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I wanted to post a quickie health tip. In this age of cancer and degenerative diseases we could all use all the tips we can get… right?

I have a goal sheet. A list of goals for the year (proud to say I’ve checked several off already and I highly recommend this to you all if you don’t have one). I read them aloud once per day, typically in the mornings. It reminds me of what I’m focused on. One of my goals for 2017 was to commit to an alkaline diet and each day, I’m leaning more and more into it.

Briefly, an alkaline diet is one that consists of mainly fruits and vegetables. Why? Fruits and vegetables contain hoards of minerals; calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus being the main ones. And these minerals alkalize the body’s tissues. The importance of these minerals cannot be understated.

Disease is rampant in our society. A new body of research is emerging that is telling us that cancer, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s and many more are caused by a degeneration of cells and what causes that degeneration is acid.

Our diets of soda, meat, carbs… chips, fries, pizza and very little vegetables contributes to the pH of our body’s system being acidic. Conversely, vegetables replenish mineral reserves and keep the cells in an alkaline environment. Experts say that cancer needs and acidic environment to survive. Why take chances? That pizza is not worth the risk. At the very least, if you’re going to eat it, have a salad with it!

You can purchase pH strips from your local health food store and do a baseline saliva check. If you haven’t been eating right, you’ll probably be acidic. I was. Once you’ve been eating more fruits and vegetables for a while, here comes the fun part… you’ll gradually see your pH levels move toward alkalinity! It’s fun to watch and for me, it’s good to know that I can check at any time and measure my susceptibility to disease. Even the common cold can’t survive in a body that is alkaline. That’s one of the reasons why our parents would drink bicarb or baking soda; it alkalizes the body quickly. But because of the sodium content, consistently using baking soda to alkalize the body’s tissues can be dangerous. Not to mention, your electrolytes need to stay in a delicate balance. Loading up on one without the others can cause more health problems. The solution is to get your minerals from fruits and vegetables which contain the full spectrum of electrolytes in the proper ratios.

If you’ve noticed any of the following: body odor, headaches, bleeding gums, mouth sores, stiffness and cracking bones, yellowing of teeth, brittle hair, acne, fibroids, do yourself a favor… start eating more vegetables and monitoring your pH levels. There are three pillars to a happy life… great relationships, health and work you love. Of the three, this one’s the easiest.

To your journey,

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