Nutritionist Lisa Hayim explains.
What is alkalizing and why is it important?
This is where nutrition comes in. As a dietitian, I question everything I read, especially when buzzwords like "alkalizing" are thrown into the already-confusing mix.
The truth is that the body tightly regulates the pH of our blood. The body has a pH system—its own acid/base scale—the pH is measured on a scale that tells us how "acidic" or how "basic/alkaline" a substance is. The scale goes from 1 to 14. A substance with a rating below 6 considered to be acidic and above 7 considered to be basic and alkaline. The body does an incredible job of tightly controlling our blood pH between 7.35 to 7.45. Seven is considered neutral, so this leaves us at a slightly alkaline optimal place.
We have three amazing mechanisms within our body that work to control the acid-base balance of our blood. That’s our lungs and kidneys. They keep a really tight hold on this system and ensure we stay within the optimal pH range.
They will also release bicarbonate to regulate the acidity of your blood. We must understand that the body does a phenomenal job of this delicate balancing act, but what we choose to feed it can place unnecessary stress on these hardworking organs.
Here's how to eat a more alkalizng diet.
Eating fresh whole produce is always a great idea, but actually doing that can be difficult. Supplementing with an alkalizing powder like WelleCo’s SUPER ELIXIR Greens can change the game. This green powder is made up of 45 unique ingredients and is specifically formulated to build strong immunity, brighten skin, fight inflammation, and boost energy.
THE SUPER ELIXIR Greens is not your average single-substance green powder. Instead, it has premium whole food and superfood ingredients that have been formulated to nourish our bodies at that cellular level. Our cells need the healthy fats and a high intake of antioxidants, vitamin C, and phytonutrients to protect against free radical damage. THE SUPER ELIXIR Greens can easily be added to your routine by simply mixing 2 tablespoons with water (in the handy shaker bottle WelleCo offers) or coconut water or adding it into your smoothie in the morning.
In addition to greens, the Nutritional Science team at WelleCo has included a few hardworking plants in the mix. Psyllium husk and linseed boost gut health with fiber, along with L-glutamine, prebiotics, and probiotics. Dandelion, organic barley grass, wheat grass, and alfalfa naturally support the detox process while providing antioxidants. Maitake and shiitake mushrooms help to protect and build a strong immune system.
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