14 Common Health Misconceptions

Here we will debunk several food, drink and lifestyle myths as they relate to overall health. Some information may shock you, but overall we hope that what you learn will inspire you to make changes in your everyday life and diet and better your health.

Top 14 Food, Drink and Lifestyle Misconceptions:

1. Milk is the best source of calcium for your body, particularly your bones

This is probably the most widely believed health myth of all, and we encourage you to share what you are about to read with others. Studies have actually found a link between high dairy consumption and osteoporosis. Why? Because like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body’s pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. The calcium in the milk itself is rendered useless because it combines with phosphorus (also in milk) which blocks the absorption of calcium. Calcium from our bones is used to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones it leaves the body via urine, so the surprising net result is an actual calcium deficit after drinking milk. For more information, please read our article: Forget Milk. Got Chanson Ionized Water?

2. Meat is the best source of protein, and vegans/vegetarians don’t get enough protein since they don’t eat meat

The truth is, the average American gets approximately 50% more protein than needed or recommended. Unlike certain vitamins that our bodies can store and use at a later time, the body has no means of storing excess protein, and it ends up putting a strain on the liver and the kidneys. Next to water, protein is the main substance in plant and animal cells, with the exception of fat cells. Unlike animal protein, plants can manufacture all amino acids from nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and other chemicals through photosynthesis, while meat only contains some of them. Animal protein production requires more than eight times as much fossil-fuel energy than production of plant protein.

According to Dr. Howard Murad, “There are many benefits to eating vegetable protein food as opposed to animal sources of protein. Vegetable proteins contain no cholesterol or saturated fat and in many cases also provide a good source of dietary fiber.”

3. Bottled water and reverse osmosis water is good for you

The process known as reverse osmosis rids tap water of most nasty toxins, contaminants and bacteria, but it also strips it of valuable minerals, rendering it acidic which actually causes the body to rob itself of minerals to offset the unnatural imbalance. Most bottled waters are just tap water which have been run through a reverse osmosis system and have an acidic pH which means they can actually be dehydrating! Although bottled waters are the lesser evil when it comes to selecting a pre-packaged beverage as they do not contain sweeteners, preservatives and artificial ingredients which would make them even more acidic, the healthiest and most hydrating drink of all is alkaline ionized water.

4. Diet soda is healthier than regular soda

Soda is one of the most acidic things you can consume with an average pH of 2.5. The artificial sweeteners in diet soda have an even worse effect on the body than regular sugar. Aspartame (found in NutraSweet and Equal) is considered neurotoxic, allergenic, and carcicongenic according to Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy. Eliminating all sodas and artificial sweeteners from your household is one of the best things you can do for you and your family. We recommend an all-natural sweetener called Stevia as a healthy alternative.

5. If I was dehydrated, I would know it by extreme thirst

The truth is that 75% of Americans are dehydrated and most don’t even know it! Our thirst mechanism is extremely weak and does not kick in until the body is already dehydrated. Common signs of dehydration include headaches, dry skin, dark urine, dry mouth, fatigue and nausea. Also, when we feel hungry, sometimes we are actually thirsty instead of hungry but for whatever reason our bodies can’t tell the difference. Water plays many essential roles in the body, including digesting food, carrying waste products out of the body, providing a medium in which biochemical reactions such as metabolism occur, sending electrical messages between cells, regulating body temperature and lubricating joints so it’s important to get enough. Try upping your water intake to a minimum of half your weight in ounces (more if you are athletic or highly active), and try drinking a glass of water the next time you feel hungry to see if that takes the edge off.

6. Sports drinks are ideal for athletes and during workouts

The truth is, the leading sports drink has a pH of only 2.95, making it MORE ACIDIC than Red Bull and Diet Coke! When you consume sports drinks, your body leeches alkaline minerals from the body to neutralize them; particularly calcium from bones and magnesium from muscles–two of the most easily and frequently injured areas of an athlete’s body. Thus, drinking sports drinks may actually weaken the body and make it more prone to injury! In addition, the leading sports drink has a positive Oxygen Reduction Potential (ORP) of 318, which means it contains free radicals which actually DESTROY cells!
7. 100% fruit juice drinks and Jamba Juice smoothies are healthy

Even 100% fruit juice has a high, concentrated sugar content which slows fluid absorption, and the acids in the juice may cause stomach upset. Some falsely believe that sugar derived from fruits it is acceptable, however your body doesn’t know the difference and converts sugar into alcohol. Try diluting fruit juice with alkaline ionized water to reduce the sugar intake and offset the acidity and to wean children off of fruit juice.

