Did you know that to truly have a balanced body you must have a balanced pH? pH is the measurement of acidity versus alkalinity in the body’s fluids. Why is this important?
A body that is highly acidic is more prone to disease. And not just disease. Overly acidic environments in our bodies create other reactions that we may not be aware of. Reactions such as fatigue, headaches, poor digestion and a host of other conditions may arise when our pH is out of balance.
Naturally, other factors such as dehydration (ie: not drinking enough water) may come in to play, but for the purposes of a simple pH assessment, a low pH indicates a more acidic, and therefore more disease prone, environment as compared to a highly alkaline pH which provides more balance to the body.
pH is measured on a scale from 0 to 14. So a perfectly balanced pH would be right in the middle at a score of 7. However, due to our own dietary choices and selections, outside environments, fitness and activity levels, and toxins and other factors, our pH varies throughout the day. Thankfully, we have organs such as the liver that go to work helping to correct our environment … meaning aspects of our daily lives that are both in our control (diet, fitness) and out of our control, environment.
Think of the thriving plants in a garden. Healthy gardens are lush with green colors all around, splashed with the array of vibrant shades of color found in flowers, fruits, vegetables, seeds, buds and more and one of the key elements of a healthy garden is its pH balance. Green plants have a high degree of chlorophyll which is high alkaline and naturally alkalizes our bloodstream. For example, drinking a quickly blended smoothie filled with foods of deep green will most likely immediately boost the alkalinity in our body.
This recipe recognizes the body detoxification most likely needed after the holiday season. Breads, sugary candies, desserts and more desserts, endless cheese and charcuterie platters and a whole host of other dietary saboteurs plague us during the season but thankfully, January arrives and we have the opportunity to detox and refresh. In this recipe, cucumber, cilantro, matcha, and the optional ingredient, turmeric, and a host of other balanced ingredients help restore pH balance to the body in an easy and delicious way.
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The Green Smoothie (Serves 3)
- 16 ounces distilled water
- 1 tablespoon matcha powder
- 3 stalks celery
- ½ cucumber, with skin and seeds
- ½ lemon or lime, with pith but not rind
- 1 green apple
- 3 large leaves kale
- 4 fresh basil leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
- Optional: pinch turmeric, pinch cardamom, pinch cumin
Directions: Place all ingredients in a 3-horsepower or high speed blender and blend until smooth. Chill for 20 minutes or serve immediately.
Nutrition Information Serving size: 8 ounces
- Calories: 87
- Fat: 0.3g
- Saturated fat: 0.0g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Sodium: 45mg
- Potassium: n/amg
- Carbohydrates: 20.6g
- Fiber: 4.0g
- Sugars: 9.1g
- Protein: 3.2g
About the Author: Susan Irby is certified in Fitness Nutrition and Food Healing. An award-winning author, television host and radio personality, Susan is the creator of the The Bikini Chef® brand, its recipes and content. Discover more at SusanIrby.com.
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