Alkalizing vs Acidic Foods and Why A Balanced pH is Key to Good Health

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Last week I posted a photo on instagram talking about alkaline vs. acidic foods that garnered a positive response from many of you. I wanted to discuss the imporance in more detail and answer some questions. Its a fun topic in my opinion and SO IMPORTANT! Lets just get to it, ok?

What does pH mean?

The term pH refers to the relative proportions of acidity and alkalinity and stands for potantial hydrogen. Every living system on earth has a pH: your hair, ocean water, the air. Even Draino and lighter fluid has a pH.

Maintaining a proper pH inside our bodies is one of the necessities for good health. When we have a balanced pH we lose weight easily (assming you have weight to lose), we have clearer skin and are less likely to get sick or suffer from chronic illness.

Essentially a balanced pH = healthy af.

Health and an Imbalanaced pH

Addressing an over acidic system is fundamental to bringing the body back to  health. So what can happen if you are overly acidic which many Americans are?

Acidic enviorments are breeding grounds for pathogens that get us sick.

The ratio of celluar pH determines whether bad bacteria and pathogens incuabte or reamin dormant -basically if disease spreads or not. When tissues and organs are loaded down with acidity then the body can’t properly distribute oxygen to cells- this leads to mucus building up in lungs causing infections and viruses. The main forms of arthritis relate to a pH imbalance and accumalation of acid in the joints.

Acidity weakens the nervous system making it harder to manage stress and day to day life.

If you are constantly out of breath you might be suffering from acidosis which means the body is having trouble delivering oxygen to the cells because the blood is too acidc.

Acidic conditions in the body are also associated with cataracts,  gout, migraines, constipation, cancer, acne, skin rashes, stroke, allergies, diabetes, obesity and more. Its a laundry list people.

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Easy 8-Ingredient Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Summer is here which means Basil and Tomatoes are in season. Heck yes.

A simple health philosophy of mine is to eat S.O.U.L food. And avoid eating S.A.D foods. SOUL stands for Seasonal, Organic, Unprossed, Local. SAD of course is the Standard American Diet.

In the spirit of honoring that philosophy I made tomato basil sauce since the two main ingredients are at their peak right now.

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Tropical Vegan Ceviche & Tangy Tofu

SUMMER I can taste you.

If Tulum, Mexico was a dish it would be this.

Just looking at it and tasting it makes me feel like I am lying on a white sand beach looking out at turquoise waters with salty wind in my hair wearing the cutest damn bikini ever. Yeah, just like that.

Think: sweet, tangy, umami, chewy, crunchy and crisp!

Seriously it hits all the right notes. And its vegan

Everything about this recipe is literally perfection and I am not just saying that because I made it. I’ve had my fair share of kitchen fails #noshame. This one however is a real winner.

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ACNE- How I Got to the Bottom of My Breakouts And Cleared Up My Skin

 

Skin- When you its clear and glowing you feel confident. When its covered in pimples you don’t. Its hard to even listen to anyone else talk because you’re so in your head worried if they are staring at your pimples that you can’t hear a word they are saying. At least thats what happens to me.

Often when you switch your diet to a whole foods plant based one your skin clears up. And mine did initially but this last year my skin took a turn for the worst. And it sucked.

I was dealing with all kinds of breakouts. Serious painful breakouts that came to a head this January and I was just over it. 

Read on to see the transformation of my skin with un-edited before and after photos and the changes I made in diet, lifestyle and products that have left me with the clearest skin I’ve had in years.

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Avocado Peanut Red Curry Bowls

Happy Memorial Day!

The beginning of summer has so much promise wrapped up in it. Longer days, warmer nights and the city of Los Angeles has a blanket of laid back vibes set out for everyone to chill out on. I’ve always loved summertime and since Phoenix becomes a brick oven where you can fry your eggs on the asphalt, I’ll be in LA for the entire month of June. The heat plus some fun projects.

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Balancing Peanut Butter Fudge Bars w/ Adoptagens

I’m gunna be real with you. These bars taste like snickers. At least what I remember snickers tasting like. Its been over half a dacade so I might not be the best judge. You might be wondering how they balance you out or reduce stress like their name suggests. The secret stress reducing sauce is made up of adaptogens.

Adaptogens are everywhere these days. These super herbs and fungi have made there way into just about everything. If you’re anything like me then you spend a good portion of your day knee deep in an instagram scroll hole. There I’ve seen adaptogens put in soup, smoothies, coffee, tea, energy bites and now they are going in dessert.

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Easy Grain Free Sugar Cookies For Mothers Day!

For all the mothers out there this is for you. For the all nighters you pull, the laundry you fold, the messes you clean up. The unconditional love you give, the boo boo’s you kiss, the challenges you handle with grace. I honestly don’t know how you do it. You just do. And for no other reason then that you love us.

For my mother who is strong, generous, ambitious and goes after what she wants. I know my strength comes from her. Thanks to her I know I will always have atleast one blog reader. Hey MOM! I love you!

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there! 

Here is a super easy grain free vegan sugar cookie recipe with a little adaptogens to help keep the good vibes rollin.

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Mushroom & Asparagus Risotto W/ Marinated Tomato Salad

Risotto is serious Italian comfort food. And its really easy to make.

Have you tried it before? I ask because I had it for the first time just a couple weeks ago at Sunday family dinner with my boyfriend. I know I can’t believe I’d never had it before either. What kind of Italian girl am I?

Anyways, his mom is one helluva cook and she made this luxurious mushroom risotto that inspired my recreation.

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5 Non-Toxic Health, Home and Beauty Hacks

Like many I am a sucker for a good DIY but often find that I am too lazy to actually do it. However when it comes to my health, motivation is never in short supply. These little hacks require very minimal effort making, are very approachable and easy to add into your daily routine. On top of that they are actually good for you and your home. Hashtag winning anyone?

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