Remember all those New Year’s resolutions? They may seem like a long time ago, but it doesn’t have to be January for us to prioritize our health. Unfortunately, many elements of daily life contribute to stress and illness. While stress might seem like an inconvenient factor in life, it can actually wreak significant havoc on our health. When stressed, your body releases hormones that signal our “fight or flight” response. This response may have been helpful back in the day when required to defend ourselves from predators, but today these hormonal responses can contribute to acidity in the body.
On top of that, when we’re stressed with work deadlines and organizing the kids’ activities, we might be tempted to opt for convenient dinner options like take out or a drive-thru. These meals, however, are most often acid-forming and will further contribute to ill-health.
Taken from our Alkalize Your Body book, Santevia has compiled a list of 5 kick-acid tips for better health. Even small changes can have significant impacts on your body:
5 kick-acid tips for better health:
1. Drink alkaline water to reduce toxins
Drinking plenty of water is the first step to ensure your body is hydrated and healthy. Alkaline water offers more benefits to your body than regular tap or bottled water. In fact, drinking alkaline water regularly can improve toxin removal by up to 35%.
2. Eat more vegetables
Unlike many foods in the modern diet, vegetables are almost always alkaline-forming in the body. This means you can load your soups, stews, salads, and stir-frys with veggies to aid your body in staying alkaline. Fill up on simple, natural, and locally-sourced ingredients to keep your body working at its best.
3. Replace milk
Instead of asking yourself if you’ve “Got milk?”, try asking if you’ve got a plant-based alternative. Try using almond milk or coconut milk in your coffee or cereal. Reach for a glass of alkaline water instead of a glass of milk. Although cow’s milk does provide some calcium to the body, the benefits are negligible compared to the acidity it produces.
4. Eat alkaline fruits
Although many fruits are acid-forming in the body, they offer significant health benefits through the phyto-nutrients they provide. To optimize the health benefits, try eating alkaline fruits such as lemons, grapefruit, and cherries. For a kick-acid way to start your day, add fresh lemon juice to a glass of alkaline water in the morning.
5. Substitute acid-forming grains with alkaline-forming grains
Even though pastas and rice feel like an integral part of daily life, their starchy nature actually makes them acid-forming in the body. Healthier, alkaline-forming options exist, our suggestion: Quinoa. This alkaline grain is high in fiber, so not only will it aid your body in staying alkaline, it will also keep things regular in your body.
According to Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, author of the Alkalize Your Body book, drinking alkaline water is one of the best and easiest ways to improve your health. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate alkaline water into your life, start by checking out the MINA Slim Pitcher. This new pitcher is made in Canada, produces clean, mineralized alkaline water, and the filters are recyclable!