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Periscope replay: Why bottled water may be harmful to your health

The following is a Periscope replay of our #WaterWednesday broadcast titled “Why bottled water may be harmful to your health.”

Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxkH1ku3hFY

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Our broadcasts take place Wednesdays at 2:30pm PST but will be temporarily suspended while Christina is on maternity leave (fall of 2015).

The Evolution of Water Consumption, Filtration, Treatment, and Delivery

Think water filtration or ionized alkaline water is new? It’s been around in one way or another since the beginning of time.

Here’s a historical timeline:

Dark Ages

Early man camped near water sources and collected naturally occuring ionzied alkaline spring water from streams, waterfalls, lakes and rivers using cupped hands, and later buckets and basins.

4000-2000 B.C.

Ancient Sanskrit and Greek writings recommended water treatment methods such as filtering through charcoal, exposing to sunlight, boiling, and straining in order to improve appearance of water.

1500 B.C.

To clarify water, the Egyptians reportedly used the chemical alum to cause suspended particles to settle out of water, and also siphoned water through a series of clay pots.

Egyptians and Greeks discovered that if they swirled and left water in copper and brass urns overnight, it turned sweeter (a mild form of ionization).

The Roman Empire built an extensive aqueduct system, with eleven aqueducts serving the city.

500 B.C.

The Greek scientist Hippocrates invented the first cloth bag filter and called it the “Hippocratic sleeve.”

1627

Sir Robert Bacon began experimenting with a form of sand filtration to remove salt particles from seawater.

1676

Anton van Leeuwenhoek became the first person to discover microorganisms in water.

1700s

Domestic water filter units made from wool, sponge, and charcoal began to be used in individual homes.

1804

The first large municipal water treatment plant was installed in Scotland in order to provide treated water to every resident.

1829

Evian water company was formed and began selling the water in earthenware.

1854

Several cities began to treat all water with sand filters and chlorine before distributing it to the public after British scientist John Snow discovered that he could use chlorine to kill bacteria in water.

1869

The first desalination patent was reported, and the first land-based steam distillation plant was established in Britain.

Late 1800’s

Municipal water treatment began to take hold in the U.S. Rapid sand filtration is experimented with, along with cleaning filters with powerful steam jets. A rapid decrease in waterborne diseases is noted at this time.

Early 1900’s

The first water ionizers are invented in Russia, designed to recreate what happens in nature when water runs over rocks–alkaline pH water with a low ORP (oxidation reduction potential).

1903

Water softeners, which use sodium ions to replace water-hardening minerals in water, were introduced into the water treatment market.

1908

Chlorine was used for the first time as a primary disinfectant of drinking water in Jersey City, New Jersey. The use of other disinfectants such as ozone also began in Europe around this time.

1914

Limited drinking water standards for municipalities in U.S. cities were implemented.

1940s

Federal drinking water standards were widely applied in the U.S.

1945

Fluoroide began to be added to the municipal tap water sources under the guise of preventing dental decay.

1958

The first residential water ionizer was developed and sold in Japan.

1960s

The American government created and funded the Office of Saline Water to research and develop desalination technologies.

1966

The Japanese Health Ministry approved the water ionizer as a “Health Improving Medical Device.”

1959

The Reverse Osmosis (R/O) extreme water filtration method is invented by Prof Reid of the University of Florida.

Late 1960s

Industrial and agricultural advances and the creation of new man-made chemicals had negative impacts on the environment and public health when they began finding their way into water supplies through factory discharges, street and farm field runoff, and leaking underground storage and disposal tanks.

1966

Heinz Hankammer began production of the first Brita filter under a pear tree in his family’s garden.

1970s

Perrier introduces carbonated bottled water.

1972

The Clean Water Act became law, requiring industrial plants to proactively improve their waste procedures in order to limit the effect of contaminants on freshwater sources.

1974

The Safe Drinking Water Act was adopted by all 50 states for the regulation of U.S. public water systems. This law specified 91 pollutants that must be closely monitored (out of more than 60,000).

1980

500 million gallons of bottled water are sold in the US.

1990

U.S. annual sales of bottled water spurted to 1.8 billion gallons.

Early 2000s

Municipalities begin to increase chloramine (chlorine + ammonia) usage as a disinfectant in tap water.

2006

Almost 36  billion plastic water bottles are sold in the U.S.

Today

Bottled water consumption remains at an all-time high and municipalities continue to add harmful chemicals like chlorine, chloramine and fluoride to the drinking water. Most water filter owners are either over- or under-filtering their tap water, and water ionizers remain virtually unknown outside of Asia despite their proven health benefits. What is wrong with this picture?

Take advantage of the technology our era has afforded us and say goodbye to unhealthy and expensive bottled waters and hello to fresh filtered Chanson ionized alkaline water.

