As an old (former!) athlete, I understand the importance of an alkaline body to health and longevity. So what are the top 10 things I would recommend for an alkaline body?
1. Eat lots of powerfood fruits and vegetables.
This is the one thing you can do that can make all the difference by helping balance out the body.
Keep vegetables cut up in the fridge and have a big bowl of colorful fruit on your counter to snack on.
Eat salad with your lunch and dinner; keep a salad made up in advance with all of the greens in it minus salad dressing, cucumbers and tomatoes, which you can add later.
2. Eat 80% alkaline foods, 20% acid foods by volume daily.
3. Chew your food well.
Saliva is alkaline and you can produce two gallons a day!
4. Drink 2-3 litres of filtered alkaline mineral water (not tap) per day.
Water alone can make all of the difference as research has shown that 92% of Australians are dehydrated which means your body can't release all of the toxins which are acidic.
5. Breathe & move for more energy.
Our bodies function better with more oxygen. This will also help move the acids out of your body. Learn to breathe deeply into your abdomen.
6. Avoid junk food
It is filled with artificial sweeteners, preservatives, artificial chemical substances and food coloring, which are all highly acid-forming. Additionally, your body must work very hard in an effort to cleanse these toxins out.
7. Find ways to create relaxation in your body and being
Listen to the birds or relaxing music, meditate, walk in nature, do whatever it is that creates relaxation in you.
8. Live in the light of the day.
We need sunlight. Go for walks, open your curtains and go to bed early enough to get up when the sun does.
9. Get enough sleep
Insufficient sleep causes the body and mind to be overworked and unhappy.
10. Just because a food is acid-forming does not mean that it is bad!
It is not at all about excluding an entire family of foods or any foods – it is all about creating balance.