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The Water Secret by Dr. Howard Murad (Facebook LIVE Replay)

In this Water Wednesday episode we discuss the book The Water Secret by Dr. Howard Murad.

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Here are the show notes:

SUMMARY

Water found in produce is structured, and “eating your water” is one way to be healthy and age well.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE EXCERPTS:

“…the key to vibrant health from the inside out lies in maintaining strong cells that can retain water the way younger cells do. It’s as simple as that. If you can repair your cells’ membranes (from brain cells and heart cells to connective tissue and your outermost skin cells that present you to the world) while attracting water and nutrients to them, you can fight aging and disease. You can help your body heal and rejuvenate itself so you not only look fantastic, but you also feel healthier, revitalized, and ready to participate in life to the fullest.” (pg 3)

“It’s difficult to say which theory, or combination of theories, on aging is correct. Regardless of how we age, the net effect is cellular water loss.” (pg 17)

“Contrary to popular belief, you are not 75 to 80 percent water. You were once–long ago, when you were a babbling baby fresh from your mother’s watery womb. But now you’re closer to 50 percent water. What happened? Well, you’ve aged, and since those early years, internal and external factors have damaged your cells and weakened their ability to retain water. This explains the signs of aging that probably emerged in your late twenties or (if you were lucky) early thirties: your skin began to become drier, fine lines and wrinkles appeared, sleep patterns changed, your flexibility took a hit, digestion slowed, and your energy wavered. You complain about more aches and pains, need more caffeine to get through your day, and have a tougher timekeeping excess weight off. This didn’t happen overnight, although it may have seemed that way one random day when you “suddenly” noted all these changes in the mirror, on a scale, or in your doctors office.
What’s been going on has been a slow, inevitable decline in your capacity to stay hydrated, which, by the way, has not thing to do with how much water you drink…Hydration has to do with the water your cells can hold on to for good ruse. if you drank a gallon of water a day and I called you dehydrated, would you believe me? Probably not. But it’s true: unless your cells can retain the water they require to support cellular functions, then all the water you drink in the world won’t make much of a difference (and yo’ll need to keep drinking to keep up with your body’s constant cellular water loss).”
(pg. 21-22)

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Why Dehydration May be a Hidden Cause of YOUR Health Issues (Facebook LIVE Replay)

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We have transitioned our live #WaterWednesday broadcast over from Periscope to Facebook LIVE.

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Periscope replay: 7 tips to stay hydrated

The following is a Periscope replay of our #WaterWednesday broadcast titled “7 tips to stay hydrated.”

Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eCmydr8BPU (please go easy on me as it was my very first live broadcast!)

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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).

11 Ways Dehydration is to Blame for Your Health Issues

Dehydration is a hidden cause of many ailments, and 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Chances are, you suffer from at least one of the following symptoms, which may be alleviated simply by drinking more water.

1. Constipation

The colon requires a lot of water to eliminate waste properly. Without it, waste moves through the large intestine slowly or not at all.

2. Excess Weight

 It’s no secret that water can aid in weight loss, and not getting enough water will cause your body to pack on the pounds.

3. Lack of Energy

 When we don’t get enough water, the enzymatic activity in the body slows down, resulting in fatigue.

4. High Cholesterol

 The body produces more cholesterol in order to prevent water loss from the cells when we are dehydrated.

5. Skin Problems

 It’s no secret that dry skin is one of the first signs of dehydration. But you can also attribute premature wrinkles, psoriasis, dermatitis and discoloration to a lack of water which makes the skin more susceptible to these issues due to not being able to properly eliminate toxins through the pores.

6. Respiratory Issues

 The amount of histamine in our bodies increases as our water levels decrease, and airways are restricted in order to conserve water.

7. Bladder & Kidney Issues

 Toxins build up in our systems when we don’t have an adequate intake of water, and can lead to infection, inflammation and pain in our bladder and kidneys.

8. High Blood Pressure

 Blood thickens and leads to increased blood pressure when we are dehydrated.

9. Premature Aging

 Chronic dehydration can weaken our organs including the skin, resulting in an aged appearance. Staying hydrated plumps up the skin cells and helps us to appear more youthful.

10. Digestive Issues

Lack of water and alkaline minerals can wreak havoc on our digestive systems, resulting in ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux.

