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Are You at Risk for a Mineral Deficiency?

Did you know that 4 out of 5 Americans are mineral deficient?

It’s no wonder–with our fast food lifestyles and the depletion of minerals in our agriculture lands, we are by and large an overfed and undernourished nation.

Minerals support body cells and structures and work to regulate many body processes such as conducting electricity in our nervous system. In fact, every cell in the body needs calcium and magnesium to function properly.

The pH of our blood must remain at about 7.365 at all times in order to live. When we eat, drink and perform acidic functions like rigorous exercise, our body is forced to rob itself of alkaline minerals in order to neutralize the acidity and keep us alive. But if we keep our alkaline reserves up through a healthy plant-based diet and adequate mineral intake, our body does not need to steal minerals from our bones and organs.

But taking minerals and supplements to bridge the gap isn’t the best solution, because many minerals are not readily absorbable in pill form, and certain substances can block the absorbency when supplements are taken together.

We’ve been told all of our lives that milk is a great source of calcium and promotes bone health, but this is a myth. While milk does have an abundance of calcium, it also contains phosphorus which blocks the absorption of calcium, and studies show that those who drink large quantities of cow’s milk actually have weaker bone health!

The seven macrominerals–minerals needed in large quantities–are calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, potassium, sulfur and phosphorus. Trace minerals like iron and zinc are needed in smaller quantities.

While you may get a sufficient amount of minerals from a well balanced diet of foods like kale, almonds, avocados, spinach, broccoli, organic soy products, collard greens, brown rice and lentils, an easier and more efficient solution is to drink mineral-rich water that has been ionized. It is believed that the body can absorb calcium and magnesium 30% easier and faster from water  than from food or supplements.

70% of Americans have hard water, which is rich in alkaline minerals but difficult for the body to absorb. While reverse osmosis systems strip the water of all minerals, water ionizers use the process of electrolysis to make the naturally occurring minerals in tap water become bio-available. If you are part of the 30% of Americans who have soft water, or if you already have a reverse osmosis system installed, you can benefit from a mineral remineralizer which will add powdered calcium and magnesium to your water.

Don’t be a victim of mineral deficiency. Protect your health and the health of your family with a Chanson water ionizer and (if needed) an Inline Mineral Remineralizer. You simply cannot get the same results from taking supplements or drinking bottled mineral water.

Are Vitamins & Supplements A Waste of Money?

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to all kinds of diseases and disorders, so it’s natural to want to guard against them by supplementing will pills and potions. However the absorbency of these vitamins and minerals is significantly lower compared to when they are obtained through food (or sunlight in the case of vitamin D).

Many vitamins and supplements on the market today contain synthetic ingredients, are difficult to absorb, and are expensive. In fact, some health professionals scoff that all vitamins really do is produce “really expensive pee.”

Instead of throwing away money on vitamins and supplements, it is possible to eat a varied plant-based alkaline diet and drink ionized alkaline water in order to render vitamins and supplements either minimal or unnecessary.

The following is a rundown of some of the most common vitamins, minerals and supplements with suggestions on what to take and how as well as what you may not need to take and why.

What to take and how:

Calcium and magnesium

Calcium and magnesium are the most abundant sources of alkaline minerals in your body, and are largely found in your bones, teeth, muscles and eyes. Once your natural mineral reserves have been depleted through an acidic way of living and eating (typically around age 30-40), your body begins having to rob itself of calcium and magnesium in order to neutralize acids. Therefore it is important to always keep those minerals in reserve, but calcium and magnesium tablets are not readily bioavailable.

You may have heard that the absorption of calcium can be blocked by certain things and thus should be taken separate from other supplements. This is also the reason cow’s milk is surprisingly NOT a good source of calcium–the phosphorus in the milk blocks the absorption of calcium and actually requires that calcium be pulled from your reserves in order to neutralize the acid! Fortunately most of us have hard water rich in calcium which can be made bioavailable with a Chanson water ionizer, thus rendering calcium pills unnecessary, provided you are staying hydrated with ionized alkaline water. If you are part of the 30% of Americans who have soft water, you can benefit from an Inline Mineral Remineralizer which will add calcium and magnesium to your water. Note that magnesium is actually needed to absorb calcium. Plant-based sources of calcium include: kale, soy milk, tofu, collard greens, and broccoli.

While magnesium may also be found in your tap water and made readily available with a water ionizer, it is not as prevalent as calcium. Therefore we offer a magnesium remineralizer which distributes powdered magnesium into your water before ionizing it. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to every major disease and is therefore the most important mineral you can supplement. Plant-based sources of magnesium include: spinach, almonds, avocados, soybeans, brown rice, lentils, and cashews.

