4 Embarrassing Moments We’ve All Had In A Yoga Class

Yes, yes, yoga is all about abandoning the ego. But sometimes, you can’t help but feel a little self-conscious next to the yogi who can “float from bakasana into handstand” (I mean, how?!). Here are four very common, very embarrassing moments that have happened to all of us at some point (including to the ultra-fit superheroes of the class).

Falling out of an inversion

It is inevitable that during your practice as you progress onto more advanced asana that you will go bowling across the room into one or several neighbours. Probably right after your teacher warned not to do this asana unless you were confident, in case you knock over people next to you. Brush off, return to your mat and vow to stay upright forever more. Just kidding – if you fell, that means you’re trying your hardest! Well done.

Facing completely the wrong way 

After a long day at work it can be difficult to stay focused, and one day you may realise halfway through a Warrior sequence that literally everyone is facing the other way. Aside from some odd looks from your teacher, who now knows you don’t know your left from your right, there’s the added bonus that you can’t switch halfway through because it would mess up your chakras (or something). Sigh.

Turning up late

Fortunately, MoreYoga teachers understand that we have lives outside of the studio and that being late does happen from time to time. But many of us have experienced the burning glare of a strict teacher when we turn up late to class, creeping to the nearest mat and into Downward Facing Dog like we’d been there the whole time, honest. It could be worse – you could be a guy accidentally setting his mat down in a prenatal class five minutes late (a true story that recently made this MoreYogi chuckle).

Wind

You know it. I know it. We all know it. Yoga makes you fart. And if it doesn’t, then you clearly have phenomenal digestive control. One of the functions of the physical side of yoga is to get rid of that nasty gas – there’s a whole sequence called “The Wind Releasing Series”, for goodness’ sake. If it does happen during class, take comfort in knowing that it’s surprisingly difficult to pinpoint the location of an untimely toot. Unless your teacher is right next to you, in which case you should probable leave immediately and apply for a new identity.

At MoreYoga we understand the blushes and bumbles that come with being human – we promise that if you do any of the above in our studios we won’t laugh (much).

Got any more embarrassing moments we haven’t covered? Message us your stories on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to have them published (Anonymously, of course. We’re not that cruel.)

Follow Your Heart: How to Spot An Imbalance In Your Heart Chakra

The Chakras are a key component of your yoga practice and each asana gives you a clue as to what your chakras are up to. If Camel Pose makes you want to scream, and Wild Thing has you uttering expletives not fit for the studio floor, you may need to do some work on your heart chakra.

The heart chakra (Anahata Chakra) is actually located just above the heart, and it works to balance the lower three chakras (navel, sacral and root) with the upper three chakras (throat, third eye and crown).This heart is traditionally seen as the balance between the world of the physical and the world of the spirit. Imbalance or blockage of the heart chakra is more common than you might think – have you seen any of these telltale signs?

If you have a blockage in Anahata Chakra, you may experience:

  • Shyness
  • Loneliness
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Finding it hard to forgive
  • Finding it hard to feel empathy

On the other hand, if your heart chakra is overactive, you may notice:

  • dependence on others for fulfilment
  • jealousy
  • high expectations of others
  • harsh judgement of other people
  • needing acceptance of others

And let’s not forget the physical symptoms! A lowered immune system (colds, flus, infections), heart and lung issues (heart palpitations common), poor circulation, high/low blood pressure, and respiratory and breathing difficulties are all symptoms of anahata chakra imbalance.

Eek! I have a blocked/overactive heart chakra! What now?

Sounds serious, but you don’t need to get to the GP for this one. The key to balancing out your chakras lies in food and exercise.

Go green

Green foods instil balance in the heart chakra, so chow down on dark green leafy veggies – think spinach, kale, broccoli, bok choi, seaweed (I’m not joking)… The list goes on! If you’re finding you just can’t face a mountain of the green stuff, whack it in a smoothie and get all the good stuff with none of the fuss. Toss in some green fruit and you’re good to go. Bonus points for eating the skin for extra fibre and adding a superfood suplement (spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass, barley grass, matcha powder, green tea or maca powder).

