A typical alkaline morning
Before I went alkaline, my mornings used to be a gluttonous feast. My favorite breakfast was croissants and coffee and a glass of Tropicana orange juice with bits. To be fair I did usually have some fruit with it and it could have been worse – I didn’t have bacon and eggs very regularly.
So how to start your day when living an alkaline lifestyle. Well, it’s vital to start the day right. Every morning, when I get up, I rehydrate immediately by drinking water. I always keep a bottle on my bedside table.
I then head to the kitchen where I squeeze some fresh lemon in a glass of water which not only further hydrates me but the added lemon makes this a highly alkaline drink. An added bonus is that the lemon makes the water much tastier and refreshing! Other people prefer to add it to hot water, which is fine as well.
The hydration element is vital as you will be dehydrated when you just wake up.
Is water alkaline or acidic?
Pure water is neither acid nor alkaline forming in the body, in effect it’s neutral with a value of 7.0 on the pH scale. While pure water has a neutral pH value, drinking water is rarely pure, in fact the concentration of minerals can significantly alter the pH value of water.
But we all know that water is absolutely vital for survival, so I personally don’ t get too carried away with the details.
Are lemons alkaline or acidic?
We all know that a lemon is acidic. In fact they are highly acidic. However, as with many foods, the body’s metabolic process makes lemons highly alkaline-forming. Therefore adding some freshly squeezed lemon to water gives you an immediate alkaline boost. The same applies for limes, which are equally alkalizing once ingested.
Further to lemon and limes being highly alkaline forming foods, there are many other benefits of squeezing lemons! Both are rich in vitamin C (in fact limes were actually responsible for the discovery of vitamin C) and both have a high concentration of kaemferol, which is known to be a powerful protective agent against cancer, breast cancer in particular. If that’s not enough to convince you, it’s also a potent antibiotic agent.
Apart from making a delicious alkaline drink, lemon and limes can be used to make some great and healthy salad dressings, dips or sauces, but more on that in the recipe section of this website.