The following is the first of a three-part series which can help you get started with an alkaline diet and lifestyle. In this post we will be discussing Equipment, in part two we will cover Groceries and in part three we will finish with Green Cleaning and Beauty Products. You do not need to purchase every single item on the list to achieve your goals of adopting an alkaline diet and lifestyle, but I suggest that you consider them and how often you might use them when deciding.
- Water Ionizer – All water ionizers produce alkaline ionized water, which is the healthiest water you can consume. A water ionizer is the single best investment you can make for your health and the easiest shortcut to achieving alkaline-acid balance. Most bottled waters and all distilled and reverse osmosis waters are acidic, and because we need lots of water to thrive, drinking alkaline ionized water is extremely beneficial. While there are various methods of making alkaline water, you will not receive the same benefits as you will from an electric water ionizer. I recommend Chanson Water ionizers, which can be purchased online and start at $1,295 (financing available on approved credit).
- Drinking Water Prefilter – All water ionizers come with an activated carbon filter (a longer-lasting version of the disposable filters you find at the grocery store) inside the unit, however these filters don’t address all of the toxins, pollutants, chemicals, heavy metals, bacteria, sediments, and pharmaceutical drugs that may be lurking in your tap water. Yet recent studies show that filtering your tap water may be safer than drinking bottled water, which is why I recommend this line of pre-filters which start at about $200.
- Shower Filter or Whole House Filtration System – Even once you’ve filtered your drinking water, the concern remains for the water you wash and bathe in, since tap water is littered with chemicals and contaminants. An easy solution is to install a $60 Chanson Spa Shower Filter in every shower of your home like I did. The more advanced solution is to install a whole house filtration system, which starts at $695.
- BPA-Free Reusable Water Bottle – It’s important to drink lots of alkaline ionized water throughout the day, and best to tote it in either a glass or BPA-free plastic water bottle (stainless steel bottles cause ionized water to lose its charge, and regular plastic bottles can leach toxins into the water). $5+ at grocery and kitchenware stores.
- Cookware – Since you are going to be chopping a lot of fruits and vegetables, you will want a good quality cutting board (preferably bamboo) and knife set. You should also try to avoid non-stick cookware as the chemicals in the coating can break down and leach into your food. For tupperware, make sure your are using either glass or BPA-free plastic. Cost for these items vary, check your favorite kitchenware store.
- Alkaline Recipe Book – When new to the alkaline diet, deciding what to make at mealtime can be a challenge. Arm yourself with a good alkaline cookbook so that you never run out of ideas. Check out my free alkaline recipes or look for a quality alkaline recipe book online for $10+.
- Juicer – Juicers are necessary for making fresh juices and are different from blenders because they separate the juice from the fiber, resulting in a thinner juice. Cleanup is a little more involved than with a blender, but worth it. You can find them at all stores which carry kitchenware items, for an average of $30-$100.
- Blender – If you do not already own a blender, you will want one to create delicious alkaline smoothies and bases for thick soups. They can create quick alkaline breakfasts and meal replacements. You can find them at all stores which carry kitchenware items, for an average of $20-$100. Or try a high-speed blender like Omni for $250 for some serious smoothie making.
- Rebounder – This small piece of exercise equipment (mini trampoline) exercises every cell in your body, the alkaline way. Available for $25+ at sporting good stores.
- Air Purifier – Believe it or not, we inhale more toxins indoors than walking down a polluted city street. Try opening windows to reduce your exposure to indoor toxins as well as filtering the air you breathe with an air purifier. $40+ at houseware stores.
- Dehydrator – If you are interested in creating your own healthy crackers and chips or delving deep into raw food lifestyle, you will eventually want to invest in a dehydrator. You can find them at most stores which carry kitchenware items, for an average of $110+.
- Food Processor – Useful for making pie crusts, nut cheeses, crackers, pates, salsas, etc. You can find them at most stores which carry kitchenware items, for anywhere from $40-$200.
- Salad Spinner – Because the alkaline diet is so heavy on salads and fresh produce, you will have a lot to dry on a daily basis. Rather than wasting a ton of paper towels, you can invest in a salad spinner to quickly dry your produce. You can find them at most stores which carry kitchenware items, for an average of $15+.
- Sprouter – Grow your own sprouts with a sprouter, and add them to alkaline wraps, salads and sandwiches on the cheap! $20+ at most houseware/gardenware stores.
- Reusable Bags – Reusable cloth shopping bags are better for the environment and may expose you to less toxins than plastic bags. $1+ at most grocery stores.
I hope you found part one of this starters guide helpful and wish you luck on your journey to better health through acid-alkaline balance. Be sure to check out parts two and three in this Beginners Shopping Guide for Adopting an Alkaline Diet and Lifestyle. Please comment with any questions or additional suggestions and follow me on Twitter for updates.