11. Joint Pain/Stiffness

 Joint pain and stiffness may be a result of a lack of water, which is used to cushion joints and help them move properly.
So how much water should you be drinking? We recommend a minimum of half your body weight in ounces daily. Why? Because that’s how much you lose each day through breathing, sweating, urinating and defecating. Consuming less than what you are losing is bound to lead to at least one of the above problems. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, exercising rigorously or living in a hot climate you should aim to drink even more than the minimum.
Ionized alkaline water from an electric water ionizer is believed by Japanese scientists to be even more hydrating than standard water and to hydrate on a cellular level. It makes the alkaline minerals in your water bioavailable and does not result in a waterlogged feeling, allowing you to drink more with ease.

What is Acidosis?

Acidosis is probably the most common issue affecting Americans today, yet few truly understand it. Many mislabel it with some of the common symptoms such as “dehydration” and “fatigue.” But once you understand how the body works, the source of the disease becomes clear: over acidification of the body.

In this video, Chanson Water CEO Nedalee Thomas explains what acidosis is, how it happens, and what you can do about it.

Dehydration Linked to Strokes

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 795,000 Americans have a stroke every year, and nearly 130,000 die as a result.

The vast majority of strokes occur when a clot blocks blood flow to a portion of the brain, and dehydrated people are more at risk due to increased thickness in the blood.

A new study by Dr. Mona Bahouth of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore suggests that those who are dehydrated at the time of a stroke are about four times more likely to have a worse outcome than those who are well hydrated.

Data was collected from nearly 170 people who had ischemic (clot-related) strokes at Johns Hopkins Hospital from July 2013 to April 2014. About 44% of them were found to be dehydrated. Hydration levels were measured using the BUN/creatinine ratio which shows how well the kidneys work, and urine specific gravity, which tests urine concentration.

Researchers found that stroke effects either worsened or stayed the same in 42% of dehydrated stroke patients, compared to 17% of hydrated patients.

Chronic dehydration affects about 75% of the American population and is the hidden cause of many ailments. When we are properly hydrated, our bodies function better on all levels. Proper hydration is considered drinking a minimum of half your body weight in ounces daily. Ionized alkaline water from an electric water ionizer is super charged and can hydrate at a cellular level. By staying properly hydrated we may be able to safeguard against stroke or minimize the damage of stroke.

9 Common Pregnancy Side Effects Ionized Alkaline Water Can Alleviate

Pregnancy tends to come with a host of uncomfortable and annoying side effects, however many of them are related to dehydration and can be easily alleviated by drinking enough filtered water.

Ionized alkaline water is particularly effective because it is supercharged with antioxidants and bioavailable alkaline minerals. It is also believed to be up to six times more hydrating than tap or bottled water, and has an alkaline pH which is beneficial to overall health.

Here are 9 common pregnancy side effects that can be remedied with ionized alkaline water:

1. Constipation

Up to 50% of women suffer from constipation at some point during their pregnancy. Reasons include increased progesterone, added pressure of the uterus on the rectum in late pregnancy, and increased iron supplementation. Drinking plenty of water can easily help alleviate constipation by lubricating the intestines and flushing waste out more effectively.

2. Swollen hands and feet

Ironically, water retention is a sign of dehydration. Your body holds onto excess water out of desperation and fear of not having enough water based on your water intake habits. This is common in the last trimester of pregnancy, when you should be drinking more water to compensate for the extra weight gain. By drinking a minimum of half your body weight in ounces daily, you allow your body to relax and let go of the excess water, only keeping what it really needs.

3. Lower back pain

Increased weight and pressure of the uterus commonly result in lower back pain in pregnant women, particularly in the second and third trimesters. Lower back pain is often a symptom of dehydration, because when the discs that cushion the gaps in between vertebrae are not well lubricated they create friction and inflammation which causes pain. Drinking water can help lubricate the discs in the spinal cord and alleviate the pain. Soaking a rag in strong ionized alkaline water and applying topically to the pain site is also very effective at temporarily relieving pain.

4. Heartburn/indigestion

Heartburn and indigestion are other side effects of increased progesterone and a growing uterus during pregnancy. Aiming to drink your water between meals instead of during meals can help prevent heartburn and indigestion, and drinking a cool glass of water while experiencing this pain can help alleviate it.

5. Morning sickness

The true cause of morning sickness is a lack of alkaline minerals because our bodies require increased levels of alkaline minerals during pregnancy to help develop the fetus. When we don’t have an ample supply of alkaline minerals we force our bodies to steal from our bones, muscles and teeth whenever we eat and drink acidic foods like hamburgers and soda. A sudden shift in our pH balance during pregnancy can result in morning sickness, so the key is to drink plenty of ionized alkaline water and eat an abundance of alkaline foods.

