A few weeks ago I discovered that my body was not alkaline. For some reason, my body’s pH balance was off and the acidity levels in my blood had gone up. A wonky pH balance like mine, known as acidosis, is very common in our society and could lead to a variety of problems if left unchecked; problems such as bladder and kidney conditions, weight gain, chronic fatigue, immune dificiency and premature againg. None of that is ok with me so I talked to both a nutritionist and a friend (who is also a nutritionist and former figure competitor) and they both suggested a simple solution: adding magnesium supplements and lemon or apple cider vinegar to my diet. Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.
The easiest solution is to just buy a pre-mixed drink such as Bragg’s Limeade.
It’s really quite delicious, but at $2.50 a pop, there’s no way that’s gonna happen every day, let alone several times a day. So, I came up with my own energizing, pH level stabilizing drink that can be made at home for a fraction of the cost!
Apple Cider Vinegar Lemonade
1 Lemon, Juiced
2 tsp Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
16 oz. Water
Stevia to taste (I find that 3 packets of Truvia is perfect)
Mix in a glass and enjoy!
You can add apple cider vinegar to your food as a marinade or in salad dressings but an even easier and delicious solution is to simply add more vegetables to your diet.
Here is a list of foods that are either acidifying or alkalanizing when consumed, hopefully it can help you keep your pH on track!