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!

Your Guide to Detoxing with a Water Fast

There are many benefits to water fasting.

A fast is a specified period of time where you go without food in order to give your body a break from digestion and to detoxify.

Water fasting requires eating or drinking nothing but water, although small amounts of lemon or lime in the water are acceptable due their alkalizing effects if desired.

Even those who follow an extremely healthy diet can benefit from a water fast, because our bodies accumulate toxins that need to be flushed out periodically. When your body is given a break from the day to day tasks of breaking down the food you ingest and balancing your blood pH, it is easier to detoxify.

How and When to do a Water Fast

Water fasting can be done in whatever time period you feel comfortable with. You may start with one day a week or a weekend and leave it at that, or eventually work your way up to a week or even a month or more. As with anything, the longer you are able to endure a water fast, the more noticeable your results should be.

Because we naturally tend to eat less during the summer months, now is a great time to try a water fast, provided that you don’t schedule it during a vacation, BBQ or birthday party where you will be tempted to indulge in yummy food, or a particularly taxing event on the body like running a marathon or moving house.

How to Prepare for a Water Fast

It’s best to ease into a water fast by building up your vitamin and mineral reserves and drinking only fresh unprocessed juices in the days leading up to the fast. Gentle colon cleansing before and during the fast with enemas is also recommended. Taking it easy and getting lots of rest during the fast is also essential so that your body can fully utilize its energy to heal itself from the inside out.

Benefits of Water Fasting

Jennifer Thompson, author of A Comprehensive Guide to Water Fasting, notes that she was able to dispel over 21 feet of intestinal round worms and lose 33 pounds during her 40 day water fast, as well as feel “clearer in the mind and spirit and more balanced and peaceful” afterwards.

Nedalee Ruiz of Chanson Water USA says, “As a person who has done many water only fasts, my first one being 9 days and my longest being 21 days, I can say that the greatest benefit is the enhanced flavor of food when I return to eating. Not just the joy of having food, but that it tastes so much better than before I detoxed with the fast.”

Breaking a Water Fast

When it’s time to break a water fast, you will want to ease out of it just like you eased into it. Indulging in comfort foods right away can lead to illness, as it is a shock to the system, particularly if you’ve been on a long water fast. Fresh juices and other liquids like blended soups are ideal foods to use to break a water fast.

The Best Type of Water for a Fast

As a general rule, we recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces daily to replace the water you lose naturally. During a water fast, you may need to drink more in order to feel full.

But the quality of the water you drink is just as important as the quantity. Ionized alkaline water from a Chanson water ionizer is believed by many doctors and scientists to be the best kind of drinking water shy of a natural unpolluted spring. Ionized alkaline water is full of bioavailable alkaline minerals and antioxidants which can nourish and energize you while helping you get and stay pH balanced. It has amazing detoxification properties and is supercharged for better overall health.

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!

Getting to the Root of Grey Hairs–Naturally

Ever wonder what the real cause of grey hairs is and how you can prevent or even reverse them?

In 2009, researchers at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom concluded that grey hairs are a result of oxidative stress caused by a buildup of too much hydrogen peroxide.

Our body naturally produces hydrogen peroxide along with the enzyme catalase, which breaks the hydrogen peroxide down into water and oxygen. But as we age our catalase production drops, while the hydrogen peroxide remains, causing some people to go grey.

New research published in The FASEB Journal supports these findings, and also found a link between grey hair and the rare skin pigmentation disease vitiligo. They did a study on vitiligo patients using a proprietary topical, UVB-activated cream with success, and believe that a similar product could also help with grey hair. Information on when this treatment will be developed and available to the public has yet to be released.

But what if a natural remedy already exists?

Studies show that ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer is effective against the breakdown of DNA caused by oxidative stress, and thus may be a great natural alternative to grey hairs.

According to Dr. Ray D. Strand M.D., “Reduced (ALKALINE) Water, when taken internally, readily donates its electrons to oddball oxygen radicals and blocks the interaction of the active oxygen with normal molecules. Undamaged biological molecules are less susceptible to infection and disease. The Alkaline Antioxidant Water gives up an extra electron and reduces the active oxygen, thus rendering it harmless. The active oxygen is reduced without damaging surrounding biological molecules.”

