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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.

6 Hidden Acid-Forming Substances

By now you may be well aware that sodas, coffee, alcohol, bottled water and sports drinks as well as processed food, meat, dairy, sugar and most bread and pasta products are all acid-forming foods and drinks that should be replaced with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and Chanson alkaline ionized water.

But Dr. Theodore Baroody, author of “Alkalize or Die” has identified six other acid-forming substances that threaten our health and the natural alkaline environment of our bodies.

1. Dry Cleaning

Harsh chemicals can be absorbed through the pores, and carbon tetrachloride is used in dry cleaning and is acid-forming. If dry cleaning is a must, it is recommended that you air out garments before wearing them. For a safer detergent option, we offer Power Powder Organic Friendly Laundry Soap.

2. Beauty Products

It is estimated that 1 out of every 120 beauty products contains ingredients certified by the government as known or probable carcinogens according to Dr. Leign Erin Connealy, author of “Be Perfectly Healthy.” Most shampoos, soaps, cosmetics and hair dyes that are not organically-based 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.

3. Stress

Stress, negative emotions, thoughts and words have all been found to be acid-forming, while alternative healing systems such as yoga, massage therapy, counseling, and acupuncture are alkaline-forming. World famous photographer Masaru Emoto has photographed thousands of water crystals after being exposed to negative and positive words. He says, “Negative words have an immediate, disastrous effect on crystals. Think twice before exposing yourself to negative thoughts.”

4. Prescription and OTC Drugs

Approximately 98% of all prescription and over the counter drugs are acid-forming. While we don’t recommend going off any prescriptions without your doctors advice, it’s important to know that what you are taking may affect your acid-alkaline balance so that you can be proactive. Offset the drug acidity by drinking plenty of Chanson ionized alkaline water between meals. IMPORTANT: Do not swallow your prescription drugs with alkaline water, as it may cause time-released tablets to be absorbed quicker by the body. Instead, use the filtered setting on your Chanson ionizer with pills and during meals instead.

5. Carpet, Wood Paneling, and Chip Board Flooring

Carpet, wood paneling, and chip board flooring are all made with formaldehyde, which is acid-forming. Seek other eco-friendly options like bamboo, cork or wheatboard instead.

6. Cigarettes, Chewing Tobacco

Not surprisingly, tobacco is acid-forming and commercial cigarettes are also loaded with toxins and carcinogens. Kick the habit and encourage others to do so as well.

So there you have it. The six acid-forming substances to avoid in addition to the unhealthy foods and drinks which have become staples in the Standard American Diet (appropriately abbreviated SAD). Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day of Chanson alkaline ionized water to combat the acidity our bodies face on a daily basis.