10 Ways To Alkalize Your Body & Improve Your Immunity

Environmental toxins, excess sugar, medications, alcohol and too much caffeine all create excess acidity in the body. And an overly acidic diet eventually makes our bodies more susceptible to disease. It’s imperative that we offset these stressors with habits that alkalize the body so we reach a more neutral pH level. Here are a few ways to do it:

 1. Drink plenty of water.

Adequate water intake supports all body systems and clears out excess toxins. Drink half your body weight in ounces daily to keep your body systems regulated. So if you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 ounces of water. Carry a water bottle with you and fill it with filtered water all day. (Drinking from plastic bottles can wreak havoc on your hormones.) To make your own Alkaline water use a pH Booster. For a natural boost, add lemon! Lemon water is highly alkaline and it contains vitamin C, which aids in digestion.

2. Support your lymph.

Support lymphatic detoxification by exercising daily, dry brushing, herbal supplements and practicing breathwork techniques or breath-focused forms of yoga. Eating whole foods, focusing on self-care, keeping up with a spiritual practice, and reducing stressors in your life all create more alkaline blood flow.

3. Trade coffee for herbal or green tea.

Green tea is highly alkaline. Try jasmine, sencha, or matcha, or switch to a coffee alternative like Medicinal Foods “Coffee Break“.

4. Replace sugar with stevia, coconut sugar, or small amounts of honey.

Sugar is one of the most acidic foods, and it pops up everywhere in our day-to-day lives. Try to balance the amount you are having by using alternative sweeteners as much as possible.

 5. Add a salad or add greens to every meal.

Leafy greens are highly alkaline and rich in oxygen. Load up on them by adding a spoonful of green powder to your smoothies, or buy liquid chlorophyll to put in your water. Drink fresh green vegetable juices as often as possible.

6. Try oil pulling.

This ancient Ayurvedic practice works to cleanse the mouth, balance acids, and eliminate bad breath. Try swishing with 1 tablespoon of raw organic coconut oil daily for 15 to 20 minutes. I love doing this in the shower—it’s so energizing!

7. Chew your food.

This one may sound obvious, but it’s important to remember that digestion begins in the mouth! Saliva is alkaline-forming, so chewing every mouthful 20 to 40 times is ideal.

8. Sweat (or bathe) it out.

The more we sweat, the more toxins we release. The fewer toxins in our systems, the less acidic our bodies are. Infrared saunas, steam baths, and hot yoga classes are fantastic ways to take your sweating to the next level. I also love to soak in an Epsom salt bath a few times a week. One cup of Epsom salts plus 10 drops of lavender oil equals total alkaline bliss.

9. Move your body.

Exercise regularly to actively move acids out of the body. This keeps the lymph system flowing and creates more alkaline blood. Dancing, running, and swimming are great at getting the lymph going. Restorative practices like Iyengar yoga, Yin yoga, and gentle stretching also counteract acids that build up from intense activity. Constantly mix up your routine!

10. Sleep and de-stress.

Stress creates cellular acidity. Always work on bringing yourself back into balance by creating restorative rituals that make you feel good and balance your mind-body connection. Go to bed early; meditate as often as possible; take baths; journal; go for a walk after dinner; do whatever it is that makes you feel centered.

 

The Crystals You Should Always Have In Your Workspace

Healing, Wellness Tips | October 1, 2017 | By

Crystals have slowly been making their way into our mainstream consciousness and are now beating to a palpable collective vibration. Our affinity with stones that have served as tools and talismans for millennia is growing to include therapeutic benefits that aren’t just about the visual aid of a glimmering rock. With more than 4,000 varieties, there is truly a mineral stone for every need!

Gem Genius

Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of the body. It’s not about having a pretty face; it’s about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and a pretty soul. Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. When you truly believe that you are beautiful, you have no need to convince the people around you—they can just feel and see it. Your soul illuminates, exuding confidence and radiating love.

