Friday, February 17, 2012
Dehydrating Effect of Most Liquids
How can water and other liquids be dehydrating, you ask? Your blood needs to stay at a pH of just under 7.4. If the pH of a beverage is below 7.0, it is considered acidic and thus steals valuable minerals and energy from the body in order to neutralize it, having a dehydrating instead of hydrating effect. Tap water is regulated by the government to be at least a 7.0, while the pH of milk is about a 6.0, the pH of most bottled waters is between 3.5 and 4.5, and sodas, sports drinks, coffee, and alcohol usually have a pH of between 3.5 and 2.0! The pH scale is a logarithmic scale which means the difference between each number is actually 10 times greater than the one before it.
There are a number of painkillers on the market. Unfortunately, all medication (with the exception of some natural and homeopathic remedies) have an acidifying effect on the body. This means that they contribute to an acidic environment which is the opposite of the alkaline environment our body thrives in. Continuous use of over the counter medications for pain relief can actually prolong the problem--by constantly flooding your body with dehydrating and acidifying substances, you are creating an environment where pain and discomfort is likely to occur!
Importance of Staying Hydrated
Staying hydrated can help relieve pain and prevent injuries or discomfort from occurring the first place. Studies have shown that if you have a headache and opt to drink a full glass of water instead of taking a painkiller, the water alone may get rid of the headache. Other studies have shown that arthritic and back pains have a root in inflammation, which may be alleviated and prevented by staying properly hydrated.
How Much Water Do You Need?
We naturally lose an average of two liters of water a day through urination, perspiration, breathing and defecation. It is recommended that we drink a minimum of half our body weight in ounces daily (more if you are active or live in a hot climate) in order to replace the fluids lost and to stay hydrated. But hydrating with the right kind of water is equally as important as drinking enough water.
What is the Best Kind of Water?
Alkaline ionized water hydrates up to six times better than conventional water due to its microclustered size which is more easily absorbed by the body. Unlike acidic liquids, alkaline ionized water nourishes the body by providing bioavailable alkaline minerals instead of robbing the body of minerals. Alkaline ionized water also contains more antioxidants than orange juice, and has the ability to soothe inflammation of many kinds from the inside out. Alkaline ionized water can be produced in your home by hooking a Chanson water ionizer up to your faucet. The machine will allow you to make various pH levels of water, but the optimal drinking level of 9.5 pH supports overall wellness in a way that conventional waters cannot.
All-Natural Topical Pain Relief
In addition to hydrating the body with alkaline ionized water which may help prevent and alleviate pain, a topical application of high alkaline water often provides temporary pain relief. Strong alkaline ionized water neutralizes inflammation in the muscle and reduces oxidation which is a byproduct of inflammation. Just soak a rag in 10+ pH alkaline ionized water from a Chanson Water ionizer and apply to the sore area for a non-addictive, all natural remedy. With this remedy, you may no longer have to worry about the possibility of chemical dependency on over-the-counter and prescription painkillers or the effects those chemicals may have on your body.
Visit http://www.healingwatermachines.com/ now for more information on Chanson water ionizers and the amazing benefits of alkaline ionized water.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
January 23, 2012 marked the beginning of the year of the water dragon according to Chinese astrology, a time which only occurs every 60 years.
Dragons are a symbol of good fortune, and are the most revered of the 12 animals honored in Chinese astrology, and the only mythical animal featured. Throughout history parents in China have actually hoped and aimed to have their children born in dragon years (every 12 years).
As a Christian company, we at Healing Water Machines are not followers of astrology but thought some of our readers might find this interesting (plus we wanted an excuse to use the cool graphic above). We are of course most intrigued by the water part--an element which is featured every five years. Water is the source of life: it covers 70% of our planet and comprises 60%-70% of our bodies. In Chinese element theory, water produces wood, which signifies growth and is the natural element of the dragon.
The last time the Water Dragon made an appearance was in the year 1952. Major world events in 1952 included the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, the introduction of two of the most destructive weapons in history: the hydrogen bomb and the B-52 bomber, the first successful separation of Siamese twins, and a killer fog which descended on London and coined the word "smog." So it will be interesting to see what 2012 will bring, especially with a pending US presidential election and of course all of the Mayan calendar end-of-the-world hype.
