There’s mounting evidence that chronic acidity is the underlying cause for a number of life-threatening diseases including cancer. Taken that the standard American diet is abundant in acidic foods – processed foods, meat, bread, alcohol, pasta, soda, and refined sugars, it’s no wonder that diseases of this kind are on the rise.
On the other hand, the human body depends on a pH balance in order to function properly. The pH scale ranges from 0 – the most acidic to 14 – the most alkaline. The human body functions best at about 7.4.
If you know that cancerous cell thrive in an acidic environment, you’ll understand why it’s important to maintain a slightly alkaline internal environment. According to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Environmental Public Health:
“…it would be prudent to consider an alkaline diet to reduce morbidity and mortality of chronic disease that are plaguing our aging population. One of the first considerations in an alkaline diet, which includes more fruits and vegetables, is to know what type of soil they were grown in since this may significantly influence the mineral content. ”
In other words, non-organic fruits and vegetables may not be as nutritious because they’ve been grown in soil depleted of minerals, and sprayed with synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.
Then, you have foods that are acidic in nature, such as lemon and apple cider vinegar, but once ingested, produce an alkalizing effect in the body.
On the other hand, some foods like sugar and cow’s milk are alkaline but have an acidic effect in the body.
5-Ingredient Alkalizing Water to Nourish You and Balance Your pH
Aloe Vera – this super food is abundant in A, B complex, C, and E vitamins and minerals – calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. In addition, it has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can do wonders for indigestion and inflammatory bowel disease.
Apple Cider Vinegar – although white vinegar is highly acidic, apple cider vinegar is the opposite—it’s highly alkaline. Apple cider vinegar is a probiotic that’s highly beneficial for healthy digestion as well as for restoring inner pH balance.
Basil – this herb provides strong antioxidant, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory effects. Plus, basil is highly alkaline and balances lipids (fat) in your bloodstream.
Honey – another super food which is a low alkaline anti-inflammatory and antiseptic that improves digestion and overall metabolism. It has high nutritional value owing to the rich content of enzymes, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Lemon – although it’s acidic in nature, lemon has a number of alkalizing minerals – calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium as well as lots of vitamin C, A, B1, B6, and B9 (folic acid), all of which make this a powerful antioxidant.
Mint – this herb support healthy digestion and proper immune system function due to its antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and over forty phytochemicals. According to a 2010 study, mint can destroy cancer cells. Also, two species of common mint can prevent radiation sickness and mortality:
“Detail investigations have also shown that the aqueous extract of M. piperita protected the vital radiosensitive organs: the testis, gastrointestinal and hemopoetic systems in mice. The radioprotective effects are possibly due to free radical scavenging, antioxidant, metal chelating, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, and enhancement of the DNA repair processes.”
- 1 organic lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp. organic aloe vera juice
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar (organic, raw, unpasteurized, and unfiltered)
- 1-2 c. water (room temperature or hot, to taste)
- 1 tsp. unfiltered unpasteurized honey (local is best if you can get it)
- A few organic mint and basil leaves, to taste
Use a tall glass to mix all ingredients together. You can also increase the dose and fill a pitcher and have an ample supply for the day ahead. To reap the most benefits of alkalizing water, drink on an empty stomach—first thing in the morning or before going to bed.