Is Your Water Filter Too Extreme, Too Minimal, Or Just Right?

Tap water is littered with a host of chemicals and contaminants, some of which are regulated by the government to be there such as chlorine and fluoride even though they are proven to be unhealthy.

Many studies have linked these chemicals to cancer and other health issues and have determined that drinking unfiltered tap water is not safe, but that filtering your tap water is in many cases a better alternative to bottled water.

The most common drinking water filters used by Americans today are reverse osmosis systems (an extreme solution) and short-term carbon pitcher or faucet filters (a minimal solution). Here we will discuss the pros and cons of each and offer solutions to help you achieve the best filtration possible.

Reverse Osmosis Systems (R/O)

PROS:

  • Removes virtually ALL impurities
  • Only needs to be changed about once a year

CONS:

  • Removes ALL alkaline minerals and nutrients
  • Renders water acidic, which leads to mineral deficiencies and creates an internal environment which is ideal for illness and disease to thrive
  • Cannot be used with a water ionizer without a remineralizer
  • Wastes approximately five gallons of water for every gallon produced
  • Limited on demand supply – may require a holding tank (which can grow mold inside)
  • Maintenance can be extensive

BETTER SOLUTION: If installing or utilizing a reverse osmosis system, you should also install a remineralizer, which puts alkaline minerals back into the water after everything is filtered out. The Chanson Super Reverse Osmosis System (no remineralizer needed) is a five stage system which is superior to a traditional three stage R/O system and wastes only two gallons of water per gallon produced.

BEST SOLUTION: Chanson also developed the Nano-Filtration System, which is a modified reverse osmosis system that removes most impurities while keeping the beneficial minerals in (without the need for a remineralizer) and wastes the least amount of water (one gallon per gallon produced). It also provides an unlimited on demand supply and does not require the use of a holding tank, although we offer optional tanks in order to speed up your water ionizer flow.

Short-Term Carbon Pitcher and Faucet Filters (like those sold by Brita® and PUR®)

PROS:

  • Cheap in the short-term
  • Convenient – can be picked up at local stores
  • Easy to change
  • Does not waste any water

CONS:

  • Does not even remotely begin to address all chemicals and contaminants found in tap water
  • While they cover up the smell and taste of chlorine, they don’t actually remove the chlorine itself which causes distress on the body
  • Needs to be changed frequently, and costs can add up to be more in the long run than investing in a more permanent system

BETTER SOLUTION: The Chanson C3 Prefilter addresses many, many more toxins, chemicals, and pollutants and the filters only need to be changed annually. If installed under the faucet, the drinking water is dispensed directly from the tap (no need for extra pieces to be added to the faucet or to have anything taking up space in your refrigerator).

BEST SOLUTION: The Chanson Nano-Filtration System is the ultimate drinking water filtration system that will remove the most contaminants while keeping adequate levels of beneficial alkaline minerals in. You get what you pay for, and the Nano is worth it!

Visit us at www.chansonwater.com for more information.

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Brita® is a registered trademark of The Chlorox Company. PUR® is a registered trademark of Procter & Gamble.

Alkaline Recipe: Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Yields 6 burgers

These tasty black bean veggie burgers are vegan, alkaline, and baked instead of fried. The challenge of  most homemade vegan veggie patties is getting them to stay together, but baking instead of frying helps alleviate that problem. These can be served “protein-style” with a lettuce wrap instead of a bun for maximum alkalinity.

Veggie Patties:

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Wrap and toppings:

  • 6 Large lettuce leaves for wrapping
  • 2 Avocados, sliced
  • 2 Tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 Red onion, sliced
  • 1 Cucumber, sliced
  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Sprouts

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Soak all produce in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson ionized alkaline water for 10 minutes. Combine all patty ingredients in food processor and blend (may need to do in two batches depending on size of processor). Pour mixture onto greased cookie sheet into six patty-sized drops. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes carefully turning once with spatula. Arrange on lettuce leaves with remaining toppings and serve.

Look for new alkaline recipes every Monday, check out our previous recipes, and visit us at www.chansonwater.com for more information about the health benefits of Chanson alkaline ionized water.

