Herb super-foods: Balance your internal systems

You may not realize this but your body is supposed to be pH balanced. It’s one of the key indicators of good health. If our pH is out of balance you will suffer from illness. The ideal pH for humans is 7.35. If you go lower your system will be acidic and if you go higher your system will be more alkaline.

Being too acidic can cause a lot of damage to your system. You won’t be able to access vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat, your intestines will be out of whack, and your hair and skin will not look healthy. You may even have sleep issues, headaches, infections and be more susceptible to other illnesses. Your stamina and moods will be affected.

Fortunately it’s possible to balance your internal system with herbs and so called super foods. But first you must give up processed foods, artificial sweeteners, smoking, and other bad habits that can cause your system to be acidic. Once you do this, you can then also add in other supplementation with herbs to further balance your system. You want to replace acidic forming foods with alkaline forming foods such as: potassium rich foods, calcium rich foods, magnesium, naturally found sodium (not table salt), fruits, veggies, beans, lentils, seeds, nuts, seasonings and herbs.

Simply start adding fresh herbs to all your meals. For instance, you can make a nice meal with whole wheat pasta tossed with fresh basil, chopped tomatoes, and a little olive oil. Sprinkle mint on some fresh fruit or lemon sorbet. Use cilantro instead of salt at the table on whatever you want it on. Consider using ingredients you’ve not thought of before like seaweed, kelp and dandelion.

Also, if you get tired of drinking water, which you should be drinking daily, try having a nice cup of hot herbal tea. Green tea is the most alkalizing of all, and it will also curb your hunger between meals. Use honey or natural Stevia instead of sugar to sweeten for the best results. Simply starting your day with a glass of water with the juice of one lemon in it will get you off to a balanced day. Then, before each meal have a nice cup of herbal tea, to balance your system and curb cravings. Then simply add any herbs that you desire instead of salt to your meal, and you’ll find that you start feeling better with in just a few weeks.

Chickpea Hummus

* 1 can chick peas, rinsed and drained
* 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
* 2 TBS basil leaves (more to taste)
* 1 clove garlic, crushed
* 1/2 TBS unsalted, raw sesame seeds

Process all in a food processor until well blended, you may need to add water to get to the consistency you desire. For extra flavor add a bit of hot peppers or chilies to taste.