When life hands you juicy lemons, alkalize your body! 🍋
Loaded with skin-glowing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, lemons are a beauty nutrition fave! Even if you’re not on a cleanse program, simply starting your day with a warm cup of lemon water can help alkalize the gut + aid digestion and detoxification.
Alkaline vs. Acidic Foods
Most plant foods are alkalizing. Acidifying foods are basically anything other than vegetables and fruits. That’s the easiest way to conceptualize the differences. Processed grains are actually acidifying, so we don’t count those pH wise as “plant foods”. Animal proteins are great for your health in many ways, but they are net acidifying in nature. When metabolized, they have a net acidic potential renal acid load, so eat plenty of alkalizing foods so that your body can properly alkalize any of that extra acid load.
It’s important to understand that the potential renal acid load is entirely divorced from what the pH of the food is on your plate. For example, a lemon is acidic on my plate, but that does not mean it’s acidic for my body. Not true at all. In fact, lemon is very alkalizing. It’s basic in your body with its potential renal acid load because as it burns down to metabolic ash, that metabolic ash is alkalizing at the kidney. That’s where it matters.