An alkaline body is a strong and healthy body, one that can easily ward off illness and prevent disease. Maintaining an alkaline body is directly related to how healthy we are and how good we feel. However, keeping ourselves alkaline isn’t always easy. Thanks to processed food, environmental stressors, medications, excess sugar, and too much caffeine, our bodies can become overly acidic, making us more susceptible to disease and illness.

One easy and effective way to prevent these stressors is through diet. Flooding your cells with immune boosting alkaline foods decreases inflammation, balances your PH, and strengthens your immune system.

A great way to incorporate several servings of alkaline food in one meal is with a breakfast smoothie. Here’s an all time favorite alkalizing smoothie recipe:

1 cup unsweetened nut, rice, or hemp milk

1/2 coconut water

1/2 grapefruit

1 green apple

1/2 avocado

2 cups spinach

1/2 tsp ginger

2 tsbp hemp seeds

Blend and serve

For more information on the benefits of an Alkaline Diet please check out The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health? from the National Institutes of Health. 

Melissa Brescia is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. For consultations and information, call 202-838-6954 or visit

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