rē•think Mind-Body Presence with Alkalinity

pH has the power to change your mind.

By: rē•spin
rē•think Mind-Body Presence with Alkalinity

A mindfulness practice is recommended to help cultivate your consciousness in the present. It can help you get enough rest, move your bodies, and change how you conduct everyday tasks. But according to emerging research, there is another surprising consideration to add to the list of mindful intentions: the pH of your diet. It might initially sound surprising to think that the degree of acidity of the food you nourish yourself with can impact your mental state so profoundly — and yet, upon closer inspection, we have known for years that foods like sugar can trigger anxiety — making the mind-body alkalinity connection much more palatable. (Pun intended.) 

Dr. Daryl Gioffre is a self-described “former-sugar-addict-turned-health-machine,” as well as a celebrity nutritionist, chiropractor, and expert on alkalinity. The founder of Alkamind explains that the human body thrives in a slightly alkaline internal environment, which speaks to a more fundamental — as opposed to acidic — pH. He identifies a distinct range for optimal health, falling between 7.35 to 7.45.

While the body innately regulates its pH as required for survival, we can still assist in the process. In fact, this is worth your while. As Gioffre explains, “If your body is constantly working day and night to balance its pH, it’s going to drain your energy, and that will be the first place you begin to feel its effects.” Everything you put into your body has a pH, which either adds stress or eases the body’s self-regulatory processes. While a too-acidic environment triggers inflammation and all the toxicity and disease that comes with it (some even link it to cancer), a diet of alkaline foods can do wonders for the body. It can boost focus, reduce stress, and supply more energy for the Higher Self to shine through.

rē-Framing the Acidic-Alkaline Mind-Body Balance

As mentioned, feeding the body naturally alkaline and alkalizing foods takes stress off the body. It also frees it up to rē•store the proper pH balance. “If we eat more alkaline, we support our bodily functions and increase their effectiveness,” Gioffre rē•iterates. But in true mind-body fashion, some of the most noticeable symptoms manifest in the mind. While bodily symptoms of an acidic diet include bloating, weight gain, and skin and digestive issues, he points to mental symptoms, including fatigue, brain fog, and poor sleep. With an alkaline diet, Gioffre claims that these symptoms “will begin to lessen in frequency and intensity, and soon be replaced by a newfound health and energy.”

An alkaline environment is also helpful for the brain. Gioffre also explains that brain imbalance stems from increased levels of inflammation. This is often a direct result of eating an acidic diet full of sugar and processed foods. He links this diet to Alzheimer’s disease (sometimes called “type 3 diabetes”) and dementia, as well as a gut environment that negatively affects the brain through the loss of cognitive flexibility and diminished memory. 

Lastly, Gioffre points to stress as “the worst, most acidic factor there is.” But the good news is that stress that is imparted by acidic foods can be offset through the incorporation of alkaline foods. “When we eat a diet that alkalizes and strengthens our body, our ability to manage stress better increases, as does our energy,” he says.

Tips for Practicing an Alkaline Diet

Gioffre advises that shifting your body from an acidic state to an alkaline state should “never be about deprivation, but rather by adding in more healthy habits and making easy swaps.” To do this as efficiently and effectively as possible, he recommends the following adjustments:

Drink Your Greens 

Dark, leafy greens are the most powerful way to boost alkalinity because they’re high in chlorophyll. The green-colored nutrient delivers oxygen and minerals to your mind and body. Drink a daily green juice, or add fresh greens to your smoothie. It can help you get in all five to nine recommended servings of vegetables per day.

Bounce on a Rebounder 

To keep blood pH at 7.4, acids and toxins in the blood are stored in your body’s tissues. From there, it’s up to the lymphatic system to draw acids out and drain them from your body. To help your lymphatic system enact this process, gently bounce on a rebounder for ten minutes every day. Of course, if you have the time and budget, a monthly lymphatic drainage massage can be supremely relaxing and practical, too.

4:8 Breathing 

According to Gioffre, 70 percent of the toxins inside of your body are removed through the lungs. Thus, to increase the body’s oxygen and detox, do twenty repetitions daily of these simple breath exercises. Each set is completed by breathing four seconds in through the nose and eight seconds out through the mouth.

Drink Lemon Water

Hydration is vital, and Gioffre recommends drinking water with fresh lemon juice “any time of day and all day.” In addition to alkalizing the body, this provides energy through enzymes, vitamin C, potassium, and trace minerals.

Functional nutrition takes the power of the mind-body connection to the next level. Take charge of your diet by focusing on the helpful habits and nutrients to work into your diet. It is an empowering step in individual wellness. By integrating alkalinity into your wellness routine, you can take the stress off your bodies and minds. Then, you can truly focus on what matters: cultivating awareness in the here and now.

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