Young Living has such an extensive range of products – well over 600 of them. With so many products to choose from, covering just about every need we could possibly imagine in life, sometimes a product will fall through the cracks.
I woke up this morning after the most incredibly deep sleep, and realised there is one Young Living product that I don’t think I’ve ever spoken about in my weekly Oil Temple bulletins….yet it’s one that I use almost every night to help me sleep.
Yes, of course I use essential oils on my pillow at night to help me enter that deepest state of slumber – oils like Awaken, Lavender, Peace & Calming, Ruta Vala, or the KidScents Sleepyize. But this product is not an oil. You’ll never guess what it is! Would you like to know?
Could this amazing product help you sleep deeper?
Alkalime is one of the products that Gary Young (the founder of Young Living) always taught us was essential for our modern lifestyle. Why? Because its precisely balanced, acid-neutralising mineral formulation helps to return our body’s natural pH balance to a more alkaline state.
Our body is designed to be in balance at an optimal pH of around 7.2 to 7.4. If you’re measuring your pH using a saliva or urine strip, the protein present will cause the pH to show a much lower level (ie. using these strips, a healthy body would be sitting at about 6.6 to 5.8).
Any lower than this optimal pH of 7.2 to 7.4, and you are nudging towards a condition called Acidosis, which is an over-acidity in the blood and body tissues.
In our modern world, we are exposed to so many stressors. These stressors nudge our pH into a more acidic state, making us the perfect hotel room for a host of bad guys – things like candida and other yeasts and fungi, bad bacteria, parasites, etc.
Many of these pathogens are naturally occurring in our body – but they are kept under control when our pH is in balance. Once we enter a more acidic state, it’s like opening that hotel room door and inviting them into our body in droves, providing them with the perfect comfy nest in which to flourish.
Have you been experiencing any of these symptoms of late? These are all common symptoms of an overgrowth of acid-based yeast, fungus and bacteria:
- Fatigue/Low energy
- Difficulty sleeping
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Difficulty losing weight
- Lowered immune function
- Headaches and Allergies
- Mood swings and Irritability
- Colitis and Ulcers
- Diarrhea and/or Constipation
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Candida (Thrush, Itchy)
So what are these stressors that push our pH off balance?
There are 3 main stressors that do this:
1. A diet high in processed and acid-forming foods
Support your body’s natural pH balance with organic and home-cooked meals and whole foods, which have good proportion of alkalising salads and vegetables. The “danger” foods which contribute to acidosis are:
• Cane sugar and other high-sugar foods (like canned fruit, fruit syrups, fruit juices, jams and jellies)
• Refined flours
• Artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, and preservatives
• Regular table salt (note that Celtic sea salt and Himalayan sea salt are not acid-forming)
• Unhealthy fats from deep fried, processed and fast foods
• Meat and dairy (switch to organic, grass-fed, free range meat wherever possible)
• Caffeine and other stimulants
2. Stress in our daily life
Back in 2005, I visited the Young Life Research Clinic in Utah. Never heard of it? This was a clinic that Gary Young helped to establish. When he and Mary moved to Ecuador in 2006, the Young Life Research Clinic was closed, and instead they founded the Nova Vita Health and Wellness Center in Guayaquil, Ecuador where many of the same health principles are practised.
I’ve spent time at both clinics, because I was keen to learn more about my body from the medical doctors that work there using natural approaches to health and wellness, and of course the Young Living essential oils.
I’m passionate about health, and my diet has always been very balanced – I rarely drink alcohol, I avoid cane sugar, I eat organic and home cooked as much as possible, with lots of leafy salads and some quality lean protein. Yet my pH has always shown up as being acidic.
Gary finally explained to me that it was due to stress. Ahhh – the light bulb went off!
We can eat like a monk with a super clean diet, yet still be acidic as a result of stress.
How “in balance” are you around stress? Even though I meditate daily and enjoy weekly massages, I do get very, very passionate about my life and my work, and I’m often pushing the boundaries of time – working to squeeze more than 24 hours into a day. If someone else is in need, I often say “no” to my own needs in order to be there for them. And as a result, I don’t give myself the gift of enough “down time” and “empty time” – time for fun, play, relaxation and connection. This places a stress on my body, and contributes to an acidic pH. Wow!!!
But it’s not only work that creates stress for us. We have many stressors in our daily life – sick family members, the stress of financial strain, difficulties in relationships, and not having sufficient time in nature to recharge. All of these things can topple our inner balance and pave the way for acidity. Is this something you can relate to?
3.Toxic chemicals that we’re exposed to in our everyday life
This one can be very difficult to avoid. We’re exposed to chemicals in so many areas of life, including:
• Cleaning solutions around the home
• Fumes and synthetic fragrances in the air we’re breathing
• Pesticides and herbicides in the food we’re consuming
• Chlorine and fluoride in the water we’re drinking
The key is to choose low-tox solutions in every area of life. That’s why I love Young Living, because of their extensive range of safe, eco-friendly products for home and health.
Every room of my home contains multiple Young Living products. Make sure you check out the Thieves Range of everyday household products. It’s a great starting point in going low-tox in the home.
