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Living Healthier By Alkalising Your Body: What it Means and How to Achieve it.

Living Healthier By Alkalising Your Body: What it Means and How to Achieve it.

Having a correctly pH balanced body is one of the main ways to maintain good health and well-being, as well as achieving any weight or performance goals. Although we generally begin our early years with a slightly more alkaline body (which is optimal), as we age, we are exposed to more processed and chemical filled foods, alcohol, refined sugars and stress. These variables make most of us more acidic, which is not only unhealthy but can create a cancerous environment. Some symptoms of an acidic pH balance can include:

  • Acne
  • Low energy
  • Food allergies
  • Pre-menstrual cramping, anxiety & depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Mild headaches
  • Bloating
  • White coated tongue
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Cold sores
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Hayfever
  • Crohn's disease (extreme symptom)
  • Learning disability (extreme symptom)
  • All forms of Cancer (extreme symptom)

If you are in-fact living an "acidic" lifestyle, it is often unintentional and just a reality of our busy schedules and quality of foods we have access to. But there are ways that we can create a better balanced pH body by making some basic adjustments. Below we list the top 4 tips:

  1. Eat correctly balanced meals. 
Balance your meals correctly so that each time you eat, you are eating an alkaline/acidic balanced meal (always slightly more alkaline). Veggies & fruits make meals more alkaline, whereas protein and nuts are considered acidic. See the image below:

what to eat to alkalise

  1. 2) Use a greens supplement. 
This is a simple option. Using a product such as "Vital Greens" can assist in alkalising your body. Greens supplements are powdered fruits and vegetables (usually organic) and are specifically designed to alkalise your body. Use one serve a day (recommended to be consumed first thing in the morning). Vital Greens is also safe to be used by children (use as directed).
  2. 3) Introduce stress reducing activities into your day. 
Anything that can help you relax that may include meditation, more sleep, spending time with loved ones, doing a hobby that makes you happy, surround yourself with positive people, praying, whatever works for you.
  3. 4) Increase Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) & Green Tea intake. 
EFAs: These are omega 3s and 6s, which are being removed from our foods to get longer shelf life. Also, people are avoiding fish altogether, because of mercury levels, therefore we're no longer getting substantial good fats in our diet. Fish oil, flaxseed oil and chia seeds are just some supplement options available to assist. 

Green Tea: Substitute one of your coffees, or just introduce to your day. If you really don't like it or find it too inconvenient, there are green tea extract capsules available. Each capsule equates to multiple cups of green tea. Plus they are full of anti-oxidants and assist in minimising gut fat.
  4. So to sum this all up, eat more vegetables and fruits, eat "real foods" (if there's a barcode then think twice) and learn to relax more. Combine this with some exercise and you can create a life of longevity and good health. It's a fairly basic formula. Just make the adjustments, you will reap the benefits.
  5. For specific foods recommended for alkalising, please come-in to Performance Sports Nutrition and ask any of our friendly staff for an "Alkalising Fact Sheet". We are always happy to help.

Whenever using any supplements or medication, always read the labels and use as directed.

Added 2013/07/22 Author: Helen Kantilaftis

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