Herbal remedies

Herbs have amazing healing and medicinal properties – you only have to look at their traditional use in China and India to know that they have incredible health benefits. If you fancy trying your hand at horticulture but the limits of London flat sizes has stopped you, try growing herbs indoors – even if you kill them within the week at least you’ll have a handful or two of lovely fresh herbs! Herbs for the heart include coriander, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, tarragon, rosemary, thyme and chives. If you really don’t have the green thumb for growing your own herbs, invest in some tasty herbal tisanes. A mint tea in the morning instead of the double-espresso-with-a-shot-of-vanilla-and-chocolate-powder is a refreshingly calming alternative.

Sophie Higgins is our in-house nutritional expert. For a consultation on how to open your heart chakra using your diet, email us on info@morefit.co.uk.

3 Key Habits That Will Instantly Boost Your Happiness

It’s the UN’s International Day of Happiness on March 20th and here at MoreFit we are focussed on making sure you are living your happiest, healthiest lifestyle. It’s a great time for us to make time for the things that are important to us – and most importantly, to take a good look at our own happiness and be grateful for it.

These three tips will boost anyone’s happiness, but we know that living a happy life can be easier said than done at times. Living in a modern metropolis like London can be crazy fun, but the busy city life takes its toll. If you’re feeling low, these habits will turn your world upside down (in a really good way).

Exercise

Yes, it’s probably the last thing you feel like doing right now. But once you get moving, your body and mind will thank you for waking up the endorphins you need to feel good. Not to mention that massive boost in self-esteem, personal power and social interaction you’ll get just from turning up! Book a yoga class to get that community support or grab a personal trainer if you’re feeling nervous about the group setting. It’s been proven time and time again that physical fitness affects mental health, so grab your gear and let’s go!

Music

Check your playlists – if you’re listening to Adele on a loop in the mornings, you’re definitely not going to start the day with a spring in your step. While there may be some guilty pleasure in wallowing to songs about doomed lovers, listening to sad songs when you feel down can actually increase your chances of feeling anxious, depressed or obsessive over particular events. Spend some time cultivating a playlist that will boost your mood and inspire you – if you’re stuck for ideas, start here.

Food

You know the saying – you are what you eat. And chowing down on cheesy chips for the third time this week will not have you skipping down the pavement singing joy to the world (unless you’re actually on the way to the chip shop again). Fast food is a great short term fix when you’re down, because making the effort to cook is nigh on impossible when the lethargy has set in. Start simple – fill up your fruit bowl, and promise yourself that whatever you eat, you’ll always have a piece of fruit first. Maybe add in a glass of water too. This tiny changes will snowball over time and leave you feeling far happier and less inclined to eat rubbish.

This little nudges can help you to pull yourself out of a low point, but if you’re feeling down for longer than two weeks, tell someone. Depression can affect anyone – it’s not your fault, and you deserve to be happy. Here at MoreFit, we are committed to making sure that your #internationaldayofhappiness is as joyful as it can be. See the links below for help and advice.

Talk to the Samaritans about anything at all here.

Not sure what depression is? Read more here.

Look after yourself with these tips from Mind UK.

4 Ways To Kickstart A Healthy Eating Habit

The sun has finally got his hat on again and we are all starting to feel human once more. What a perfect time to clear out the pantry and refresh your eating habits! These four tips will keep your body functioning at the highest level it should be (and you don’t have to restrict yourself to do it).

Hydration

Water, water, water. We hear about this so often that it’s easy to forget to do it! If you are one of those eople who just doesn’t find a glass of water alluring, try adding lemon slices or mint. If you still can’t stand that, just promise to always have a glass of water before any other drink you have. Drinking enough water is essential for healthy digestive system function, and helps to keep everything moving along as it should. Eliminate waste and toxins from the body efficiently with 1.5 to 2 litres per day, or more if you exercise regularly.

