How to Make the Body Alkaline

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When your body burns energy it creates acidic toxins as a result. Many scientists have concluded that build up of large amounts of acid wastes can be a primary cause of being overweight as well as premature aging. You can make your body more alkaline (the opposite of acidic) by re-balancing your body's acid/alkaline or pH levels.

An overweight man exercises in a park.
An overweight man exercises in a park. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 1

Exercise moderately at least four to five days per week. When you exercise, you perspire and breath harder causing your body to release toxins. However, over exercising can cause a build up of lactic acid which can't be released. Some doctors believe that acid waste in the body is the number one cause for weight gain. This theory is outlined by Dr. Robert Young in his book "The pH Miracle For Weight Loss." Walking, swimming, yoga and weight training are all health building activities that reduce stress and lower stomach acidity, according to Dr. Young. Saunas also help the body eliminate toxic waste.

Members use treadmills at the gym.
Members use treadmills at the gym. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Change your diet immediately if you're not currently eating to balance your body's pH level. Eat more foods that negate acidity in your body. These foods include greens, fruits and omega 3 rich fats such as fatty fish and avocado. Stop eating acid producing foods such as red meat, dairy, alcohol, pasta and sugar.

A plate of grilled salmon and vegetables.
A plate of grilled salmon and vegetables. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Step 3

Drink alkaline water as opposed to tap or commercial spring water. According to Dr. Susan Lark in her book "Chemistry of Success," you should drink four to six glasses of alkaline water each day. Dr. Lark says that this will neutralize unhealthy acidity in the body. Start drinking alkaline water and within a few weeks it will begin to act as an anti-oxidant due to its abundance of free electrons. It's particularly important to drink alkaline water after you've had an illness such as the flu.

A woman drinks a glass of water.
A woman drinks a glass of water. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Step 4

Do research on alkaline water ionizers. Companies that provide water ionizers for the home include Jupiter Water, Life Water, Tyent and Ion Ways. Alkaline water is widely believed to provide your cells with important anti-oxidants and minerals.

A faucet with a alkaline water ionizer.
A faucet with a alkaline water ionizer. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

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