Healing Water Machines wishes you a safe and prosperous year as we work to bring you the latest in water ionization and water filtration technology. Visit us at www.healingwatermachines.com for more information on our products.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Studies have been done on the longest-living people in the world to find out their secrets. The common thread amongst the Hunza, the Vilcabama, the Abkhasia and the Okinawa people is that they eat a largely vegetarian diet using freshly picked organically grown fruit and vegetables. Many also drink naturally ionized alkaline water from uncontaminated fresh-flowing rivers and streams. Not only do the majority of them live to be well over 100, but they do so while remaining mentally and physically fit, and few suffer from poor hearing or loss of eyesight. They never adopt a sedentary lifestyle, instead choosing to keep active with daily walks and climbs.
Although Americans are living longer than ever before, the average American will spend 10% of his or her life sick. Half of Americans 65+ have two or more chronic diseases and 25% have problems so severe that their abilities to perform one or more tasks of daily living is limited. By 2040, it is estimated that 5.5 million Americans will live in nursing homes while another 12 million will require ongoing homecare services.
Despite all of the crippling disease and health problems, researchers estimate that 1 out of every 26 baby boomers will live to age 100. So the question is, would you rather be a sick and miserable centenarian or a healthy and vibrant one?
Fortunately, you do not have to move to the wilderness or join a tribe to be part of the latter group. The following is an abbreviated list of steps you can take to live longer and be healthier from the book "Healthy at 100" by John Robbins:
- Read labels--don't buy anything containing hydrogenated oil or high frutose corn syrup and avoid artificial colorings
- Eat an abundance of fresh raw fruit and vegetables and buy organic whenever possible
- Cut out processed foods and meat
- If you do choose to eat meat buy free-range and organic
- If you eat fish make sure it's wild and not farmed and low in mercury
- Eat slowly, chew thoroughly, and don't stuff yourself
- Buy fruits and vegetables that are grown locally and are in season (or grow your own)
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of frozen or canned
- Eat fewer flour products and more whole grains
- Drink water instead of soda
- Drink soy milk instead of cow's milk
People who drink alkaline ionized water report increased energy and better hydration. 75% of all Americans are chronically dehydrated and most don't even know it! Symptoms of chronic dehydration include headaches, weakness, fatigue, weight gain, premature aging, constipation, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A Chanson water ionizer provides healthy, alkaline ionized water for drinking and acidic ionized water for eco-friendly household cleaning and skincare purposes, so get yours today! Visit http://www.healingwatermachines.com/ for more information.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Won't my stomach acid render alkaline water consumption useless?
No. There is no hydrochloric acid pouch in our body, and the stomach wall makes sodium bicarbonate to alkalize our food not digest our food. HCL is only produced when we eat or drink acid-forming foods and drinks and is balanced in equal proportion by sodium bicarbonate production. When we consume alkaline forming foods and drink alkaline ionzed water, the body does not need the sodium bicarbonate production and thus the HCL production is not required either!
Dr. Robert O. Young explains, "Alkaline electron-rich water...does not trigger the release of sodium bicarbonate and thus does not cause the creation of the acid HCl, so it does not interfere with the alkalizing of the food. In fact alkaline electron-rich water with its high concentration of electrons helps the alkalizing of the food and also helps to neutralize the caustic acidic poisonous HCL, preventing the acidification of the blood and tissues."
Can't I make my own alkaline water with lemon juice, baking soda or pH drops?
Technically the pH level of water can be modified slightly by adding certain substances, however they will not necessarily reach the optimal pH level of 9.5. More importantly, alkalizing the water without the use of a water ionizer will not reduce the ORP, so the water will still be oxidizing to the body and create free radicals which destroy cells. Ionization is also the only way to microcluster the water, which allows it to hydrate up to six times better than non-ionized water, and detoxify cells more thoroughly. For these same reasons, drinking alkaline water from a non-electric ionizer or by making your own with alkaline water pouches and the like will not provide the bulk of the benefits that an electric water ionizer does. See our article Why Non-Electric "Ionizers" Can't Compare With Chanson Ionizer Machines for more information.
When it comes to ionizers, isn't more power a good thing?