Mindful eating

How many times this week have you shovelled in a sandwich while typing a report and whatsapping your best mate? Guilty! How you eat your food is super important for healthy gut function. Eat slowly, stop eating when you feel full, and avoid eating just before bedtime. Digestion requires a lot of energy, so take small bites, chew until your food is mush, then swallow completely before taking another bite – your digestive system will thank you for a load off!

Go for complex carbohydrates

Dump the white bread and pasta and replace it with the wholegrain alternative. The sugar in that white bread that is oh so addictive wreaks havoc on our gut lining, and can be a major contributor to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the gut. Bloating and digestive issues ahoy! Complex carbohydrates also have a bonus side effect – they keep you fuller for longer, so you won’t be feeling faint by eleven.

Fibre

Remember your mum always forcing Weetabix on you as a kid? There was a reason for it beyond trying to wean you off the sugary cereals of old (Coco Pops, anyone?). Fibre can help your GI tract stay ‘regular’, stabilise blood sugar levels, enhance healthy bowel function, prevent constipation, reduce cholesterol, support cardiovascular health, and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Wow. All this for adding just a few buts of fruit, vegetables, legumes, beans, pulses, and whole grains to your diet.

Interested in kickstarting a healthy eating habit this year? Talk to Sophie Higgins, our in-house nutritional expert, at info@morefit.co.uk!

3 Daily Digestion Habits You Can Start Today

Your body is a miracle machine. Day in, day out, we can rely on our amazing bodies to get us through anything – running around the office with a to-do list as long as your arm, lugging a million shopping bags home or a hardcore Jivamukti class (sometimes all in the same day). But how much attention do you pay to how you’re fuelling this incredible engine?

We are all guilty of snaffling a meal-deal sandwich at our desks or cramming in a Macdonald’s when it just seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day, but bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, irregular stools, lethargy, and lowered energy levels are probably not worth the few minutes you save. After all, that super-high priority must-have-done-by-end-of-play task is going to be a lot harder when you’re feeling sluggish and tired.

Here are three solid changes you can make to get your digestion in order – starting today!

Start the day with a hot water and lemon

So simple, and so good for you. Drinking a hot water with lemon in the morning before breakfast will help to kick-start your digestive system for the day ahead. Lemon juice has the effect of stimulating the liver to produce bile, which helps keep food moving through your gastrointestinal tract smoothly. The acids found in lemon juice also encourage the body to process the nutrients in food more slowly, which helps to keep blood sugar and insulin levels balanced. For those who get bloated among us, this is a life saver!

Have breakfast every day

Make breakfast a priority. It’s easy to make the excuse of not having enough time, but breakfast should be as important as brushing your teeth or getting dressed in the morning. Avoid refined, processed, sugar rich foods, as this will send blood sugar levels and energy rocketing sky high, and then crashing, setting you up for a slow day ahead, and reaching for the biscuits over and over again. Aim for some protein (eggs, lean meat, fish, maybe a scoop of protein powder), healthy fats (salmon, nuts, seeds, avocado, nut butter, chia seeds, coconut oil), and complex carbs (oats, buckwheat, quinoa, fibrous veggies). If you tend to hit the snooze button a little too often, make sure you buy portable breakfasts for those days when you are really in a rush.

Eat a variety of fresh, colourful whole-foods

Ever looked at your plate and seen a sea of beige? Time to switch it up! Try to fill your plate with as many different colours of fresh produce as possible, as it’s often the colour pigments that contain all of the important nutrients that we need for healthy gut function. Eat a rainbow! You’ll be amazed at how much less sluggish you feel after eating once you mix in a bit of colour. Plus it looks way better on Instagram.

Stay tuned for more digestion tips from our in-house nutrition expert Sophie Higgins. Sophie works with our members to help them understand how to nourish their bodies to their full potential. Interested in a little nutrition revolution for yourself? Give us a call and start your journey towards wellbeing.

