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Elle Macpherson shares the energy issue that sidelined her—and the solution


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Photo: WelleCo

Welcome to the Wellness Council, our handpicked holistic health squad: a tightly curated group that gives the best advice this side of your own personal guru. 

In her debut article, supermodel and WelleCo founder Elle Macpherson talks about the power of alkaline foods, and their importance in her health regimen.

What she writes about next is up to you—tell us what what you’re dying to know! Send questions and ideas to [email protected].

I’ve always tried to live a balanced lifestyle, eat a healthy amount of nutritious foods, and stay active whenever I can. But sometimes, simply living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always enough.

A few years ago, despite my best efforts, I started feeling run-down. I tried an array of supplements, but nothing seemed to do the trick. No matter what I did, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that something was off.

That’s when I met Simone Laubscher, Ph.D., who specializes in the science of nutrition (and who later joined WelleCo with me). She explained that there was one factor in my life that wasn’t balanced: my body’s alkalinity. My pH levels of acid to alkaline were off-kilter, causing my body to try to compensate. As she put it, my body was “working overtime, all the time,” leaving me feeling exhausted.

My pH balance was undermining me

“Achieving and maintaining a proper pH balance is absolutely critical for proper health,” explains Dr. Laubscher. “Our bodies operate on a pH scale from 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic. We need to balance our systems by keeping them as close to the middle of the scale as possible, or our enzymes won’t be able to function properly. Too much acid can cause muscle cramps, constant fatigue, or constant shortness of breath, leaving you feeling exhausted.”

My body was “working overtime, all the time,” leaving me feeling exhausted.

In today’s world, our bodies are bombarded with acids, from your morning coffee to the carbonation in fizzy drinks. Over time, that acid builds up. To counteract it, I needed to find the right amount of alkaline ingredients, which would help filter out the toxins and bring my system back into balance.

After meeting with Dr. Laubscher, I resolved to make some changes. Eating a plant-based diet is one of the best ways to counteract acids, with green veggies like spinach, kale, and cucumbers leading the category. Next come fruits like watermelon, grapes, and apples, which have similar alkaline properties with a touch of sweetness.

Photo: Foodies Feed
Photo: Foodies Feed

So important: what you’re sipping

But the biggest change you can make isn’t on your plate—it’s in your cup. Drinks like soda, coffee, energy beverages, and even wine are all extremely acidic, and can unbalance your entire system. Even purified water can register as acidic. Instead, you can opt for filtered tap water or spring water.

At first, I wasn’t expecting such small changes to have a big impact. Yet simply by being mindful of my body’s alkalinity, I was able to completely transform the way I felt. I had more energy, and I felt healthier than I had in years. It made me realize what a profound impact food can have on the way you feel.

Alkalizing your body is not about giving up the foods you love or trying to live on nothing. It’s simply about balancing harsher foods with more plants that can help filter out the acids. I feel like that is a step in the right direction.

The perennial “Australian Girl Next Door,” supermodel Elle Macpherson has been a prominent figure in business, fashion, film, and television for the past 30 years. In addition to achieving global fame as a model and actress, Macpherson has won scores of awards for her ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive. Today, she serves as the co-founder and creative director for WelleCo, a premium wellness brand known for its alkalizing Super Elixir organic supplements. 

What should Elle Macpherson write about next? Send your questions and suggestions to [email protected].