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Alkaline Lifestyle and Alkaline Water Benefits


Are you trying to understand pH balance and health? Trying to find out more about alkalinity versus acidity in your body? Have you heard about alkaline water or water ionizers? Do you want to know how to transition to an alkaline diet or live an alkaline lifestyle? There is a lot of “alkaline” information out there. Unfortunately, it can also all add up to being very confusing.

Sometimes the easiest path to understanding a solution – and its benefits – is by first understanding the problem.

America is on Acid

We are talking about lifestyle-induced over-acidification in our bodies. Acid is a corrosive, life defeating substance. Imagine what can happen to your digestive system, joints and other soft tissues, if the acid load gets out of balance. Over acidity – acidosis if extreme – ultimately weakens all body systems, giving rise to an internal environment that is conducive to disease.

Most doctors do not diagnose or treat over acidity, rather, they treat its symptoms. If you have acid-reflux the majority of doctors give you a prescription; they do not treat the root cause of systemic over-acidity. Yet ironically, there is not a single doctor who will tell you being over-acidic is a good idea.

People often ask what causes over acidity. At the most fundamental level it is simply a matter of lifestyle “choices”. Fast food, stress, environmental pollutants and lack of healthy exercise all contribute to imbalance and over acidity.

The most commonly understood sources of over-acidity are what we eat and drink. Meat, dairy, gluten, or any food that is sweet, over processed, fried, or contains artificial sweeteners, will increase your body’s acid load. Any drink that is sugary, caffeinated, carbonated or contains alcohol will as well. That is the Standard American Diet otherwise known as SAD. It isn’t just sad, it is also scary. Our bodies were simply not designed to process this much acid consistently over time.

As if that were not enough to tip us into the acid abyss, here is the kicker which is far less understood: our modern-day hectic, high-paced, stressed-out lifestyles. Stress causes cortisol to be released in the body. Cortisol regulates many of the changes that occur in the body in response to stress, and is very acid forming. It causes our body’s buffering system to work overtime. And it doesn’t have to even be the high-level type of stress. Scientists have shown that low-level stress, over time, has the same effect. Given its prevalence in our society, it’s like a constant drip, drip, drip.

Hopefully, you can begin to see how much stems from choice: from what we choose to eat, what we choose to drink and how we choose to live our daily lives in relationship to stress. And it all adds up.

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What Happens to all that Acid?

To be fair, mother nature gave us a wonderful buffering system to neutralize and eliminate acidic waste. It helps manage tightly regulated pH in various systems in our body. The reality however is that we are dealing with vastly more acidity than at any time in human history. The cumulative effect? Researcher Lynda Frassetto PhD, from the University of California says, “we have turned an evolutionary corner. We simply do not handle acid waste the way we used to.” Based on her research of almost 1,000 subjects, she found that our overwhelmed buffering systems aren’t efficiently eliminating acid, like they should do via the kidneys and liver.

Research published in Clinical Nutrition 1 backs her emphatically. Our bodies are then forced to adapt to protect themselves from the potential damaging acid by storing acidic toxins in fatty deposits. At this point, there is not ample buffering available to keep the blood pH at the upper end of its tightly controlled pH range. This means that an inadequate amount of oxygen is carried to our tissues and cells in our body become more acidic.

The cost? A proliferating range of acid-related conditions that have become “mainstreamed” including obesity, immune disorders, lack of energy plus cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis and more. Many, many more.

The sobering – or acidifying – summary is that we eat overly acidic food, wash it down with overly acidic beverages and then top it all off with stress. Every day…week-in, week-out...year-in and year-out. Our bodies simply can’t keep up.

Choose to be Alkaline

Now the good news and the solution. Just as over-acidity is choice, it is also a choice to become more alkaline. The solution begins each time you decide what you eat, what you drink, and how you live in relationship to stress.

As you begin to reduce the acidic load on your system, you begin to rebuild buffer reserves and your buffering system can begin to do its job the way it was designed to. As acidic wastes are being properly handled, your body starts to return to its natural state, where it can buffer and eliminate unwanted acids. Your blood pH begins to inch ever so slightly upward toward the optimum end of the tightly regulated range. As it does, its ability to carry oxygen and release that to your tissues also increases.

Medical science has known about and measured this blood pH / oxygen carrying relationship for years. An oxygen rich environment is an alkaline environment. And a healthy one too. Dr Otto Warburg, for example, (who is often misquoted), was awarded a Nobel Prize for making the discovery that low oxygen was characteristic of cancer cells.

