Water for Health Blog: Learn About Alkaline water and Greens

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  • The Importance of a Healthy Gut

    Although its importance is often overlooked, the digestive system is one of our body’s most vital components - being responsible for both the removal of harmful toxins and the proper assimilation of the numerous essential nutrients that are needed to nourish your cells and maintain your good health.

    aaaarg!Unfortunately, there are a number of things that can negatively affect the delicate balance of our digestive health, including the excessive consumption of heavily processed or acidic foods, a lack of pure water, a deviation in overall body pH or an overgrowth of harmful fungi, like candida, which is understood to upset the delicate balance of your intestinal micro-flora, and kill off many of the good bacteria that are needed to produce important digestive enzymes.

    When our digestive systems stop working properly, we stop being able to fully breakdown the nutrient compounds that are found in the food we eat, and quickly become deficient in a number of important nutrients as a result. The long-term effects of this are too varied to list, but a recent article published by Mind Body Green lists the short term effects of declining digestive health as:

    • Rapid weight loss
    • Frequent headaches
    • Fatigue
    • Irritable bowel syndrome
    • Cramps

    Happy seniors couple in love. Healthy teeth. Isolated over white backgroundAnother frequently-referenced effect of declining digestive health is an inability to metabolise important alkaline minerals like calcium and potassium that are needed to keep your body’s internal buffer systems topped up. Without these important nutrients, we can experience deviations in overall body pH that can affect our concentration levels, our energy levels, and our general wellbeing.

    As such, the proper maintenance of digestive health is absolutely essential if we want to enjoy lasting good health and wellbeing, particularly in terms of our energy levels and our body’s overall acid/alkaline balance.

    How can we maintain digestive health?

    According to Cristopher Vasey’s seminal book The Acid Alkaline Diet, the simplest and most effective way to maintain intestinal health is to cut down on the amount of processed, sugary or acidic foods that we consume. This will reduce the amount of stress that our digestive tract is under, and also help to prevent excessive damage to the delicate bacteria that reside in your intestines.

    Altering your diet is by no means the only way to ensure a healthy gut though; Dr Batmagheldi’s book Your Bodies Many Cries for Water demonstrates that drinking healthy, alkaline water can have a profoundly beneficial impact on your intestinal health, and it is widely understood that supplementing your diet with healthy, plant-based vitamin supplements can also aid in the proper maintenance of the connective tissues lining your digestive tract.

    A recent article on digestive health published by our friends at Vibrant Health also highlighted the important role that a probiotic supplement can play in encouraging good digestive health – particularly when it comes to the production of important digestive enzymes, and the suppression of harmful bacteria.

    What are Probiotics?

    young plantProbiotics are beneficial micro-organisms that are understood to encourage the development of positive bacteria in the gut. Numerous in-vitro studies have shown that probiotics actively work to support the 500 species of beneficial micro fauna that are needed to secrete the digestive enzymes that break down complex carbohydrates and other nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract, and there’s also evidence to show that some species of probiotic can actively supress the growth of harmful intestinal bacteria species as well.

    Probiotics were once a staple part of our diet, but the introduction of heavily processed modern foods has removed many of the natural probiotic sources from our diet, and it’s now becoming increasingly necessary to turn to natural supplements in order to find these beneficial micro-organisms.

    There are still some good sources of natural probiotics to be found worldwide – Kimchi, kefir and yoghurt all contain some small traces of probiotic activity, for example.

    Many of Vibrant Health’s green food supplements also contain carefully selected probiotic strains, including Green Vibrance Powder and Maximum Vibrance Powder, and these plant-based supplements also have the advantage of containing a broad width of other micro and macro nutrients, which can help to nourish newly established probiotic colonies in the gut, and provide the alkaline minerals needed to help restore your digestive tract to optimum pH balance.

    For more information on probiotics, or the importance of good digestive health, please use the contact form on our website to get in touch, or ring us on  01764 662111 where we will always be happy to advise. You will also find more information about the maintenance of good intestinal health in our alkaline diet eBook, which we’ve put together specifically to help people move their bodies back towards optimum health.

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  • MCT oil for sports performance

    MCT oil is rapidly gaining recognition in the sports world for its ability to sustain energy levels, which is critically important for certain groups of athletes, particularly those performing endurance sports. Continue reading

  • Lack of Alkaline Minerals leading to Acidosis with Negative Disease Consequences

    One of the major causes of acidosis is due to a lack of alkaline minerals in the body resulting in the body being unable to neutralise acids of metabolism. This is compounded if our diets comprise excess foods which leave an acid residue, which unfortunately typical modern diets do to excess.  Unfortunately our soils are become bereft of many trace minerals due to intensive agriculture and intensive food processing is resulting in further stripping of beneficial minerals from our foods, leaving us with ‘stuff’ which is food in name only. It is not surprising that the growth of acidosis related diseases is growing alarmingly. Continue reading

  • Budwig – Flax seed Oil and Quark or Cottage Cheese

    Prominent researcher Dr Joanna Budwig who was a world expert in the metabolism of fats and oils wrote a number of books recording her research and her personal experience with very many clients. Joanna Budwig’s protocol was best known for her work in treating people with cancer, although she worked with many other disease manifestations. Her book ‘Flax Oil as a  true aid against Arthritis, Heart Infarctions, Cancer and other Diseases’ is a relatively easy but very worthwhile read. Continue reading

  • Hydrogen-Rich Water as a Powerful Antioxidant.

    Hydrogen rich water has been drunk by people in the Far East for several decades.  New research is showing that drinking hydrogen rich water has got significant potential therapeutic benefit. In addition to the alkalizing effect on the water the active hydrogen in hydrogen rich water acts as a powerful antioxidant; helping to neutralize harmful oxygen free radicals introduced to your body via pollution, or the excessive consumption of unhealthy foods. Continue reading

  • Coconut Oil and Weight Loss

    There are many reasons why it is helpful to incorporate Coconut oil into your diet to enhance weight loss.  Naturopathic Doctor Bruce Fife, who has written several books on the huge benefits of coconut oil for our wellbeing, says the following on coconut oil and weight loss in his book The Coconut Oil Miracle: Continue reading

  • Are you Properly Hydrating Your Muscles?

    A lot of people think that building sustainable and health muscle mass is just a matter of imbibing sufficient quantities of protein, but the truth is rather more complicated than that. Continue reading

  • Alkaline Water in the Prevention and Treatment of Candida

    Although often associated with high-sugar diets, increased stress levels or poor immune function, recent research published by a number of prestigious naturopathic doctors suggests that an overgrowth of Candida Albicans could definitely be considered an acid problem. Continue reading

  • The Importance of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

    It is vitally important that we supply our body with the full range of nutrients that it needs to sustain our good health, particularly those nutrients that cannot be synthesized internally. And yet, some of the most important nutrients of all – omega 3 fatty acids – are almost completely absent from the average western diet. Continue reading

  • Alkaline Water in the Prevention and Treatment of High Cholesterol

    The build-up of harmful LDL cholesterol is normally associated with the excessive consumption of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. However, there is a large body of evidence to suggest that high cholesterol levels, and the cardiovascular problems that they cause, are also connected to your body’s acid/alkaline balance. Continue reading