More power can actually wear down your ionizers plates faster. At only 150 watts and 5 amps, Chanson water ionizers use the least power of any ionizer on the market without sacrificing quality or performance. All Chanson ionizers use a sophisticated SMPS power system--the same one that is used in the new flat-screen panel TVs. This system automatically adjusts the power to the plates based on the rate of water flow, doubling the longevity of your unit!
Isn't mesh technology is better than solid ionizer plates because it increases surface area?
The idea of mesh plates being better or worse than solid plates is mostly all just marketing hype. We have found little no difference in performance between mesh vs. solid plates. Despite many tests we have not seen a benif from mesh or slotted plates, and we have found that in some cases, the coating actually wears off faster or has problems with rust, therefore we continue to offer only original, double-dipped and baked solid plates on all of our ionizers.
Isn't UV technology a valuable upgrade for an ionizer?
We consider the UV technology in a water ionizer to be a marketing ploy that provides little if any actual benefit to the customer. While UV is used in commercial water treatment, we do not believe that the contact time between the water and the UV light in an ionizer is sufficient to kill bacteria. And even if it does kill any, it doesn't remove it so you would still be drinking dead bacteria. Furthermore, we have been told that once the light burns out, it can not be replaced. Currently in the USA, all city water has been treated with chlorine or chloramines which will have already killed any bacteria in your water. If you have well water or bacteria concerns, we offer the Chanson Ultra Filter which will remove bacteria and not clog.
If you have a question or concern that is not listed here, please feel free to ask and our water experts will be more than happy to address it. For more information on Chanson water ionizers and alkaline ionized water, please visit http://www.healingwatermachines.com/.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
While prevention is surely key, unfortunately bedsores continue to be a perpetual problem and treatment for just one full-thickness wound could be as high as $70,000, or MILLIONS if a lawsuit ensues.
Fortunately, there is a solution: Chanson ionized acidic water, also known as “miracle water.”
Water ionizers use electrolysis to produce two streams of water — one alkaline, for healthy drinking, and one acidic, for external uses like disinfecting. You just hook the water ionizer machine up to your regular tap and turn ordinary water into filtered, ionized alkaline and acidic miracle water!
Water ionizers were certified in Japan as medical devices by the Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in 2006 after decades of research in Japan, Korea and Russia. Acidic water produced from water ionizers is used in hospitals and medical facilities across Asia to treat bedsores and sterilize and disinfect skin and equipment due to its amazing antibacterial properties. Even some hotels in the U.S. have replaced their cleaning supplies with ionized acidic water and–after overcoming their initial disbelief–their staff couldn’t be happier with the results!
Our skin is naturally slightly acidic in order to help fight off bacteria, and ionized acidic water is a natural astringent which is safe for undiluted application to the skin and may help clear up blemishes, rashes and dry, rough or itchy skin. Japanese doctors were amazed when it healed pressure ulcers all the way down to the bone!
We know what you’re thinking. How could WATER do all that? We were skeptical of its disinfecting and anti-bacterial qualities too until we personally tested using a restaurant-grade bacteria meter and then we sent it out for professional testing. The Chanson Miracle ionizer has been third party lab tested and verified to be able to make strong acid water that can disinfect on contact!* We tested it on both ecoli and staph germs with outstanding results!
A Chanson ionizer is a valuable investment for any medical facility that should end up paying for itself! Visit http://www.healingwatermachines.com/ for more information.
*In 70% of all water sources. Some water sources may require up to five minutes to kill bacteria.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Goal-setting/planning is the first step towards making positive changes for your health and we recommend that you consider a detox program to kick off the new year. A detox program can aid your body’s natural cleaning process by releasing excess toxins and wastes, improving circulation, and replenishing your supply of alkaline minerals.
There are many different detox methods that you can implement as well as time periods you can choose to do them for. We recommend that you consider the following suggestions and select the methods and time periods you feel are most realistic for you. Obviously the more methods you implement and the longer you do them for, the better your results may be, however taking on too much at once could be counterproductive if you fail to stick with them. We have heard of cleanses lasting anywhere from three days to three months, and people changing their diets for a lifetime or doing one-day-a-week fasts indefinitely.
A detox program can benefit virtually everyone, however if you have a health condition or are pregnant or nursing, you should discuss with your physician before starting any new eating or lifestyle program.
