Staying alkaline in winter
As the cool temperatures of winter settle in, the tendency to eat warming, hearty foods increases and there is less inclination to reach for fresh salads or raw foods. What’s more, a hot coffee or latte can become a soothing winter addiction. You may be aware that a diet low in fresh fruits and vegetables and high in animal meat can cause an acidic build up in the body. Caffeine and alcohol can cause a similar result, leaving behind an acid residue. Furthermore, if you aren’t drinking a sufficient amount of water during winter this can also contribute to acid accumulation as waste removal may decline. The combination of winter habits and diet can leave our bodies overly acidic and sluggish.
In order to ensure vitality and wellness through the cooler months, it is important to keep up your vegetable and fruit intake, especially greens such as spinach, kale, broccoli and kiwi fruit. These foods also contain vitamin C, which helps to boost immunity and maintain a strong defence system. A convenient way of maximising your greens intake through winter is by taking a concentrated greens powder, including highly alkaline sources such as wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina and chlorella. These powders are usually consumed with juice or a smoothie, however during winter you may wish to sprinkle it through your vegetable dishes for a warmer alternative.
Tips for staying alkaline this winter
- Drink herbal teas to increase your fluid intake and avoid dehydration
- Add plenty of green leafy vegetables to your lunch and dinner
- Sprinkle a greens powder through your vegetables
- Try to keep your caffeine and alcohol intake minimal
- Snack on nuts and seeds to increase your intake of alkalising minerals