What Dr. Seuss Can Teach You About Humanity & the Health of Our Planet

The 2012 film “The Lorax” (based on the book by Dr. Seuss) features an antagonist who makes a fortune selling bottled air after removing all of the trees from the community, thereby forcing the citizens to rely on his product. At one point a marketer smiles into the camera and says, “Our research shows that people will buy ANYTHING if it is placed in a plastic bottle.” It’s a clear shot at the bottled water industry, but, sadly it’s 100% accurate.

We all want clean and fresh drinking water. So much so that annual global bottled water sales equal $50 billion. $50 billion on water that–in most cases–is taken straight from the tap, filtered via a reverse osmosis system which renders the water unhealthy and acidic, placed in a chemical-leeching bottle, shipped thousands of miles (unnecessarily wasting fossil fuels), and sits on store shelves dead for weeks on end before you actually crack open the bottle to consume it. And then, because 90% of bottles are not recycled, they are left to pile up in landfills where they will take approximately 450 years to decompose, contaminating the soil and groundwater around them in the process.

Does this make sense to you? Does anyone benefit from this madness besides the greedy bottled water companies? Are you one of the 54% of Americans who regularly consume bottled water because you believe it is safer than tap or simply because you enjoy the convenience of it?

“A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.”

–Dr. Seuss

Unlike tap water, most bottled waters are either not regulated whatsoever or are under-regulated, which means that despite the hefty price tag, your bottled water may still contain traces of chemicals, contaminants, and pharmaceutical drugs, as evidenced by two separate National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) studies.

The water, energy and barrels of oil used to make, label, seal, pack and ship bottled water is staggering. For a visual estimation, for every bottle of water you consume, picture 1/4 of that bottle being filled with oil.

Without water, we would cease to exist. Researchers predict a looming water crisis, with shortages effecting much of the earth by 2025 due to increased population and our own carelessness. They’re calling water “blue gold” and some are looking to privatize the distribution of water. In many states it is already illegal to collect rainwater on your own property. Natural News reports that there is a man actually being jailed over this nonsense.

“Unless someone like you cares an awful whole lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

–Dr. Seuss

You can make a difference. Start saying no to bottled water. Install a high-quality water filter in your home. Fill a reusable BPA-free water bottle with your filtered tap water before leaving the house. Not only will you save money, but you will be drinking healthier water and preserving our most natural resource. Your wallet, your body, and our earth will thank you.

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Why Reverse Osmosis Water is Harmful to Health

The extreme water filtration process known as reverse osmosis rids tap water of virtually all nasty toxins, contaminants and bacteria, making it as pure and crystal clear as can be.

Sounds great, right?

Not exactly.

The problem with reverse osmosis (R/O) is that it works TOO well. In addition to removing all of the impurities, it also strips the water of all the valuable alkaline minerals your body needs to thrive. Essentially, R/O water is dead and lifeless, and most bottled waters on the market today are made with R/O water, not the pristine mountain spring water the ads may lead you to believe.

Although reverse osmosis water is very pure, you will never find it in nature. Water in nature always has total dissolved solids (TDS) in it. TDS are dissolved substances or minerals found in natural waters, which are what give the water life and help to nourish our bodies.

Due to the removal of alkaline minerals, R/O water has an acidic pH level instead of a neutral or alkaline pH which municipal tap water sources mandate. It also has a positive oxidation reduction potential (or +ORP) value, which means it is oxidizing to the body and creates cell-damaging free radicals.

When we consume acidic foods and liquids, our bodies are forced to rob themselves of alkaline minerals like calcium from our bones and magnesium from our heart to offset the unnatural imbalance, creating a mineral deficiency!

Over time, this continuous act of robbing Peter to pay Paul can take a real toll on our health. It’s no wonder that heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, vision loss and other lifestyle-related diseases are rampant in our society today–most of us are drinking the wrong kind of water!

R/O systems waste approximately five gallons of water per gallon made, and that’s not including the water and oil needed to create the plastic bottles they often come in! With many scholars predicting a water and oil crisis in the not-so-distant future, it’s important to be water wise now more than ever.

A Better Drinking Water Solution

Alkaline ionized water from a Chanson water ionizer is full of bioavailable minerals, has an alkaline pH and an energizing, free-radical fighting -ORP. Chanson ionizers duplicate what happens in nature when water runs over rocks through electrolysis, separating alkaline and acidic ions so the remaining drinking water is healthy, mineral-rich and closer to what nature intended.

Water ionizers hook directly up to your tap, providing an on-demand water supply that is much cheaper, more convenient and better for the environment than bottled or homemade R/O water in the long run.

Because the onboard filter(s) that all brands of water ionizers come with provide a level of filtration far inferior to R/O systems, we strongly recommend pairing a drinking water pre-filter with your water ionizer. Or, if you already have a R/O system installed you can add a remineralizer in order for the ionizer to have minerals to ionize.

You will not get the same benefits from remineralized R/O water or a bottle of mineral water as you will from filtered water run through a water ionizer. This is because the minerals have not been ionized which makes them better absorbed by the body, nor has it been microclustered, which Japanese scientists believe makes it up to six times more hydrating and detoxifying. And finally because it has not been given a negative charge which helps fight free radicals instead of creating them.

