EDITORS NOTE: With a better understanding of how to apply the alkaline diet in the most accurate and healthy way possible, our position on how the diet affects your body pH has changed to reflect these insights. We are still including this article as we want to make sure you have both sides of the argument to come to your own educated decisions!
BOTTOM LINE: Although we can’t alter the pH of our blood with alkaline foods, eating more healthy fruits, veggies, nuts, and fats that happen to be alkaline is still a great idea. Avoiding many unhealthy foods that happen to be acidic such as white bread and carbonated beverages is still recommended. That being said, it’s unnecessary to try and avoid all acidic foods as we would be losing out on a variety of amazing healthy whole foods such as eggs, chicken, or tea in the process! Want to know more? READ HERE.
Whether you deal with skin issues, inflammation, or just an unbalanced gut and diet this simple drink will help. The beauty behind balancing your pH levels is the best part: this drink not only specializes in clearing up your skin, but helps you entire body.
How? Well, just like any detox drink it’s all about the ingredients use. The ingredients chosen for this drink are all high on the alkaline scale, as opposed to being high on the acidic side. An alkaline diet promotes better sleep, better energy, and a healthier gut.
Drink It In
A highly acidic diet promotes fungus and yeast growth in your body. It’s related to heartburn and other acid reflux disorders, as well as a decreased ability to repair cells, detoxify heavy metals, and make you more susceptible to illness. An acidic diet even helps tumor cells thrive.
So how do you keep your body on the alkaline side of the scale? It all comes down to what you eat. The research has been done for you, however. Detox drinks were looked at and broken down into their components. The ingredients in this drink were chosen for their pH-specific benefits.
pH Balancing Ingredients
Maybe you thought it was only for sunburns, but aloe isn’t limited to exterior uses. In fact, letting these foods work from the inside out is the best way to get the most benefits. High in vitamin E, aloe helps make your skin glow but helps with so much more. Indigestion, inflammation, disease prevention. Best of all it is an alkaline forming food, so it will balance your body’s pH levels.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
If you’re a fan of The Hearty Soul or holistic health you’ll already know this, but apple cider vinegar can pretty much do it all. Whether you’re fighting inflammation or battling bacteria, apple cider vinegar should be your go-to. ACV will also smooth your skin and get rid of acne, balance your gut flora and pH levels, and even help lower blood sugar.
Another ingredient in every detox drink for healthy pH levels and healthy skin. Antifungal and antibacterial properties help fight infection, and the sweetness improves the flavor and gives you a natural energy kick. For more on honey, watch this short video:
Basil & Mint
Part of the same family, basil and mint work together to add taste and health benefits to your water (and body). You should be totally pro-basil because it is a strong anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antiseptic, anti-fungal, muscle-relaxing herb. Mint is antibacterial and great for digestive health and tastes great.
If you’re making a healthy drink you cannot forget lemon. High in vitamin C, full of antioxidants and minerals which hydrate and detoxify your body. Lemons boost your metabolism and cleanse your body. The benefits of lemons are seen on your biggest organ – your skin.
So there’s your list of ingredients: the superfoods that will go into this super drink. If you read the whole way through you’ll see they were each chosen for pH-balancing properties but they also all have agents that help cleanse and regenerate your skin. So your insides will be working properly and your skin will be showing it off.
Worth The Squeeze
Serves: 1 tall glass
Time: 4 minutes
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp of aloe vera
- 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 cups of water (room temperature or hot, based on what you want)
- 1 tsp honey
- A few mint and basil leaves.
What to Do:
Mix together in a glass, or make a pitcher and have it ready to go whenever you want it. It’s best to drink this on an empty stomach to get all the benefits, so in the morning or before going to bed are the best times.
Drink this drink for 5 days and you’ll notice you’re waking up more rested and with more energy. You’ll have way fewer digestive problems and you’ll notice your skin clearing up.
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