This is a list of my top Alkaline drinks that will help balance your pH level and keep you hydrated. These 6 drinks are what I normally consume each day. I start my day with water, then banana milk, followed by a fresh juice or green smoothie (some days both). I like to eat a large salad for lunch followed by a cooked healthy dinner and drink water throughout the day along with herbal or green tea.
Did you know that we are born with 75-78% water in our bodies? Water carries oxygen to our cells, tissues, and organs through the blood. Water also keeps you hydrated, flushes out toxins, regulates body temperature, and helps keeps you alkaline.
If you could take one step to better health, I recommend you increase your water intake to at least half your body weight every day (140 lbs. = 70 ounces of water).
“The human body manifests dehydration by producing pain (inflammation), and pain is a sign of water shortage in the body, and water shortage is actually the background to most of the health problems in our society.” – Dr Batmanghelidj (1930-2004).
Tap water without a filter is not recommended for drinking. Store bought water and fresh water from a well are better choices.
Herbal teas are made from plants (leaves, flowers and roots) and boiling water. The herbs are steeped by poring boiling water over them. The cup is then covered for the purpose of swelling the herbs. As a result, the plant’s valuable essential oils, vitamins and minerals are released.
How to Make Herbal Tea
- 1 tsp dried herbs or 1 tablespoon fresh herbs
- 1 cup boiling water
Directions: Put herbs in a mug or into a tea strainer, pour hot water over herbs, cover and steep 15 minutes for a light tea or longer for a strong tea. Strain and sweeten with honey, if desired.
- Organic herbal tea blends
- Dandelion flower tea recipe
- Mesh tea balls, strainers, squeezers and infusers
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that will help prevent cell damage. It is made from Camellia sinensis leaves and buds that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong teas and black teas. A better choice than coffee.
Banana milk is a dairy-free and nut-free milk alternative that is easy to make and tastes great! You can adjust the ice and water to make it thicker or thinner. I like to make mine more thinner, like a milk.
- ice cubes
Directions: Add 3-4 ice cubes to your blender cup, cover the ice cubes with water, add 3-4 bananas and blend until smooth. Using bananas with brown spots will make a sweeter and better tasting milk. I sometimes like to add a touch of cinnamon.
Smoothies are easy to make and a great way to add chlorophyll-rich greens to your diet. You can use spinach, kale, lettuce, Swiss chard or foraged greens. My daily smoothie ingredients changes, depending on what we have on hand, but is basically fruit, greens and water.
- 1 cup frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries, etc.)
- 1 banana
- greens, handful
Directions: Add 1 cup of frozen berries to blender cup, cover berries with water, add banana, a handful of greens, and blend until smooth. Add more water if too thick. Simple, nutritious, and delicious. Search for combination ideas and create your own daily smoothie recipe.
My favorite blender for making banana milk and green smoothies is the NutriBullet because of its powerful motor and perfectly sized cup. The Vitamix is a better choice if you have the extra money to spend and need to make larger amounts. Both are excellent choices.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juices
I bought my first juicer back in 1990, the popular Juiceman, and have been juicing fresh fruit and veggies since. I’ve purchased other juicers over the years and currently use the Breville. I find it easy to clean and assemble.
Fresh fruits and veggies are high in water content and will help keep you alkaline. There are many different juice combinations and you can experiment to find your favorites. Search online, get books at your local bookstore or library for recipe ideas. My favorite green veggie drink is by Joe Cross who made the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead movie.
- 1 cucumber
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 2 green apples
- 4 stalks celery
- 8 kale leaves
- ginger (1″ piece)
Directions: Process all of the ingredients through the juicer, mix and drink. Surprisingly yummy! Makes about 16 oz.
These 6 drinks are the key to my body staying alkaline and healthy. I can almost guarantee that if you start incorporating them into your own diet, your body’s pH will start changing from acidic to alkaline and as result, you too will be healthier.