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Healthy Challenge #3 - Get Your Greens!

Remember high school chemistry? Acids and bases (or alkalis)? Our bodies work hard to maintain a constant pH - not too acidic, not too alkaline. The real challenge we face, given the foods most of us eat and the constant low-grade stress most of us experience, is to keep our bodies from getting too acidic. An acid body can be an achy body and is a great environment for germs to grow - everything from the common cold to candida to yeast infections and athlete's foot.

One way to balance our pH is to focus on alkaline foods - veggies, veggies, veggies. A shortcut I use is to include Green supplements: things like blue-green algae, chlorella, spirulina or blends of freeze-dried green goodness like Vita-Mineral Greens or Pure Synergy. These products are a concentrated wealth of vitamins and minerals. They can boost energy in the moment and contribute to balancing your pH.

The best products are powdered and can be mixed with water, juice or smoothies. Start with small amounts (1/4 to ½ tsp at a time) and build up as you get used to the taste. Shoot for at least one tablespoon a day. It may take a few weeks but you will learn to appreciate the benefits of these superfoods. If you really can't stand the taste, I carry a quality product in capsules. Just remember you need to take about 12 capsules to equal one tablespoon of powdered product.