If you live in health conscious Los Angeles, you probably know about alkaline water. You may splurge on alkaline water in plastic bottles in grocery stores. You might even lug large glass bottles over to an alkaline water store to fill up on the stuff. But why do people go to such great lengths to make their water alkaline? Let’s take a step back and break it down a bit. And then, I’ll reveal two ways to get your body more alkaline without having to go out and get alkaline water!
Water makes up over 50% of your body and is essential to every bodily function—so staying properly hydrated is crucial to good health. And those of us who live in the United States are fortunate to have access to safe, clean drinking water.
But is alkaline water even better for you than your typical purified drinking water? Well, it’s all about the pH level. PH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of any substance. The pH (potential hydrogen) scale runs from 0 to 14, with 7 right in the middle as neutral. For example, liquids with a low pH of 1 are very acidic, and liquids with a high pH of 13 are very alkaline. But why does this matter for your body?
The dangers of an acidic environment in your body
If you have a slight low pH fluctuation, and your body becomes more acidic than it should be, your body immediately begins to exhibit symptoms of an imbalance. An acidic environment promotes the growth of bad bacteria, yeast and fungi. Yuck, right? The imbalance of your body’s good bacteria makes you more prone to getting infections—everywhere. When your body is too acidic, you will be more likely to suffer from things like the common cold, a runny nose, fatigue, a skin breakout, or a slight case of irritable bowel syndrome. These minor health issues are actually the first sign that your body might be too acidic and needs to reach a more alkaline state.
Alkaline water vs. tap water
Alkaline water is different than tap water because it’s less acidic. It has a pH over seven, meaning it has a lower concentration of hydrogen ions, explains Alyse Levine, R.D. On top of soothing acid reflux, other claimed benefits of alkaline water, according to Levine, are that it helps neutralize acid in the bloodstream, which leads to increased oxygen levels and improved energy and metabolism; it contains antioxidant properties (anti-aging and anti-disease); cleanses the colon; rejuvenates the skin; and lubricates muscles and joints.
How can you make your body more alkaline?
Drinking alkaline water is not the only way to help your body maintain a slightly alkaline state. The foods and beverages you consume (or don’t consume) each day have a direct impact on the acid and alkaline balance in your body. Remember, this balance is measured by determining your pH value, which tells you if your body’s fluids and tissues are more acidic or alkaline. On a pH scale of negative 4.5, which is very acidic, to positive 9.5, which is highly alkaline, your body is considered healthy and alkaline if you have a pH level of 7.0 or above. If you’re super curious, you can even get pH test strips to test the pH level of your beverages, or your own saliva or urine.
Okay, here’s the breakdown. Acid-forming foods typically include animal proteins like meats, eggs, poultry, fish and milk products, as well as grains and alcohol. Meanwhile, fruits, vegetables and foods with plant-based protein are generally considered alkalinizing foods.
But keep reading, because once you learn what foods to eat or not to eat, I’ll tell you a simple shortcut to make your water alkaline at home!
Fruits and veggies help make your body more alkaline, while processed foods, sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol make you more acidic.
Remember, the more often you consume acid-producing foods, the more likely they contribute to acidity, heartburn, and weight gain. Not fun, right?
The key is to eat way more fruits and vegetables, so your body will now receive plenty of nutrients, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. The buildup of toxins can then be flushed from your system and the body will be on its way to becoming detoxified, with less risk of toxic build up. There will also be an increase in the body’s metabolic rate, allowing it to convert the food into energy. By consuming 20% acidic foods and 80% alkaline foods, your body will soon revert to a neutral state, helping you feel less bloated and less lethargic. Not saying you have to cut out acidic foods and drinks completely but try to stick to the 80/20 rule and you should be good to go.
Acidic Foods to Cut Back On
- Ultra-processed foods such as frozen dinners, store-bought cakes and sodas
- Caffeinated drinks
- Processed cereals
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Wheat products
- Cold cuts
Alkaline Foods To Eat More Of
|Veggies||Oils||Nuts and Seeds||Fruits||Grains & Beans|
|Chilli||Flax Oil||Flax Seeds||Lime||Kamut|
|Capsicum/Pepper||Olive Oil||Pumpkin Seeds||Grapefruit||Millet|
|Zucchini||310 MCT Oil||Sesame Seeds||Coconut||Quinoa|
|Green Beans||Sunflower Seeds||Pomegranate||Lentils|
|String Beans||Lima Beans|
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310 Lemonade contains an effective blend of the alkalizing minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium, which help balance the PH in your body – setting the stage for successful weight loss. Way easier than trekking back and forth from an Alkaline water store with heavy glass jugs, right?
Plus, unlike so many other unhealthy drinks including soda, diet soda, sugar-laden juices, artificially-sweetened waters and sports drinks, 310 Lemonade has NO sugar or artificial sweeteners and is caffeine free –and still tastes amazing!
Available in five delicious flavors including Peach Punch, Wild Berry, Original, Pineapple Mango, Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry, 310 Lemonade gives you a natural energy boost without caffeine.
Plus, we just created a Cherry Limeade flavor that might just make you feel like you’re sipping a refreshing Mojito on the beach on vacation—with a cherry on top!
Ready to start getting your body alkaline on your journey to ultimate health?
Start by drinking 310 Lemonade every day!