Here are some methods to naturally cleanse and detox your system:
Fresh juice fasts (especially those high in greens) are a popular way to cleanse and alkalize the body. You can try starting every day with a glass of fresh juice, replace one meal a day with juice, or go all out and drink nothing but juice for weeks or months as Joe Cross did and inspired many others to do in the film "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead." We recommend cucumber-pear and kale-green apple as easy and cleansing duos, but keep in mind that the act of juicing even the most alkaline of fruits and vegetables creates a mildly acidic juice, therefore we recommed that you offset the acidity by diluting with 9.5 Chanson alkaline ionized water. You can juice your own if you own a juicer, or there are companies on the internet that you can order from which will deliver fresh juice to your door daily for the duration of your cleanse.
Hydrate with alkaline ionized water
Drinking Chanson alkaline ionized water is essential throughout any detox program because it helps to flush out the many toxins that will be stirred up and eliminated from fat stores and organs in your body like your lymphatic system and your kidneys. Ionized water is microclustered which means it penetrates cells deeper than traditional water and can thus flush them out more effectively. A Chanson water ionizer is a wonderful investment for overall day-to-day health, not just during a detox. You can also try one day a week "water fasts" where you drink nothing but Chanson ionized water to cleanse your system.
One of the reasons juice and water fasts are so effective is because they give your body a break from having to work so hard to break down your food for digestion. Therefore you can also try a liquid diet of blending or pureeing your food if you wish to consume more than just juice or water. Soups and smoothies are examples of liquid feast "dishes" you can try and are recommended by Dr. Robert O. Young in his book "The pH Miracle for Weight Loss."
Cut the crap
When we consume unnatural foods, they can leave behind a dense residue in our cells, which can turn into excess weight, body odor, wrinkles, cellulite and premature aging. Therefore, sugar, artificial sweeteners, animal products, processed foods, and fried foods should be eliminated from your diet during a detox and reduced in general for overall health. For example, just because coffee, alcohol, milk and sodas are liquids does not mean that they are acceptable for a liquid feast. Likewise, ordering "fresh juice" off of a Jamba Juice menu is not going to have the desired effect due to the excess sugar their smoothies contain. Dairy products clog your system and are acidifying, so avoid yogurt also.
If you choose to incorporate some solid foods into your diet, then you should rely heavily on raw alkaline fruits and vegetables as snacks, starters and even meals. Raw foods are more nutrient-dense than cooked foods and their negative ionic charge is the opposite of the positive ionic charge of toxins in our cells. The fiber found in fruits and vegetables will also help with elimination as well. Consider munching on carrot, celery and bell pepper sticks dipped in hummus, salads with oil-based dressings, and fruits dipped in almond butter.
According to Dr. Norman Walker, author of "Colon Health: The Key to a Vibrant Life": "The elimination of undigested food and other waste products is equally important as the proper digestion and assimilation of food...the very best diets can be no better than the very worst if the sewage system of the colon is clogged with a collection of waste and corruption." A colonic is a safe and effective method for cleansing the bowels and can be performed by a professional or done in the comfort of your own home with the use of a colema board as often as once a month. Without them, buildup in the bowels can lead to prevention of the absorption of water and nutrients, constipation, growth of harmful bacteria and yeast and autointoxication (when toxins are absorbed into the bloodstream through the colon wall).
While you're working hard to watch what goes into and comes out of your body, don't forget to keep an eye on the toxins you may be exposing yourself to externally. Virtually all chemical-based household cleaners and many personal beauty products like shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes are acidifying to the body and contain known carcinogens. Chanson ionized acidic water--the byproduct of a water ionizer--is an all-natural alternative to everything from mouthwash and facial toner to Windex and Lysol.
Exercise--the alkaline way
"Instead of hard exercise (which creates lactic acid), one should practice traditional Asian soft-style exercises such as yoga, Tai Chi, and Chi Gung on a daily basis throughout the duration of any detox program" according to Daniel Reid, author of "The Tao of Detox." Don't have the time and/or desire to learn traditional Asian exercises? Rebounding on a mini-trampoline can dramatically improve lymph flow while exercising every cell in the body, and walking, stretching and aerobic exercise also works well.
