What’s in Your Water?

According to a report by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), “There are a number of threats to drinking water: improperly disposed of chemicals; animal wastes; pesticides; human threats; wastes injected underground; and naturally occurring substances can all contaminate drinking water. Likewise, drinking water that is not properly treated or disinfected, or which travels through an improperly maintained distribution system, may also pose a health risk.”

Bottled waters are not heavily regulated and thus not immune from these threats, which is why many authorities including the EPA and the Presidents Cancer Panel are currently recommending filtered tap water over bottled water.

Here is a snapshot of some of the most common chemicals and contaminants that may be lurking in your water but can effectively be filtered out with a prefilter or whole house filtration system:

Chlorine

Chlorine is intentionally added to the majority of municipal tap water supplies in order to kill bacteria. “Chlorine is so dangerous,” according to biologist/chemist Dr. Herbert Schwartz, “that it should be banned. Putting chlorine in the water is like starting a time bomb. Cancer, heart trouble, premature senility, both mental and physical are conditions attributable to chlorine treated water supplies. It is making us grow old before our time by producing symptoms of ageing such as hardening of the arteries.”

Because hot showers create a steam which is inhaled and causes our pores to dilate, our skin and lungs absorb as much chlorine during one ten minute shower as it would if we drank eight 8-oz. glasses of the same water! According to the EPA, “Breathing small amounts of chlorine for short periods of time adversely affects the human respiratory system. Effects range from coughing and chest pain to water retention in the lungs. Chlorine irritates the skin, the eyes, and the respiratory system.” So installing a shower filter or whole house filtration system that will remove most chlorine is highly recommended.

Fluoride

Many municipalities add fluoride to our water supply under the guise that it is supposed to help strengthen baby teeth. According to the scientific research, fluoride consumption creates multiple hazards with respect to cancer. Fluoride can actually produce cancer, transforming normal human cells into cancerous ones, even at concentrations of only 1ppm (parts per million) – the official “safe” dosage set by the U.S. Public Health Service for drinking water.

The fluoride which is added to 90% of drinking water is actually hydrofluoric acid which is a manmade compound with no nutritional value and a chemical byproduct of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing. Several bottled waters including Arrowhead, Sparkletts, Poland Springs and Crystal Springs contain fluoride, which means that if they are using the conventional reverse osmosis method they actually took the time to put this poison back into their product!

Heavy Metals – Mercury, Lead, Arsenic

Too much lead or mercury in the human body can cause serious damage to the brain, nervous system and kidneys. Infants and young children are especially vulnerable to heavy metal poisoning, and even at low levels, it can affect a child’s physical development and ability to learn. Arsenic has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver, and prostate. Non-cancer effects can include thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting; diarrhea; numbness in hands and feet; partial paralysis; and blindness. Homes built before 1940 may have lead pipes which can leach into your drinking water. If your pipes are made of lead, they should be replaced as soon as possible, but even then lead may find it’s way into your drinking water unless you are using an adequate filter.

Chloroform and trichloroethylene

Chloroform (a Trihalomethane or THM) and trichloroethylene (TCE) are two highly volatile toxic chemicals that have been identified in many municipal drinking-water supplies. The National Academy of Sciences has estimated that 200-1,000 people may die in the U.S. each year from cancers caused by ingesting these contaminants in water. According to a study by Dr. Julian Andelman, hot showers (109F) can liberate about 50% of the dissolved chloroform and 80% of the dissolved TCE into the air, and both the heat and the large surface-to-volume ratio of small droplets increase vaporization. TCE, chloroform, benzene and others are readily absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream.

Pharmacutical drugs

In 2008, the Associated Press published a report that found various pharmaceutical compounds in the water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas across the United States serving over 51 million Americans. Do you really want to be drinking traces of someone else’s antibiotics, mood stabilizers, sex hormones, steroids or painkillers?

VOC’s, Pesticides and Herbicides

Our municipal water treatment facilities do not remove VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), and there are currently more than 60,000 of them in existence, most of which are man-made synthetic chemicals. According to Ralph Nader Research Institute, “U.S. drinking water contains more than 2,100 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer.”

The use of pesticides and herbicides has become so excessive that they are now commonly found in household tap water and bottled waters with alarming frequency. Many pesticides and herbicides are known, suspected or probable carcinogens. As stated in a recent report from the National Cancer Institute to the surgeon general, “No level of exposure to a chemical carcinogen should be considered toxicologically insignificant for humans.”