The health benefits expressed by ionized alkaline water drinkers is vast. Users report everything from more energy to better sleep to a more youthful looking appearance, including in some cases the reversal of grey hair.

Chanson water ionizers are backed by a lifetime warranty and include a generous 60 day return policy. They provide healthy ionized alkaline water for drinking and eco-friendly ionized acidic water for cleaning and beauty purposes. This investment can pay for itself in 2-3 years based on the amount of money you can save on bottled water, cleaning and beauty products. Financing is available for as low as $25 a month on approved credit.


Electrolyzed–Reduced Water Scavenges Active Oxygen Species and Protects DNA from Oxidative Damage Shirahataa, Kabayamaa, Nakanoa, et al – Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (1997)

Electrolyzed-reduced water protects against oxidative damage to DNA, RNA, and protein Mi Young Lee, Yoon Kyoung Kim, Kun Kul Ryoo, Yoon Bae Lee and Eun Ju Park – Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2010)

How Alkaline Water Can Reduce Oxidative Stress Dr. Ray D. Strand, M.D., specialist in nutritional and preventive medicine

Basic evidence for epidermal H2O2/ONOO-mediated oxidation/nitration in segmental vitiligo is supported by repigmentation of skin and eyelashes after reduction of epidermal H2O2 with topical NB-UVB-activated pseudocatalase PC-KUS Karin U. Schallreuter, Mohammed A. E. L. Salem, Sarah Holtz and A. Panske – The FASABE Journal (2013)

Senile hair graying: H2O2-mediated oxidative stress affects human hair color by blunting methionine sulfoxide repair J. M. Wood, H. Decker, H. Hartmann, B. Chavan, H. Rokos, J. D. Spencer, S. Hasse, M. J. Thornton, M. Shalbaf, R. Paus, and K. U. Schallreuter – The FASABE Journal (2009)

DISCLAIMER: The FDA prevents any natural health company from claiming that their product will treat, cure or prevent a disease, and your individual experience may vary.

6 Natural Remedies for Allergies

Spring has sprung and with it, for many, comes annoying and sometimes even debilitating seasonal allergies.

Allergies, in general are the result of an erroneous immune system which builds up antibodies against normally harmless substances. Japanese doctors believe that allergies including asthma are actually an immune disorder is caused by acidosis. Acidosis is the state of being too acidic and is caused by an inverted way of eating and living. The sad truth is that most Americans are over-acidic.

Both prescription and over-the-counter allergy medications are acidifying to the body, which further exacerbates the problem by adding to your body’s toxic load. Fortunately there are natural and homeopathic remedies that you can try instead.

#1 Drink ionized alkaline water

Drinking ionized alkaline water may help alleviate and even reverse allergies due to its high pH and detoxification properties.

Bob McCauley, author of The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water explains that ionized alkaline water flushes accumulated pollen, mold and chemical substances from the body. You can make your own ionized alkaline water at home with a water ionizer. If you cannot afford a water ionizer, you can try upping your daily water intake to a minimum of half your body weight in ounces but your results will not be as extreme. This is because ionized water is believed by Japanese scientists to be microclustered, and thus better able to penetrate your cells and flush out the allergens than standard water.

#2 Reduce or eliminate intake of mucus-causing foods

Mucus locks allergens into the tissue where they become deeply embedded. Mucus is caused by dairy, rice, wheat and processed foods which contain gluten.  In addition, the absorption of undigested proteins is a major cause of allergies. By reducing your intake of these foods you can lessen and possibly even eliminate your allergies.

#3 Eat more alkaline foods

According to Dr. Robert O. Young, author of The pH Miracle series, “Allergies are 100% reversible with an alkaline diet and lifestyle.” He goes on to say that, “When you alkalize and exercise, beginning with an organic green drinks loaded with chlorophyll and purified, ionized water from a quality water machine/water ionizer, these allergies will begin to subside. This is because these products introduce oxygenating and alkalizing elements into your body—helping to balance the conditions that may lead to hyper-sensitivities.” Dr. Young recommends an 80% alkaline/20% acidic diet rich in whole plant-based foods like avocado, kale, spinach, and broccoli.

