Having an alkaline balanced system is very important. With an alkalized system your body can successfully eliminate and neutralize acids which help slow down the aging process, absorb minerals, increase energy, improve enzyme activity, maintain healthy organs, keep harmful bacteria at bay, and strengthen your immune system. With a healthy body, disease, illness, and premature death can be prevented. Here are 5 important ways that keep alkalinity alive in your daily life.
1.) Exercise the Alkaline Way
Alkaline exercise focuses on regular and gentle activities that gradually increase in intensity over weeks and months. By doing this type of training your body will become accustomed to handling continued physical stress in both duration and intensity as time goes on.
Aerobic exercise (or cardio exercise) is an alkaline exercise. It is considered a low intensity exercise that burns a large amount of oxygen. As the oxygen burns, it burns away other waste products at the same time helping to help detoxify your body. Aerobic exercise is a steady, long duration activity that may be done at a comfortable pace. Your training heart rate intensity level should be around 75% of your maximum heart rate. The formula for your training heart is (220- Age) x .75. The longer your aerobic exercises lasts the greater the benefits will be. Some examples of aerobic exercises include walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, dancing, yoga, and rowing. So get out there and exercise the alkaline way.
2.) Drink Your Fluids
Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself alkalized and healthy. Water is essential to helping your body stay at its peak performance. Water maintains balance of body fluids, energizes muscles, keeps skin healthy, keeps cells healthy, and hydrates all your organs. We are losing water from our bodies all the time, primarily via urine and sweat. So, how much water should you drink? Oh yes, the infamous question with too many answers. The amount of water you should drink depends on your size, weight, activity level, and where you live. Medications can also have an affect on how much water you drink. With that being said, I would recommend going to the sources. The Mayo Clinic recommends that each individual should drink eight, 8 ounce glasses of water each day. This has become mainstream because it s easy to remember. Although, there is no scientific proof to back up this rule and the origins date back to 1945. The Institute of Medicine sets general guidelines for total water intake and recommends that women consume a total of 91 ounces (About 2.7 liters) per day – from all food and beverages combined. For men, it’s about 125 ounces a day (or 3.7 liters). Keep in mind that if you are eating a healthy diet, about 25% of the water you consume comes from your food. Whether you want to keep track of how much water you drink or not, an easy foolproof way to determine if you are drinking enough water is to look at your urine. If your urine is straw colored you are drinking a healthy amount of water. If it is darker you need to drink more.
3.) Alkalized Eating
Eating fruits and vegetables is a surefire way to keep a healthy alkalized diet. Dairy, eggs, meat, most grains, and processed foods, like canned and packaged snacks are acidic and should be eaten at a minimum. When you’re at the grocery store try to shop the perimeter of the store in order to avoid the prepackaged processed foods. PHMiracleLiving has a website that lists all foods ranging from high alkalinity to high acidity. Takea look at the chart and as a good rule of thumb try to consume about 70% alkaline foods on a daily basis. Visit the website here http://www.phmiracleliving.com/t-food-chart.aspx. Another great way to stay healthy and alkalized is to purchase green powders and add that to your morning ritual. Drinking greens in the morning is a great way to start your day off right by giving you a natural boost of energy. There are a large variety of powdered greens which can be purchased at a decent price. Mixing greens with water will make certain that you are getting your daily vegetable intake plus hydrating at the same time.
4.) Avoid Refined Sugar
Refined or processed sugar contain empty calories (no healthy fat, no protein, no nutrients, no enzymes, no fiber) digested quickly pulling minerals from the body during digestion. When consumed it causes a positive feedback loop in the body to encourage more consumption. Dr. David Reuben, author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition says, “white refined sugar-is not a food. It is a pure chemical extracted from plant sources, purer in fact than cocaine, which it resembles in many ways.” Sugar is masked by other names such as high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, and sucanat. Excessive sugar intake has been scientifically proven to exacerbate numerous diseases consisting of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer to name a few. Stay away from refined sugar and consume naturally contained sugars in fruit and vegetables. These sugars are balanced by the fiber, vitamins, enzymes and other properties of the fruit/vegetable which slow sugar digestion and help the body deal with it more easily.
5.) Stress Relief
Minimizing stress is very important in keeping yourself healthy and happy and in so doing will keep you in an alkaline state. Studies show that stress has risen amongst Americans and because of this health has declined
On June 17, 2017 The American Psychological Association reported that 80% of workers experienced moderate to high levels of stress within the past month and nearly half have reported that their stress has increased within the past year. Managing stress is more important than ever.Some ways to help eliminate stress consist of being mindful and living in the moment, meditate, eat healthy, get a good night sleep, laugh, listen to music, and don’t sweat the small stuff. I will go more into depth on these topics in future articles. Just remember, you only have one life to live, so make it a good one.