In our previous articles, we’ve covered the health benefits of the alkaline diet, as well as the benefits of specific alkaline foods, such as sea moss and soursop and how you can integrate them into your diet. Now, we’re going to take everything you learned from those previous articles and apply it to your lifestyle. In other words, this article will teach you how to live an alkaline lifestyle.
Difference Between a Diet and a Lifestyle
The difference between a diet and a lifestyle is simple: A diet is temporary, and a lifestyle is sustainable long-term. People often conflate the two, swearing by fad diets that have supposedly changed their lives. The unfortunate truth is that these same people resort to unhealthy eating after only a few weeks. That’s because fad diets are not sustainable. They aren’t designed to be. They are designed to be temporary, and often they are designed to make their creators a lot of money in a short period of time (before those creators renounce their diet in favor of a new and improved fad diet).
A lifestyle, on the other hand, is designed to be sustainable. It is sustainable because it is reasonable and it works for YOU. You (your health) should be prioritized with any diet you follow, because if you cannot sustain a diet, then it will merely become a fad. However, if you can sustain a diet, abiding loyally to its rules while comfortably conducting your daily routines… Congratulations! You’ve found a diet that suits your lifestyle. That makes it more of a “lifestyle” in itself than a “diet.”
If you haven’t already found a diet that suits your lifestyle, please continue reading, because the alkaline lifestyle may be the diet for you.
The Alkaline Lifestyle
The alkaline lifestyle, basically, involves eating less acidic foods and more alkaline (less acidic) foods. The reason for eating alkaline foods is simple: It will help correct your body’s unbalanced pH levels to improve digestion, immunity, metabolism, and more, which you can read about here.
Part of what makes this lifestyle sustainable is that you don’t have to 100% commit to it to see results. The more alkaline foods you eat (instead of acidic ones), the faster you will see results, but ideally, alkaline foods will make up 70-80% of your diet. For the average person, who consumes about 2000 calories a day, 1400-1600 calories should come from alkaline foods (for reference, a double bacon cheeseburger from McDonald’s would make up 50% of your 2000 calorie diet). The closer you can get to that 70-80% range, the greater the benefits of the alkaline lifestyle will be for you. And you can work your way up to that ideal range.
How to Live Alkaline
Your current diet is likely full of acidic foods that detrimentally unbalance your body’s pH levels, so it is best to replace 70-80% of those foods with alkaline foods. The remaining 20-30% can be acidic. Consider them “cheat meals.”
The easiest way to transition into an alkaline lifestyle is to, first, identify the foods in your current diet that are acidic. Then, research alkaline foods and identify which ones you might enjoy eating, or which ones you already eat (alkaline foods aren’t uncommon, just undereaten by most Americans). Once you’ve decided on which acidic foods you’re going to cut from your current diet, and which alkaline foods you’d like to try eating instead, making a shopping list.
In the beginning, you may crave acidic foods, since you have gotten used to eating them, so instead of replacing 70-80% of your diet with alkaline foods, try replacing 50% (think of the McDonald’s cheeseburger I mentioned earlier) of your diet with alkaline foods for a week. If you can do that, replace 60% of your diet the next week. After 3 weeks of the alkaline lifestyle, you will have reached the ideal range of 70-80% alkaline foods in your diet.
In addition to eating more alkaline foods, you can also try drinking alkaline water, which will both hydrate you and provide you vital nutrients found in alkaline foods, such as calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate. These nutrients can prevent and treat heartburn, assist with digestion, and help your body fight infections. To prepare alkaline water at home, you can use an ionized water filter, which uses a pouch full of nutrients to increase the pH levels of your water to be more alkaline. You can also use pH drops containing purified water and alkaline minerals. For an even simpler method, add half a teaspoon of baking soda to a gallon of water (unless you are taking medication, since baking soda could alter your stomach acid and affect how specific medication is digested).
A third option, to compliment your eating and drinking of alkaline nutrients, is alkaline supplements. These aren’t designed to replace the alkaline meals you’d be eating, rather they are designed like vitamins: To ensure you are getting all the alkaline nutrients you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Among those supplements, is herbal tea brewed with alkaline ingredients, which is delicious and nutritious!
Ultimately, eating more alkaline foods and drinking alkaline water (and/or tea) will help you to live an alkaline lifestyle comfortably and consistently.
Of course, nobody’s perfect. Consistency is important for sustaining any lifestyle, but sometimes life is complicated. Sometimes a busy week of work can throw us off our diets, or we’re invited to parties where the food is 99% acidic. It’s okay to take a break from your alkaline lifestyle. By breaking consistency, you’ll realize how dedicated to it you were to in the first place. That dedication is worth taking the time to appreciate, because that appreciation will motivate you to continue following the alkaline lifestyle, even after you take a break from it.
Is the Alkaline Lifestyle Right for You?
Only you can answer that question. If the question was “ Is the alkaline lifestyle worth trying?” I would say YES. Absolutely. It’s a lifestyle built on healthy eating (and drinking), that you can ease into by gradually replacing your current (likely acidic) diet with alkaline foods and drinks that promote healthy digestion, immunity, and metabolism. Those are difficult benefits to argue with…
If, however, you find the alkaline lifestyle doesn’t quite work for you, then you can try something else. There’s no problem with that. At least you tried it. Most likely though, you will stick with the alkaline diet once you experience its many benefits, and join the many healthy people living alkaline lifestyles right now.
In any case, be sure to live a happy and healthy lifestyle!