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GOING GREEN If you are like most Americans, little if any thought goes into what you put into your body, and your dietary habits leave you low in energy and nutrients and high in fatigue and acidity. Refined sugars and sweeteners, processed foods, meats, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and white flour are among the hordes of foods that leave the body taxed and wanting for more. In addition, stress, prescription drugs, pesticides, herbicides, and chemical additives and preservatives compound the body’s burden. All of this serves to disrupt the body’s natural alkaline balance and drop it into acidic levels. Acidity is measured on the pH scale from 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 the most alkaline. A healthy body pH should be approximately 7.4, or just on the alkaline side of neutral. Most of us, however, are way too far into the acidic range, with many lucky to make it into the 5’s. (You can easily measure your pH at home by using saliva or urine test strips.) Studies show that living in an acidic state for prolonged periods leaves the body more susceptible to fungal, viral, and other infections. It also increases the incidence of chronic ailments such as arthritis, joint pain, fatigue, headaches, and digestive
disturbances. One way to help balance your body’s pH is to feed it a rich supply of alkalizing foods. Most vegetables produce alkalinity in the body, as well as some fruits, sprouts, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils. Extensive lists of alkaline/acid foods can be found through a simple online search. In addition, it is a good practice to begin supplementing with at least one high-quality green drink per day. A green drink is essentially a concentrated form of the most fortifying, veggies, fruits, and grasses that is reconstituted in water or juice for a quick, easy alkalizing and energizing boost. A body that has been acidic for several years takes time and discipline to bring back into balance. It can often be difficult to ingest enough fresh alkalizing foods to neutralize the body’s acid state and a green drink can help make up for what your diet is lacking. Remember that a green drink is not a substitute for eating fresh, alkalizing foods, nor is it a free pass to eat horribly, but when used consistently along with a healthy diet it can help to reduce body acid, ease painful symptoms, and increase your energy and stamina. Bottoms up!