As children we’re taught two golden rules: eat your vegetables and go outside to play.
As it turns out, both these rules are also the pillars of an alkaline lifestyle!
Yet, as we age, we forget the importance of such a simple mantra: eat green and exercise.
Our fast-paced lifestyles have led to a lack of exercise and poor eating habits.
What happened to the simple rules of childhood?
Lack of exercise and poor diets lead to one of the most common conditions: hyperacidity.
The fact is, we need some acidity in our bodies (especially our stomachs) because it helps to break down our food (especially fats and proteins). Stomach acid presents a natural barrier so that unwanted visitors can’t enter our systems, and most importantly, stomach acid allows us to absorb alkaline minerals that help balance acidity.
In a healthy person, the acidity levels in the body are balanced.
If you add stress on top of a diet that consists mostly of refined sugars, starches and meats, then acidity levels in your body will rise, slowly exhausting the body’s alkalinity reservoirs, and consequently, disturbing the balance.
Hyperacidity (or alkaline exhaustion) begins to rear its ugly head with such warning signs as reflux and inflammation. The body’s acid management system is overloaded which can lead to a depletion of alkaline minerals. This depletion is linked to osteoporosis.
In times of disbalance, acids can also be deposited, beginning in the connective tissues of the periphery (hands, feet, joints, tendons, skin). Over time, acid can spread into more central tissues, wreaking havoc along the way.
More and more research points to a connection between systemic hyperacidity and inflammation.
Don’t be discouraged! The damage caused by acidity can be repaired. Juicing, eating whole foods, taking certain supplements, participating in regular exercise and practicing meditation all help to create balance and restore your body.
What are the side effects of becoming more alkaline? Inflammation slowly disappears, pain levels drop, flexibility increases, energy rises, mood improves, activity levels increase, and skin clears.
Dieting fads can be overwhelming. Most people avoid diets because the thought of cutting out our favourite foods is depressing. Diets set us up to fail. If you can’t eat carbs, then the second you “cheat” you feel as though you’re done for. Why are we punishing ourselves with diets in the first place? By removing negative and loaded terms like “cheat” from our vocabulary, when referring to our eating habits, we have suddenly created a much healthier relationship with food.
The body is a complicated machine; however, we do need to start taking responsibility and informing ourselves so we can make better choices. The one thing to remember, no one is perfect. Begin by changing the way you think about food and exercise. Food shouldn’t be treated as a punishment/reward system, nor should exercise.
Find alkaline foods that you like to eat and start to implement them into your everyday diet. Get your body moving. Hate the gym? Great, don’t go! But find something you like and do it. Exercise shouldn’t be about losing weight, it should be about enjoying your body and what it has to offer you. Once you make these small changes then you’ll begin to cut out the junk naturally. You’ll see a change. I promise!
Best of all, this isn’t a chore. Experiment. It’s meant to be fun, because for the first time you’re allowing your body to live up to its full potential. That being said, always make informed and sensible decisions. Speak with a health professional before making any changes.
As it turns out, the old adage of “eat your vegetables and get outside to play” isn’t just for kids.