According to author Sang Whang, “Before a woman becomes pregnant, she should drink ample amount of alkaline water to avoid morning sickness and have a healthy baby. Without enough alkaline minerals, the woman ages considerably during pregnancy and may experience all kinds of post-delivery problems.”

6. Dry itchy skin

A growing pregnant belly stretches the skin and often results in dry, itchy skin. Staying properly hydrated can help skin stay smooth and supple and prevent itching.

7. Poor sleep

Poor sleep is common throughout pregnancy due to increased hormones, frequent urination, anxiety, discomfort, and other annoying side effects. Ionized alkaline water from an electric water ionizer has been found to promote better sleep overall. Pregnant women should attempt to fulfill their daily water quota by early evening to help prevent additional late night treks to the bathroom.

8. Low energy/fatigue

Low energy and fatigue are common in early and late pregnancy due to increased hormones and added weight, often compounded by a lack of quality sleep. Ionized alkaline water has been found to increase energy, because being properly hydrated helps the body function better on all levels. Pregnant women should attempt to meet their daily water quota by early evening to prevent additional late night trips to the restroom.

9. Brain Fog

They say that a woman’s brain shrinks 4% during pregnancy, which often   results in temporary forgetfulness. Ionized alkaline water has been shown to   improve memory and reduce brain fog by keeping the brain fully hydrated and   thus better able to function on all levels.

Remember the quality of the water you drink is just as important as the quantity. Most bottled waters are acidic and actually rob the body of alkaline minerals, while unfiltered tap water carries many chemicals and contaminants. Invest in a Chanson water ionizer today and enjoy fresh filtered ionized alkaline water for pennies on the gallon!

Say Goodbye to Depression With This Surprisingly Simple Solution

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 12 are currently using antidepressants to treat depression.

Even more surprising, two-thirds of people who have been diagnosed with severe depression have opted not to take antidepressants, presumably either choosing to suffer in silence, self-medicate with alcohol, or seek a cure through therapy or natural remedies.

Dehydration’s Link to Depression

You have likely heard that depression has been linked to insufficient levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. What you may not know is that the essential amino acid tryptophan is what is converted to serotonin in the brain, and that dehydration causes a shortage of tryptophan in the body.

According to Web MD, “Of the approximately 40 million brain cells, most are influenced either directly or indirectly by serotonin. This includes brain cells related to mood, sexual desire and function, appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature regulation, and some social behavior.”

Studies show that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, and that even 1% dehydration has a negative impact on brain function. Think of your brain as a large sponge which should remain moist for optimal function. When we are dehydrated that sponge of a brain starts to dry out, and electrical signals cannot be sent as effectively. Thus our memory, innovative thinking, and even moods are decreased. Because all medications are acidifying to the body, the continued use of antidepressants can actually exacerbate the problem!

According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, “With dehydration, the level of energy generation in the brain is decreased. Many functions of the brain that depend on this type of energy become inefficient. We recognize this inadequacy of function and call it depression.”

How to Use Water to Treat Depression

It sounds like an all-too simple solution, but staying properly hydrated can help many types of depression. Because your body loses approximately half its weight in ounces daily through normal bodily functions, it is recommended that you drink a minimum of that much to replace that which is lost. So a 120 pound person would aim to drink at least 60 ounces of water per day, and more of they live in a hot climate or are very active.

There is no substitute for good clean drinking water, so it’s important not to assume that you can meet your daily water quota with other liquids like soda, coffee, juice, or sports drinks. These beverages as well as most bottled waters are actually acidic on the pH scale, which means that they actually contribute to your body’s level of dehydration!

This is because your body has to pull alkaline minerals from your bones, teeth and muscles in order to neutralize the acids, which puts unnecessary stress on your body. And interestingly enough, stress is the #1 cause of dehydration!

So what type of water should you drink? Ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer is not only alkaline on the pH scale but loaded with antioxidants and bioavailable minerals, and is able to super hydrate up to six times better than standard water. It also doesn’t leave you with a bloated or waterlogged feeling and has an electrical charge that causes you to crave it, so even non-water drinkers will be able to drink more than they ever thought possible without discomfort.

Try increasing your water intake to address your depression symptoms and let us know your results!

7 Tips to Help You Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is the key to a healthy body.

Not only does adequate water intake aid in disease prevention, improve appearance, and increase energy levels, but it also benefits things like our mental and physical performance and memory.

Yet studies report that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated!

Your body loses approximately half its weight in ounces daily through normal everyday functions like perspiration, exhalation, urination and deification. Therefore we recommend that you drink a minimum of half of your body weight in ounces daily in order to replace the lost water and to prevent dehydration.