One Jamba Juice smoothie contains more sugar than the USDA recommends we  consume in an entire day. A “Jamba Light” (their low-cal solution) is made with Splenda (sucralose). Self-reported adverse reactions to Splenda or sucralose collected by the Sucralose Toxicity Information Center include: skin rashes/flushing, panic-like agitation, dizziness and numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle aches, headaches, intestinal cramping, bladder issues, and stomach pain and is believed to be a possible migraine trigger. Try making your own fruit smoothies at home with low-sugar fruits and coconut or almond milk for an occasional treat.

8. I don’t have to buy organic produce–I can just wash off the pesticides with tap water

Unfiltered tap water is littered with contaminants, chemicals, toxins, bacteria and even pesticides and antibiotics. Rinsing your produce with unfiltered tap water is like bathing in a muddy puddle–while you may get some of bacteria off, you are more likely to actually pick up extra contaminants. A better solution is to buy organic and soak produce in 9.5 alkaline water for 10 minutes which will not only cleanse the food but enhance the flavor and temporarily give it a negative ORP, which creates antioxidants. The most pesticide-ridden produce that should always be bought organic include peaches, spinach, apples, celery, strawberries, imported nectarines, imported grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale.

9. “No pain, no gain” is the right motto when it comes to exercise

Pain during and after exercise is usually a result of lactic acid production, which is toxic and acidifying to the body and thus counterproductive to health. Rather than pushing the body to exhaustion or inflicting pain on the muscles and joints, you should practice aerobic exercises like walking, jogging or rebounding (jumping on a mini trampoline) or static exercises like yoga, pilates, stretching and pain-free weight-training which are all alkaline-forming. The two most important things to remember are that you need to break a sweat without being so out-of-breath that you can’t carry on a conversation while exercising, and that if you start to feel pain ease up on whatever you are doing (for example, if you are jogging, resume walking until the pain subsides). Drinking Chanson alkaline ionized water during exercise is believed by many athletes to support a faster recovery time.

10. Everyone should get a flu shot annually

According to Dr. J. Anthony Morris, the former Chief Vaccine Control Officer at the FDA, “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine, thus far developed, is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza.” Flu shot ingredients include toxins such as ethylene glycol (a.k.a. antifreeze), formaldehyde, aluminum and thimerosol (a form of mercury). Thimerosol has been banned in all childhood vaccinations in the United States, yet it still remains in the influenza vaccine today. Boost your immune system with alkalizing foods and ionized alkaline water this flu season instead of injecting yourself and your loved ones with toxic chemicals.

11. Anyone who thinks their “stuff doesn’t stink” is merely suck up

Pungent, odorous feces and gas are actually symptoms of an acidic body, which is unnatural and unhealthy. The sad truth is that as over-consumers of highly acidic foods like meat, dairy, and carbs, we’ve just learned to live with the stinky consequences and accept them as an unavoidable reality. But, adopting an alkalarian diet of fresh vegetables, fruits and alkaline water creates an internal alkaline environment which is the opposite of acidic, and thus odorless feces! So if someone were to ask us if we thought our stuff didn’t stink, we could proudly reply “Yep!”

12. Once you develop an allergy, there’s no way to get rid of it, you can only control it with antihistamines

According Dr. Robert O. Young, author of The pH Miracle: “Allergies are 100% reversible with an alkaline diet and lifestyle.” Antihistamines are acid-forming and can cause dehydration, but allergies can be treated by increased water intake, because hydrating the body inhibits the excess production and release of histamine. Mucus traps allergens in, and alkaline ionized water (which is more hydrating than regular water and can penetrate cells deeper) helps flush out mucus.

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj states, “This demonstration of water to histamine has been demonstrated in several animal experiments. It is now physiologically apparent that water by itself has very strong antihistaminic properties.” So instead of reaching for an acidifying antihistamine this allergy season, reach for a glass of alkaline ionized water instead.

13. Radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery are the best solutions for cancer

In the book The Hidden Truth of Cancer, Dr. Keiichi Morishita says, “Modern medicine in America treats malignant (cancer) cells as if they were bacteria or viruses. It uses chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to treat cancer. Yet none of these treatments will help very much, if after all of that, the acidic environment remains. Drinking water that has a high alkaline pH, because of its de-acidifying effect, will help in preventing cancer. In Asia, alkaline water is regularly served to patients, and is considered a regular part of treatment.”

Studies have shown that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are usually only effective with some of the more rare types of cancer, and that an alkaline diet of fruits and vegetables can have miraculous healing and preventative effects. For more information, we recommend the films “Healing Cancer from Inside Out” and “Cancer is Curable NOW.

14. I could never adopt a vegan, vegetarian or raw food diet because it’s “too hard”

Joe Cross went on 60 day juice fast while driving across America with a juicer in the back of his car and inspired many to try a juice fast in the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” Thousands of people have quit eating meat, dairy, animal products and/or the use of heat to prepare their food and never looked back, or sustained their diet for a period of their choosing. Presumably all achieved some variation of positive health results through these even temporary dietary changes.

Here’s a secret–processed foods are designed to make you crave more of them, and when you eliminate them from your diet you will find that you no longer crave them the way you used to! In fact, you will start to crave healthy foods because your body will adapt. The beginning of a diet is always the hardest as your body is thrown into detox mode and has not learned to release those cravings and will initially be confused as to where all the things like sugar have gone and cry out for them. Therefore you should be prepared and motivated, or try to ease into it. Even reducing the amount of animal products, processed foods, sugary drinks and cooked foods you consume has benefits. For example, you could start by replacing soda with alkaline ionized water, cow’s milk with almond milk, and adopting “Meatless Mondays.” You are ultimately in control of your health and if we can do it, so can you.

For more on the benefits of alkaline ionized water, visit www.chansonwater.com.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only. The author of this article is not a medically trained physician; therefore, any theories or suggestions put forward are intended to supplement and not replace the advice of medically or legally trained professionals.

How to Make Your Thanksgiving Meal More Alkaline

The holidays are most often an excuse to overindulge or neglect your diet, but they don’t have to be. Perhaps you’re dedicated to or interested in keeping your alkaline-acid balance as close to 80/20 as possible, or your family has dietary restrictions due to diabetes or high blood pressure, or your son is bringing a vegetarian to dinner.

Whatever the case may be, choosing to prepare and serve holiday meals which are more nutritious and less acidic is the best choice you can make for you and your family. Here we will offer some suggestions as to alternatives or modifications to the traditional Thanksgiving meal. We hope that you will be inspired to try something new or to create your own, healthier, more alkaline dishes.

Beverages

In general it’s best to drink as little as possible of ANY beverage with meals in order to not dilute your food and to better absorb its nutrients.

The healthiest, most alkaline beverage you can consume is Chanson ionized alkaline water. However, because your stomach uses its acids to break down the food you digest, it’s best not to drink more than four ounces of alkaline ionized water with meals or too close to your meal time. Therefore we recommend waiting one hour before and after meals before drinking alkaline ionized water, and serving purified water from a Chanson ionizer with meals if drinking more than four ounces. Bottled water is often acidic and plain tap water is filled with toxins and contaminants and should thus be avoided.

Instead of alcohol, you may want to try Martha Stewart’s non-alcoholic Ginger Beer. Sugar can be replaced with stevia or agave nectar, which are both natural sweeteners. You can also try adding slices of lime and lemon to make it more alkalizing. Ginger has long been used to settle upset stomachs, so it may help in the event that some of your guests overeat all of your yummy food! Because this drink is non-alcoholic, it may be a good alternative to sodas for children (although you may want to use less ginger so that it’s more palatable). It takes 32 glasses of alkaline water to offset the damaging acidity of one glass of soda, therefore soda should be avoided at all costs. Diet sodas aren’t any better and contain artificial sweeteners with carcinogenic ingredients.