Omega 3’s

Omega 3’s are vital to health, especially brain health. Oily fish is probably the best source of omega 3’s, but not an option for vegans and vegetarians. Therefore we recommend drizzling healthy oils like olive, flaxseed or a blend like Udo’s Choice on salads and wraps and in soups, and taking a flaxseed oil or fish oil supplement if necessary. Plant-based sources of omega 3’s include: walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, soy products, hemp seeds, cauliflower, sesame seeds, and brussels sprouts.

Vitamin D

According to Dr. Leigh Erin Conneally, “90% of my patients are deficient in vitamin D, so chances are, you are too. D deficiency can occur if your dietary intake of the vitamin is inadequate, if you have limited exposure to sunlight or if your body cannot process vitamin D appropriately. People with Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, liver disease, or who have had part or all of their stomach removed may also be deficient in the vitamin. As we age, the body is less able to convert vitamin D to its active form, therefore older individuals may also be at risk for vitamin D deficiency.”

Dr. Young says, “Without calcium and magnesium in sufficient quantities, vitamin-D supplementation will withdraw calcium from the bone and will allow the uptake of toxic minerals. Do not supplement vitamin D and do not sunbathe unless you are sure you have sufficient calcium and magnesium to meet your daily needs.”

Because vitamin D is only found in acidic foods like meat, eggs and fortified cereals, both doctors conclude that daily sun exposure is the best form of vitamin D supplementation, and recommend about 10 minutes of sun exposure per day without sunscreen. Longer periods of time should be protected with a mineral sunblock and you should never allow your skin to burn.

What not to take and why:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C breaks down undigested matter such as meat in the digestive tract which improves digestion and promotes elimination. However, if you are following a well-rounded plant-based diet, vitamin C supplementation is completely unnecessary for two reasons. #1. You are not ingesting any meat that needs to be broken down, and #2. You are getting an adequate amount of vitamin C through citrus fruits.

In the words of Dr. Robert O. Young, “Human beings are poisoning themselves with Vitamin C by taking it in excess for everything. It is totally unnecessary. Again, it is like taking an excess of enzymes (acids) and tenderizing onesself. In my many years of viewing people’s blood and understanding their nutritional histories, I have never recommended that a person needs to take Vitamin C. The only time I would recommend it is for supporting the bowel in severe congestive situations. If you are using Liquid Vitamin C, you are ingesting plenty and in a form that your body can use without harm.”

Antioxidants (vitamin A, vitamin E, beta carotene, acai berry, etc.)

Antioxidants are necessary to fight free radicals which cause premature aging and contribute to disease. Those eating a well-rounded plant-based diet should be able to get enough antioxidants through diet, and ionized alkaline water is rich in antioxidants (3x more than orange juice), so installing a water ionizer in your home will provide you with all of the antioxidants you need. No pills or supplements necessary!

Chlorella and spirulina

Chlorella and spirulina are green algae “superfooods” that are popular on the health food market these days. Although they are packed with vitamins and minerals, Dr. Young strongly argues against these supplements because of the nature with which they are grown and the effect they can have on the body.

Protein powder

Contrary to popular belief, protein does not build muscle, blood builds muscle, and the average American gets 7x the amount of protein they need. Even vegans and vegetarians are able to get adequate amounts of vegetable protein with a well-rounded diet and should not need to supplement with protein powder. If you insist on drinking a protein shake, make sure it is free of whey and made with organic soy. Plant-based sources of protein include: beans, seeds, lentils, tofu/soy, sprouts, almonds and dark leafy green vegetables.

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.

Magnesium: The Missing Nutrient

Did you know that magnesium is required for 300 processes of the body and that a magnesium deficiency has been linked to every major disease?

Magnesium is an essential alkaline mineral needed by every organ in the body including your heart, muscles, and kidneys. There are over 200 published clinical studies documenting the need for magnesium, and 68% of Americans are magnesium-deficient. For every molecule of sugar you consume, it takes 54 molecules of magnesium to process it.

