"I just want to be more alkaline"
Why Alkalize and Detox?
Simply because we want to feel better.....And…
To rejuvenate, and lighten up the body by cleansing
out toxins and pathogens which bog the body systems down.
Where Do I Start?
All That Matters is ~ Continuous Improvement From Where You Are
Start with the things that are easiest to reach.
The need to get one's pH to a perfect number and keeping it there, isn't going to be very fun because then you have to keep it up. It's like getting straight A's but when you get a B it's "oh wow, now I've messed up!" So, go easy on yourself.
My suggestion is to ask yourself:
"What is the easiest thing or two I can do from where I am now."
You are never going to get this perfectly, thank goodness - you can't fail. There are articles, books and opinions about pH everywhere. Read whatever suits you. I had never heard the term pH acid/ alkaline balance until well after I had gone through major detoxification and healing of certain diagnoses. What I understood later is that when we detoxify and do some internal cleansing the acidic waste flushes out and the pH naturally improves.
Where Do I Start? There are lots of tips below. Scan the info and pick out the things that feel the easiest to reach, and then over the days and weeks you can continue to add in the next idea that feels "right for you."
Note: This article here is not exhaustive containing everything there is to know. Check with your health expert to be sure nothing offered here conflicts with medications or other health issues you might have.
What is pH?
pH stands for potential hydrogen.
It is the measurement of hydrogen-ion concentration.
The pH scale runs from 0 to 14…..A reading of 7.0 or above is alkaline and below 7.0 is acidic. The higher a pH reading the more oxygen is in the fluid you are testing (what we want) and the lower the pH reading indicates less oxygen and more acid (unwanted).
Checking your pH …
Can be beneficial for obtaining a bench mark to use as a guide in determining what changes you would like to make in your daily regime. Go easy on yourself - don't over stress trying to reach a perfect magic number according to what the experts say, unless that feels like a great idea!
Depending on the source of information, urine with a pH of around 6.5 is considered normal. Healthy saliva pH is generally between 6.8 and 7.3.
The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid you are test will be.
To keep us alive our blood pH mostly stays between 7.35 and 7.45. To maintain this pH, the blood will push acidic waste (toxins) into the fat tissues for storage.
- Squeeze fresh lemon into a glass of water in the morning and drink. (Personally I drink two tall glasses of water first thing in the morning.) Lemon is acidic until it enters the body where it becomes very alkalizing.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 to 3 tsp in a glass of good, clean water daily. This is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. The apple cider vinegar must contain the "mother" which are the strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance such as BRAGGS brand.
- Water - drink around ½ a gallon of good clean water every day. link to water page.
- Celtic Salt Crystals or Himalayan salt (contains between 72 and 84 alkaline minerals) - This is the good salt and the only salt I use sprinkling it on many of the foods I eat. (I never use common table salt which is chemically enriched.) One can also put a few crystals on the tongue anytime - this is great for increasing electrolytes.
- Sugar Cravings - Sugar cravings can be a signal of mineral deficiencies. Over the months as the body is detoxified and minerals are adequately restored, many will notice a decrease in the desire for excess sugary foods or drinks.
When a sugar craving rises up, one can take 1/2 tsp of the good salt and mix with quality water until dissolved, then drink. This forces minerals into the cells, pushes out acids and can stop a sugar craving in its tracks.
- Use Stevia or Xylitol as sweeteners instead of sugar.
- Its really easy to eat produce organic and raw in salads with sliced cabbage and avocados - or steam broccoli and cauliflower.
- JUICING >> ~ When my health was quite in the ditch, making fresh vegetable juices was a powerful way to cleanse and restore my weakened body, as these juices contain very concentrated vitamins and minerals and will alkalinize as well as remineralize cells. The vitamins and minerals are in the juice not the pulp. This means one can infuse the body with a potent dose of nutrients in one small glass!
How Do I Cleanse?
I chose to speed up my internal cleansing with foods and supplements along with raw vegetable juices and other vitamins and minerals. Here are some ideas to jumpstart the alkalization of the body.
Vitamins and minerals are your best friend. Minerals are alkaline and the building blocks of our cells. Toxins are acidic. So when we infuse the body with minerals from alkaline water to raw juices and vegetables, this helps to force out acidic waste and toxins that have bio-accumulated over the years in our tissues and cells. Sometimes we experience symptoms or receive diagnoses to alert us to the need of rebalancing our pH, but not everyone experiences this. For some, (myself included) as we clear out the excess toxins, our body naturally becomes more alkaline and stronger.
- Drink lots and lots of good clean water
Info on good, clean water >>
- Alkaline water can be very beneficial
- One option to make your drinking water more alkaline is to purchase distilled water and add pH water booster which will alkalize your drinking water to a pH of 9.5
Juicing is powerful. It floods the body with alkaline minerals. When we juice organic green vegetables, we are more quickly cleansing and flushing the cells of acidic waste and pathogens. We are infusing the body with high dosages of alkaline minerals because the minerals are in the juice, not the pulp! Read about juicing here >>
Impossible to juice at this time?