#4 Filter your tap water

A recent study reported by ABC News found a link between pesticides in tap water and food allergies. Filtering your tap water is a very important step to preserving your health. Even if you do not drink tap water, chemicals and contaminants can be absorbed through your skin if you are not using a whole house and/or shower filter. You should also consider a Chanson drinking water pre-filter if you cook with tap water.

#5 Try homeopathic and home remedies

There are many homeopathic allergy remedies on the market which are all great alternatives to acidic prescription medications. There are also some methods you can try yourself at home. These include irrigating with a simple saline solution, sleeping in a room with a humidifier (for pet allergies) or dehumidifier (for pollen allergies), drinking peppermint tea, and breathing steam.

#6 Reduce household toxins

Using chemical cleaners and commercial body and beauty products also adds to your body’s toxic load. By replacing many toxic products with ionized acidic water from a Chanson water ionizer, your immune system will be stronger and thus better able to ward off allergens. You can also try cleaning with natural products like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice, and beautifying with coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and aloe vera.

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. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, which states that only a drug can treat, prevent, or cure a disease.

Say ‘No’ to the Flu Shot & Boost Your Immune System Naturally

Think you need an annual flu shot to protect yourself from getting sick this winter?

Think again.

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.”

In fact, studies show that flu vaccines only have a 1.5% effective rate. There are over 300 strains of the flu virus and the flu shot only addresses three of them, while actually increasing your risk for paralysis and brain damage in the form of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Why the risk?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention, “The following substances are found in flu vaccines: aluminum,  antibiotics, egg protein, formaldehyde, human aborted fetal apparatus (dead human tissue), monosodium glutamate (MSG), and thimerosol (mercury).”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to pay to have myself and my loved ones injected with toxins and dead human tissue for a 1.5% chance of avoiding the flu (which we only have a 20% chance of getting in the first place).

“The winter flu shot myth is based entirely on junk science designed to serve the interests of pharmaceutical companies who sell the vaccines,” explains Natural News founder Mike Adams. “An honest look at the science reveals the unavoidable truth about flu shots  — they’re virtually worthless at preventing the flu. People would  be much better off to skip the shots and engage in healthier exercise and  dietary habits.”

A Natural Approach

Flu shots are said to boost the body’s own immune system in order to make it more resistant to disease. But all vaccines contain chemical toxins which are acidifying to the body and actually weaken our immune system.

According to Dr. Robert O. Young, sickness and disease cannot thrive unless it has an acidic environment to live and grow in, and by alkalizing our bodies, we create a more disease-resistant body.

Alkalizing the body can be achieved by switching to ionized alkaline water, eating more alkaline fruits and vegetables, reducing stress, getting adequate sleep and soft exercise, and reducing exposure to acidic substances like drugs, alcohol, chemical cleaners and commercial beauty products.

Taking vitamin D supplements and drinking herbal tea have also been found to bolster the immune system naturally. By nourishing your body from the inside out you will be able to protect yourself from flus and colds this winter, rendering flu shots completely unnecessary.

I is for Ionized Alkaline Water + Alkaline Recipes to Try!

This is the ninth installment of our alkaline foods series where we feature a food from A-Z, sharing the benefits of the food along with suggested recipes to try!

I is for Ionized Alkaline Water

Ionized alkaline water can be made using a small kitchen appliance called a water ionizer. It hooks up directly to your tap and restructures the water using the process of electrolysis.

Ionized alkaline water promotes health in many ways. It:

  • Helps regulate the body’s internal pH
  • Detoxifies your cells
  • Provides increased energy and better sleep
  • Is up to six times more hydrating than regular water
  • Provides faster recovery from injuries, and fewer aches and pains
  • Is naturally able to support weight loss
  • May help decrease incidences and lengths of colds and flus
  • Provides greater mental focus and enhanced memory

Ionized Alkaline Water recipes to try:

Start using ionized alkaline water whenever water is called for in a recipe.

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For more alkaline recipes from around the web, visit and follow our Alkaline Diet & Recipes Pinterest board. Stay tuned for the next installment of our alkaline foods series: J is for Jicama.

WARNING: Your Air Freshener May be Hazardous to Your Health

Air fresheners are a quick fix to cover up foul odors or freshen up a room. Americans alone spend upwards of 1.72 billion dollars on air fresheners annually.

