Do you love your chips but worry that they are too unhealthy? There are some things you can do to make them a better choice.

Your body's cells and tissues require a slightly alkaline environment to function properly. If you are too acidic this sets the stage for numerous conditions and diseases, including cancer, chronic fatigue and inflammation. If your body is acidic for a longer period of time the aging process will be rapidly accelerated. Your body must buffer and remove the acidic residues to maintain homeostasis. A diet high in acid-forming foods such as sugar, drinks and beverages, dairy products, alcohol, coffee, meat, poultry, fish and most grains, nuts and legumes can lead to acid buildup in your tissues.

The more we alkalise are bodies the healthier we will be.

To obtain the most nutrition and alkalizing potential from potatoes, buy organic and consume the skin, rather than peeling the skin off.  An organic baked potato seasoned with parsley, sea salt and chives is far more alkaline-forming in the body than a conventional baked potato topped with butter, sour cream or cheese. Sea salt, vegetable salt and parsley are highly alkaline-forming in the body, as are most herbs and spices. Olive oil is another alkalizing food you can use in place of butter for added flavor and richness. Butter, sour cream and cheese, however, are acid-forming foods.

And if you add a squeeze of lemon juice (my favourite!) you will be doing your body a big favour. Once consumed, when lemon juice has been fully metabolized and its minerals are dissociated in the bloodstream, its effect is alkalizing and therefore raises the pH of body tissue (pH above 7 is alkaline). 

Another tip?
Each morning start the day with a drink of warm water and lemon juice.