There’s so much to say about health. It’s easy to become completely confused, not knowing what to do or eat. But the reality is that if we follow our instincts and use some common sense, it’s pretty easy. One thing I always ask myself is “would I feed this to a child?”, if not then I probably shouldn’t eat it either… but I might still!
One thing to be aware of, and to keep in check is that our bodies need a slightly alkaline state for wellness. Our cells, digestion, immune system all work better with an alkaline environment. In an acidic environment, our bodies just aren’t as efficient and this has an impact physically, emotionally and spiritually.
For some, it’s a subtle thing, for others the excessive acid levels are obvious, I remember years ago feeling very acidic and it wasn’t fun. These days I know if things aren’t quite right (I feel tired, sluggish and toxic) and make adjustments accordingly. If you’d like to test to be sure, you can really easily, you can ask me when you next visit, or you can order your own test strips. Between 7 and 7.4 is ideal. Nothing to become obsessed by but to test occasionally can’t hurt.
So how do we become more alkaline? It’s all about diet, lifestyle, outlook and clearing any old baggage. We might have an amazing diet, but if we haven’t forgiven our ex, or our parents, or are holding onto an old hurt that’s churning away inside then good chance we’re still acidic.
Some things to keep in mind…
Acid sounds nasty, harsh, corrosive… as is stress, emotional and physical toxicity, hatred, anger, fear, insecurity, physical and emotional stagnation, indigestion, low fibre and processed foods, refined sugar, table salt, saturated fats, pasteurised dairy products, synthetic hormones, artificial sweeteners, toxic water, poor quality and processed meats, medication, vaccinations. I could go on and on!
Alkaline sounds smooth and soft… as is love and kindness, forgiveness, flow, a healthy connection to earth and spirit, fresh organic green veggies, organic veggies in general, high quality organic foods, organic fresh fruits, foods in their natural and unprocessed state, organic fresh lemon and lime, nutmeg, cinnamon, raw honey and molasses, spending time in nature, walking barefoot, laughing, feeling safe and secure, joy, sleep, feeling calm, clean clear spring water, natural probiotics (home made preferably), traditional fermented foods, natural sea and Himalayan salt, sunshine, exercise, yoga, meditation. Thankfully, I could go on and on!
A couple of things I love doing…
Honegar - I take this a couple of times each day and absolutely love the taste. It’s great for balancing acidity and I find it helps to stave off sugar cravings. It’s an old school cure-all and really worth trying… Julius Ceaser and George Washington gave it to their troops before battle, Hippocrates gave it to all patients and it was sealed into Pharos tombs to take to the afterlife. In addition to balancing PH levels, it oxygenates cells, improves circulation, normalises thyroid function and metabolism, rids the body of lactic acid and calcium deposits and helps the assimilation of vitamins & minerals. Pretty good hey! You can buy it from health food stores and on amazon, or you can make it yourself by adding 1/2 cup of good quality honey to 1/2 cup of raw (must be raw otherwise it creates acid) apple cider vinegar in a jar and shaking to blend. Then add a teaspoon to a glass of water twice a day and drink (I prefer it neat).
Ionic Foot Baths - I have a lovely relaxing (and de-toxing) foot bath each week. Basically it introduces negative ions into the body via your feet (which we used to do when in nature before the invention or rubber soled shoes). The body absorbs negative ions when it’s more acidic than the water. These ions provide the fuel the body news to release toxicity… and the water turns a lovely icky brown colour! It take roughly 30 minutes and you feel the de-tox. I include this in my Queen’s Park consultations on request… I just need warning to set it up before you arrive.
And remember to let go…
I love to help people to let go! Of toxicity, past hurts, blockages, pill toxicity, toxicity from medications (you’d be amazed at how long the body holds onto these), of trauma, fears, insecurities, expectations which cause stress, toxicity from poor diets, parasites, toxicity inherited from our parents, any form of toxicity really. It might help to start by writing a list of all of the toxicity in your life and make a decision to let it go, getting help when and where needed.