Becoming Alkaline

by Ally- Life as I know it, 5:00 AM
I know I've mentioned it before but I was born with a genetic kidney disease called Polycystic Kidney Disease. It basically means I have cysts all over my kidneys and my kidneys are a lot bigger than normal ones. My only side effect, so far, is I have hypertension and have been on meds since I was 20. A lot of it was my doctor being extra careful but without medication my blood pressure is pretty high for a 28 year old. Anyways, I like to find more holistic ways to prevent the growth of cysts on my kidneys and I came across eating an alkaline diet. The theory is cysts and cancer and all other crazy diseases can't survive in an alkaline environment. But foods that cause inflammation like processed foods, dairy, gluten, and sugar, can cause your body to be more acidic and are what disease and cancer thrive in. This could be a bunch of hogwash but somehow it makes sense to me. I always read about people who go crazy healthy after being diagnosed with cancer or an autoimmune disease. There's even a doctor named Dr. Terry Wahls who had Multiple Sclerosis and was wheelchair bound. She changed her diet and lifestyle and is now able to walk and be pretty much normal. She's written books about it and a lot of the reviews are amazing. People who had MS as well are now living a normal life without medication. It definitely makes you think that what you put in your body effects you more than just giving you love handles. 

I don't plan on changing my diet to the max but I am trying to incorporate more alkaline foods in my life. Drinking warm water with lemon when you first wake up is one of the best things you can do to get rid of toxins in your body. 

I've been drinking this almost daily for a few months now and I feel so much more awake and just overall healthy after drinking it. Whether it really does anything I don't know, but it doesn't hurt. I know it seems weird to drink something so acidic like lemon but once inside the body it becomes alkaline.

Other alkaline foods:

Isn't it interesting to see the foods that are acidic versus the healthier alkaline foods. More of a reason to eat less junk and more real. I had a coworker tell me the other day she's going to start testing the pH in her urine because she's trying to become more alkaline in hopes it'll help her psoriasis. I don't think I'm going to become that crazy but I am going to make more a conscious effort to eat more alkaline foods. 

Would you ever become more "alkaline" if you knew it would stop a disease progression? Or do you think it's just a new fad diet?

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  1. Wow that's really interesting. I never had any idea about the benefits of drinking lemon water, I might have to start trying that! I don't know if I could jump on board with the whole diet but I can definitely do the water thing! Hope it helps for you!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. i say if eating these foods help you feel better i say do it!! it would be hard to give up dairy, gluten, and sugar but drinking water with lemon sounds easy enough. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  3. I say go for it. A friend of ours was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago, and basically did what you said and DRASTICALLY changed his diet - only clean foods, no meats and he is cancer free now. No chemo, radiation or anything - just diet. It's amazing! The thing is like you said, even if it doesn't work - it can't hurt and it's still good for you!

  4. Totally agree to just go for it. It doesn't hurt anything and how amazing would it be to be cured from a disease just based on diet changes?! It's crazy, I just don't understand why all of this crap is in our food to begin with!

  5. I think i say this everytime you mention it, but I really need to start drinking warm water with lemon when I wake up!! It's amazing what that doctor was able to do with changing her diet!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  6. My husband and I have an alkaline water machine, we've had it a few years now. It's expensive but my parents used to sell them after experiencing and seeing so many health benefits in others too, so they gave us one. We love it. We both drink a ton of water and are kind of picky with water, I know it's kind of weird haha. Lately I've been adding lemon essential oil to my water and hot tea as well. Total believer in the benefits of being more "alkaline".

  7. Great post with lots of great information! My new year's resolution is to drink more lemon water! I did a post on it... check it out:

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  8. I feel like I knew this about you but not the extent to which it affects you! Boo that wine is on there but it makes sense. With the way y'all have been even trying harder to be healthy I hope it helps!

  9. i've heard of these lemon water perks.. i need to get on this train!

  10. I have definitely heard and believe in being more alkaline. I keep trying to incorporate the warm lemon water in the mornings but sometimes forget. I love your explanation of the post and what being alkaline means and I hope to continue to keep it in the back of my mind. I still believe my Dad's cancer was caused from diet and stress. I think it can make a big different.


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