But behind their sweet-smelling mask lies a host of toxic chemicals, which can create all kinds of health issues.

The illnesses associated with frequent air freshener use are far and wide, with babies and expectant mothers being the most at risk. Babies tend to suffer more bouts of diarrhea and earaches, while adults may experience headaches, depression, itchiness, congestion, respiratory problems, high pulse rates, nausea, and other ailments.

Be advised that no matter whether you choose a commercial air freshener in the form of an aerosol can, spray bottle, plug-in liquid or gel, carpet foam or powder, even cardboard car fresheners, incense, and many candles–you are exposing yourself and your family to harmful chemicals.

Some of the harmful ingredients or chemical by-products of commercial air fresheners and their negative effects on health include:

  • Phthalates –  Hormone-disrupting chemicals which can effect brain, nervous and immune system development, reproduction, mental processing and metabolism, and birth defects
  • Formaldehyde – Cancer-causing according to the EPA
  • Acetone, Propane – Flammable irritant of eyes and throat, W
  • Ethanol – Can cause birth defects
  • Isobutane/Butane – Allergen and irritant
  • Benzene – Carcinogen which should have zero exposure according to the WHO
  • VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) – Known allergen
  • Xylene – Linked to nausea and “sick building syndrome” as well as kidney and liver damage
  • Naphthalene – Suspected carcinogen linked to blood, kidney and liver problems
  • Methoxychlor (pesticide) – Reproductive disorder, estrogenic effect, leukemia, depression, diarrhea, damage to liver, kidney, and heart, and – by chronic exposure – growth retardation
  • Paradichclorobenzene – Shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals
  • Phenol – Flammable, corrosive and extremely toxic

A Natural Alternative

Ionized acidic water from a Chanson water ionizer is non-toxic and has antibacterial properties that can kill odors on contact. You can make your own all-natural air freshener spray by filling a spray bottle with ionized acidic water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil(s).

Then just spritz any time you would a commercial air freshener. Unlike chemicals, essential oils contain healing and beneficial properties. Try experimenting with oils of lavender, ylang ylang, sage, rosemary, lemon, lime, and grapefruit to create a fresh, natural scent. We use and recommend Young Living essential oils.

Unscented ionized acidic water is also an effective replacement for kitchen cleaners like Windex and Lysol. Because it’s just water it will evaporate, leaving no harmful residue on your counters. Those who are not ready to purchase a water ionizer can try a 4 oz. spritzer bottle of Chanson ionized acidic water (it also works wonders for the skin, body and hair!)

Many of the toxic chemicals listed above are also finding their way into our drinking water supplies, so investing in a quality pre-filter or whole house water filter is also crucial to health. Visit for more information.

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4 Tips to Shift Your Eating Habits

Remember the Lay’s potato chip slogan “Betcha can’t eat just one?”

Well, it’s more than just a slogan, it’s a scientific fact that processed foods are designed to make you crave more of them by depriving you of the nutrition your body needs. Scientists in labs literally work to design foods which leave you feeling unsatisfied, so that you’ll consume more of the products the major brands they represent produce.

You Are What You Eat

It’s no wonder that our country is now facing an epidemic of lifestyle-related diseases like obesity, diabetes and cancer. Americans are bombarded with more processed food choices than ever, and the lure of the convienent fast food drive thru and dollar menu is on almost every street corner. Food can be a drug and it’s time that we start recognizing unhealthy foods as such.

Even animals are not immune to the addiction of processed foods, as evidenced in this funny video: Sam the Shoplifting Seagull Is Addicted to Doritos.

Taste is a Learned Response; Not a Fixed Response

Fortunately, taste is not a fixed sense and can be reprogrammed to get you craving the right type of foods that your body will thrive on instead of the foods that may ultimately destroy it.

According to Anna Coutler of Better World Cuisine, “Taste preferences will change with time and support your new way of eating. The understanding that enjoying a food can grow on us is absolutely true. After we have eaten a new food about a dozen times, the body will call for it again and it will become one of the preferred foods. By habitually stretching your palate, the tolerance and enjoyment of healthy foods will increase. The more one eats high-nutrient foods, the less one craves low-nutrient foods. Over time, wanting less fat, protein and carbohydrates happens naturally, and the fabulously healthy foods become our favorites.”

