Health and fitness

5 Ways to boost your immunity

Toxins are everywhere. It’s in your morning coffee, your daily commute, your fast food, even your workflow. Improve your immunity to all the bad stuff with these steps to alkalize your body.

By Marella Castro

You’ve heard about pH balance from beauty advertisements—it tells you how acidic or alkaline something is. But it’s not there for simple vanity. Your body weakens as it becomes increasingly acidic, while in contrast, disease can’t survive in an alkaline environment. Our modern lifestyle is taking its toll. It has made chronic acidity a thing now. Having more alkaline in your system means upping your defenses and getting that balance back. Here are things you can do to alkalize.

1. Hydrate With a Touch of Lemon

Dehydration is often misinterpreted as hunger or tiredness. It could just be that the toxins are stuck in your system because they don’t have a way out. Flush them whenever you get a chance by drinking more often and not only after meals. Did you know that you don’t need to buy alkaline water? You can drop a lemon slice in your glass or water bottle to get more alkaline out of your H20.

2. Be a Picky Eater

Alkaline nutrients like magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous reduce the amount of acid that your kidneys will need to filter out. Among the highest alkaline foods are almond, beet, cucumber, ginger, kale, lemon, parsley, spinach, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, unrefined sea salt, and wheatgrass. As much as possible, get them as whole foods, fresh, and unprocessed.

3. Focus on Your Breathing

Shallow breathing lessens the oxygen you absorb in your lungs. Chances are, you’re not exhaling completely either. Carbon dioxide accumulating in your blood increases your acidity. On the other hand, proper breathing not only improves blood circulation but also improves mental health. It is a known fact that mental stress affects your body. Practicing deep breathing techniques opens a meditative state. It enables you to redirect negative energies and channel positive ones.

4. Cut the Sugar Addiction

We already passed the food section, but this item warrants a separate entry on the list. Sugar is like fuel to the acidic flame. Minimizing sugar intake can be one of the most effective ways to reduce your acid level. Not the easiest to do, especially when you are unfamiliar with how much sugar goes into the processed foods in your grocery basket. Teach your body to go back to basics, starting with fruits, nuts, and veggie sticks whenever you get a craving. These high-fiber snacks regulate your blood sugar and are varied enough to keep you interested.

5. Treat Yourself to a Massage

Massaging helps the body release stored acids from the muscles, joints, and extremities. Other types of massages even pull toxins from the skin. Getting a massage calms your nerves, and your endocrine glands get a break from hormonal imbalance. Stress creates toxins like anything and what better way to relax than this. Good vibes can improve your immunity, too!

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