Natural Healing with Amazing Miracle Waters Found Around the Globe

You’ve heard of the fountain of youth, and the miraculous healing and transformative qualities it can bring.

But did you know that many parts of the world, “healing waters” are still rumored to exist, and regularly attract numerous tourists and health-seekers?

Whether these springs have any scientific merit or are merely faith-based, legend or myths which elicit a placebo response, they have managed to rack up a significant amount of extraordinary health claims.

Here are a few of the more well known miracle water sites:

1. Lourdes, France

In 1858, a poor 14-year-old French girl repeatedly saw a ghostly woman who claimed to be the Virgin Mary that revealed the location of a spring and told her she wanted a chapel built on the site and for people to come in procession.

Now, an average of five million visitors flock to the town to drink or bathe in the spring water each year, and have reported healing of ailments like tumors, tuberculosis, ophthalmitis, impetigo, bronchitis and paralysis.

2. Tlacote, Mexico

Since May 1991, over 8 million people have visited the ranch of Mr. Jesus Chahin, who gives the miracle water on his property away for free. The water is said to have cured everything from cancer to obesity and high cholesterol, allegedly including former NBA star Magic Johnson’s AIDS.

3. Nordenau, Germany

A spring of very pure water was discovered in a cave in a disused slate mine at Nordenau. An old woman reported that after covering her blind eye with the water, she can now see; an ex-miner said his back was healed and he has thrown away his crutch, and another woman said, “I always had problems with high blood pressure and was afraid of collapsing. I went to the grotto with my blood pressure at 160/100. I came out with 130/100. Now the blood pressure is constant, a fact which my doctor cannot explain.”

4. Nadana, India

In Nadana village, water began gushing out of a deserted tube well in September 1992. Locals who bathed in the water reported that the “medicinal” and “magical” qualities of the well cured their skin diseases. Word quickly spread, and now a constant stream of people visit the village daily to gain the benefits of the water. A five-year-old polio victim was reportedly cured to a large extent after bathing there, and most people who go into the water report physical improvements.

How would you like to have your own fountain of youth, right in your own kitchen?

With a Chanson Water ionizer, you can (no travel or waiting in line necessary!)

Water ionizers recreate what happens in nature when fresh water runs over rocks. They take your ordinary tap water and transform it into fresh, filtered ionized alkaline water through the process of electrolysis with the touch of a button.

While the FDA mandates that only drugs can make direct health claims of treating or preventing disease, users report* everything from lower cholesterol to weight loss to improved vision to better sleep after drinking ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer. In addition, the ionized acidic water that the machine also produces has been attributed with improving various skin conditions when applied to the skin. Visit www.chansonwater.com to learn more.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

11 Alkaline Recipes – Beverages, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Dessert

Rather than just give you one alkaline recipe this week, today we’re giving you 11!

Click here for Chanson co-owner Nedalee Ruiz’s 11 recipes for Beverages, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Dessert.

Look for new alkaline recipes every Monday, check out our previous recipes, and visit us at www.chansonwater.com for more information about the health benefits of Chanson alkaline ionized water.

How to Save Time and Money on Your Juicing & Smoothie-Making

Juicing and homemade green smoothies have become a global phenomenon, and a healthy daily routine in many households. And for good reason: they pack an abundance of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients in each glass, and are a great way to start the day.

But as Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy says in the film Cancer is Curable NOW, “Juicing isn’t easy.” Unfortunately, daily juicing and cleanup can be quite messy and time consuming, and it’s not always easy to keep a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand, or to consume all produce you do have before it goes bad or you get tired of it.

Green smoothies are slightly more forgiving since most blenders are quicker to clean than juicers, and smoothies can usually be poured in a glass instead of having to be shaken up in a container with a lid.

But while some people revert to quadrupling juicing and smoothie recipes and storing the leftovers in the fridge for a few days to save time, the truth is that fresh juice and smoothies need to be consumed within 8-12 hours for best results.

Our solution?

Freeze it.

The next time you juice or make a smoothie, try doubling the recipe and pouring the excess in ice cube trays (before adding Chanson water or non-dairy milk to dilute it). When frozen, transfer the cubes to a freezer-safe bag and label.

