Make the first thing you put in your body count.
The human body has a normal pH level between 7.35 and 7.45, and when the pH drops below 7, the environment becomes acidic. Acidic environments are related to disease, inflammation, and even excess weight, as stored fat can assist in absorbing acid, protecting vital organs from excess acidity.
Eating alkaline foods, such as most fruits and vegetables, helps keep the body more alkaline. Start the day with alkaline boosters to get the body on track.
Here are our tips for the top 5 things that are easy to buy in Singapore that can keep your body alkaline:
1 Fresh Coconut
Coconuts are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-viral and are extremely alkaline. Drink fresh coconut water or make a blended coconut shake.
Break open the cap and drink the coconut water, which is the closest thing to our own plasma. To make a shake at home, scoop out the coconut flesh and add coconut water along with one cup of ice. Blend and take it with you to the office. Add a handful of berries or a banana with a splash of cinnamon to add variety.
Stock your fridge with fresh coconuts, available at almost all grocery stores in Singapore. Juicing companies at food courts often provide fresh coconut as well.
Where to find » Cold Storage and Jason’s supermarkets offer fresh coconuts from around $2-$4 per piece. Stock up on half a dozen and you will be set for the week.
2 Grapefruit Juice
Like other citrus, although acidic before consumption, grapefruit turns alkaline once in the stomach.
Drink the juice of one grapefruit first thing in the morning, and wait fifteen minutes before consuming other foods. Grapefruits are a great source of Vitamin C, a water soluable vitamin important for cellular repair.
3 Pure Alkaline Water
Water can be alkaline or acidic. Ensure you are drinking alkaline water, looking for a pH of over 7.5. If unsure, add a lemon or cucumber or a splash of baking soda to alkalize it.
Sip throughout the day. Remember however that lemons are acidic in the mouth, so if taking a lot of lemon water, be sure to protect teeth enamel through regular brushing.
An easy to get alkaline water is Volvic. At 7.07, it is alkaline and available in most retail shops in Singapore. To spoil yourself, also try Acqua Panna. At 8.2, it is highly alkaline.
Where to find » Volvic is available at most major supermarkets such as Coldstorage, Jasons, and NTUC. Acqua Panna is available at Culina at Dempsey.
4 Warm Water with Lemon and Honey
Does your day usually start with an acidic latte? Try skipping Starbucks for a week and see how you feel. A great coffee or tea substitute is organic lemon with raw honey, taken warm.
Honey is the only food which never decays. Lemon is a natural alkalizer. Take your Honey Lemon Water warm (not hot), to retain the properties of the raw honey. Choose raw honey which has been harvested without exposure to high temperatures, which can kill the anti-bacterial functions of honey. Taken on an empty stomach, it is a fantastic way to cleanse the body after a night of fasting, creating an alkaline environment.
5 Juice with Celery
Celery may not be on the top of your mind for a juice first thing in the morning, but celery is one of the most alkaline of vegetables.
Not only is celery high in vitamin A, it is also dense in potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium.
Make a freshly squeezed juice and add a stalk of celery for good measure. If vegetables are not your thing, experiment. Try starting with 80% fruit and 20% vegetables, working to 50/50.
Where to find » Organic celery is available at Tanglin Mall Marketplace and online grocers like Nature’s Glory.