As we head deeper into fall, cold and flu season is fully upon us. Keeping the body well-nourished becomes especially important when our immune systems are being put to the test, and one important way to support immunity is with alkalizing foods and body treatments. Alkalizing is the process of bringing the body into balance by reducing acidity in the system. Human beings should always have pH levels that are more alkaline, our ideal natural pH is 7.365. When we dip below neutral and become acidic we place undue stress on the body at a cellular level, leading to inflammation which weakens the immune system, making us much more susceptible to viral illness and more serious conditions including heart disease and cancer.
ALKALIZING BATH THERAPY
Acidity in the body can be brought on by environmental factors, stress, and poor nutrition including a diet high in sugar and by consuming produce treated with pesticides. Fortunately there are holistic ways to bring the body back into balance. Our Seaweed Bath, is especially therapeutic once you have fallen ill, but is also a viable tool to strengthen our overall immune system, making a faithful regimen before illness occurs. Seaweed is naturally rich in alkali, an ionic salt that balances acidity, making it the ideal preparation for bathing. Our bath combines the alkalizing effects of:
Dry brushing before bathing exfoliates the skin, and increases the efficacy of a therapeutic bath by improving blood flow and lymphatic drain. We recommend this practice with your bathing regimen throughout the fall and winter months.
We can also support our immune system by eating a diet rich in alkaline foods. This nutritional approach is a long term way to treat acidity in the body. Sugar, dairy and meats can create this acidity, so eating plant-based foods are an ideal way to alkalize the blood and tissue, which decreases inflammation and prevents disease. Here are some of the powerhouse vegetables to include in your alkalized diet:
Photo by: Nutritiously Natalie, Alkalize + Detox Smoothie Bowl
The best way to keep the body’s pH in balance is with a holistic approach, feeding the cells with alkaline rich food and maintaining a regimen of detoxifying bathing and dry brushing. Benedetta’s entire product line is devoted to maintaining this balance in the skin. Our Seaweed Bath comes with 6 therapeutic doses and makes a great gift for anyone who enjoys a holistic approach to their health. We also suggest our Seaweed Mask, which we offer as a stand alone treatment or in a spa package combined with our Seaweed Bath.