cuppa, but it’s all about balance and as long as we assist our body, it’s pretty good at doing its job for us!
Keep fit & fab ( and full of greens )