We’ve all heard about creating a more alkaline body by drinking salted water with bicarbonate soda, or lemon juice in water upon waking – and most of us definitely need a reminder from time to time! For the benefit of our blood and overall cellular self, it’s so important to check this simple chemical reading.
What it means to have an Acid or Alkaline body
We ideally want to reduce inflammation in the body. Doing so prevents all kinds of symptoms like asthma, Candida and “wrong” bacterial overgrowth, pain, muscle tightness, anything uncomfortable. It also sets our bodies up to move through injuries or viral colds/flus efficiently without turning bacterial or septic…
… and bicarbonate in water is a fab way to do this.
I was reading up on an important point in Dr Libby Weaver’s book “Rushing Woman’s Syndrome”, a great read on all things digestion and self-help (before you visit the Dr or holistic practitioner office next, read this – it will give you a massive head-start!)
Dr Libby explains that we want to keep our stomachs’ ACIDIC to ensure we can digest – so no water half hour either side of a meal. Most people think we want an alkaline body and it’s true we want a balanced 7.0 half way between acidic and alkaline, but we actually want the stomach particularly to be acidic for digestion. If we have water and dilute the stomach acid, we can experience reflux because foods aren’t breaking down. We can ensure to drink liberally during the day but consciously break from drinking, either side of breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
There are PH tests at the chemist to check how alkaline/acidic we are. If more acidic in our saliva or urine on a consistent basis, it’s great to be using bicarbonate in the early morning.
Especially because after childhood, our bodies naturally become more acidic – and so the same diet as childhood/teenage years, does the body fewer favours!
The ph test-kit from the chemist has great food guidelines too, with additional information on why this is important. It just makes sense. The kit is about $28.
Don’t forget the stress and flight-fight response.
Relaxation, diaphragm-breathing, yoga, sleep, gentle fun exercise and fun, laughter and child-like play, are fantastic for increasing the alkalinity in the body and improving quality of life overall.
Check your quality of life now if you like 👍How do you fill in the following categories? Do you have a few ways you actively maintain happiness and balance?
- BODY CARE: exercise, healthy eating, treat illness, rest and sleep (my personal ways are restorative yoga, tai-chi and I’m learning Qi-Gong at home with the GAIA app, plus a weekly group Pilates class, 9 hours sleep, reading 📖 a great Australian fiction novel, and cooking (joy in food prep and eating with the eyes is also deeply nourishing!)
- ACHIEVEMENT: Work, Chores, Study (my personal ways include our Earthmoving Business, Home Office & Finance, being house-proud and renovating, caring for our many pets, my income from my representing a international health brand, and my Science of Life Manifestation Counselling coursework).
- CONNECT WITH OTHERS: Friends, Family, Community (my personal ways are farm visits in our neighborhood, dinner parties, FaceTime calls, weekends away with family, visits to town, library and museums)
- ENJOYMENT: Play, Fun, Pleasure (my personal ways are dancing, bike-riding, beach & swimming, cafes & restaurants, shopping & food-gathering, personal development workshops, enjoying my relationship with my husband, and being present and playful with my kids).
Creating the yummy balanced body is all made easy in our community, so with the combination of mostly plant-based foods, and water, we usually have a good chance at feeling great every morning upon waking, and ready to get on with our life. 💚💜❤
Joanna Becker, Author and Wellness Medium
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