How to Create a Healthy Alkaline Lifestyle through Diet and Drinking Alkaline Water.
Trying to find out about alkalinity versus acidity in your body? Trying to understand pH balance? Do you want to know how to transition to a more alkaline lifestyle? There is a lot of “alkaline” information out there and it can be very confusing.
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America is on Acid
The problem is lifestyle-induced, over-acidification in our bodies.
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. For example, if you have acid-reflux, many doctors will just give you an alkalizing prescription.
Typically, over acidity is a matter of lifestyle choices. Fast food, stress, environmental pollutants and lack of healthy exercise all contribute to an acidic imbalance.
The most common causes of over-acidity are what we eat and drink.
It is great that we can enjoy unhealthy foods - at times. It is smart to know what these unhealthy foods and drinks are.
Meat, dairy, gluten, or any food that is sweet (including artificial sweeteners), over-processed or fried, will increase your body’s acid load. Any drink that is sugary, caffeinated, carbonated or contains alcohol will too. Our bodies were not designed to process too much acid consistently over time.
A major cause of over-acidification, which is far less understood, is our modern-day, fast-paced, stressed-out lifestyles.
Stress causes cortisol to be released in our body. Excess Cortisol creates an acidic imbalance and causes our buffering system to work overtime. And it doesn’t have to be high-level stress. Scientists have shown that low-level stress, over time, has the same effect. Low level stress is like a constant drip, drip, drip.
What Happens to all that Acid?
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. But as 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 Nutrition1 backs her emphatically. Our bodies are forced to protect themselves by storing acidic toxins in fatty deposits. At this point, there is not enough buffering available to keep the blood pH at the upper end of its tightly controlled alkaline pH range. This means that an inadequate amount of oxygen is carried to our tissues and the cells in our body become more acidic.
The cost? A proliferating range of acid-related conditions that have become mainstreamed. These include obesity, immune disorders, lack of energy, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis and more. Many, many more. The sobering — or acidifying — summary is that we choose to eat overly acidic food, wash it down with 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. Living an alkaline lifestyle is also a choice. The solution begins each time you choose what you eat, what you drink, and how you live with stress. We recommended two books on this subject here.
As you reduce the acidic load on your system, you rebuild buffer reserves and your system can begin to do its job the way it was designed to. Your body returns to a balanced 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 pH range. As it does, its ability to carry and release oxygen 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 is a characteristic of cancer cells.
Benefits of an Alkaline Lifestyle
Most functions in the body are influenced by pH (the level of acid or alkaline). Healthy enzyme and hormone systems and our blood’s ability to carry oxygen all depend on an alkaline pH. Together, these systems impact our overall health. 35+ years of testimonial benefits from the alkaline lifestyle movement cover reversals from an almost universal array of diseases and health conditions.
Importance of Healthy Water
Since water makes up so much of our body it is critical that we drink the right type of water. Regularly reported benefits of drinking alkaline (and mineral enriched) water 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 outright elimination of a range of inflammatory issues including arthritis and other conditions such as allergies, asthma and on-and-on it goes.
Research Backs Alkaline Diet / Lifestyle Benefits
A helpful resource is our extensive list of Japanese studies documenting the benefits of drinking alkaline water.
A study from Tuft’s University2 of 400 men and women who followed an alkaline diet revealed many of the foods included in an alkaline diet are nutrient-dense, low-calorie alternatives to traditional choices. That is a benefit no matter who you talk to. Also, 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.
A Cleveland Clinic study showed that an alkaline diet of mostly organic plant-based foods is high in vitamin C, selenium, iron, and zinc, all of which support gut health and the immune system3. Another 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 the 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. Examination of these waters find they are different than the tap water or purified, mineral-free bottled waters we typically drink. Water from these springs has been documented to be slightly alkaline, have a negative electrical charge and have some level of dissolved molecular hydrogen. They are also contaminant free.
The AlkaViva H2 Series ionizers contain our proprietary, and USA made, UltraWater Filtration Technology, independently tested against 172 contaminants and shown to reduce virtually all of them to 99.9%. The clean water is then transformed into alkaline water that is also negatively ionized and hydrogen rich. With the push of a button, you can choose the level of alkalinity in the water that you drink. AlkaViva’s H2 Infusion technology adds the documented benefits of molecular hydrogen.
With an AlkaViva H2 Series 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 benefits of drinking alkaline water, right in your own kitchen!
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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.