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Water for Health Blog: Learn About Alkaline water and Greens

The information on the Water for Health blog is purely for educational or discussion purposes and is used as a forum to exchange information and opinions, particularly as regards the benefits of hydration and nutrition. No health claims are made or implied. Any reader contemplating implementing any suggestion should firstly discuss with their health practitioner. Any guest postings do not necessarily represent the views of Water for Health Ltd.

What Living Alkaline Means to Cancer Survivor Kris Carr

She has written multiple books, made an award winning film, and survived an incurable stage four cancer with which she was diagnosed in 2003. During the subsequent twelve years while she has been living with cancer, she has explored all possible healthy lifestyle options with her attending physicians. One of her lifestyle choices was to live alkaline.

For Carr, living alkaline means being healthy; it is one of her strategies to keep her cancer in check. She is not alone when thinking that alkaline bodies are ones in which cancer and degenerative diseases remain under control. Many researchers agree.

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Reasons Why an Alkaline Diet is Healthier Than the Typical Western Diet

The typical modern diet in industrialised Western countries looks something like this:

Breakfast: Two slices of toast with butter or margarine, or a few strips of bacon and two eggs, or a highly refined cereal that advertises itself as an energy or weight loss dish topped off with milk and sugar, or two doughnuts, muffins, pancakes, or waffles made with white refined flour and even yeast. Breakfast usually includes a cup of coffee with milk and sugar.

10 o'clock tea: A muffin, croissant, doughnut, cake, scone, bagel or sandwich with a cup of coffee or tea with milk and sugar. Continue reading

Give Your Cells More Oxygen by Living the Alkaline Lifestyle

If you are stressed, emotionally down, physically tired, suffering from allergies or frequent colds, and you spend all your time either at work or lazing at home, the chance is good that your diet contains a lot of white bread and pasta, meat, dairy, coffee or tea with milk and sugar, and soft drinks. A naturopath will tell you this, not from clairvoyance, but from the simple knowledge that this diet is extremely acidic. An acidic diet creates an acidic oxygen-starved body, and an acidic oxygen-starved body suffers from the symptoms listed above.

The amount of acid in the body is measured on the pH scale, with zero to 6.9 being acidic and 7.1 to 14 being alkaline. The body tries to maintain a pH of 7.4, which is moderately alkaline.

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You Are How Well You Detox - Why Even Detox Sceptics Can't Hide from these Facts

The importance of body detoxification is a topic of powerful debate between those who believe in its health benefits and those who believe it is unnecessary.

Some detox sceptics argue that the body has developed and evolved to neutralise the toxins with which it comes in contact. They contend that, if the body lacked the sufficient resources to fight off toxins, we would all have died soon after birth due to the large number of toxins in the environment.

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What's Your Body pH? Why it's Important to Measure Your pH Levels and Know

Your pH score represents the amount of acid in your body. 7.0 is considered to be neutral, a score below 7.0 shows that your body is acidic, and a score above 7.0 indicates that you have reduced the acid level to a healthy level.

For the scientifically inclined, pH, or power of hydrogen, is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in your body. Pure water has an equal number of hydrogen ions and hydroxide ions. An acid is a substance that donates hydrogen ions, so if you mix it with pure water, the water will acquire more hydrogen ions and the hydroxide ions will be overpowered. An alkali, on the other hand, is a substance that soaks up hydrogen ions and thereby neutralises them. If you mix it with pure water, it will absorb and neutralise some of the water's hydrogen ions and thereby produce water with more hydroxide ions than hydrogen ions.

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High Body Acidity Wreaks Havoc With Your Bones

The human body tries to maintain a pH score of 7.4, which is moderately alkaline. Many types of foods, beverages, and physiological processes push the body's pH downwards into the acidic range. For example, table sugar, white bread, red meat, carbonated soft drinks, and coffee are all acidic. On the physiological side, the immune system produces acidic by-products during its war with invading viruses and bacteria, the body produces acidic by-products during exercise, the digestive system produces acids to aid with the breakdown of food, etc. Your body, therefore, has its work cut out to keep its pH at that 7.2/7.4 ideal range.

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What You Urgently Need to Understand about Your Gut Bacteria

From childhood people learn to associate bacteria with illness, and the fear that bacteria might get a foothold in our bodies has given rise to a wide variety of specialist household cleaning products, disinfectant hand washes, and even nasal sprays, eye drops and ear drops to help kill them off. Consequently, most people would be horrified to learn that the human body is made up of a lot more bacteria than cells, and would be equally surprised when informed that many of these bacteria are basically useful. Continue reading

To Juice or to Smoothie: Which is Best?

Juicing and blending into smoothies are both popular in the health community, but there is little agreement about which has the superior health benefits. Before answering the question, we should first agree what the two terms mean, especially because there is such a large variety of devices with different names on the market that claim to perform either or both of these functions.

To juice means that the juice is extracted from a fruit or vegetable while the pulp is left behind. To blend means the fruit or vegetable is as a whole is crushed and chopped into a watery pulp. In other words, if your machine leaves the pulp behind, it juices. If it uses up the entire fruit or vegetable, it blends to a smoothie. Continue reading

How to Make an Easy Start on the Alkaline Diet

The acid and alkaline content of a substance is measured by a pH score. A pH of zero indicates a pure acid, a score of 14 represents a pure alkali, and a score of seven is neutral.
The human body is designed to be slightly alkaline, with the blood that has a pH score of 7.4. The body works hard to maintain this pH, as this is where it is the healthiest. Many common lifestyle and dietary habits, on the other hand, drive the body's pH downward far into the acid range. Continue reading

Why Water is an Essential Ingredient in an Effective Long-Term Weight Loss Plan

Water diets are currently fashionable, but like many diets, they are too low in calories to be healthy. Even worse, research has established that the majority of short-term diets are ineffective, simply because dieters put all the old weight back on once they revert to their old unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits.

If you want to lose your weight and keep it off permanently, you need a diet that you can adopt permanently, and this is where water is vital. Water has no magical weight loss properties, but it is an important ingredient in every good weight loss strategy. If you want to lose weight or even maintain a healthy weight, you must consume enough water.

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