Republished with permission from Care2.com.
Acidity in the body has been linked toÂ pain, excess weightÂ and many other health issues.
In small amounts, acidic foods likeÂ sugar,Â food additives, meat, rancid oils, trans fats andÂ fried foodÂ can be handled by your bodyâs detoxification systemsâtheÂ kidneysÂ as well as its mineral reserves. But, over time, acidity can have many damaging effects on the body.
Excessive amounts of acid deplete oxygen, which is needed by every cell in your body to function properly. It damages the mitochondriaâthe cellsâ energy centersâso your cells wonât have enough energy to perform their vital functions properly.Â If not properly eliminated or neutralized, excessive amounts of acid can even damage brain cells and other cells.
Furthermore, acid can damage tissues, joints, organs and glands, resulting in any number of imbalances or dysfunction.Â Excessive amounts of acidity need to be eliminated or acid will be stored in tissues and joints, causing damage over time.Â It depletes alkaline mineral stores in the body, particularly calcium from bones and magnesium from muscles.
Fortunately, making your body more alkaline (the opposite of acidic) is easy. Here are 10 ways to alkalize your body for more energy and vitality:
1.Â Start your day with a large glass of water with the juice of a whole,Â freshly-squeezed lemon. While lemons may seem acidic, they have the opposite effect on your body as it metabolizes them.
2.Â Eat a large green salad tossed in lemon juice and olive oil. Greens are among theÂ best sourcesÂ of alkaline minerals, like calcium.
3.Â Snack on raw, unsalted almonds.Â AlmondsÂ are packed with natural alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium, which help to balance out acidity while balancing blood sugar.
5.Â Go for aÂ brisk walkÂ or some other exercise every day. Exercise helps move acidic waste products so your body can better eliminate them.
7.Â Stick to aÂ plant-based diet.Â During the metabolism of meat, there is an acid residue left behind.
8.Â Skip the sugar-laden dessert or soda. Sugar is one ofÂ the most acidic foodsÂ we consume. You need over 30 glasses of neutral water just to neutralize the acidity of ONE can of soda.
9.Â Add more veggies to your diet. No, potatoes donât count. ButÂ sweet potatoesÂ are a good choice (provided youâre not slathering them in sweeteners or butter). Asparagus, squash, peppers and other vegetables are also excellent choices.