What Magnesium Does for the Body

  • Activates enzymes
  • Contributes to energy production
  • Helps regulate nutrients levels
  • Helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function
  • Keeps heart rhythm steady
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Keeps teeth and bones strong
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels
  • Promotes normal blood pressure

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

  • Muscle tension, muscle soreness, back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint tightness (TMJ)
  • Constipation, urinary spasms, menstrual cramps
  • Difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat (especially provoked by eating sugar)
  • Photophobia or sensitivity to loud noises
  • Insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, premenstrual irritability
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Chest tightness, heart palpitations, heart arrhythmias, high blood pressure
  • Salt cravings
  • Carbohydrate cravings or intolerance
  • Breast tenderness

Causes of Magnesium Depletion

  • High consumption of fats, proteins, sodium, carbohydrates and/or calcium
  • Environmental pollutants in air, soil and water
  • Mental, physical and emotional stress
  • Many prescription drugs
  • Consumption of coffee, sugar, alcohol, colas and tobacco
  • High perspiration
  • Low thyroid
  • Chronic pain
  • Diuretics

How to Increase Magnesium Intake

You can increase your magnesium intake by including more whole grains, nuts, and green leafy vegetables into your every day diet. Another easy way to make sure you get enough of this essential mineral is to use an Inline Magnesium Remineralizer filter. This will automatically add magnesium powder to your drinking water, so that you don’t have to worry about it. If used along with a water ionizer, the magnesium will be made bioavailable (more easily absorbed by your body).

Forget Milk. Got Chanson Alkaline Water?

Milk does a body good. Or does it?

For decades we’ve been taught that milk is healthy and full of necessary nutrients and minerals, most of all calcium to build strong bones. So why instead have studies found a link between high dairy consumption and osteoporosis?

Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body’s pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. 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.

A 12 year long Harvard Nurses’ Health Study found that those who consumed the most calcium from dairy foods broke more bones than those who rarely drank milk. This was a broad study based on 77,761 women aged 34-59.

Cow’s milk does contain 118 mg of calcium in every 100 grams, but the problem is that those 100 grams also contain 97 mg of phosphorus, and phosphorus combines with calcium in the digestive tract and actually blocks the absorption of calcium.

Cow’s milk also contains 50 mg sodium per 100 grams (compared with only 16 mg in human milk) thus rendering dairy products one of the most common sources of excess sodium in the modern Western diet.

Pasteurization destroys the natural enzyme in cow’s milk required to digest its heavy protein content. This excess milk protein then putrefies in the human digestive tract, clogging the intestines and seeping back into the bloodstream. As the dairy sludge accumulates, the body forces some of it out through the skin and lungs while the rest of it forms mucus that breeds infections, causes allergic reactions, and stiffens joints with calcium deposits. Eliminating all dairy products from the diet has been found to help with conditions such as chronic asthma, allergies, ear infections, and acne. 

These days dairy cows are given a host of antibiotics and hormones, traces of which you end up drinking. The government has also set allowable levels of blood, urine and pus in the milk sold for consumption. Pesticides from cow feed also find their way into your milk, and preservatives and additives are used to extend its shelf life.

Cow’s milk is not nearly as good a source of calcium as other far more digestible and wholesome foods. Compare the 118 mg calcium per 100 grams cow’s milk with 100 grams of the following alkaline foods: almonds (254 mg), broccoli (130 mg), kale (187 mg), sesame seeds (1,160 mg) and kelp (1,093 mg).

Goat’s milk approximates the nutritional composition and balance of human milk and is thus better suited to humans than cow’s milk. Non-dairy alternatives are soy milk, rice milk and almond milk, with almond milk being the most alkaline and therefore the highest recommended.

Why Chanson Alkaline Water is Superior to Cow’s Milk

Chanson alkaline water contains calcium and magnesium along with other essential minerals (levels vary depending on source water). Unlike milk, there are no added hormones, antibiotics, preservatives or chemicals (not to mention blood, urine or pus!) in Chanson ionized water, and there have been no known allergic reactions.

Drinking Chanson alkaline ionized water may be a significant source of calcium, providing over one-third of the recommended dietary intake of this mineral in adults. And because magnesium in water is highly bio-available, it is absorbed approximately 30% faster and better than magnesium from food.

Chanson alkaline ionized water is micro-clustered which makes it easier to absorb at the cellular level and thus improves mineral absorption and overall hydration. This increased absorption also aids the detoxification process, allowing the body to rid itself of all water soluble toxins. Therefore, Chanson alkaline water can actually help your body rid itself of the toxins put there by milk and other dairy products!

So instead of asking yourself “Got Milk?” a better question would be “Got Chanson alkaline water?”

Resources:

Debunking the Milk Myth: Why Milk is Bad for You and Your Bones by Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

Detoxify Now Food Profiles – Dairy

A Little Milk with Your Antibiotics and Hormones? by Deliah Quigley