No one likes to get sick, but many of us wait until the onset of symptoms to start wellness treatments. Once you experience sniffles or a cough, your body is already in a state of stress. At this point, it has to work extra hard to help you recover.
Instead of waiting until you feel congested or feverish, you can prevent an array of illnesses with an alkalizing diet. Studies show that alkaline foods strengthen the immune system, which is your body’s first line of defense against germs, bacteria, viruses, and infections.
The primary job of the immune system is to protect your body from foreign invaders. If one happens to enter your body, the immune system sends white blood cells to fight it off. The immune system will not quit until the threat is destroyed—remarkable, right?
But when it’s compromised, your immune system may struggle to do its job. This can make you susceptible to chronic colds and flus and even more serious diseases like cancer. A compromised immune system may also have the reverse effect. Instead of failing to trigger an immune (or white blood cell) response, it becomes overactive and attacks healthy cells. This is how an autoimmune disorder can develop.
Needless to say, a strong immune system is a critical component of overall health and vitality. Want to protect it? Here’s how an alkalizing diet can help.
The goal of an alkaline diet is to balance your body’s pH levels—this relates to the amount of oxygen your blood can absorb after a food is digested. These levels range from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral, but slightly elevated levels (around 7.30 to 7.45) are alkaline and ideal for good health. Levels below 7 are considered acidic.
Some acidic foods can be good for you, but too much acid starves oxygen and creates an environment for bacteria and viruses to grow. Excess acid weakens the immune system and causes serious health problems.
An alkaline pH range is helpful for decreasing inflammation and oxygenating the cells, which supports the immune system and overall health. Since for most people, today’s regular diet tends to be more acidic, alkaline foods can help restore balance or homeostasis.
The best way to alkalize your body is to first eliminate processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and large quantities of meat. Next, substitute those acid promoters with vitamin- and mineral-rich fruits and vegetables, as well as plant-based fats and proteins.
Which are the best? Well Within Beauty recommends adding these highly alkaline and immune-boosting foods to your daily diet:
This list is just the beginning. There are a rainbow of fresh foods you can enjoy to alkalize your body. For a comprehensive overview, review this Alkaline Foods List from TheAlkalineDiet.org.
Slowing down and managing stress are another important part of maintaining an optimal pH balance and healthy immune system. Try these top tips for managing stress levels and alkalinity:
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