Protect yourself and your family from these harmful chemicals and contaminants and more with a drinking water prefilter, and either a shower filter or whole house filter today. Visit www.chansonwater.com for more information.

Alkaline Ionized Water & Water Ionizer Myths Debunked

Because there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet regarding water ionizers and alkaline ionized water, we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of the most common myths and provide the truth.

Here are 5 top myths, debunked:

Won’t my stomach acid render alkaline water consumption useless?

No. There is no hydrochloric acid pouch in our body, and the stomach wall makes sodium bicarbonate to alkalize our food not digest our food. HCL is only produced when we eat or drink acid-forming foods and drinks and is balanced in equal proportion by sodium bicarbonate production. When we consume alkaline forming foods and drink alkaline ionzed water, the body does not need the sodium bicarbonate production and thus the HCL production is not required either!
 
Dr. Robert O. Young explains, “Alkaline electron-rich water…does not trigger the release of sodium bicarbonate and thus does not cause the creation of the acid HCl, so it does not interfere with the alkalizing of the food. In fact, alkaline electron-rich water–with its high concentration of electrons–helps the alkalizing of the food and also helps to neutralize the caustic acidic poisonous HCL, preventing the acidification of the blood and tissues.”
 
Can’t I make my own alkaline water with lemon juice, baking soda or pH drops?
 
Technically the pH level of water can be modified slightly by adding certain substances, however they will not necessarily reach the optimal pH level of 9.5. More importantly, alkalizing the water without the use of a water ionizer will not reduce the ORP, so the water will still be oxidizing to the body and create free radicals which destroy cells. Ionization is also the only way to microcluster the water, which allows it to hydrate up to six times better than non-ionized water, and detoxify cells more thoroughly. For these same reasons, drinking alkaline water from a non-electric ionizer or by making your own with alkaline water pouches and the like will not provide the bulk of the benefits that an electric water ionizer does. See our article Why Non-Electric “Ionizers” Can’t Compare With Chanson Ionizer Machines for more information.

When it comes to ionizers, isn’t more power a good thing? 

More power can actually wear down your ionizers plates faster. At only 150 watts and 5 amps, Chanson water ionizers use the least power of any ionizer without sacrificing quality or performance. Both the Miracle M.A.X. and the upcoming Revolution Chanson ionizers use a sophisticated SMPS power system–the same one that is used in the new flat-screen panel TVs. This system automatically adjusts the power to the plates based on the rate of water flow, doubling the longevity of your unit!

Isn’t mesh technology is better than solid ionizer plates because it increases surface area?

The idea of mesh plates being better than solid plates is mostly all just marketing hype. We have found little difference in performance between mesh vs. solid plates. Despite many tests we have not seen a benefit from mesh or slotted plates, and we have found that in some cases, the coating actually wears off faster or has problems with rust. Therefore we continue to offer only original, double-dipped and baked solid plates on all of our ionizers.

Isn’t UV technology a valuable upgrade for an ionizer?

We consider the UV technology in a water ionizer to be a marketing ploy that provides little if any actual benefit to the customer. While UV is used in commercial water treatment, we do not believe that the contact time between the water and the UV light in an ionizer is sufficient to kill bacteria. And even if it does kill any, it doesn’t remove it so you would still be drinking dead bacteria. Furthermore, we have been told that once the light burns out, it can not be replaced. Currently in the USA, all city water has been treated with chlorine or chloramines which will have already killed any bacteria in your water. If you have well water or bacteria concerns, we offer the Chanson Ultra Filter which will remove bacteria and not clog.

If you have a question or concern that is not listed here, please check our FAQ and feel free to ask. Our water experts will be more than happy to address all questions. For more information on Chanson water ionizers and alkaline ionized water, please visit www.chansonwater.com.

Alkaline Recipe: Vegan Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Vegan Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
Serves 2
This easy and delicious soup could make a great starter or main course for a home-cooked Valentines meal.
Ingredients:
  • 1 Large fresh tomato
  • 1 14.5 oz. Can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups Unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 Pkg. Fresh basil (remove stems & chop)
  • 2 Large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • Onion powder, sea salt & black pepper to taste
Directions: Soak tomato, basil and garlic in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson alkaline ionized water for 10 minutes. Combine all ingredients except lemon juice and spices in blender and blend. Add all ingredients except spices to large pot and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spices, stir 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.