We realize that this can sound like a daunting amount, and you may need to work your way up, but we guarantee your body will thank you for it!

Here are 7 simple tips for increasing your daily water intake and staying hydrated this summer:

1. Switch to ionized alkaline water

Users report that ionized alkaline water (made with a water ionizer) does not leave a bloated or waterlogged feeling. We attribute this to the microclustering claim made by Japanese scientists that ionized alkaline water is able to deeper hydrate your cells. The electric charge in the water (via electrolysis) has also been said to create a healthy craving for the water.

2. Start your day off right

Try drinking 1-2 glasses of water the first thing in the morning when you wake up in order to replace water lost during slumber and get a head start on your daily water intake.

3. Take water wherever you go

Carry a refillable glass or BPA-free water bottle with you for easy access on-the-go, and make sure to always have a glass at your desk. Just having the water on hand will remind you to drink it and help you meet your quota.

4. Choose water instead of other beverages

Instead of reaching for a soda or sports drink, fill a glass of water instead. Substituting water for one 20-ounce soda will save you about 240 calories!

5. Sip water in between meals

Don’t reserve beverages for mealtime only – make sure to sip throughout the day. Every drop adds up!

6. Flavor it!

Adding flavor to water has been found to help people drink more than when left unflavored. Check out our suggestions for Ways to Jazz up the Flavor of Water.

7. Eat your water

Add more water-dense foods like broccoli, zucchini, watermelon, lettuce, tomatoes to your diet for added hydration.

Visit www.chansonwater.com for more information on the benefits of alkaline ionized water and to get your own water ionizer.

How Alkaline Ionized Water May Boost Your Sex Life

Could your kitchen be just as important to your sex life as your bedroom?

According to a British study, many couples run out of steam after having sex because they fail to drink enough water. Doctors have warned that couples who work up a sweat in bed risk dehydration unless they replenish their fluids.

Although nine out of ten people drink water after running or going to the gym, only two out of five people drink water after sex despite the fact that 30 minutes of strenuous sexual activity is as hard on the body as a three-mile run or a good gym workout.

We’ve all heard references to French lovers and how the French have heightened romance and sexuality. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the French have more sex than their British counterparts, but did you know that they also drink five times as much water?

Dr. John Leiper, an expert in fluid balance and hydration at Aberdeen University, says many people are unaware that intercourse can be as dehydrating as other forms of exercise. “Sweating, flushing and panting are all signs that the heart rate is faster, meaning that the body is reacting in the same way to sex as it does to other cardiovascular exercises. As we go about our daily activities we continually lose water, even when we are not visibly sweating, so when we take part in exercise or sexual activity this water loss increases and we need to replace it to prevent dehydration.”

Dehydration contributes to loss of libido, fatigue, headaches and vaginal dryness (which–in addition to decreasing pleasure–adds to tear-inducing friction of condoms). Research indicates that dehydration also decreases the volume of blood plasma, which results in less oxygen being delivered to the exercising muscle and increases breathing and heart rates. Since arousal depends on plenty of blood flow to the sexual organs, dehydration can affect sexual performance. Therefore, it’s important to stay hydrated before and after sex.

Sexual stamina drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are acidifying to the body and have been linked to serious side effects including sudden permanent hearing loss and death by heart attack. Drinking alkaline ionized water instead is a natural alternative because it is the same frequency of the pineal gland (located in the brain) and thus affects all other glands below it and may stimulate sex drive.

According to Dr. Robert O. Young, author of The pH Miracle, “Sexual function and desire are products of the autonomic nervous system, which can be paralyzed by overacidity.” So how do you combat acidity? By hydrating with alkaline ionized water.

A diet rich in alkaline fruits and vegetables can also improve your prowess in the bedroom and keep you sexually healthy, as they provide necessary vitamins and minerals. Benefits of an alkaline diet can include increased production of sex hormones, greater ability to get and stay aroused, and changes in your brain chemistry that make it easier to get in the mood.

Certain beverages like alcohol, coffee and soda can decrease your sex drive and cause dehydration due to their diuretic effect if consumed in large quantities. Most bottled waters are acidic and stripped of minerals, and tap water is full of contaminants.

So instead, hydrate with Chanson ionized alkaline water (which is more hydrating than conventional water because it is microclustered and can therefore penetrate cells deeper) to avoid dehydration, boost your energy levels, and (hopefully) improve your sex life!

We recommend that you drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of Chanson ionized alkaline water daily (and more if you have a really steamy session between the sheets!)