Benefits

Most functions in the body are influenced by pH. Healthy enzyme and hormone systems, along with our blood’s ability to carry oxygen, all depend on an alkaline pH. Together, these systems impact our overall health. The body of testimonial benefits spanning the 35 years of the alkaline movement are staggering and cover an almost universal array of diseases and health conditions. Some regularly reported benefits include: increased energy and mental clarity, improved memory, clearer skin, weight loss, detoxification, improvements in cardiac conditions, stabilizing of diabetic blood sugar, better digestion, a lessening or the outright elimination of a range of inflammatory issues including arthritis, and other conditions such as allergies, asthma and on and on.

Research Backs Alkaline Diet / Lifestyle Benefits

In addition to the host of testimonials, there is also scientific (and logical common sense) evidence that an alkaline diet is good for you in a variety of ways.

Tuft’s University’s study2 of 400 men and women over 65 who followed an alkaline diet, revealed a few salient things. First, many of the foods included in an alkaline diet are nutrient-dense, low-calorie alternatives to traditional Standard American Diet choices. That is a benefit no matter who you talk to. Second, there is a comparatively higher potassium content in alkaline diet foods. Those who ate an alkaline diet with potassium-rich fruits and vegetables had more lean muscle mass than the control group after the conclusion of the trial.
See Here for a list of Japanese studies on the benefits of alkaline water.

A study from the Cleveland Clinic showed that an alkaline diet promotes eating mostly organic plant-based foods high in vitamin C, selenium, iron, and zinc; all of which support gut health and the immune system3. A third study showed that sweet red peppers, broccoli, and carrots promote healthy skin due to their high concentrations of vitamin A4. Offering a wider view of the mineral benefits, Annemarie Colbin, PhD, author of Food and Healing, states “Fruits and vegetables, all leave behind minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, and sodium, which buffer the acids.”

Many people who live an alkaline lifestyle report anti-inflammatory benefits. A study published in the Journal of Obesity5 backs that up by concluding that when you avoid foods high in omega-6 fatty acids (as in an alkaline diet), you reduce your levels of arachidonic acid, which causes the inflammation associated with heart disease and joint pain.

A Natural Solution

Various well known natural springs and sources of “healing water” have been documented around the world. When science examines these waters at a fundamental level, they are different than the tap water we typically drink. They are radically different from acidic, mineral free, purified and/or bottled waters. The water from these springs have been documented to be slightly alkaline, demonstrate a negative electrical charge and have some level of dissolved molecular hydrogen. These waters are also typically contaminant free.

The V Water ionizer's filters have been independently tested and shown to reduce the major contaminants by up to 99.9%. Once the water is cleaned up, the Vitae Global water ionizer produces reduced water - or water which has gained an excess number of electrons becoming “selectively alkaline” and negatively ionized. Selectively alkaline means that with the push of a button, you can choose the level of alkalinity in the water that you drink. Vitae Global’s advanced technology adds the documented benefits of molecular hydrogen.

Most alkaline diet gurus and proponents agree that probably the easiest and most effective way to make a significant impact, is to drink alkaline ionized water from an electric ionizer. We are after all 70% +/- water. It just makes sense that the quality of water we drink can affect our health.

With a Vitae Global Ionizer, you can literally transform your ordinary oxidizing contaminated tap water into the cleanest and healthiest alkaline water – just like world’s healing waters. You can enjoy the quality of water that nature intended, right in your own kitchen!

References:

1. “Diet-Induced Metabolic Acidosis.” Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland). 30.4 (2011): 416–21. Web. 3 Oct. 2016..
2. “Plant foods for preserving muscle mass: USDA ARS.” 8 Dec. 2016. Web. 14 Sept. 2016.
3. Kirkpatrick, Kristin, MS, RD, LD. “Eat These Foods to Boost Your Immune System – Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic.” Health Essentials. Cleveland Clinic, 15 Jan. 2015. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.
4. Pappas, Apostolos. “The Relationship of Diet and Acne: A Review.” Dermato-endocrinology 1.5 (2009): 262–267. Print.
5. Sears, Barry, and Camillo Ricordi. “Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition as a Pharmacological Approach to Treat Obesity.” Journal of Obesity 2011 (2011): 431985. PMC. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.