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The Alkaline Diet. Does the name ring a bell?
If you are an adamant follower of all things health and wellness, it most likely does. But for those of you who are thinking, oh, here we go again, another fad diet, let me stop you right there. The alkaline diet’s recent increase in popularity isn’t due to a marketing scheme or an Instagram trend.
The reason why people, such as Elle Macpherson, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Gwyneth Paltrow, to name a few, are followers of the alkaline diet is because this lifestyle actually works and helps you be the best version of yourself.
This way of living impacts your body on a cellular level and goes beyond simply what you eat and drink. The alkaline diet takes into account what you think, how you feel and who you are. I have been following the alkaline living standards for over 10 years now. I believe that it is, in part, due to this lifestyle switch that I have been medication free for 6 years and counting.
As a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I encourage my clients to adopt alkaline living, as it is based on the idea that when our bodies are in a more alkaline state, we are able to achieve our highest level of wellness. Scientists have observed that slightly acidic bodies are much more prone to inflammation. And did you know that inflammation is the cause of 90% of all of our aches, pains and illnesses?
Anything from rheumatoid arthritis and all autoimmune diseases, to leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, energy loss, IBS, dull complexion, acne, eczema, various skin conditions, weight gain and the list goes on and on are all triggered by inflammation.
So, what makes our bodies become acidic? Our lifestyle is the culprit. Stress, pollution, and the food we eat all make our bodies unnaturally acidic, creating inflammation in our gut and thereby, preventing us from properly absorbing the nutrients we eat. Keeping all of this in mind and looking back at my personal health and wellness journey, I have come to realize that what we eat, drink and think impacts every cell in our body.
“I believe that it is, in part, due to this lifestyle switch that I have been medication free for 6 years and counting.”
Now, pH balance in the body is crucial to the enzyme functions that control our metabolisms and hormones, and ultimately, our ability to thrive. A more alkaline blood pH contributes to healthy enzyme reactions and organ functions. When the body is too acidic, many people report digestive issues, joint pain, skin blemishes, brittle hair, dull complexion, brain fog, allergies, asthma, weight gain and much more.
“Inflammation is the cause of 90% of all of our aches, pains and illnesses”
Eating too many acid-forming foods causes blood and tissues to become acidic, promoting disease and exhaustion. Balancing your body’s pH by eating more alkaline forming foods restores your health.
I can’t stress enough the importance of a balanced pH since it protects us from the inside out. Remember… being Healthy & Glowy is an inside job!
7 is a neutral pH. Anything above that, even just slightly more alkaline, is a pH that is considered healthier. Optimally, you want to reach a pH of around 7.365 or higher. Here are a few of my recommendations.
“When the body is too acidic, many people report digestive issues, joint pain, skin blemishes, brittle hair, dull complexion, brain fog, allergies, asthma, weight gain and much more.”
Moderation is key. Drinking a cup of coffee once in a while won’t kill you, especially if you start your day with an alkalising formula, such as The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens.
“Remember…Being healthy & Glowy is an inside job!”
Here is the basic rule of thumb: imbalances, aches and pains occur when your body is too acidic. Chances are, your metabolism will thrive in a more alkaline environment leaving you with more energy, stronger immunity, brighter skin, a happier gut and simply better health. Basically, eat more greens and plants and cut down on animal products, processed foods and refined sugar.
Keep your acidic habits in check.
Live your life. Adopt the Global Glow Lifestyle.
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