They’ll be ready for you the next time you are short on time and/or ingredients. Just pop 6-8 cubes in the blender along with some 9.5 Chanson alkaline ionized water for juices or unsweetened non-dairy milk for smoothies, blend, and you’re good to go!

This method works great for using produce that would otherwise go bad in the pantry, and being able to add seasonal ingredients to your juices and smoothies year-round.

The result will be rather slushy, and separation may occur which is why we recommend using a glass with straw or a container with a lid in order to stir or shake. If you’re really short on time you can just add the cubes as you would ice to flavor your Chanson water.

We recommend that you drink at least one juice or green smoothie a day, and enjoy them fresh whenever possible. And keep in mind that you can always add a combination of fresh juice or produce to your frozen cubes for variety.

See 5 other ways you can use Chanson alkaline ionized water to enhance beverages and try our juice and smoothie recipes! Chanson water ionizers are available at www.chansonwater.com.

Alkaline Recipe: Veggie Mexican Lasanga

Veggie Mexican Lasagna

Serves 6-8

Got an upcoming potluck or having people over for dinner? Try our crowd-pleasing Veggie Mexican Lasagna! It’s vegan!

Ingredients:

  • 12 small corn tortillas
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 yellow crooked neck squash, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 chives, chopped
  • 1 8 oz. can black beans
  • 1 large can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 2 8 oz. cans black olives
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Guacamole to top (try mashing avocado, fresh lime juice, onion powder, pepper and seasoned salt together)

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Soak all produce in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson ionized alkaline water for 10 minutes.
Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish, and line the bottom of the pan with one layer of six corn tortillas and set aside. Mix enchilada sauce, marinara sauce and cumin together in a large bowl. Add all other ingredients (including soaked and drained veggies) to a separate bowl (except guacamole, chives and green onions). Arrange a layer of veggie bean mix on top of the tortillas and cover with sauce. Top with tortillas and add another layer of veggies and sauce. Top with olives and bake (uncovered) for 45 minutes to an hour. Whip up a batch of guacamole towards the end of the cooking time. Add chives and fresh guacamole when the dish is out of the oven and serve.

Look for new alkaline recipes every Monday, check out our previous recipes, and visit us at www.chansonwater.com for more information about the health benefits of Chanson alkaline ionized water.

7 Tips to Help You Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is the key to a healthy body.

Not only does adequate water intake aid in disease prevention, improve appearance, and increase energy levels, but it also benefits things like our mental and physical performance and memory.

Yet studies report that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated!

Your body loses approximately half its weight in ounces daily through normal everyday functions like perspiration, exhalation, urination and deification. Therefore we recommend that you drink a minimum of half of your body weight in ounces daily in order to replace the lost water and to prevent dehydration.

We realize that this can sound like a daunting amount, and you may need to work your way up, but we guarantee your body will thank you for it!

Here are 7 simple tips for increasing your daily water intake and staying hydrated this summer:

1. Switch to ionized alkaline water

Users report that ionized alkaline water (made with a water ionizer) does not leave a bloated or waterlogged feeling. We attribute this to the microclustering claim made by Japanese scientists that ionized alkaline water is able to deeper hydrate your cells. The electric charge in the water (via electrolysis) has also been said to create a healthy craving for the water.

2. Start your day off right

Try drinking 1-2 glasses of water the first thing in the morning when you wake up in order to replace water lost during slumber and get a head start on your daily water intake.

3. Take water wherever you go

Carry a refillable glass or BPA-free water bottle with you for easy access on-the-go, and make sure to always have a glass at your desk. Just having the water on hand will remind you to drink it and help you meet your quota.

4. Choose water instead of other beverages

Instead of reaching for a soda or sports drink, fill a glass of water instead. Substituting water for one 20-ounce soda will save you about 240 calories!

5. Sip water in between meals

Don’t reserve beverages for mealtime only – make sure to sip throughout the day. Every drop adds up!

6. Flavor it!

Adding flavor to water has been found to help people drink more than when left unflavored. Check out our suggestions for Ways to Jazz up the Flavor of Water.