7 Tips for Hypertrophy or Muscle Growth

Volume is crucial
Set your workouts around 3 sets of 12 reps each, in this way you will create enough metabolic response and GH production, essential for muscle development.

Training frequency is important
Try to have at least 4 workouts a week, training different body parts each session. Ex: Day 1-legs and abs, Day 2-back and shoulders, Day 3-chest and arms, Day 4-legs and abs.

Intensity is important too
Make sure you workout hard enough! Chose the right weight, in a way that the last 1-2 reps feel challenging, reach failure.

Rest time
In order to create enough metabolic response, do not rest more then 45-60 secs between sets.

Tempo
Make sure you execute all your exercises with enough TUT or time under tension. Tempo is the speed of muscle fibres contraction. This is simply to say to perform all the exercises with controlled manner during the eccentric phase (lowering phase of the squat). It is advisable to keep a 4010 tempo for a proper, effective time under tension.

Nutrition
Carbohydrates are not evil and they are actually helpful if your goal is lean tissue growth. If  you want to look jacked, try to have them around your workout, definitely always post workout to replenish your glycogen stores. In this way you avoid to store extra body fat.

Supplementation
Two of the most important supplements I advise are definitely BCAA (Branched Chained Amino Acids), to be taken intra or post workout, to aid muscle growth and whey protein, to be taken straight after your workout.

 The road to get jacked is there for you, enjoy the journey!

Michele Santeramo

Keeping those New Year’s Resolutions

Another year has ended and a lot of us are looking back at successful or failed attempts of more activity, healthier lifestyles or changes in physique. And while the trend of New Year’s resolutions has become somewhat more imminent with the introduction of modern social media, it has yet to slow down or falter as a typical topic once the year draws to an end. So here are a few thoughts on how to do better this time, how to change thinking patterns or what we found to be the most important key points.

A New Year’s Resolution as such is worthless

Don’t get me wrong. The mere thought of wanting to change something about your appearance, fitness levels, body fat percentages, etc. is the first step. The part that sets you up for failure is choosing the first of a New Year as the starting point without giving it much more thought. Achieving any of the goals above requires a certain amount of planning, education on the subject, willpower and general structure. The typical New Year’s resolution is a neat thought but without some expertise, it remains just that. So in order not to join the masses that rush into a commercial gym for 6 weeks or so just to never be seen again for the remaining 46 weeks of the year, make an attack plan, actually set your mind to it and read up on the topic. (Our body transformation guide is actually a good place to start!)

States of balance

Getting from point A to point B in terms of fitness goals is the hardest part of the journey. And depending on how serious you are with achieving the changes you and/or your trainer have set for you, this may go as far as abstaining from alcohol, sweets and all the lovely stuff that were there in abundance just before the New Year starts. And while going from 100 to 0 in terms of the former is hard to start with, the self-imposed outlook of NEVER having them again in order to look a certain way doesn’t exactly help. The psychological pressure of that idea is sometimes enough to make people abandon their fitness goals after just a couple of weeks.

In truth, the body is always in a state of balance and the actual shift in balance is not necessarily that huge. After the initial journey to a new weight, a new look or a fitter feeling, which does require the most sacrifice, it’s much more about retaining a healthy balance of good and bad. Yes, you can still go out on a drink binge, you can have a bucket of ice cream on a lazy Sunday afternoon but it has to be balanced out by 5 healthy lunches during the week and/or a decent amount of quality exercise in the range of 3 to 5 hours a week.

How much do you want it?

The first step is the hardest. But you have made that one already. Something needs to change. Consecutive steps get easier one by one but excuses will always creep up along the way. With the abundance of information on the World Wide Web and training facilities like ours with a varied list of products on their books, there are proven pathways to make some actual change.

So now the copious amount of Christmas dinners and work parties have drawn to an end, let’s make a plan and tackle the New Year head on.

Do you know your shit?

