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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.

Despite the fact that all beverages have a water content, caffeinated beverages make the body steal alkaline minerals from itself in order to offset the acidity, which is a very draining process.

But fortunately there are many natural alternatives to caffeine which can help boost your energy when needed.

#1. Drink ionized alkaline water

Ionized alkaline water from an electric water ionizer is supercharged and naturally energizing. Not only will it deliver antioxidants and bioavailable minerals to your cells, but it is microclustered for deeper hydration. Because it is said that the number one cause of the dreaded “afternoon slump” is due to dehydration, this is great news. Tap and bottled waters simply can’t compete with ionized alkaline water because they are acidic on the pH scale and oxidizing to the body. By nourishing your body with filtered ionized alkaline water you are fueling your internal gas tank with the best and most energizing water on the planet. For an added boost, you can try adding a pinch of natural sea salt to your water.

#2. Get enough sleep

Obviously sleep deprivation is a cause of fatigue and damaging to the body. By getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night you are allowing your body to heal and rejuvenate itself. If you feel that you don’t have enough hours in the day to get enough sleep then it is time to re-evaluate your schedule and your priorities.

#3. Make time for exercise

Everyone knows that exercise can be an instant mood and energy booster. Even going for a short walk on your lunch break may be able to rev up your hormones and get your body geared up for tackling the rest of the day.

#4. Get juicing

Juicing regularly is one of the healthiest things you can do. It provides your body with an abundance of healthy alkaline minerals and helps offset toxicity and deficiency. Aim to drink at least one fresh made juice or smoothie a day, and focus on getting as many green leafy vegetables and alkaline fruits like avocado and lemon in it as possible. Avoid using overly sugary fruits like pineapple and banana, which can cause a spike in blood sugar and defeat the purpose of healthy juicing and smoothie making.

#5. Choose healthy snacks and eat only until full

Nuts and seeds are great healthy alkaline snacks that provide an energy boost. We recommend pre-soaking them overnight for easier digestion and then carrying a small bag of them around with you. Raw veggies are also a great alkaline snack choice that can keep you energized. And eating only until full allows your body not to be overburdened and thus to have more energy to spare.

#6. Watch what you eat

It’s no secret that heavy or fried foods like pasta and French fries can zap your energy instead of providing energy. By choosing salads or other alkaline, raw foods instead of unhealthy and acidic foods you are providing your body with an healthy energy source instead of an energy drain.

By implementing any or all of these natural solutions, you won’t have to worry about grabbing an unhealthy beverage to combat an afternoon slump or bleary-eyed commute to work again!

7 Healthy Habits That Can Change Your Life

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits teaches that you can turn anything into a habit, and that it’s important to conquer one habit at a time instead of getting burned out by trying to do a whole lifestyle shift at once. He says that it’s important to start small, and gives the example of flossing saying that instead of committing to flossing daily, commit to flossing ONE tooth. Surely once you’ve started you will find yourself flossing the rest of them, and the key is to set goals so ridiculously small that you can’t imagine not doing them.
With this in mind, we compiled the following list of healthy habits. We recommend that you pick the one that sounds the least challenging to you, start conquering it today, and then move on to the next habit in 3-4 weeks or so.
Here are 7 healthy habits that can change your life:
1. Hydrate properly
Most of us simply do not drink enough water to keep our body adequately hydrated. The new recommendation is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily, and more if you live in a hot climate or are extremely active. Work your way up to this goal one day at a time. For example, if your target is to drink 80 ounces per day and you are currently only drinking 16 ounces, add another glass today, two tomorrow, and so on until you reach your goal. Ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer has been found to hydrate up to six times better than standard water and does not leave a bloated or waterlogged feeling.
2. Get juicing
Green juices and smoothies made with fruits and vegetables like kale, spinach, avocado, cucumber and celery are extremely alkalizing and provide a wonderful boost to your immune system. If you aim to make one or two green juices or smoothies per day, you might start by making one a week, then two, and so on. Or you might try a 30 day challenge where you drink one every single day. By the end of the month you’ll be feeling so great and the habit will be so ingrained that you won’t want to stop!
3. Cut the crap
Do you eat a donut for breakfast every morning or a sugary dessert every night? Identify which items on your shopping list are the least healthy (anything processed and prepackaged is a good place to start) and then slowly stop buying them. So for example you could say goodbye to potato chips this week, cookies next week, and so on. If your pantry isn’t stocked with these unhealthy foods then you will be less likely to eat them!
4. Nourish your body with alkaline foods
If the idea of cutting the crap sounds too daunting, you can do the opposite and crowd out the bad with the good. Try adding one new alkaline food to your shopping cart each week or start eating one salad a day. As you start to eat more alkaline foods your taste buds will change and you will eventually no longer crave the processed crap.
5. Get Moving
Of course exercise is an integral part of health and a surefire way to boost your mood. Aim to do alkaline exercises like walking, yoga, Pilates, jogging, rebounding and stretching at least three times a week.
6. Switch to natural products
Commercial beauty products and cleaners contain toxic ingredients that wreak havoc on your health. But fortunately natural alternatives are available and you can slowly re-stock your medicine cabinet and cleaning supply closet when you develop the habit of reading labels. Try buying a fluoride-free toothpaste this week and an aluminum-free deodorant the next. A water ionizer will produce multipurpose low pH acid water that can replace everything from facial toner and hand sanitizer to Windex and Lysol.
7. Cut back on meat and dairy
Even if you’re not ready or never intend to become vegan or vegetarian, if you are eating large amounts of meat and/or dairy you can see health benefits like fewer allergies and increased energy by cutting back. Try implementing Meatless Mondays or replacing your cow’s milk with organic soy, almond or coconut milk.
Which habit will you begin implementing today? Share in the comments!

