Alkalinizing for Beauty

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Alkalinizing for BeautyBeauty starts at the cellular level.  There are trillions of cells in your body, and each and every cell performs functions that are triggered by enzymes.  Enzymes flourish in a very specific environment.  When the body has an unbalanced pH, it affects the function of enzymes dramatically.  Most enzymes function in a small range of pH between 7.35 to 7.45,which is slightly alkaline. In an acidic environment, cells and enzymes are unable to perform optimally, and the following situations can result:

  • Reduced production of ATP, or energy, at a cellular level
  • Increased cellular calcium levels, which can lead to abnormal cell division and, ultimately, cancer.  In fact, Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his discovery that cancer cells cannot survive in an alkaline environment, yet flourish in an acidic environment.
  • Impairment of the immune system, specifically lymphocyte proliferation and cytotoxicity, which leads to an increase in inflammation and infection
  • Reduce insulin sensitivity
  • Weak bones and muscles (Acidosis is a main contributor to osteoporosis and sarcopenia)
  • Increased free radicals due to glutathione depletion
  • Kidney stone formation

From a beauty perspective, an acidic environment affects the skin by causing acne, reduced collagen production, gauntness, compromised blood flow and nutrition to the skin, a reduction of the action of exfoliating enzymes, and skin infections.  This results in a loss of elasticity, premature wrinkles, dullness, sagging, and an uneven skin tone.  Conversely, allowing your body to become more alkaline will result in a glowing, radiant complexion with reduced lines and wrinkles, and an even skin tone with increased firmness.

How do you maintain a pH balanced body and beautiful skin? Here are some important tips.

 1.   Remove excess salt from the diet.  Salt (NaCl) can contribute to 50 – 100% of the acid-producing effect of the diet.

2.   Start the day with the juice of half a lemon in a cup of warm water.  Not only is this alkalinizng, but it also helps to mildly detoxify the body.

3.   Have a breakfast smoothie incorporating a green food supplement.

4.   Eat a minimum of 1 cup of alkalinizing greens daily (kale, collard greens, mustard greens, rapini) and have at least one raw green salad per day.

5.   Each meal should consist of at least 2/3 alkalinizing foods

6.   Eat millet and quinoa as an option to the acid forming grains (wheat, brown rice)

7.   Choose fish and lamb over beef and chicken for less acid forming animal protein.

8.   Learn to make a miso broth (1 tsp. of miso dissolved in one cup of hot, not boiling, water).  Experiment with adding cooked daikon radish rounds and a small amount of cooked wakame seaweed to the miso broth.

9.   Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Most are alkalinizing

10.Use olive oil as it is less acid forming than other vegetable oils.

11.Use buffered Vitamin C to alkalinize the system.

12.  Do not consume sugar, sodas, and limit animal protein to less than 8 oz per day.

13.  Take probiotics

14.  Practice deep breathing daily

Take a look at the following food chart and make sure to incorporate lots of alkaline foods into your diet for optimal health and beauty!

High Alkaline

Alkaline

Low Alkaline

Low Acid

Acid

High Acid

Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Celery, Garlic, Barley Grass, Cucumber, Cilantro, Oriental Greens, Onions, Kale, Sea Vegetables, Green Supplements

Carrots, Green Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Lettuce, Zucchini, Carob, Bell peppers, Cauliflower, Parsnip, Endive, Ginger, Sweet Potato, Cabbage, Celery, Aspargus

Brussel Sprouts, Tomatoes, Squash, Rhubarb, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Peas, Turnip, Beetroot, Potato, Olives, Soybeans, Tofu

Corn, lentils, peanuts, Edaname, Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans

Pinto Beans, Navy Beans

Pickled Vegetables

Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Nectarine, Raspberry, Watermelon, Cherries, black olives, Dried Figs, Raisins

Dates, Blackcurrant, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears, Avocados, Pink Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Peach

Coconut, Sour Cherries, Oranges, Cherries, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Strawberries, Papayas

Blueberries, Cranberries, Bananas, Plums, Processed Fruit Juices

Canned Fruit

 

   

   

Whole oats, quinoa, wild rice, millet, spelt, hemp

Rice, wheat, buckwheat, kasha, amaranth, whole wheat bread

Rolled oats, rye, white bread, white rice

Barley, pastries, cakes, cookies, tarts 

   

   

   

Fish, Turkey, venison, wild duck, seafood

Chicken, lamb, pork, veal

Beef, Lobster

   

Breast Milk, Probiotic Cultures

Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Buttermilk, Whey

Whole Milk, Butter, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Cream, Ice Cream

Eggs, Camembert, Hard Cheese

Parmasan, Processed Cheese

   Pumpkin seeds, almonds, sprouts, wheat grass, alfalfa grass, barley grass

Chesnuts, brazil nuts, flaxseeds, macadamia nuts

Hazelnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds

Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower Seeds

Pecans, Cashews, Pistachios

Peanuts, Walnuts

Extra Virgin Olive oil, borage oil, Evening primrose oil

Apple cider vinegar

Flax Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Coconut oil

Corn Oil, Sunflower Oil, Margarine, Lard

Rice Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar

White Vinegar

Herb Teas, Lemon Water

Green Tea, Herb Teas, Water

Ginger Tea, Dry red wine, almond milk

Rice milk, black tea, black coffee, soy milk

Wine, Soda/Pop

Tea (black), Coffee, Beer, Liquor

Stevia

Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup, Black Strap Molasses (unsulfured)

Raw Honey, Raw Sugar

White Sugar, Processed Honey

Corn syrup, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup

Artificial Sweeteners

 

 

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