o you suffer from stress, fatigue or take prescription medication? If on top of this you have an unbalanced diet you probably need support to regulate your acid-base balance. For your body to function optimally as it should, the acid-base balance must be in equilibrium…unfortunately our modern lives makes this very difficult.So what does acid-base balance actually mean? Your body maintains a very tight range of blood pH in order to keep you alive, if your blood goes out of this range it can lead to metabolic acidosis or alkalosis which can be deadly. Since survival is always the main objective of your body, it will intelligently do whatever it takes to maintain this balance, even if it means compromising other aspects of your health. Consistent external and internal stressors such as metabolic waste (think of lactic acid that is released by your body during exercise), high stress hormones, inflammation, processed foods, environmental toxins, unfiltered water and medications all contribute to low grade acidity in our body. To combat this and maintain normal pH your body resorts to leaching minerals from the bone in order to buffer this acidic stress. Over time research as shown this can contribute to conditions such as osteoporosis and lower bone density. Chronic acid stress on the body can also contribute to kidney stones and put more stress on the kidneys. There also may be a connection between chronic conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, fibromyalgia and pain linked to increased acidity. Further, studies have shown that increasing alkaline foods or taking supplements that promote alkalinity in the body reduce age-related muscle wasting, improve exercise performance and decrease pain.So what can you do to promote a healthy alkaline state in your body? Here are 5 changes you can make in your lifestyle to optimize your health and reduce chronic disease:1. Start your day with a glass of water and lemon. While you are sleeping there is continuous metablic waste that is being produced by the cells in your body. Even though lemon is a citrus fruit, it is actually alkaline in the body. Lemon water in the morning not only supports digestion and detoxification but it also helps to alkalinize the body – a great way to start your day!2. Make sure you’re eating 5-6 servings of vegetables/day . Vegetables are very high in minerals. Minerals act as buffers and alkalinize the body. One great way to get a lot of vegetables in your diet is through juicing.
3. Drink alkaline water. If you drink a lot of water, this can be one way your body is consistently exposed to acidity. Alkaline water does not mean filtered water. Filtered water often removes the chlorine and other contaminants, however alkaline water goes through 2 different processes where the contaminants are removed and then the water molecules are re-mineralized. Try our alkaline water at Cloud Care Clinics and you can taste the difference!
4. Eat less animal products. Animal products are not only acidic but fuel inflammation in the body. It is important to get protein from vegetable sources as well as some animal sources. Alternate your protein and try to eat more beans.
5. Speak to a Naturopathic Doctor about Supplementation. Sometimes lifestyle changes aren’t enough to support a healthy alkaline state. Consider consulting with an expert such as Naturopathic Doctor about possible bi-carbonate, magnesium, potassium and phosphate supplements that can help rebalance your acid-base state.
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