9 Ways to De-Stress Naturally

Do you lay awake at night letting worry eat away at you, or run around all day feeling highly stressed?

When we experience feelings of anger, stress, worry, guilt,  anxiety and the like we flood our body with acids that damage our cells. In fact, Dr. Robert O. Young has found that negative emotions can have a more detrimental impact on the blood than eating even the worst of foods.

Stress can manifest physically and show up as tension, headaches, back pain, lack of concentration and lack of productivity. It weakens our immune system and makes us more susceptible to heart disease.

Here are some ways that you can de-stress naturally:

1. Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

Gratitude can have such a powerful impact on our mood and way of thinking and should be felt on a continuous basis–not just once every November. Aim to take a moment each day to reflect on at least one thing you are grateful for. Feeling stressed about your job? Be grateful that you have one. Worried about your daughter’s grades? Be grateful that she is getting an education.

2. Learn to Forgive and Forget

When we hold onto feelings of unforgiveness, bitterness and resentment, we are the ones who suffer. Letting go is not always easy, but can feel like a weight being lifted off of your shoulders. Who in your life do you need to forgive? What steps can you take today to get closer to forgiveness?

3. Become an Optimist

Pessimists often refer to themselves as “realists” and snub optimists, believing that they are living in a fantasyland and can’t possibly be that happy and naive. But we get what we put out into the world according to the law of attraction, so focusing on what you want instead of what you don’t want is the key. Remember, the only difference between a weed and a flower is a judgement. Even if you’ve lived your entire life as a pessimist, it’s never to late to change your way of thinking and feeling and experience growth.

4. Laugh a Little (Or A Lot)

We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine and that watching funny movies is a good way to de-stress. But did you know that laughter is powerful enough to even reverse diseases like cancer? Here are some other benefits of laughter:

  • Improves mood, memory & sleep
  • Boosts problem-solving ability and creativity
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Bolsters immune system
  • Raises pain tolerance

5. Get Moving

Exercise has long been linked to stress relief. Some of the easiest and best forms of exercising for relaxation are walking, stretching and yoga.

6. Just Breathe

There are many breathing exercises that you can try when you feel stressed or anxious and need to calm down. Inhale deeply and focus on your desired outcome or just the simple fact that you are filling your lungs with beneficial oxygen. Meditation is also very healing.

7. Cut the Crap

Try reducing sugar, caffeine, alcohol and simple carbohydrates from your diet in order to get back to a healthy balance. Processing these foods is very taxing on the body.

8. Connect with Nature

Something as simple as looking out the window when you are stressed or putting a vase of fresh flowers on your desk or kitchen table can do wonders to calm and relax you. If you have time to go for a hike or even just soak up a few minutes of direct sunlight and breathe fresh air you will feel revitalized.

9. Stay Hydrated

We are 70% water and when we are dehydrated everything from our mental focus to our energy levels is depleted. Because stress wears on our physical as well as mental body, staying hydrated can play a huge part in boosting mood and helping us to not run out of steam. Aim to drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces daily, and drink filtered ionized alkaline water for best health.

Is Your Exercise Routine Doing More Harm than Good?

Did you know that rigorous exercise creates acids which can build up in your joints, wreak havoc on your health, create muscle soreness, and stunt your growth and recovery time?

Here’s the deal: aerobic exercises deliver additional oxygen to your cells, and oxygen helps to convert glucose to energy. But if you increase the intensity of your exercise to an anaerobic state, you will no longer have enough oxygen and your body will be forced to find alternate methods of energy. You’ll know you’ve entered an anaerobic state when you start breathing really hard and become fatigued and uncomfortable.

