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Is Your pH Making You fat? Ten Easy Tips to Improve Alkalinity

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Is Your pH Making You fat? Ten Easy Tips to Improve Alkalinity

When we think of weight loss or maintaining a healthy physique, what comes to mind?

  • Counting calories?
  • Measuring portions?
  • Watching our fat intake?

All valid, but {in my opinion} very flawed measures. We know that calorie counting is bogus {read my rant here}, measuring portions is for the birds, and that fat is…wait for it…GOOD for us! Yes, in theory, one CAN lose weight using these old school techniques, but there’s actually a much more effective means to lose weight and keep it off for life. And it involves a bit of what you learned in high school chemistry. Don’t fall asleep yet – hear me out.

Having a balanced body chemistry and maintaining the proper ratio between acidic and alkaline foods in your diet are vital to maintain health and lose weight. One of our body’s greatest responsibilities is to maintain a pH that supports cellular life. The initials “pH” stand for “Potential of Hydrogen.” Acids have pH values under 7 and alkalis have pH values over 7. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to aim for pH levels in the 7 range. For you home gamers out there, you can easily test your personal pH levels with home test strips like these.

Regulatory mechanisms in our bodies such as breathing, circulation, digestion, and hormone production balance the pH level in the body by removing acid residue from body tissues. If the pH deviates too far to the acidic or alkaline side, cells become poisoned by their own toxins and die. What a tragic way to go.

For the most part, the Standard American {eating the Standard American Diet – or SAD, as it’s ironically coined} are hovering in the overly acidic range, simply due to the overconsumption of processed foods, waaaay too much sugar, caffeine addiction, insane amount of chemicals and additives in our food and environment, booze consumption, stress, and lack of good solid shut eye. So what’s the big deal?

Quite a bit, actually…

First up, if you’re overweight, you most likely do not have a “fat” problem, you have an acidity problem. Too much acid in the body, called “acidosis”, has two consequences:

1. It can cause the body to produce more insulin, and thus, to store more fat.

2. It can cause cells to break down due to pressure to continually produce insulin.

Second, damage to your cell wall by free radicals {those pesky buggers that age and disease us} is accelerated. What does this mean?

1. Premature aging

2. Eyesight and memory problems

3. Wrinkles and age spots

4. Horrific hormone regulation

Third, when your blood becomes acidic, it acts like a chemical irritant that slowly and meticulously eats away at the inner walls of arteries and veins, causing them to weaken and mess with your blood pressure. Think of it like this. Acetone, or paint thinner – that stuff is straight up acid. What does it do? Removes paint. This is what’s happening to your insides. Have I gotten your attention yet? No? Keep reading.

Fourth, being overly acidic disrupts lipid and fatty acid metabolism, which results in hormone imbalances. Balanced hormones are mission critical to losing weight. I geek out on this topic in more concrete terms here.

Last, because of all of the above, our cellular metabolism becomes ridiculously inefficient, limiting our body’s access to energy reserves, leading you – you guessed it – constant energy drain {yaaaaawn…}. Are you a frequent passenger on the energy drain train? Read here to learn how to get off once and for all.

Do any of these sound familiar? Is it as if I were writing a biography about your body chemistry? Ok, maybe not, but the good news is that even if you have just one of the above ailments, it’s totally fixable through diet and lifestyle modification. Yes, really.

10 tips to naturally improve alkalinity

1. Add lemon to the water you drink throughout the day.

2. Eat plenty of greens {at least two servings per day}.

3. Limit alcohol intake.

4. Cut back on dairy, particularly ultra-heat pasteurized and homogenized commercial dairy.

5. Increase your vegetable intake, especially fresh, organic raw vegetables.

6. Decrease intake of sugar, processed/refined salt, and processed foods.

7. Limit meat, chicken, fish servings to the size of your palm or a deck of cards.

8. Be active for at least 30 minutes a day {this decreases stress, which improves acidity}.

9. Practice deep breathing exercises.

10. Avoid over-exercising or overly strenuous exercise for extended periods of time {over-exercise creates stress, which worsens acidity}.

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  • Become the master of your metabolism and never again succumb to the old wives tale that “weight gain is inevitable as we age”.
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Do you do any of these things to keep your body in balance? What else would you add? I’d LOVE to hear! Please leave a comment.

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Kristen BoucherKristen Boucher is a registered nurse, healthy living junkie, health & wellness coach, real foodie, full-time working wife to an amazing husband, cloth-diapering crunchy mama of two beautiful girls, creator of The Superwoman Slim Down: A Real Food Detox & Cleanse for Real Women, Lose Weight, Feel Great: 8 Weeks to a New You, and Founder of MIX | Wellness Solutions For A Balanced Life, where she inspires busy women to eliminate the overwhelm to lose weight, kick cravings, stress less, and cook delicious, healthy, and family-friendly meals so they can gain confidence, double their energy, and save money without crazy diets, countless hours at the gym, or quitting their day job. Kristen can be found pushing the envelope at www.mixwellness.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

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Is Your pH Making You fat? Ten Easy Tips to Improve Alkalinity

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  1. Question about the lemon water – What options are good or not good, and why: 1) Squeezing it fresh right from the lemon at the time you drink it. 2) Squeezing and freezing lemon juice, then use the lemon ice cube in the water. 3) using a few squirts of bottled lemon juice. 4) adding a few drops of lemon essential oil to your drinking water. I get that squeezing a fresh lemon is probably the best, but it’s not always convenient. I would much rather just use a drop of EO. Even if it’s not as effective, as long as it still helps.. it is SOOOO much more convenient. How do these options compare to each other?

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