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For most of us inspecting our poo is best left to the faecally obsessed celebrity “Dr” Gillingham McKieth. However, your poo may give you a few clues about how healthy your diet and gut health is.

4 things to look out for:

  1. It is important to eat a good balance of soluble and insoluble fibre, this is best consumed through good quality organic fruit and vegetables (make sure these are not over cooked). Your poo should be floaty if you are consuming the right amount of good quality fibre.
  2. Are you eating too much meat. Consumption of too much poor quality meat can easily be identified through bad smelling poo. Now obviously, all poo smells pretty bad, but a healthy stool should be “earthy” not off putting in smell.
  3. Are you eating enough good quality fats? Good quality fats from oil fish, nuts, seeds, oils and some veg are important for good gut health. Too many hydrogenated fats will lead to bad smelling stools and also a lack of firm shape.
  4. Are you drinking enough water? It is important to keep yourself hydrated as if you don’t and your body will try to reabsorb water from your poo, which I’m sure is something none of us want to consider.

On average people should pass about a foot of poo over a day. This should be light brown, floaty, earthy and not unpleasant in smell, well formed and easy to pass.

Finally, you should be aware that your poo does not just reflect your dietary habits but may also be an indication of, the function of your stomach and colon, the state of your mental health, your gut health with regards to good bacteria, fungal infection or parasites, your body’s response to exercise, and possible dietary intolerances.

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Mythbusting: The Truth about Cheat Days

We’ve all heard of cheat days or cheat meals right? Nowadays they seem to be a staple part of almost every diet – some people choose to have one cheat day a week where they binge out on all their favourite foods for a whole day whereas others choose to spread it out and have a few periodic cheat meals. Most people look at this as a way to keep spirits high whilst dieting as chicken breast and broccoli day in day out can break even the most dedicated of us… we’re only human after all.

Well, first of all and most importantly let me clear this up right now – it is never okay to have a full day of bad eating habits especially not as frequently as once a week. Why? For arguments sake let’s say your daily calorie allowance is 2000 and you’ve been on a calorie controlled diet with a 500 calorie deficit per day – that’s 3000 calories deficit in 6 days, enough to lose just under half a kilogram of fat. Not bad. Now you get to day 7 and the cheat day comes into play. So you wake up in the morning and decide to go all out with a McDonald’s breakfast (you earnt it after all!) – double sausage and egg McMuffin, hash brown and a  latte to wash it down – 843 calories. At lunch you meet a friend at Starbucks and grab a chicken and bacon panini with a chocolate chunk cookie for dessert and a delicious frappucino – 1264 calories. Then that evening it’s movie night and of course no movie night would be complete without Dominoes and a bottle of wine! You split a large stuffed crust meat lovers pizza three ways with garlic & herb dip and a side of garlic bread, and of course a tub of Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream – 2537 calories plus the wine at roughly 600 calories. This gives you a grand total of 5244 which is 3244 calories over your daily limit… more than the deficit you worked so hard all week to achieve!! Because of this one ‘cheat day’ you’ve now got a surplus of calories large enough to more than wipe out the week’s efforts.

The above is obviously an extreme example but calories on so called cheat days can tally up very, very quickly and seriously hinder if not completely halt any progress you’ve made.

Now this leads me on to my next point and again this is very important – cheat days are not to be confused with strategic re-feeds. If you’ve ever done a google search on cheat days you’re guaranteed to have come across lots of claims they are necessary in order to boost the body’s metabolism, these claims usually talk about the hormone Leptin. These claims are false and come from a misunderstanding of an advanced dieting strategy called re-feeding. Re-feeding is almost never to be used in the first several months of dieting. Whilst it is very effective and necessary when used at the right time it only comes into play when you have a very small amount of body fat left to lose.

So what is re-feeding?
Re-feeding is a deliberate period (usually one day) of higher calorie overfeeding during a caloric deficit – sounds like a cheat day but there are several big differences. Re-feeds are strategic and calculated. A re-feed is not a day where you can eat whatever you want. In a diet the amount of calories and macronutrients to be consumed on a re-feed day are different than those on a regular day (more on this in a moment) however they are still to be carefully planned and accounted for.