“Pain when you exercise is a sure sign that you are oxygen-deficient and producing increased metabolic acids (lactic acid & sugar) rather than accessing your electron reserves and acidifying your body. You’re stressing rather than strengthening your body. So be sure to keep your exercise pain-free, fully electron-charged from alkaline foods and drinks and aerobic. If at any point you do feel pain or discomfort while exercising, stop immediately and hydrate…(with) good alkaline water to restore alkalinity and to increase your reserves of electrons,” says Dr. Robert O. Young, author of The pH Miracle series.

Rather than pushing the body to exhaustion or inflicting pain on the muscles and joints, try practicing aerobic exercises like walking, jogging or rebounding (jumping on a mini trampoline). Rebounding can dramatically improve lymph flow while exercising every cell in the body.

“Instead of hard exercise (which creates lactic acid), one should practice traditional Asian soft-style exercises such as yoga, Tai Chi, and Chi Gung on a daily basis throughout the duration of any detox program,” according to Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Detox.

Soft, static exercises like Pilates, the Five Tibetan Rites, stretching and weight-bearing exercises are also alkaline-forming and can work you out without producing acids.

The two most important things to remember when exercising are that you need to break a sweat without being so out-of-breath that you can’t carry on a conversation, 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 ionized alkaline water before, during, and after exercise is believed by many athletes including professional   baseball player DJ Carrasco and award-winning bodybuilder Dan Hill to support a faster recovery time. Staying hydrated is an important factor in any weight loss or workout plan, as your body cannot function optimally without adequate water.

New research published in the Journal of Nutrition reveals the importance of staying optimally hydrated during exercise. Over three days, a group of young women were subjected to exercise-induced dehydration, and their cognitive performance, mood, and symptoms of dehydration were measured during rest and during exercise. At just over 1% dehydration level, subjects showed a mood change for the worse, and concentration, headache symptoms, and task difficulty were also affected.

A separate study found that mild dehydration can effect physical performance as well. The motor performance of golfer’s game, including shot distance, target accuracy, and distance judgment, was tested at different dehydration levels. Their results were better when they were fully hydrated than when they were tested at between 1-3% dehydration levels. Thus, it is important to hydrate before, during, and after exercise for best results.

“Lack of focus, stress, decrease in energy, and muscle tightness are all derived from the same problem-lack of proper hydration. Based upon sound clinical research in speeding up recovery from vigorous activities to guarding against disease, drinking alkaline ionized water may be the single most important support your body can receive,” according to Dr. Preston Wakefield.

In order to burn fat, build muscle and increase endurance your body must be able to buffer and remove lactic acid. Chanson ionized alkaline water is able to help not only fully hydrate you, but buffer the acids caused by exercise, diet, and environmental factors. It’s super hydrating, full of antioxidants, bioavailable minerals, and the right kind of oxygen, and easier to drink than   standard tap or bottled water.

So toss a BPA-free bottle (or two) of Chanson ionized alkaline water into your gym bag, and remember not to let your body get into an anaerobic state.

See also:

Why Chanson Ionized Alkaline Water is Superior to Sports Drinks

Study: Influence of bottled water on rehydration following a dehydrating bout of cycling exercise

4 Weight Loss Secrets

Currently, over 66% of American adults are overweight or obese, with many of them making “lose weight” their #1 new year’s resolution. And for good reason. Being overweight or obese raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, arthritis and other conditions, and an obese person can expect to pay about 41% more in health care costs per year than a person of normal weight.

Here are our top 4 weight loss suggestions:

1. Establish and follow an ongoing diet that is 80% alkaline/20% acidic

Dr. Robert O. Young, author of The pH Miracle for Weight Loss, explains that, “The body retains fat as a protection against the overproduction of acids produced by the typical American diet…Your fat is actually saving your life.” As further proof of this, tests on fat which was liposuctioned by plastic surgeons revealed that fat is full of acid. Reducing your consumption of acid-forming foods like meat, processed foods, soda, sugar and artificial sweeteners and replacing with a plant-based diet of alkaline-forming fruits, vegetables and whole grains is a surefire way to reduce acidity and thus achieve natural weight loss and improved overall health.

2. Hydrate with Chanson alkaline ionized water

“An acidic body pulls water into the tissues to try to neutralize the acids there…Without enough water, your body becomes too acidic and goes into preservation–fat-storing mode,” according to Dr. Young. He goes on to say that, “Drinking alkaline water washes away acids and wastes, helping your whole body stay alkaline. By providing alkaline water to neutralize and remove acid from the tissues, you’ll stop the body from gleaning alkaline substances from other parts to do the job–like leeching calcium from your bones.” By continuously alkalizing the body with Chanson alkaline ionized water, weight loss may result since the toxins will be flushed out thereby rendering the fat unnecessary. Chanson Water is now Dr. Young’s preferred brand of ionizers.

