How to Make Your Body More Alkaline

Forget the beach bod, having an alkaline body is so much better. From increased energy to a stronger immune system, an alkaline lifestyle gives your body the minerals it needs to flourish. 

But how can I make my body more alkaline? That’s the question facing new and old alkaline diet fans alike. This article discusses why and how to make your body more alkaline, as well as more tips for an alkaline body

Girl eating watermelon

 

Eat Lots Of High Alkaline Foods

Eating foods that are too acidic can have a negative impact on overall health. Conversely, eating alkaline foods helps balance your system to the proper pH level, preserving bone density and preventing kidney stones, acid reflux and other issues caused by acidosis.  

Help your body thrive by considering an alkaline lifestyle with your diet as well as your water by eating more alkaline forming foods and less acid forming foods. To do this, you’ll want to find out which are the best foods to make your body more alkaline.

Alkaline food and alkaline water

 

Foods that make your body more alkaline include:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Herbs
  • Herbal teas
  • Seeds

Of this list, some of the highest known alkaline foods are: 

  • Leafy greens (e.g. Spinach)
  • Kale
  • Cucumber
  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Almonds
  • Quinoa
  • Pearl barley
  • Green tea

In contrast, high-acidifying foods include: 

  • Animal protein
  • Dairy
  • Processed foods (cakes, breads, cereals, deli meats) 
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts and walnuts
  • Pasta 
  • Rice
  • Wheat
  • Gluten
  • Refined and processed sugars 
  • Coffee & tea
  • Alcohol

Although it may seem daunting at first, there are so many ways to start combating acidity in your body and eat more alkaline foods. 

A great change would be to swap out snacks like biscuits or chips with raw, unsalted almonds. Almonds are rich in natural alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which help balance out the acidity in your body while also balancing your blood sugar.

Swapping out your meat intake with protein-rich beans and pulses is a surefire way to reduce your acidifying food quantities and add more alkaline based foods. However, if you choose to keep meat in your diet, try to balance it with alkaline foods such as spinach, avocados and peas.

In terms of beverages, a positive alkaline change would be to limit your coffee and tea intake. Try switching these with herbal teas like mint tea or green tea. Limiting your alcohol consumption is another way to reduce your acid intake.

Drink Alkaline Water 

In terms of how to keep your body alkaline naturally, your diet is essential. But switching from tap water to alkaline water can also increase body alkalinity and improve body pH balance.

Alkaline water with lemons 

Drinking alkaline water will aid your alkaline body naturally. As the water reaches the stomach, it helps stimulate the stomach release hydrochloric acid. To balance this, it then stimulates the body to release bicarbonate, or alkaline, buffers into the bloodstream. These aid in reducing the toxins or acid in the blood, creating a healthier, more alkaline state. 

This impacts your body’s pH balance, and therefore your general health and wellbeing. After all, our bodies need to maintain a good level of alkalinity, typically between 7.35 and 7.45. And drinking alkaline water regularly will help you maintain this pH balance. 

That’s the key to our philosophy and purpose: to provide a balanced alkaline mineral water that has both an alkaline benefit to the body and is ideal for cellular hydration. The zazen Alkaline Water System does just that, helping to neutralise the acid-base in your body and balance your body’s pH. 

What Are The Benefits Of Alkalising Your Body? 

Whether you’ve been keeping your body alkaline for decades or you’re thinking of how to increase alkalinity in the body for the first time, there are numerous benefits of alkalising your body.  

Your body’s pH is 7.4 or thereabouts, slightly alkaline. It constantly seeks balance and works hard to maintain this healthy alkaline zone. But our diets are often rich in acid-forming meat, dairy and highly processed foods. 

This means your body has to compensate for acid-forming foods by leaching calcium (an alkalizing mineral) from your bones. Over time, this highly acidic state may lead to bone mineral loss, inflammation, increased cortisol levels and require your muscles to expend more energy, reducing their efficiency.

All of these factors can have damaging effects on long-term health, potentially leading to chronic illness, weight gain, and dental problems.

In contrast, alkalising your body with alkaline-forming foods and alkaline water rich in antioxidants and nutrients slows down the leech of calcium from your bones, helping maintain your bone health for years to come. 

Alkalising your body is also believed to help fight free-radical damage and inflammation while supporting healthy cellular regeneration within your body. 

What’s more, the water molecules in alkaline water are smaller and more readily absorbed by your cells, which help your body against dehydration more effectively than regular water, as demonstrated in this study on blood viscosity.

How To Alkalise Your Body In The Morning

You can alkalise your body easily each morning with the right alkaline water, diet and exercise. The first thing you can do when you get up is drink a glass of alkaline mineral water, you can also add ½ teaspoon of bicarb soda or a green barley grass or wheat grass powder mixed in for an extra alkaline hit to your body. Whether it’s a leisurely daily walk or something more vigorous, exercise helps your body sustain and restore its neutral pH balance of tissues, as well as blood and cellular fluids. 

Green water and leafy greens

Combine your morning exercise regimen with alkaline water and healthy high alkaline foods for breakfast. Remember that coffee and tea are acidic so try to opt for a glass of alkaline water instead. That’s how to alkalise your body in the morning.  

Increase the alkalinity in your body at all hours of the day with the zazen benchtop alkaline water system. Or find out more about alkaline water and our holistic health and wellbeing philosophy over on our blog. Hydrate your body and mind at zazen.