Alkaline Recipe: Green Juice

Due to the amazing properties of chlorophyll, green vegetables have been found to be the healthiest produce you can consume and thus you will want to try to craft your fresh juices around them as much as possible.

Green Juice Recipe

Yields just over 1 liter

Ingredients:
2 Cucumbers
4 Celery stalks
4 Handfuls baby spinach
2 Kiwis
2 Pears

Directions: Peel kiwi and soak all ingredients in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson alkaline ionized water for ten minutes. Chop ingredients and add to juicer. Dilute resulting juice with 4 oz. Chanson ionized water to offset the acidity of the concentrated juice and enjoy within 12 hours.

We also recommend these juicing combinations: cucumber-pear and green apple-kale.

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.

Alkaline Recipe: Veggie Chili

 

Veggie Chili

This would make a great dip for Superbowl Sunday! You can also have it for dinner and then use the leftovers to make nachos, chili fries, and to top baked potatoes.

Serves 12

Ingredients:

1 lg can Hunts Crushed tomato with basil
1 lg can kidney beans
1 lg can black beans
1 lg can chili beans
1/2 sm can sliced jalepenos
1 diced green bell pepper
1/2 white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced

Directions:

Soak veggies in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson ionized alkaline water. Add all ingredients to crock pot and simmer on low for six hours. Optional: Garnish with avocado slices.

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.

Alkaline Recipe: Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie
This actually has a very mild flavor, with the spinach giving it a bit of a kick. You can try purchasing bags of frozen strawberries to have on hand when not in season. (Produce which is intended for freezing is usually less pesticide-ridden than fresh.)
 
Serves 1
Ingredients:
  • 1 Large banana
  • 4 Strawberries
  • 1 Handful baby spinach leaves
  • 1 Cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 Scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder (avoid powders which contain whey and/or artificial sweeteners)
  • Crushed ice (preferably made with alkaline ionized water
Directions: Soak spinach and strawberries in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson alkaline ionized water for 10 minutes. Add all ingredients to blender and serve immediately.

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 Easy Steps to Conquering Your Fears for Good

The number one thing that holds us back from achieving our goals and dreams and being happier and healthier is fear.

Fear may show up in many ways such as overeating, procrastination, and self-sabotage. It’s important to remember that no matter how old we are, we all face (or bury) fears on a regular basis. You are not alone!

A man named Jia Jiang decided he no longer wanted to fear rejection and set out to ask 100 strangers outrageous requests fully expecting them to decline, so as to be able to get used to rejection and learn to no longer fear it. These requests included things such as if the first guy in line at Best Buy on Thanksgiving would give him his spot for free, and if he could trim his hair at PetsMart. The surprising result was that many of his 100 requests were actually accepted!
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6 Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy

We’ve all faced sudden bouts of fatigue and have likely looked to coffee, soda, or energy drinks for a temporary boost to get through a particularly challenging morning, commute, or afternoon slump from time to time.

The problem with these temporary solutions is that they are acidifying to the body and very difficult to neutralize. When large amounts of caffeinated beverages are consumed on a regular basis, we are contributing to an underlying cause of fatigue: dehydration.

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How to Keep Your Produce Fresher Longer

Did you know that Americans waste over 33 million tons of food per year?

We all have good intentions when loading up our shopping carts, and don’t plan to end up tossing a percentage of the foods we buy in the garbage.

But unfortunately sometimes life gets in the way and our food spoils before we have a chance to eat it. This can particularly be a problem with organic produce, although regular produce is sometimes even more susceptible to rapid spoiling.

Our refrigerators are a breeding ground for bacteria, which grows at a rate of one billion units per second. Those microorganisms cause our fruits and vegetables to get moldy, limp, and rotten, resulting in food waste if you don’t eat the food quick enough.
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Alkaline Meal Plan Series – Day #30

We have curated over 800 alkaline recipes on our Pinterest board and are now curating full day meal plans in this alkaline meal plan series for those who want to eat alkaline but don’t know where to start.

Remember to soak all produce in 8.0-8.5 pH Chanson alkaline ionized water for 10 minutes for best results as well as to use 9.5 ionized alkaline water whenever water is called for in a recipe including to boil with.

Breakfast

Lunch

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