3. Exercise–the alkaline way

“Pain when you exercise is a sure sign that you are oxygen-deficient and producing increased metabolic acids (lactic acid & sugar)  rather than accessing your electron reserves and acidifying your body. You’re stressing rather than strengthening your body. So be sure to keep your exercise pain-free, fully electron-charged from alkaline foods and drinks and aerobic. If at any point you do feel pain or discomfort while exercising, stop immediately and hydrate…(with) good alkaline water to restore alkalinity and to increase your reserves of electrons,” Dr. Young says. 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.

4. Don’t stress

While stress over achieving your weight loss goals and frustration during the process is natural, it’s important to try to keep stress and negativity to a minimum in order to reduce acidity. This is because Dr. Young has seen negative emotions have a more damaging effect on one’s alkalinity than even the worst of foods! When you start to feel negative emotions or think negative thoughts, try taking a few deep breaths and distracting yourself with something positive like pictures of a loved one or a happy memory.

We hope you find these weight-loss suggestions helpful, and wish you the best on your journey to a healthier version of yourself.

How Chanson Ionized Water is Superior to Sports Drinks

Ask any athlete what the best source of hydration is for playing sports and working out and they will most likely name the leading sports drink. If pressed as to why, their reply may include something like, “Because it’s filled with electrolytes which are lost through sweat, enhances performance and is more hydrating than water.”

Granted, hydration is key to athletic performance and electrolytes are needed by the body. Electrolytes are ionic solutions that maintain fluid balance in people’s cells and are essential for muscle function, blood pressure regulation and other bodily processes. Electrolytes are lost through perspiration, and include the minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorous and chloride. The #1 leading sports drink boasts small amounts of three out of six, while Chanson ionized water may contain higher levels of all six depending on the source water.

Here are a few more reasons why Chanson ionized water is superior to all sports drinks:

1. Sports drinks are acidic and have a positive ORP, while Chanson ionized water is alkaline and negatively charged

The truth is, the leading sports drink has a pH level of only 2.95, making it MORE ACIDIC than Red Bull and Diet Coke! In fact, according to a study published by “Nutrition Research” in 2008, enamel and root surfaces of teeth were MOST DAMAGED by Gatorade as opposed to some energy drinks, Coca-Cola and apple juice. When you consume acidic foods and 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! On the contrary, a Chanson Water ionizer can produce alkaline pH levels of anywhere from 8-12 (9.5 is optimal for drinking), with negative ORP levels between -150 and -1250 meaning it contains ANTI-oxidants which combat free radicals.

2. Sports drinks contain calories and carbohydrates, artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners, Chanson ionized water is all natural

The ingredients of the leading sports drink include 94% filtered water, artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners, and not a drop of fruit juice. According to the American Heart Association, women should not consume more than 24 g of sugar per day, and men are recommended not to exceed 36 g daily. However, a 16 oz. bottle of the leading sports drink contains 28 g of sugar. Whereas water is a natural thirst quencher that is free of sugar and calories. But don’t reach for bottled water instead! Most bottled waters are almost as acidic, oxidizing, and many come in plastic-leeching bottles which can contaminate the water within with toxins. Chanson ionized water filters out toxins while leaving all minerals in and is all-natural. We recommend filling BPA-Free Bottles with Chanson ionized water for hydrating at the gym, sporting events, and on-the-go.

3. Sports drinks actually dehydrate, while Chanson ionized water is six times more hydrating than conventional water

According to the leading sports drink’s own web site it, “stimulates thirst so athletes will ingest an adequate amount of fluid and electrolytes to stay better well-hydrated compared to when using beverages without electrolytes, particularly sodium.” It is a scientific fact that by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated, and that acidic foods and drinks are dehydrating to the body. Therefore, what the makers of the leading sports drink do is actually dehydrate you so that you’ll drink more of their product! In contrast, Chanson ionized water is microclustered which makes it up to six times more hydrating than any other liquid including traditional water because it penetrates cells deeper to hydrate and flush out toxins.

In addition, a rag soaked in high alkaline Chanson ionized water may be applied topically to sore muscles and joints to temporary alleviate pain and inflammation and help recover from workouts and injuries quicker, making it ideal for athletes. Can your sports drink do that?

Water ionizers have been used for decades in Japan, Korea and Russia but are still gaining popularity in the U.S. Chanson Water ionizers are endorsed by professional baseball player D.J. Carrasco, professional bodybuilder Dan Hill, and UFC fighter Jose Viera. For more information on the benefits of Chanson ionized water, visit www.chansonwater.com.

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.