Balancing the Gut: Why Do You Want To Be More Alkaline?


Jane Casey’s Kitchen

August 2013

The first step towards great health begins with helping the body become more alkaline. The acid-alkaline balance is important, since many functions in the body occur only at a certain level of acidity or alkalinity. Many enzymes and chemical reactions in the body work best at a particular pH.

A small change in the pH can have a profound effect on body function. A lowered muscle pH for example, leads to a decrease in muscle permeability, which blocks nutrients from entering cells. Nutritional absorption from food or supplement sources becomes compromised. When your body is more acidic than alkaline, it is more fertile for diseases to develop.

The balance between acid and alkaline should be at 7.4 slightly alkaline. You can buy pH testing strips at any drugstore. An acid/alkaline imbalance of too much acidity may allow parasites, yeasts, cancer cells and other toxins to proliferate in our bodies. Becoming alkaline is very important and one of the easiest things to incorporate into your daily routine to ensure good health!

One might think that fresh lemons and limes and raw organic apple cider vinegar are acidic, but they actually become alkaline when consumed. Prime examples of acid forming foods are proteins, sugar, coffee, juice and processed foods.

Alkaline foods are: Leafy greens, root vegetables (especially radishes), broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, lemons, cabbage, and even some peppers, such as cayenne!

Alkalizing the Body

When you rise each morning, drink one of the drinks listed below before you eat or drink anything else.  These drinks will nourish, hydrate and keep your body more alkaline, it’s like giving the body a fresh start, similar to cleaning out the refrigerator. There may be room in there to add fresh fruits, vegetables and organic foods, but the fridge is still going to smell until you get rid of old items!


Lemon and Honey Cleanse1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon or lime4-6 oz filtered water

1 tablespoon raw local honey or maple syrup


Mix and drink


Vinegar and Honey (or maple syrup) Elixir1 tablespoon Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar1 tablespoon raw local honey or maple syrup

4-6 filtered water


Mix and drink