7. Eat your water

Add more water-dense foods like broccoli, zucchini, watermelon, lettuce, tomatoes to your diet for added hydration.

Visit www.chansonwater.com for more information on the benefits of alkaline ionized water and to get your own water ionizer.

Alkaline Recipe: Green Machine Smoothie

Green Machine Smoothie

Serves 1

While parsley may not be your first choice to add to a smoothie, it’s packed with nutrients and this recipe helps to mask the taste. Trust us, we didn’t care for parsley either, but we love the taste of the Green Machine Smoothie.

Fun fact: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is rumored to dislike parsley so much that she learned how to say “no parsley please” in some six languages!

Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 2 frozen bananas, peeled
  •  1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 piece fresh pineapple (1″ thick)
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2-4 oz. Chanson ionized alkaline water

Directions: Soak spinach and parsley in a bowl of8.0-8.5 pH Chanson ionized alkaline water for 10 minutes. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender (using fresh Chanson water – more for a thinner smoothie, less for a thicker one). Serve.

Tip: To make frozen bananas, peel and chunk into 1-2 inch pieces and place in ice cube trays. Freeze for at least 6 hours. You can put any remaining frozen bananas in a freezer safe bag to keep on hand.

Look for new alkaline recipes every Monday, check out our previous recipes, and visit us at www.chansonwater.com for more information about the health benefits of Chanson alkaline ionized water.

4 Tips to Shift Your Eating Habits

Remember the Lay’s potato chip slogan “Betcha can’t eat just one?”

Well, it’s more than just a slogan, it’s a scientific fact that processed foods are designed to make you crave more of them by depriving you of the nutrition your body needs. Scientists in labs literally work to design foods which leave you feeling unsatisfied, so that you’ll consume more of the products the major brands they represent produce.

You Are What You Eat

It’s no wonder that our country is now facing an epidemic of lifestyle-related diseases like obesity, diabetes and cancer. Americans are bombarded with more processed food choices than ever, and the lure of the convienent fast food drive thru and dollar menu is on almost every street corner. Food can be a drug and it’s time that we start recognizing unhealthy foods as such.

Even animals are not immune to the addiction of processed foods, as evidenced in this funny video: Sam the Shoplifting Seagull Is Addicted to Doritos.

Taste is a Learned Response; Not a Fixed Response

Fortunately, taste is not a fixed sense and can be reprogrammed to get you craving the right type of foods that your body will thrive on instead of the foods that may ultimately destroy it.

According to Anna Coutler of Better World Cuisine, “Taste preferences will change with time and support your new way of eating. The understanding that enjoying a food can grow on us is absolutely true. After we have eaten a new food about a dozen times, the body will call for it again and it will become one of the preferred foods. By habitually stretching your palate, the tolerance and enjoyment of healthy foods will increase. The more one eats high-nutrient foods, the less one craves low-nutrient foods. Over time, wanting less fat, protein and carbohydrates happens naturally, and the fabulously healthy foods become our favorites.”

4 Tips to Shift Your Eating Habits

1. Introduce New Alkaline Foods Into Your Diet – It’s easier to add foods to your diet than to subtract them, so an easy tip is to try adding one new alkaline fruit or vegetable to your shopping cart each week. Examples include avocados, kale, spinach, cucumber, broccoli, asparagus, coconut, grapefruit and lemons.

2. Start Your Day With a Green Juice or Smoothie – According to raw food expert Karen Knowler, whatever type of food you eat upon rising (sugary, starchy, healthy, etc.) is what you are likely to crave for the remainder of the day. So by starting each day with a nutritious green juice or smoothie, you are setting yourself up for success.

3. Drink More Water – Oftentimes when we feel hungry, we are actually dehydrated. Try drinking a minimum of half your body weight in ounces daily in order to stay properly hydrated and to ward off food cravings. Chanson alkaline ionized water is able to hydrate and detoxify without leaving a bloated or waterlogged feeling. Visit us at www.chansonwater.com for more information.

4. Switch Your Sweetener – Sugar is highly addicting and has been linked to cancer, and artificial sweeteners are loaded with toxins that make them even more damaging to health. Instead, try stevia or xylitol. Both are natural sweeteners with a low glycemic index that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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