Why, when and how to use re-feeding  
Why: When on a calorie restricted diet for an extended period of time the body makes adaptations to prevent further fat loss (survival instinct), your metabolic rate goes down and your appetite goes up – this is where the bit about Leptin comes in. Leptin is responsible for controlling satiety and metabolism. Restricting calories causes levels of Leptin in the body to drop – this drop is what causes the above adaptations and grinds your weight loss to a halt. The idea behind the re-feed is to hack the body into normalising Leptin levels so weight loss can continue.

Re-feeding has benefits for your training too. Continuous dieting causes your muscle glycogen stores become depleted and on top of this your body goes into a catabolic state making your workouts more difficult and slowing progress in muscle building. The additional calories and carbohydrate consumed on a re-feed replenish this glyogen and temporarily push your body back into an anabolic state giving you more energy in the gym and allowing your muscles to grow a little faster for the duration of the re-feed.

The hormone changes that occur during prolonged dieting also have a negative impact psychologically. You begin to lose motivation, find yourself unable to concentrate and often feel moody or irritable. Balancing your hormones with a re-feed acts as a ‘pick me up’ to make you feel more human again and give your mood a much needed boost.

When: Re-feeds are only necessary in the final stages of dieting when body fat is already fairly low. This is because while the body has plenty of stored fat, as long as you are not restricting calories too much and pushing it into starvation mode and you are controlling your macronutrients, and your hormone levels are not going to change significantly enough in the ways described above to justify a re-feed. Think about when you first start a diet and the fat drops off just like that, spirits are high, your workouts are full of energy and you feel that you could keep it up for ever! Then you hit a wall.

Whilst you are still sticking to your strict diet and pushing yourself to keep up with your training plan the weight loss grinds to a halt and you’re having trouble motivating yourself to walk up the stairs never mind a killer session in the gym… it’s at THIS point it is necessary to start incorporating re-feeds into your diet. And I assure you when you get there you will know about it! It’s not just sluggishness and waning motivation – your body literally feels like you’ve been hit by a bus. Taking a bath is exhausting and pretty much ALL you can think about is binge eating a kilogram of chocolate (DON’T!).

If in any doubt whatsoever whether you are ready to start incorporating re-feeds into your diet you most likely aren’t there yet. As for how often you should have re-feeds once you start incorporating them, this really is on a personal basis and will need to be worked out through experience. Have your first one, record how long the positive benefits last and when you’re once again depleted have another. You will eventually figure out a pattern that works for you and if done carefully and correctly you can use this as a powerful tool to maintain your weight loss and prevent poor performance in the gym as well as keeping you motivated throughout.
How: So here’s how to set up a re-feed:
1. Only consume calories up to or slightly over your calculated maintenance (BMR multiplied by your activity factor – you should already know this if on a calorie restricted diet)
2. Carbohydrates have the most impact on Leptin so adjust your macronutrient split to around 1.5 – 2.5 times your regular carbohydrate intake. This will mean you will need to take away from your protein and fat intake to accommodate this increase. So for example if your regular diet has a macronutrient split of 20% Carbohydrate, 45% Protein, 35% Fat increase carbohydrate to between 30-50% and take from the others accordingly.

The increased calories and carbohydrate will give you a much welcomed chance to eat some of your favourite foods which will do wonders to keep you motivated psychologically whilst the control over the amount consumed and the macronutrients will prevent you from going over-board and undoing all your hard work as discussed above. Also having this control on a re-feed will mean you are far less likely to slip back into bad eating habits in the days following the re-feed which is a massive danger of the ‘cheat day’.

