How to Accelerate Addiction Recovery & Avoid Relapse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), relapse rates for recovering alcohol/drug addicts are alarmingly high at 40-60%. While no recovering addict wants to become a statistic, the simple fact is that it’s all to easy to slip back into old patterns whenever stress, anger, frustration, or temptation arises.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution that can help you or a loved one get and stay clean while restoring energy and vitality and boosting overall health in the process: ionized alkaline water from an electric water ionizer.

Here are five reasons ionized alkaline water is especially effective for helping recovering addicts get and stay clean:

1. Detoxification and Super Hydration Properties

One of the first steps to addiction recovery is ridding your body of the traces of the drugs through a form of detox, and drinking ionized alkaline water can effectively cleanse your system of all the toxic, acidic substances that have accumulated through substance abuse.

According to Daniel Reid, author of Tao of Detox, “When you’re detoxifying your body, you must drink extra quantities of pure alkaline water to dissolve, neutralize, and wash away all the toxins and acid wastes that the detox process releases into the blood stream from the tissues.”

Japanese scientists believe that the microclustered molecules of ionized alkaline water allow for deeper penetration in the cells, cleansing and hydrating you from the inside out, without that heavy, bloated, waterlogged feeling that standard water leaves behind.

2. Acid-Alkaline Balance

All drugs and alcohol are acidifying to the body, which means it creates an internal environment that is susceptible to illness and disease. The alkaline pH of ionized alkaline water is able to help offset the acidity accumulated within the body after years of substance abuse.

Dr. Robert O. Young puts it this way in his book The pH Miracle, “Ingesting chemicals (including prescription and over the counter medications)…disrupt and weaken the alkaline state of the digestive tract…Ionized water helps reverse the effects of acid accumulation in the body, the root cause of degenerative diseases and aging.”

3. Antioxidant Effects

Alkaline ionized water is rich in antioxidants, which can help undo some of the damage caused by substance abuse such as premature aging and an impaired immune system, helping you look and feel younger and healthier.

“You do not need expensive medicine with all the negative side effects to regain health… Alkaline water has profound long term effects because it alkalizes your body and provides an effective antioxidant,” per Dr. Ingfreid Hobert, author of Guide to Holistic Healing in the New Millennium.

4. Replaces Unhealthy Cravings with Healthy Cravings

Ionized alkaline water is created through the process of electrolysis, and the electric charge actually creates a craving to drink the water, shifting your addiction from a harmful substance to fresh, filtered, ultra hydrating water. Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, explains that often when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty. And when you start to drink more water, you start to crave healthier foods, which is important because proper diet plays a huge role in addiction recovery.

According to certified drug and alcohol counselor Jessica Parks, “Not eating properly or often enough can also lead to mood swings and irritability in recovery. This in turn increases your chance of relapse, as you may become tempted to control your moods by using drugs or alcohol. In early recovery, your body may not be able to tell the signs of hunger or low blood sugar from symptoms of withdrawal. If your brain is unable to distinguish between these two things, you may experience cravings for substances, when really you just need to feed your body with nutritious food.”

5. Bioavailable Minerals and Increased Effectiveness of Treatments

Ionized alkaline water is full of bioavailable alkaline minerals which nourish the body. According to Nedalee Ruiz of Chanson Water USA, it is also able to increase the effectiveness of addiction recovery treatments. She says, “One of the many reasons that electrolyzed water from a water ionizer is helpful in addiction recovery is that when used with medications to wean addicts off of other drugs, it makes the medications more effective and bioavailable.”

Former drug addict Trina M. states, “I abused crystal meth and my family for 19 years. Couldn’t afford rehab, but drinking alkaline ionized water had a profound affect in helping me get clean. I craved the water and it did such a wonderful job detoxing me that I have now been clean over 18 months without any other intervention.”

Drinking ionized alkaline water from an electric water ionizer can help recovering addicts detox, balance alkalinity, nourish and repair their cells, while cutting cravings and increasing the effectiveness of vitamins, minerals, and other treatments. It may also be effective at avoiding relapse by shifting cravings from abusive substances to healthy food and water long-term.

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.

10 Ways to Reduce Toxicity in Your Home

If you had to take a guess as to which is more toxic: a busy polluted city street or your own home, which would you choose?

The correct answer may surprise you.

Everything from the carpet underneath your feet to the often poorly ventilated air you are breathing to the chemicals and chemical by products in the water flowing through your tap contain toxic elements that over time can contribute to poor health.

In fact one study showed that women who work from home are more likely to develop breast cancer than those who don’t.

Here are a few ways you can reduce the toxicity in your home:

1. Invest in a whole house water filter

Think your drinking water is the only thing you need to filter? Think again.

Chloroform is carcinogenic and is formed from the chlorine that the government puts in the water to disinfect it. The University of Pittsburgh conducted a study which showed 6X higher levels of chloroform through inhalation versus water consumption.

So whenever you shower, use the dishwasher, washing machine, or flush your toilet, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are released into your home and inhaled. Your exposure to VOCs and other harmful chemicals can be reduced with a Whole House Filter and Chanson Spa Shower Filter.

2. Open your windows and try an air filter

By properly ventilating your home with open windows you will naturally help reduce the amount of toxins you home. Air filters can also help improve the air quality of your home, just make sure they are placed in a way that covers the entire square footage of your living space. Our new Chanson Miracle Sanitizer, though not an air filter, kills airborne pathogens and odors, rendering chemical air fresheners unnecessary and reducing toxins.

3. Clean with all natural products

Commercial cleaners are loaded with chemicals and chemical byproducts that can be harmful if inhaled as well as if they make contact with the skin or are ingested. Try using natural cleaners  like ionized acidic water from a Chanson water ionizer for a chemical-free shine as well as natural antibacterial action!

4. Say goodbye to chemical air fresheners

What are you using to scent your home? Chances are your sweet-smelling substance is full of cancer-causing chemicals that are by no means healthy to inhale. Switch from commercial air fresheners to a natural alternative.

5. Choose natural furnishings and fabrics

When moving, remodeling, or redecorating, consider natural materials, paint and fabrics like bamboo, cork and wheatboard over carpet, heavily treated wood paneling and chip board flooring.

7. Ditch dry cleaning and harsh detergents

The chemicals used in traditional dry cleaning and detergents are easily absorbed into the skin at a rate of 60%. Fortunately many dry cleaners now offer an organic dry cleaning option and you can try our power powder for a more eco-friendly home solution. Always allow dry cleaning items to air out before bringing them inside the house.

8. Reduce your use of electronics

Do you know which household appliance may be killing you? The truth is that all electronics give off electromagnetic radiation that may be damaging to health. In fact one study showed that if a charged cell phone were placed inside of a raw chicken it would cook the chicken in a mere three days time! Just think what it could be doing to your cells! Try limiting your use and distancing yourself from your electronic devices while you sleep.

9. Switch to natural beauty products

Most shampoos, soaps, and cosmetics are acid-forming and absorbed through the skin. Our SkinBalance product is all-natural and great for use as a skin toner, aftershave, an astringent, general cleaner, and hair conditioner. Explore mineral makeup and other organic beauty products for optimal health, and see our article on 9 Ways to Alkalize Your Beauty Routine.

10. Stop eating processed foods and buy organic produce

Processed foods are packed with preservatives, GMO’s, MSG, pesticides, fluoride, and artificial flavors and colorants. Aim to add more fresh produce to your shopping cart each week and cut down on the pre-packaged items. We’ve compiled a list of the foods which need to be bought organic versus the foods that don’t to help you shop.