When the daily stresses of life have you feeling sluggish and out of sorts, consider a cleanse. In one weekend, you can go from tired to energized with a simple re-balance of your personal pH.
What is pH?
The amount of hydrogen ion concentration in your tissues is what’s being measured when discussing pH. Most of us are too acidic, which can lead to inflammatory illnesses including arthritis, gastric reflux and heart disease.
The pH scale is 14 points, with 7 being balanced, less than 7 as acidic and more than 7 as alkaline. The ideal pH for the human body is 7.30-7.45. To reduce the acidity and inflammation in your body, you need to eat alkalizing foods.
While part of your plan may be to reduce your calorie intake during this cleanse, starving until you are light-headed or sick is not going to be effective in the long run. Plan for your body cleanse by stocking up on alkalizing foods such as:
almonds and almond milk or soy milk
dried apricots, banana chips, dates and raisins
spinach, cabbage, potatoes, and peppers
salmon and trout
mint and linden tea
fresh vegetable and tomato juice
buckwheat bread and crackers
All of these foods are either alkalizing or only slightly acidifying. Avoid red meat, alcohol, and coffee.
Recipes for Your 2 Day Body Cleanse
Fire up the blender and make yourself a smoothie. Combine whey based protein powder, a banana, 1 to 1.5 cups of almond milk, a cup of fresh spinach, and some ice into your blender and chop it until the ice is small enough to blend. Then whip up your smoothie until it’s thick and creamy.
Keep almonds, raisins and dried apricots on hand for an alkaline energy boost. Combine 64 ounces of water and a small sliced lemon (don’t squeeze it) and keep it in the refrigerator for a cold, refreshing and alkaline beverage. If you’re really hungry, peel and eat an entire grapefruit. You’ll be amazed at how sweet they are when eaten by sections instead of by halves. Do not starve!
Toast some buckwheat bread and layer it with edamame hummus, fresh cucumber slices, and fresh tomato. Don’t be afraid to add a bit of salt and pepper to sweeten the veggies if you prefer.
Hummus is really easy to make from almost any bean. If your grocery doesn’t stock edamame hummus, try this easy-to-prepare version.
Enjoy salmon cooked in a bit of cold-pressed olive oil, a baked potato with plain Greek yogurt and a salad of fresh greens, radish, and slices of avocado. Dress the salad in a mild vinaigrette of apple cider vinegar, cold-pressed oil, and fresh chopped herbs.
You may not feel up to a hard workout, but be sure to keep walking. Load a water bottle with your lemon water and lace up your sneakers. Go check out your neighborhood, a park you’ve never visited, or a mall before the stores open.
Balancing your pH can help every system in your body. Do this simple cleanse for two days and enjoy your new energy!