The Truth About Alkalinity
Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine and founder of DrAxe.com. In this
video I’m going to share with you the truth
about alkalinity including the alkaline diet
and how to naturally balance your pH.
I will tell you this, that alkalinity is important,
but not necessarily exactly what you think
it might be. I see a lot of people out there,
even a few doctors, who are recommending you
follow a purely alkaline diet. The truth is
you don’t want to follow a purely alkaline
diet. You want a balanced diet of a lot of
alkaline foods and then also some good acidic
foods to balance things out.
There are foods that are completely healthy
that are acidic that you would think would
be alkaline. For instance blueberries, the
number one fruit super food on the planet,
high in resveratrol, bioflavonoids, loads
of antioxidants, that’s acidic. Certain foods
like apple cider vinegar, that’s acidic. Sauerkraut
we know to be full of probiotics, and kefir,
even lemons, those are acidic. Many of them
over time might have an alkaline effect on
your body, but overall those are acidic. So
ass you can see, it’s not necessarily cut
and dry of eat a bunch of alkaline foods and
stay away from acidic foods.
Here’s what’s important. Rather than just
an alkaline diet, you want to follow a nutrient
dense diet that’s high in alkaline foods.
Here are some of the best foods. Number one
is green leafy vegetables. Now green leafy
vegetables, such as kale and spinach, they
are loaded with something called chlorophyll
which helps in detoxing and cleansing your
body. It’s great for liver detoxification.
Getting those in your diet, those are very,
very alkaline and those are great for your
Also, you want to get berries in your diet.
Now berries are borderline. Some are acidic.
Some are more alkaline. They are still nutrient
dense and over time help get your body to
the right pH. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries,
cherries, blackberries, cranberries are all
Then, of course, other fruits are great as
well. Kiwis are packed with vitamin C. We
know oranges are great and apples. Really
all fruits and vegetables are going to fall
within these categories and be very alkaline.
Now here’s a surprise alkaline food for you
— bone broth. Bone broth has been consumed
for over 5,000 years we know. That’s where
you take the bones and ligaments of animals.
You put them in a one-pot or a Crock pot.
You put in a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar,
and you cook it. The amino acids and minerals
come out of the bones.
Now what we’ve found is minerals are very
alkaline. So consuming bone broth actually
helps your body alkalize. In fact, one of
the things I’ve had my patients do, when they
needed to balance their pH, is I would have
them do veggie juice along with bone broth
and do a liquid fast for three days and completely
transform the pH of their body and their overall
Again, bone broth is very surprising but a
very alkaline super food. You can do bone
broth liquid or even buy bone broth protein
powder or collagen protein. Put a few tablespoons
in a super foods smoothie every day. It’s
fantastic for tissue repair and getting those
amino acids in your diet.
Again, when it comes to alkalinity, we know
that vegetables, fruits, and bone broth are
the best. Also super foods like seaweed, specifically
spirulina, chlorella and ALA, those three
algae are very, very alkaline. Spirulina is
a super food of the future, packed with vitamins
and minerals. Adding a simple scoop of a grain
super food powder or an organic super grains
every morning to a smoothie is fantastic.
Great way to alkalize your body.
Then, of course, you want to add in some herbs.
Cilantro and parsley and dill, these are very
alkaline herbs. Cilantro and parsley and basil,
I use those almost every single day in my
cooking. Getting them fresh is the best, but
dried is great as well. Getting more of those
herbs in your diet as well is definitely going
to help you alkalize.
Then if you want to alkalize as well, you’ve
got to get your emotions right. It’s so important.
One of the things that I recommend you do
every single day is wake up and do a spiritual
triathlon. Here’s what that looks like. Your
first five minutes you wake up you say everything
you’re grateful for. For me, I pray to God.
That’s maybe what you do, or maybe you just
speak it out. The first five minutes, get
up and say everything you’re grateful for
in your personal life, your financial life,
your recreational life, your work life and
any other area of your life. Say everything
you’re grateful for. Then the next five minutes
either read a devotion or a Bible or a personal
growth book. Read something. The next five
minutes either pray or meditate on those things
Do a spiritual triathlon every morning. Getting
your emotions balanced and uplifting your
own mood and spirit can actually help balance
your pH and make your body more alkaline,
versus if you wake up and just are in a bad
mood and start taking care of emails and emergencies.
That can actually cause your body to be more
acidic and flood your body with bad hormones
versus the good balanced hormones that you
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Hey, this has been Dr. Axe talking about how
to balance your alkalinity, your pH, and the