Properly filtered alkaline ionized water from a Chanson water ionizer is the solution. Stop drinking dead, acidic, mineral-leeching R/O water today. Visit us at www.chansonwater.com for more information.

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.

9 Easy Alkaline Substitutions Anyone Can Make for Better Health

The idea of completely changing one’s eating habits to a whole foods, plant-based diet is overwhelming for most people despite the many proven health benefits that may result. Adding to the challenge may be unsupportive household family members who scoff at the idea of eggplant as a main dish for dinner or refuse to even try tofu. In an effort to help, we’ve created a list of nine small, easy, alkaline substitutes anyone can make to improve their alkalinity (some of which you can swap without the family even noticing!). Even if you never make it to the ideal 80% alkaline/20% acidic ratio, these slight changes will be beneficial to your health and won’t feel like much of a sacrifice (if at all).

1. Instead of Vegetable Oil try Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Corn oil, canola oil, safflower oil, and vegetable oil are refined oils that are not healthy and should be avoided and replaced with cold-pressed oils like extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil and hemp oils. Healthy fats are an important part of an alkaline diet and can be obtained through substituting healthy oils for the more mainstream unhealthy oils. All oils can create free radicals when heated, so we recommend using a small amount of water to steam fry your vegetables and then drizzling oil on top, making your own oil-based salad dressings and drizzling healthy oils on top of vegetable wraps.

2. Instead of Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners try Stevia

Sugar has been linked to cancer and artificial sweeteners are not only acidifying but carcinogenic. Swapping your sugar cubes with stevia, an all-natural sweetener derived from herbs, is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. According to Ray Kurzwell, author Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever: stevia is highly nutritious, lowers blood sugar in diabetics while regulating blood sugar in non-diabetics, lowers elevated blood pressure, kills bacteria that cause tooth decay, increases energy levels and mental activity, and reduces cravings for alcohol and tobacco. Other natural sugar alternatives: Chicory root, agave nectar.

3. Instead of Table Salt try Sea Salt

Our bodies contain about a pound of salt, and sodium is an alkaline mineral necessary for survival. But the refined iodized salt that sits on most dinner tables in America is completely unhealthy and the type of salt doctors are referring to when they advise patients to cut down on their salt intake. Refill your salt shaker with unrefined sea salt and sprinkle on top of wraps, soups and vegetables. Other alternatives: Celtic salt, Himalayan salt, Real salt.

4. Instead of Peanut Butter try Almond Butter

Peanuts are acidifying to the body and the moldiest, most undesirable peanuts are what is used to make peanut butter. Swap out your P.B. for it’s healthier cousin almond butter, and spread on sandwiches and use as a dip for pretzels, crackers, fruit, and to make smoothies creamier.

5. Instead of Cows Milk try Unsweetened Almond Milk

Cows milk and other dairy products are not only acidifying but contrary to popular belief they actually rob the body of calcium and create a putrid sludge that wreaks havoc on your digestive system. Dump your carton of cows milk and try unsweetened almond milk instead. It is a healthy, delicious, alkaline substitute for drinking, cooking, baking, creamer and making cereal. Other alternatives (buy unsweetened): Coconut milk, soy milk, goat milk, rice milk.

6. Instead of White Rice try Brown Rice

The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. Fully milled and polished white rice is required to be artificially “enriched” with vitamins B1, B3 and iron. Clearly, brown rice is the nutritional winner over white rice. Other alternatives: Basmati rice, quinoa, jasmine rice, wild rice.

7. Instead of Soy Sauce try Bragg Liquid Aminos

Soy sauce is fermented and acidic. A great substitute is Bragg Liquid Aminos, which is a liquid protein concentrate derived from healthy soybeans, which contains 18 essential and non-essential amino acids in naturally occurring amounts, is not fermented or heated and is gluten-free.

8. Instead of Spaghetti try Soba Noodles

Most pastas are made with refined starches that lack nutritional value. Try swapping your spaghetti for soba noodles, tofu noodles, gluten-free pasta, whole wheat pasta or spaghetti squash. You can also try making your own pasta sauce from scratch instead of using pre-packaged sauces which tend to contain sugar and preservatives.

9. Instead of Bottled Water try Alkaline Ionized Water

Not all waters are created equal. Most bottled waters, along with distilled and reverse osmosis waters are actually acidic. Tap water is regulated by the government to be at least a 7 pH which is neutral on the alkaline scale, but is littered with contaminants. Therefore your best option is alkaline ionized water from a Chanson water ionizer which you can hook up to your tap. The water is pre-filtered and microclustered, resulting in better tasting water with a smoother feel that doesn’t cause bloating. It is also rich in antioxidants and able to hydrate and detoxify better than standard water due to its smaller water molecule size. Being properly hydrated is the key to overall wellness and you will not regret the switch from bottled water to ionized alkaline water.

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.

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.

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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.