And if you’re thinking “but I need cheat days or cheat meals to get me through the diet – I just can’t be that strict all the time”, the golden rule to remember is that to be successful on any diet you need to follow the 90/10 rule – which means as long as you eat clean 90% of the time you don’t have to beat yourself up for having a little treat every now and then. This equates to one or two times a week when you can say yes to something outside of your diet. This does not mean you can have a large pizza for dinner but it does mean you can treat yourself to a small chocolate bar, a croissant, glass of wine etc… once or twice a week without feeling guilty as long as it is just that – a little treat.

By Katy Veldre

Finding the Acid / Alkaline Balance

Do you lack energy? Do you feel fatigued ? Do you have trouble shifting unwanted weight ?
Maybe its time to get balanced! We explain ACID/ALKALINE – something everyone should know!

Health is truly a balance among all the systems of the body. The cells of our body are so interconnected that when you improve the balance of any one system, it improves the balance and vitality of the rest of the organ systems. For example, improving cardiovascular health improves digestive function. Improving the function of the nervous system will improve the lymphatic system, and possibly most important, when you improve the acid/alkaline balance of the body, you simultaneously improve every other system in the body at the same time.

Finding balance begins in our bloodstream, as does repairing injuries, reducing inflammation, burning fat, building strong bones (reversing osteoporosis), and the increase of energy and vitality.
In order to function properly, the blood and other body fluids must maintain a very narrow acid/alkaline balance, which is measured by the pH factor (potential hydrogen). pH ranges from 0-14 (very acidic to very alkaline).  A pH below 7.0 is acid and above 7 is alkaline. Keep in mind when and if you test your pH that there is a tenfold difference between each number. For example, a pH of 5.0 is 10 times more acidic than a pH of 6.0.

Blood pH does not shift easily. The pH of our blood is between 7.25-7.45, and if the blood’s pH falls below or above that range, the body cannot function properly. A tremendous amount of energy is expended to maintain pH levels, all the while pulling from the body’s alkaline mineral reserves, causing deficiencies and health disorders.

When we maintain proper pH levels, injuries heal faster and health challenges improve more quickly because the body is oxygenated and therefore can detoxify and heal itself. If cells are energized in this way, we develop a strong immunity to diseases and a significantly lower propensity for cancer.
The best way to maintain optimal pH levels and optimal vitality is through what we eat and drink and how we react to stress. For the diet, if you follow an 80/20 rule, 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid, you should experience all the benefits that a body balance has to offer.

Have a look at the following lists to see which foods do what and where you might be able to increase your alkaline-forming foods. Keep in mind that the foods must be organic because ALL pesticides are very acidic.

ALKALINE FORMING FOODS:
FRUITS: apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, berries, cantaloupes, cherries, currants, dates, figs, grapes, grapefruits, guavas, lemons, limes, mangoes, melons, nectarines, oranges, papayas, passion fruits, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapples, raisins, strawberries, tangerines
VEGGIES: bamboo shoots, green beans, lima beans, string beans, sprouts, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, cauliflower, chard, chicory, chives, collard greens, cucumber, dandelion greens, dill, dulse, eggplant, endive, escarole, kale, garlic, leeks, legumes, lettuce, okra, onions, parsley, parsnips, sweet potato/yam, bell peppers, white potatoes, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, turnips, watercress
NUTS: almonds, chestnuts, coconuts
MISC: ginger, honey, kelp, alfalfa, clover, mint, sage, green tea, quinoa, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, all seaweed/sea veggies
MINERALS: calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese

ACIDIFYING FOODS
GRAINS: all white flour products, buckwheat, wheat, corn, barley, oats, rye
DAIRY: butter, eggs, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, ice cream, custards, milk
FRUITS: jams/anything preserved, cranberries, pomegranates, olives
VEGGIES: artichokes, asparagus, garbanzo beans,
MEAT: All
NUTS: peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, macadamia
MISC: alcohol, brine, coffee, cocoa/chocolate, candy, many dressings (because of the vinegar), drugs, jams/jellies, mayo, some spices, soda, lack of sleep, stress, worry

Quick Guide to Acid and Alkaline Foods