6 ways to alkalize for a disease-fighting body

Linus Pauling (1901 – 1994) the American biochemist and health educator who was the only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes, observed that “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”

That’s a big deal because minerals are instrumental in keeping your body from becoming too acidic.

Dr. Michael Cutler warns, “As acids accumulate, your body responds with alkalizing reactions. The body needs to keep its pH (a measure of acidity) in balance. Otherwise, acidity makes you more vulnerable to degenerative disease.”

The best source of minerals are fruits and vegetables, but most Americans eat far too few of them to benefit.

And, while it is easy to become acidic, especially if you eat a standard Western diet full of fast food, sodas and sweets (otherwise known as a SAD diet for good reason), the power to control your body’s pH and alkalize your system is in your hands.

If you want to raise your pH and use the power of alkalinity to detoxify and help your body fight off disease, here are the six easiest ways.

#1 – Eat More Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables promote liver detoxification and are known as potent alkalizes. Ones to include in your daily diet are Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens and kale.

#2 – Switch Your Salt

Himalayan pink salt is a highly alkaline food and it’s easy to incorporate in your day-to-day. Simply switch it out for your normal table salt to give your body an alkaline boost. I like to add a pinch to my breakfast smoothies.

#3 – Try a Green Smoothie

Speaking of smoothies, they are a great way to start your day with the alkalizing power of greens. My favorite green smoothie uses:

  • 1 cup cubed cantaloupe
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ banana
  • 2 cups spinach or kale
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

#4 – Drink Lemon Water

It sounds counter-intuitive since lemons are acidic to say that lemons will help you become more alkaline. But, it’s true…

While lemons are acidic fresh off the tree, once they’re digested, they become alkaline. And, limes work the same way. Take advantage of this weird quirk of nature by sipping on lemon water throughout your day. You can even add stevia to enjoy a lemon or limeade at home.

#5 – Alkalize Your Water

You can take it a step further by alkalizing all of the water you drink. You can either purchase alkaline water from the store or buy an alkaline water ionizer for use at home.

#6 – Limit Acidic Food and Drink

While you’re adding in more alkalizers, you also need to avoid foods and drinks that increase your acidity.

High-acidity foods include:

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Sodas
  • Cheese
  • Dairy (except when raw)
  • Dried fruits
  • Non-organic or grass-fed eggs and meats

Over-acidity is a silent path to toxicity and disease. Use the six steps above to alkalize your body quickly and easily and live healthy longer.


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Virginia Tims-Lawson

By Virginia Tims-Lawson

Virginia Tims-Lawson has dedicated her life to researching and studying natural health after her mother had a stroke that left her blind in one eye at the age of 47, and her grandmother and two great uncles died from heart attacks. Spurred by her family history, Virginia’s passion to improve her and her family’s health through alternative practices, nutrients and supplements has become a mission she shares through her writing. She is founder of the nutritional supplement company Peak Pure & Natural®.