Ann Young, certified Health and Nutrition Counselor, talks about detox and pHbalance
Ann Young, certified Health and Nutrition Counselor, believes there are lifestyle changes we can make to prevent the onset of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, as much as 80% of all cancers are due to identifiable factors and are potentially preventable. As much as 30-35% of cancers are due to foods. Ann believes she can make a difference, at least on the nutrition part with her detox and pHbalace programs at Whole Step Wellness.
Tips to balance your body’s pH:
Drink plenty of lemon water: The amount of water you need daily depends especially of your weight. To balance your body’s normal pH need to drink a bit more than usual, about 3-4 liters. Drinking water with baking soda (1/2 tsp. per 8oz.) helps to produce alkaline water, as does lemon or lime.
Avoid coffee and sodas / juices high in sugar: These beverages are considered to be highly acidic to your body’s pH. If you can’t cut coffee completely, start out be reducing your intake to half the amount, for instance, if your drink 4 cups of coffee a day, cut to 2 cups for a period of time, then cut back to one cup. Try to buy high grade coffee that is lower in caffeine thus reducing acidity levels. You can find this coffee in the natural aisle of your grocery store or in health stores.
Eat your greens, fruits, and vegetables: Green leafy vegetables like kale, collard greens, turnip tops, mustard greens and spinach are highly alkalinizing for the blood and body. Eat at least 50% raw vegetables daily as snacks or by making a large salad and including alkalinizing foods like cucumber, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, celery, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots an onions. Make plenty of “raw veggie bags” to store in your refrigerator, easy for grab and go. Eat them in the car, at the office, etc. Consuming raw vegetables are loaded with important enzymes, vitamins and minerals needed by the body that are depleted by heat when cooked.
Eliminate sugars: Sugar is extremely acid-creating to your body; resulting in excess uric acid which can lead to many chronic conditions. Sugar plays a major role in creating an acidic pH, which can be extremely detrimental to one’s overall health. Artificial sweeteners are just as worse if not even more dangerous. Stevia is considered to be alkaline, and is highly recommended when the need to sweeten arises.
Avoid processed and refined foods: This includes anything made with white flour and white sugar such as breads, pastas, bakery, muffins, cakes, etc. Eliminate pre-packaged foods and highly processed foods which contain large amounts of food colorings, preservatives, flavorings and other dangerous chemical additives.
Move your body! We all know that being active is essential to good health. Exercises improve blood circulation and help to detoxify the body. Any perspiration during exercise contributes to flushing out toxins and acidic waste.
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