Alkalime to the Rescue
So you’ve read this far, and you’re nodding and seeing the areas of your own life where your pH could be getting thrown out of balance. This is where Young Living’s Alkalime powder comes to the rescue.
Gary Young developed Alkalime as a natural alkalinizing supplement that is free of artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners. It’s unique formula of 9 biochemical mineral salts combined with Lemon and Lime essential oil safely balances your body’s pH levels and regulates acid in the digestive system, helping to counteract the over-consumption of processed foods.
Gary always taught us to take a teaspoon of Alkalime powder before we go to bed. It must be taken at least 90 minutes after eating, otherwise it interferes with the natural digestive process (where stomach acid is produced in order to help us digest our food).
But I don’t take Alkalime that way!
Instead, if ever I wake up in the middle of the night (eg. to use the bathroom), I’ll get up and have a teaspoon of Alkalime in a glass of water. It fizzes up, so I need to drink it quickly so it doesn’t pour over the sides of the glass.
Important note – I NEVER turn the light on to do this. I have salt crystal lamps in my home, and they stay on at night. So the one at my kitchen bench provides just enough light for me to see my way to the cupboard where I keep my Alkalime. If you did turn a light on, it would signal to your body that it’s time to wake up, and it would be counterproductive to sleep. So either take your Alkalime just before bed, or have it set up in a way that you can take it through the night without needing any light.
Not only is my Alkalime drink a welcome moment of hydration in the middle of the night, I have noticed consistently that I sleep so much better after I’ve taken it. I seem to better access those super deep REM and non-REM sleep cycles in that latter part of the night.
Why? Because acidity leads to agitation, and of course this will affect our sleep cycles. As our body’s pH balance moves into a healthier range, we get to enjoy the ripple effect of good health (which includes deep, restful sleep).
Almost without exception, I wake the next morning feeling like I’ve really slept. I wake from a deep, deep sleep, and I feel relaxed, alert and ready to face the day ahead.
This happened to me yet again last night. I woke with clear dream recall, and I thought “Wow – I’ve never told you how much I love Alkalime”. So as soon as I got up, I’m here typing this up, wanting to share with you another of my favourite Young Living products for a restful and rejuvenating night’s sleep – and of course for better health as well!
What you want to know about Alkalime
Alkalime powder comes in a 227g (8oz) bottle. If you live in the US, it is also available in 30 x 5g stick packs. Take 1 teaspoon or sachet of powder in a glass of water before going to bed at night (or through the night if you prefer).
Take Alkalime at least an hour away from meals, as its alkalising effect can impact digestion when it’s taken with meals.
Caution: Alkalime is not suitable for those on sodium restricted diets.
Here is what we are allowed to say about Alkalime in our various markets around the world:
AlkaLime™ is a natural way to safely balance your body’s pH level and regulate acid in the digestive system. It contains Lemon and Lime essential oil and 9 biochemical mineral salts to help counteract the over-consumption of processed foods. It is:
- Absorbed easily and quickly by the body
- Soothes the occasional upset stomach
- Relieves heartburn, indigestion and upset stomach associated with excess stomach acid
- An antacid that is gentle on the stomach
- Supports good intestinal health
- Great source of antioxidants that fight and protect against cell damage caused by free radicals!
- Free of artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners, and formulated with nine biochemical mineral cell salts, the refreshing taste of Lemon and Lime essential oils, and organic lemon powder
The Australian/NZ formula contains:
Magnesium citrate, magnesia phosphorica, natrum phosphoricum, natrum sulphuricum, silicea in a base of sea salts, essential oils of lime and lemon, citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, calcium carbonate, potassium bicarbonate. It also contains homeopathic ingredients.
Alkalime contains biochemical mineral cell salts combined with Lemon and Lime essential oils to help maintain optimal pH in the stomach.* It is:
- Absorbed easily and quickly by the body*
- Its effervescent formula starts working right away to soothe the occasional upset stomach*
- Gentle on the stomach*
- Soothes the occasional upset stomach*
- Helps maintain optimal pH in the stomach*
- Free of artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners, and formulated with nine biochemical mineral cell salts, the refreshing taste of Lemon and
Lime essential oils, and organic lemon powder*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
The US formula contains:
Biochemical mineral cell salts, Calcium (as calcium carbonate), Calcium phosphate, Calcium sulfate, Sodium (as sodium bicarbonate), Sodium phosphate, Sodium sulfate, Potassium (as potassium bicarbonate), Potassium chloride, Potassium phosphate, Potassium sulfate, Lemon and Lime essential oils.
If Alkalime is not available in your region:
If Alkalime is not available in your region, you can order it NFR from Young Living’s US office. Simply go onto your virtual office, change the flag from your country to the US flag, and that takes you to the US office where you can place a “Not for Resale” (ie. personal use only, or “NFR”) order for the products you want, and have it shipped to you from the US office. This is a great way of trying products that aren’t currently available in your region.
Here’s how to order….
If you already have your own wholesale account with Young Living, order through the shopping cart on your virtual office, or via phone or live chat with your local Young Living office.
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