4 Tips to Shift Your Eating Habits

1. Introduce New Alkaline Foods Into Your Diet – It’s easier to add foods to your diet than to subtract them, so an easy tip is to try adding one new alkaline fruit or vegetable to your shopping cart each week. Examples include avocados, kale, spinach, cucumber, broccoli, asparagus, coconut, grapefruit and lemons.

2. Start Your Day With a Green Juice or Smoothie – According to raw food expert Karen Knowler, whatever type of food you eat upon rising (sugary, starchy, healthy, etc.) is what you are likely to crave for the remainder of the day. So by starting each day with a nutritious green juice or smoothie, you are setting yourself up for success.

3. Drink More Water – Oftentimes when we feel hungry, we are actually dehydrated. Try drinking a minimum of half your body weight in ounces daily in order to stay properly hydrated and to ward off food cravings. Chanson alkaline ionized water is able to hydrate and detoxify without leaving a bloated or waterlogged feeling. Visit us at for more information.

4. Switch Your Sweetener – Sugar is highly addicting and has been linked to cancer, and artificial sweeteners are loaded with toxins that make them even more damaging to health. Instead, try stevia or xylitol. Both are natural sweeteners with a low glycemic index that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Top 6 Anti-Aging Tips

We all want to look and feel younger. Our society is beauty-obsessed, and Americans spend billions of dollars on anti-aging products each year. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are six things you can do to slow down and in some cases even reverse the signs of aging naturally:

1. Get enough sleep

When you sleep your body releases growth hormone which stimulates cell turnover, so a lack of sleep can accelerate aging and stress the body. Sleep research shows that just one week of sleep deprivation alters hormone levels and the capacity to metabolize carbohydrates. Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

2. Drink ionized alkaline water

According to dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone, author of The Perricone Perscription, “If you have any doubts about the effect of water intake on our skin, just put a grape and a raisin side by side…If you do not drink water, your organs and cells cannot function. How can your skin be soft and plumped up if you refuse the elixir of life?”

Alkaline ionized water from a water ionizer is up to six times more hydrating than conventional water, can literally plump cells up to twice their size, and contains three times more antioxidants than a glass of OJ! Aim to drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of alkaline ionized water daily.

3. Eat a plant-based diet

“Food is much more than just a life-giving and life sustaining substance–it is our single most powerful anti aging tool. The choices we make daily–or even hourly–directly influence our physical and mental states, the number of wrinkles, and the amount of sagging in our faces, our overall muscle and body tone, the condition of our internal organs, our brain and memory power, and our mental and emotional states,” Dr. Perricone says.

Aim to eat a plant-based diet chock full of anitoxidant rich foods like beans, berries, apples, and nuts as well as alkaline non-sweet fruits and vegetables like avocado, spinach, kale, cucumber and broccoli. Reduce or eliminate your consumption of free-radical forming acidic foods like meat, dairy, processed foods and sweets.

4. Reduce your exposure to toxins

Our bodies are assaulted with more toxins in one day than our ancestors faced in a lifetime, and the average women applies 535 chemicals to her skin daily. Choose natural skin care products and cleaners, open windows as often as possible and invest in an air purifier and water ionizer. The byproduct that water ionizers produce is ionized acidic water which acts as a multipurpose cleaner and body care product that will save you money.

5. Stress less

Research shows that stress speeds the aging process on a cellular level by harming DNA. According to cell and molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn and health psychologist Elissa Epel, chronic stress speeds up the rate at which our cells age by 10 years or more. Try not to get upset over small things, and control unavoidable stress with yoga, meditation, or deep breathing.

6. Use natural sunscreen

We’ve all heard that the sun can wreak havoc on our skin and lead to skin cancer, and therefore we shouldn’t expose ourselves to the sun’s rays without sunblock. But what many people don’t know is that the commercial sunblocks and sunscreens themselves contain toxic ingredients that can lead to cancer and other health issues! Better to shell out the extra few bucks for natural, mineral-based sunscreens. Also, try to avoid being outdoors when the sun is at its brightest: between 10 am and 4 pm.

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