Some of you have probably heard of eating an alkaline-diet to prevent cancer but did you know it also helps with thyroid disease as well? Establishing an alkaline pH is the first step to overcoming thyroid disease. Your body basically has either an alkaline or an acidic pH. This is determined by factors such as diet, mineral intake, stress and environmental influences. Your body’s cells will work much better in an alkaline pH vs. an acidic pH.
Your thyroid will work much better when your body is alkaline. These are just a few reasons why being alkaline can help you if you have Lyme:
- Easier detoxification of toxins
- Naturally raises growth hormone
- Improves immune system function
- Creates a more hostile environment for infections
- Better utilization of vitamins & minerals
- Enhanced fat-burning
- Better hormone action in the cell
So how does one become more alkaline? The first step is to eat a diet rich in alkaline-forming foods. These are foods that have plenty of buffering minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and zinc. Plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, lentils, sweet potatoes and herbal teas will help to alkalize your system.
Start taking epsom salt baths with 1/2 cup of epsom salt in the tube and soak for 15 minutes every day to help alkalize your body. Participate in deep belly breathing for at least 5 minutes every day to help alkalize.
Reduce acidic food intake such as excessive meat consumption, eggs, beans, dairy and grains. Grains are highly acidic and include wheat, barley and rye. Unrefined Celtic sea salt is very alkalizing because it contains alkaline minerals so use this liberally.
How do you know what your pH is? This can be done by doing the following:
- Purchase pH paper also known as Hydrion pH test strips.
- Measure your first morning urine pH
- Take measurements for 5 days in a row, discard the high and the low, and average the middle three readings
- Ideal pH is 6.4-7.5
You can easily see what your pH is using the color-coded chart on the test strip container. It’s that simple. If you find yourself acidic then you should add magnesium glycinate and potassium bicarbonate to your supplement regimen. These will accelerate your journey to becoming more alkaline. It can take a few months depending on how acidic you were to alkalize so don’t get discouraged. Begin to alkalize and you will be on your way to overcoming thyroid disease.