Instead of cow’s milk, try almond milk. Despite the widespread belief that the calcium in cow’s milk is necessary for building strong bones, studies show a link between high milk consumption and osteoporosis! Cow’s milk is acidic, and instead of absorbing the calcium in it, your body literally robs its bones of minerals to offset the acidity! Alternatives like goat’s milk, soy milk, rice milk and almond milk are all preferred, however almond milk is most alkaline. You can find original, vanilla and chocolate almond milk at your grocery or health food store, or might want to try making your own Vanilla Almond Milk.

Instead of unnatural fruit juices and punch, try preparing fresh-squeezed lemonade sweetened with stevia or agave nectar. Adults and kids alike might also enjoy Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice (can substitute stevia or agave nectar for honey, and cut out or reduce pineapple juice which is acidic). Another simple yet festive alternative would be fresh carrot juice, which you can make with your own juicer.

If alcohol must be served, try limiting it to red wine, well known for its antioxidant properties.

Starters

It’s best to start your holiday meal with a salad course followed by a soup course. This will allow your body to absorb the nutrients in the salad’s raw vegetables and fruits, while simultaneously filling you up so that you don’t overindulge on the main course and desserts. It’s important to soak all fruits and vegetables8.0-8.5 pH Chanson ionized water to remove pesticides and to enhance flavor, and to buy organic if possible.

Some salads you might consider serving are: Energise for Life’s Alkaline Quinoa Salad W/Avocado, Poor Girl Eats Well’s Red Quinoa & Broccoli Salad with Almond Honey Vinaigrette, or your favorite salad with this lemon-based Alkaline Salad Dressing.

These soup recipes caught our eye: Martha Stewart’s Vegan Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Delish’s Ginger-Pumpkin Soup (substitue vegetable broth for vegetarians or to increase alkalinity) and Energise for Life’s Alkaline Pistou Soup (similar to ministrone). If you have a favorite vegetable soup recipe, that would certainly be a better alternative to canned, processed soups which are high in sodium and preservatives.

Sides

When preparing sides remember it’s important not use margarines as they are completely artificial and very acidifying.

Instead of serving traditional stuffing which tends to be high in carbohydrates, sodium and fat, consider these alternatives: Fall Apple Cranberry Stuffing (raw) or Rice and Nut Stuffing (can substitute quinoa for rice and almonds for pine nuts).

Instead of traditional mashed potatoes loaded with animal fat gravy, try using vegetable broth to make your own gravy or consider going gravy-free with either Herbed Mashed Potatoes or Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”.

As an alternative to green bean casserole loaded with fat and sodium, we suggest Gaby’s Spicy Garlic Green Beans or sauteed green beans squirted with lemon juice.

Forgo canned cranberry sauce which is high in sugar and preservatives and opt for Sugar Free Cranberry Chutney instead (use natural instead of artificial sweetener and consider adding nuts). Keep in mind that cranberries are acidic, so you only want to have a small portion.

Get more vegetables on everyone’s plate with Energise for Life’s Roasted Artichokes with Lemon Oil Dip or AllRecipes.com’s Grilled Asparagus (use sea salt and squeeze lemon on top if desired).

Main Dishes

We know, we know. Turkey is the main staple to a traditional Thanksgiving meal and everyone expects it to be served. But what if we told you that turkeys (along with chickens) don’t urinate, and that their urine is absorbed into their fleshy tissue (read: the meat you eat) instead? Willing to reconsider now? The truth is that all animal products are acidic and forgoing the bird is the best way to have a cruelty-free, environmentally friendly, alkaline holiday.

Top choices for alternative main dishes include: Alkaline Living’s Tofu Turkey, Martha Stewart’s Wild-Rice Stuffed Squash or Martha Stewart’s Quinoa Pie with Butternut Squash.

Desserts

Just because you’re trying to eat healthier and more alkaline doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert!

Put a twist on traditional pies with The Acid Alkaline Diet’s Pumpkin Pie or Live Apple Pie or try something more original like this Zesty Lemon Kuzu Dessert, raw vegan Rawberry Cheezecake or Pumpkin Soft Serve “Ice Cream”.

We wish you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season. Don’t hesitate to tell friends and family about the difference Chanson alkaline water has made in your life!

DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that not all ingredients in the recipes listed above are alkaline, and that not all experts agree on which foods are alkaline and which aren’t. The owners and affiliates of Chanson Water USA have not personally tested the recipes listed above but have deemed them to be mostly alkaline and better alternatives to traditional Thanksgiving fare.