At Shades Of Yoga we refrain from recommending or promoting specific dietary systems. We aim instead to give our students guidelines for living and eating in a way that supports health and balance and the energy and vitality to sustain a physical yoga practice.
One of the most important considerations for excellent health is to maintain your body’s pH balance. Many people become overly acidic mostly due to dietary factor. The average diet is too high in acid-producing proteins and carbohydrates and other acid forming elements like coffee and sugars and lacking in alkaline-producing foods like fresh vegetables and sea vegetables. Stress also elevates acidity in the body.
When the body is in an overly acidic condition, minerals such as calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium are drawn from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body. Because of this strain, the body can suffer severe and prolonged damage due to high acidity—a condition that may go undetected for years.
Acidosis has many symptoms, including low energy and chronic fatigue, weight gain, obesity, premature ageing, osteoporosis and weak brittle bones, bladder and kidney conditions including kidney stones, aching muscles and stiffness in the joints.
The most accurate way to test your body’s pH is blood testing, but most pharmacies carry pH strips which can give an indication as to whether your body is acidic or alkaline. The ideal time to test is first thing in the morning – to be in the healthy range, your saliva should be around 7.4.
Here are some tips for Alkalizing your body for optimum health:
- Cut down of animal proteins and carbohydrates and tip the balance towards plant-based foods with an abundance of vegetables, particularly green leafy veggies.
- Start your day with a tall glass of room temperature pure water with the juice of a lemon squeezed into it. It’s a good idea to rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards as the lemon over a period of time can corrode the enamel on the teeth.
- Sip on a glass of room temperature water with the addition of 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar.
- ½ tsp. aluminum free baking soda added to water has an alkalizing effect on the body and is often used to treat acid reflux.
- Integrate sea vegetables into your diet – they’re highly alkalizing.
- Suck on the pith of an umeboshi plum, or add ½ tsp. umeboshi plum paste to a glass of warm water and sip on it to relieve an acidic condition.
- Adding good quality sea salt to foods while cooking makes them more alkaline.
- Have a green juice and make sure to include some celery – it’s one of the most alkalizing vegetables.
- If you don’t have access to fresh green veggies, you can use a green powder – like chlorella, spirulina, barley or wheat grass or a combination. There are many options on the market these days.
- Get out in nature and breathe deeply – all the cells in our body need oxygen to stay alkaline.
- Integrate pranayama into your yoga practice – even just 5 -10 minutes daily will make a difference.
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