Here are two alkaline green products I add to my water or protein drinks. Spirulina and Pure Synergy. These are very alkaline, nutrient-dense greens that one can drink anytime. More Info >>
How Do I Know What To Eat?
Acid - Alkaline Foods
No one is going to hold your hand. This means we step back and focus a little more on what REAL food is and what is simply unhealthy. Eating at restaurants and fast food establishments on a regular basis brings in an excess of acidic food substances and rarely anything close to what might help alkalize our bodies. Although there are some food establishments that offer nutritional meals, most restaurants/fast food places offer items that are generally prepared in a way that leaves little nutrition if any - so eat there less often. One will want to rely more on REAL foods when working to create a more alkaline body condition.
To make it easier for myself in the early years, I picked out a few simple foods that I could eat to help me during the process of detox and improving my acid alkaline balance. I tended to lean towards the thinking that if what I eat grows on a tree, bush or in the ground, and is still very close to its original state, it is likely better for my body than something packaged, grilled, or micro-waved. Alkaline foods and alkaline forming foods are at this link>>
As already mentioned above, consider purchasing - pH Testing Strips
** Test urine or saliva
** Wide range reading of 4.5 to 9.0
Urine and saliva are good indicators of what is going on in our internal environment. One can test the pH of these fluids with pHion strips, which are sensitive, accurate, easy to use and available on our shopping cart.
Specific Products to Speed Detoxification
Lots of Options -
DETOXIFICATION means cleansing the body on the inside which improves the acid alkaline pH balance.
There are wonderful products available which make cleansing easier.
Every product begins working immediately.
Read about each below and use anything that feels like a good match for your personal situation. Every few weeks you can make new decisions if you want to make changes or add in other products or foods.
Each person is different. Some have serious diagnoses, and others have less urgent situations. You will want to use your intuition as to what products will be most beneficial for your situation and, of course, consult your practitioner to be sure there are no conflicts with current medications or diagnoses.
Remember, you do not have to do everything at once. You can detoxify and alkalize slowly and consistently over time or more quickly. Either way your body will become more alkaline.
A popular start for many of our customers is Red Desert clay and VelociTEA, along with magnesium.
Red Desert Clay
Powerful and very effective for reaching toxins deep in the tissues.
The pH of Red Desert clay is 8.3 This very unique edible clay moves into the blood stream and binds to many, many toxins that have bio- accumulated at the cellular level. Read More >>
Binds to and eliminates:
VelociTEA - Organic, gentle detox tea one can drink daily
Makes 4 gallons of tea, a one month supply
PARAMAX - Potent, effective yet gentle formula
Constipation (or slow bowels) is a big deal for many people. It is important to to move the bowels at least once a day. VelociTEA and Paramax will help with constipation; but do note that magnesium is a super important mineral. and many People struggling with constipation are nearly always deficient in magnesium.
If you are not a raw foodist : consider supplementing daily with either Natural Calm or Mother Earth brand magnesium. When you are struggling with constipation or sluggish bowels, often combining magnesium and Radiance C - twice a day - will give the body what it needs to alleviate this issue and it may also improve many, many other body functions. One half tsp 2 times per day of Radiance C mixed with any liquid is very beneficial. With the magnesium - take 1 to 3 tsp in the evening (can be taken multiple times per day as needed) for best results.
Intramax - Organic, potent, extraordinary liquid multi-vitamin and mineral supplement
For those who know they are depleted or just desire a daily dose of top quality vitamin and minerals, Intramax is it.
The above suggestions will make a difference in clearing out many unwanted toxins as well as improving your acid/alkaline pH balance. Once you start feeling the improvement, it will be easier for you to follow your intuition when choosing what to eat and drink.
If candida yeast, free radicals, E.coli or excess cancer cells are an issue, there are some other products specifically designed for eliminating these pathogens.
Consider the following.
Candisol - destroying candida yeast
Floraphage - for eliminating unwanted bacteria in the intestines such as E.coli
B-17 aka Apricot Seed Extract - since I had a precancerous condition years ago, this product is in my daily regime to remove excess cancer cells, free radicals and parasites.
Neprinol - Blood Cleansing - Roto Rooter for our blood. Instead of thinning the blood discuss with your doctor about cleansing the fibrin and unclumping the platelets.
All the best to you!
Maryanne and the I AM Team
Before starting a detoxification regime, always check with your practitioner first to be sure there are no conflicts with medications or other health diagnoses.
I-AM Perfectly Healthy is not intended to substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your holistic physician, MD, ND…or a holistic veterinarian for your pets. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical problems. This information is provided for education purposes only - and for the sharing of life experience.