You can have the best intentions for your beauty to shine from within, but sometimes there are external factors that can negatively affect your inner beauty, especially in the work environment. Whether it’s a confrontation with a coworker or a heated email from a client, deadlines, stress, and negative attitudes can definitely put a damper on your day. Connecting with your favorite crystals lifts your spirits and helps you feel more like yourself again. Keep these five crystals on your office desk to radiate beauty from the inside out, all day long!

Quartz

Quartz crystal reminds you to say beautiful things to yourself and others. Having a quartz crystal point on your desk throughout the day helps you to be crystal clear on the words you use. It serves as a constant reminder to be conscious of the kind of energy you are putting out to the world. When you are clear, focused, and conscious, then that energy vibrates within you and attracts like energy. Beautiful people on the inside and out always make others feel better, leaving them with an uplifted state of mind.

Malachite

Malachite is a stone of transformation. Its energy goes straight to the heart, demanding that you face and feel unresolved issues. It forces you to deal with whatever is bothering you so that any stuck or stagnant energy can be released, allowing you to move forward and let the past go.
Malachite is a wonderful crystal ally for times when frustration arises at work, whether it’s in regards to a particular job assignment or coworker. Festering frustration and unresolved issues keep your energy bogged down, which muddies your aura and affects your beauty. Your frustration, emotions, and disappointment often show up in your skin and your eyes, causing them to lose their sparkle. The key to beauty is being honest with yourself so that you can be a high-vibrating goddess. Close your eyes, hold a piece of malachite in each of your hands, and take three deep breaths when you feel frustrated and angry to deal with the issue head on.

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is the ultimate love and beauty stone. Its pink, heart-based energy deals with all aspects of the heart from self-love, to heartbreak, forgiveness, and attracting new love. Love is the truest, highest vibration on Earth, and this crystal helps you to love what you do, love yourself, and put love into your work.
After a confrontational call, a less-than-pleasant email, or when you’re not feeling like your most beautiful self, uplift your aura with the energy of rose quartz with this simple crystal spray. Combine six small pieces of rose quartz and six drops of rose oil with rose water in a small glass spray bottle. When dealing with delays, setbacks, or short tempers, a quick spritz to your face and around your body reminds you to take the high road and maintain your inner beauty. Feel the love energy all around you!

Aquamarine

Ancient lore touts aquamarine as a stone that restores youth and beauty. Said to be the treasure of mermaids, it is strongly linked with the calming, soothing energy of the ocean. When you feel relaxed and vibrate in radiant health, the cells in your body are vibrating at their peak potential.
Aquamarine has a special connection with water, vibrating with the energy of fluidity. Keeping it close to you during your workday helps to keep your energy body feeling revitalized. Drop a couple of pieces of aquamarine into your glass of water and rejuvenate yourself from the inside out. Every time you take a sip of your beauty water, visualize a peaceful, tranquil, loving energy flow all through your body.

Citrine

Yellow citrine is connected with the energy of the sun, beaming light and happiness into your space. It helps you to feel good about yourself, infusing your aura with confidence, joy, and overall energy. Placing this crystal in your space is like adding a pillar of positivity and joy. As soon as you see it and hold it in your hands, its energy puts a smile on your face. When you’re at your desk each morning, close your eyes and hold a piece of citrine in your hands. Visualize love and light all around you. Place it atop your business card on your desk as a reminder throughout the day to vibrate at your highest level. The citrine will also invite in optimism, abundance, and new opportunities. When you are abundant and radiating positivity, you will feel and evoke the essence of beauty. Yellow citrine is connected with the energy of the sun, beaming light and happiness into your space. It helps you to feel good about yourself, infusing your aura with confidence, joy, and overall energy. Placing this crystal in your space is like adding a pillar of positivity and joy. As soon as you see it and hold it in your hands, its energy puts a smile on your face.
When you’re at your desk each morning, close your eyes and hold a piece of citrine in your hands. Visualize love and light all around you. Place it atop your business card on your desk as a reminder throughout the day to vibrate at your highest level. The citrine will also invite in optimism, abundance, and new opportunities. When you are abundant and radiating positivity, you will feel and evoke the essence of beauty.

Source: mindbodygreen.com