An alkaline diet includes foods that have positive effects on pH levels of the blood and urine. Benefits of such diet include better health of the heart, much stronger bones and reduced pain.
Our blood is slightly alkaline and our stomach is very acidic so it can break down food, and doing some changes in our lifestyle can prove to be very helpful in order for our body to preserve its blood pH on a healthy level.
When a person is under stress the production of stress hormone cortisol increases. Constant cortisol exposure can lead to poor immune system response and drop in serotonin levels.
Physical activities are one of the best ways of dealing with stress, such as exercising, riding a bicycle or doing yoga. This will help the production of serotonin – the happiness hormone, hence minimizing the chances for depression.
Avoid processed foods and sugary drinks
Processed foods are low in nutrients but high in chemicals that are used for preservation, color, texture, and flavor which are known to be very harmful to our body.
They are usually high in sugar and high fructose corn syrup which consumed in excessive amounts is known to cause obesity, diabetes or even more damaging heart problems. Processed foods include bread, sausage rolls, meat products, microwave ready meals and all kinds of sweets.
Include more greens
Leafy green vegetables are a very powerful tool in maintaining our body in a good shape and overall health. They are very high in antioxidants that are good for building natural defenses and the high amount of vitamin C keeps the bones and skin in wondrous shape.
Greens are an excellent source of natural fiber which helps digestion, lowers the absorption of sugar and keeps you full longer.
Our body has water in all its cells, tissues and organs and since we lose the water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it is very important that we drink water and eat foods that contain water for rehydration.
Water helps neutralize acid in the bloodstream, its antioxidant properties help for oxygen levels to increase which gives more energy and leads to a healthy metabolism.
Use sodium bicarbonate
Sodium bicarbonate is the main alkaline shield in our blood. The list of ways to use sodium bicarbonate is endless. It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic properties and can be alternative to a lot of chemical based cleaning, hygiene, and even medical products. Sodium bicarbonate can be used in foods as a raising agent.
Drinking one teaspoon sodium bicarbonate and lemon mixture has strong effects on reducing high pH levels in our body, regulates our blood pressure and reduce stress.