Alkaline is Where it's at: Part 3
Here are some more helpful things you can do to keep the body as alkaline as you can, so it can detoxify all the breakdown products and move them out through the feces and urine more efficiently.
We already talked about eating dark green leafy veggies and other veggies (other than tomatoes and potatoes), fruit (other than citrus of course) and whole grains in cereal, bread and pasta or rice and seeds and almonds. We also talked about breathing well, whether that’s exercise, yoga or other breathing techniques.
One of the things you can do is eat a morning cereal that is non-gluten, such as buckwheat, millet, amaranth, brown rice with almonds and/or seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, hemp, chia or flax, with apple, banana or mixed berries. Or you can buy a prepared one called “MorgenStund” that is made up of alkalinizing grains. You can cook this in the morning for a hot cereal, or I soak it overnight in water and add fruit in the morning. This will start to strengthen, maintain and regenerate your energy.
Secondly, you can take a whole foods supplement that is alkalinizing. “WurzelKraft” is one that we use that is a concentrated, plant derived alkaline combination of food granules packed with vital nutrients. This is similar to taking a multi-vitamin, but is completely plant derived. It is easy to digest, is alkaline generating, gluten free and is great for those who eat mass-produced, pre-cooked, frozen or pre-processed foods that lack nutrients and little vital energy. This would be good for those who have to eat in cafeterias or restaurants and don’t have time to make nutritious meals. It is especially beneficial before sports, during pregnancy and menopause, and for aging, due to the increased stressors on the body.
Another option is drinking an alkaline tea. Any green herb, such as peppermint, spearmint, skullcap or nettles is alkalinizing. We also carry “7 x 7 alkaherb” tea. It is a cell cleanser the contains 49 herbs, seeds, spices, roots and blossoms and helps to keep the body alkaline. You can drink the tea throughout the day. I try & have at least 1 or 2 cups each day. Come into the office if you’d like a sample to try.
“Alkabath”is wonderful tool that uses alkaline minerals in a bath salt. Epsom salts is similar, but only contains magnesium and is about 1/50 the strength of Alkabath. The alkaline mineral salts allow the skin to purify, just as the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans did in the past. They used alkaline soaps and sodium bicarbonate as did ancient Japanese and Mexican cultures, which still practice this today for overall physical and spiritual well-being. These mineral salts also contain 8 ground precious stones similar to those used in German spas. You can use these salts for full baths, foot and hand baths for detoxification, alkaline rinses for sore muscles after sports & in the sauna and steam bath. The special make-up of these salts purifies the skin and helps to oil it, which increase suppleness and minimizes wrinkles.
I have talked to many of you about skin brushing and how good it is to move toxins and breakdown products to the lymph centres, so the body can move those out through the feces and urine. This can be even more effective, with an “Energy Skin Brush”. This is a natural bristle brush that has specially woven mineral strands, so, as you brush the skin, it not only detoxifies, but also energizes the body.
You may also consider adding an Alkaline capsule or powder. This is a specific combination of calcium, magnesium and potassium in a ratio that maximizes the body’s ability to be alkaline.
Santevia also makes alkaline sticksthat you can put in your water bottle that alkalinizes the water & is good for 1000 uses. You can pick one up at the office.
Sufficient sleep is essential to keep your body neutral. Remember every hour before midnight is worth 2 hours after midnight to repair the body. Try to get at least 8 hours of consistent sleep each night to minimize the cortisol levels in the body. This not only helps us deal with stress more effectively, but also helps keep us alkaline.
Handling mental or emotional stress effectively helps us function well in our busy lives. Deal with issues right away, talk over problems with a friend, co-worker or partner, visualize a restful place, take a mini-holiday, go for a walk at lunch or use any technique to minimize stress in your day is essential. This also minimizes the stress hormones that make you more acidic.
Take thetools that make sense to you and make your system more alkaline. FEEL THE WAY YOU WANT TO FEEL!
If you want to work more extensively on this, consider an appointment with Dr. Brenda Gill at 250-362-5035.