There’s a lot of hype around the alkaline diet, but what it really comes down to is maintaining our body’s ideal natural balance, or pH. Being in the alkaline range can positively affect our immune health and inflammation levels—two of the biggest factors in overall well-being. Foods and drinks that are highly acidic can take your pH levels into less-than-optimal territory, but it’s a combination of lifestyle and diet that can make the biggest impact on our pH levels. Foods that have minerals like magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus can help kick our bodies back into the alkaline state that keeps us feeling energized and healthy. So, why is this important?
Improved immunity: When the body’s pH is out of balance, cells aren’t getting the minerals they need to oxygenate the body and function optimally, thus compromising the immune system. When your body is alkaline, your immune system benefits, and this can help prevent a range of illnesses from a common cold to more serious infections and viruses.
Anti-inflammatory: If the body’s pH is out of whack, inflammation—a major contributor to chronic illness—can creep in. A big part of maintaining lifelong health is reducing inflammation, which you can do by adding more alkaline foods and habits to your day.
What are the best types of alkalizing foods?
Many whole, unprocessed vegetables are helpful in achieving and maintaining an alkaline state. Foods like citrus fruits including lemons, limes, and grapefruit, avocado, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and apple cider vinegar are all ingredients that can be easily incorporated into your regular meals.
Greens like broccoli, spinach, wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa, chlorella, and wheat grass are all incredible foods to have in your alkalizing toolbox, and you can conveniently get them all in one scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood blend.
Rather than overhauling everything in your life, we’re all about finding simple and achievable lifestyle shifts to help you feel your best and alkalize your body. Here are a few ways you can start to make positive changes and boost your immunity today:
1. Skip the processed stuff.
Cutting back on processed sugar and packaged foods is a great way to jump-start your alkalinity. Replace your normal sugary morning coffee or breakfast with a whole-foods-based smoothie with fat, protein, and fiber from low-sugar fruits and vegetables. As a shortcut, you can consider adding a superfood powder like Amazing Grass that provides fiber and nutrients from organic greens, fruits, and vegetables.
2. Reduce stress levels.
Stress can have a powerful impact on the way the body functions and can throw things off balance if you’re constantly stressed. Find natural ways to reduce stress like meditation, yin yoga, or getting outside into nature more often.
3. Move your body.
In addition to being a natural de-stressor, moving your body also helps move things along internally (i.e., natural detoxification and digestion) and functioning the way they should.
4. Try breathwork.
Certain types of breathwork, yoga, and tai chi practices can help regulate inflammation, improve immunity, and maintain balance.
5. Supplement with digestive enzymes.
Digestive enzymes can help your body more readily access all of the nutrients you’re trying to feed it. Amazing Grass Green Superfood blend actually has a bunch of the alkaline foods that your body loves, along with the added bonus of enzymes to maximize their benefits.
6. Drink lots of water.
Getting more water is an amazing and super-simple way to help your body regulate itself and promote its natural detoxification processes.
7. Create a morning ritual.
Make the first thing you drink or eat in the morning something alkaline. Think about it: If you haven’t consumed anything in over eight hours, the first thing you have has the ability to make a big impact on your health. Flooding the cells with an alkaline elixir (see the recipe below) or adding Amazing Grass Green Superfood powder to your morning water or smoothie will give your body what it needs to start the day off on the right foot.
The Ultimate Alkalizing Morning Tonic
Amazing Grass Green Superfood powder gives you an incredible range of alkalizing foods like broccoli, spinach, and wheat grass—providing you with a crazy amount of nutrients in one scoop. Combined with alkaline superstars like ginger and lemon or apple cider vinegar and stress-reducing and hormone-balancing adaptogens, you have the ultimate drink for a healthy day.
- 1 cup room-temperature or warm water
- 1 scoop Amazing Grass Green Superfood – The Original
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated on a microplane or very finely chopped
- Juice of ½ lemon or 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- (OPTIONAL) 1 teaspoon each ashwagandha and maca powder
Put all ingredients in a blender or a protein shaker bottle with a blender ball and mix together until everything is well-combined. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
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