Pledge to be stress-free
When stress hormones are released into the system in large amounts, toxins are created and can slow down the detoxification enzymes in the liver. Negative emotions are also very damaging and should be minimized. Dr. Young has seen negative emotions have a more damaging effect on one's alkalinity than the worst of foods, and world-renowned photographer Dr. Masaru Emoto has documented the effects of negative words on water crystals with pictures (this is important considering that we are about 70% water!)
To increase circulation and help flush out toxins, try alternating a very hot shower for five minutes, with cold water for 30 seconds, for a series of three times in a row before wrapping in a towel and getting into bed for 30 minutes. But don't try this before installing a Chanson Spa Shower Filter, which filters harmful chlorines and chloramines from the water which would otherwise be absorbed by your skin and lungs.
Sweat it out
One way toxins are released from the body is through perspiration, which is why most spas offer saunas and steam rooms. Infrared saunas are preferred as they can cause you to perspire more than twice as much, and if you are going to be using a steam room or wet sauna make sure it is using filtered water so that you are not inhaling the contaminants found in tap water.
"Deep breathing greatly enhances oxygenation of the blood and tissues, which helps neutralize acidosis and maintains a healthy alkaline environment inside the body" according to Reid. One of the main ways to move the lymph system is through breathing deeply, so try focusing on your breathing several times throughout the day.
Dry skin brushing
To increase lymph flow, you can use a natural bristle brush on dry skin by brushing in circular motions towards the heart. This will help your lymph system rid itself of the toxins that collect in the lymph glands and keep the pores of the skin open.
We hope that you will find these detox suggestions helpful and will try to implement one or more of them this new year for better health.
DISCLAIMER: The author of this article is not a trained physician. This advice is not meant to replace that of a qualified physician. If you have a health condition or are pregnant or nursing, you should discuss with your physician before starting any new eating or lifestyle program.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
1. Instead of Vegetable Oil try Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Corn oil, canola oil, safflower oil, and vegetable oil are refined oils that are not healthy and should be avoided and replaced with cold-pressed oils like extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil and hemp oils. Healthy fats are an important part of an alkaline diet and can be obtained through substituting healthy oils for the more mainstream unhealthy oils. All oils can create free radicals when heated, so we recommend using a small amount of water to steam fry your vegetables and then drizzling oil on top, making your own oil-based salad dressings and drizzling healthy oils on top of vegetable wraps.
2. Instead of Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners try Stevia
Sugar has been linked to cancer and artificial sweeteners are not only acidifying but carcinogenic. Swapping your sugar cubes with stevia, an all-natural sweetener derived from herbs, is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. According to Ray Kurzwell, author Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever: stevia is highly nutritious, lowers blood sugar in diabetics while regulating blood sugar in non-diabetics, lowers elevated blood pressure, kills bacteria that cause tooth decay, increases energy levels and mental activity, and reduces cravings for alcohol and tobacco. Other natural sugar alternatives: Chicory root, agave nectar.
3. Instead of Table Salt try Sea Salt
Our bodies contain about a pound of salt, and sodium is an alkaline mineral necessary for survival. But the refined iodized salt that sits on most dinner tables in America is completely unhealthy and the type of salt doctors are referring to when they advise patients to cut down on their salt intake. Refill your salt shaker with unrefined sea salt and sprinkle on top of wraps, soups and vegetables. Other alternatives: Celtic salt, Himalayan salt, Real salt.
4. Instead of Peanut Butter try Almond Butter
Peanuts are acidifying to the body and the moldiest, most undesirable peanuts are what is used to make peanut butter. Swap out your P.B. for it's healthier cousin almond butter, and spread on sandwiches and use as a dip for pretzels, crackers, fruit, and to make smoothies creamier.
5. Instead of Cows Milk try Unsweetened Almond Milk
Cows milk and other dairy products are not only acidifying but contrary to popular belief they actually rob the body of calcium and create a putrid sludge that wreaks havoc on your digestive system. Dump your carton of cows milk and try unsweetened almond milk instead. It is a healthy, delicious, alkaline substitute for drinking, cooking, baking, creamer and making cereal. Other alternatives (buy unsweetened): Coconut milk, soy milk, goat milk, rice milk.
6. Instead of White Rice try Brown Rice
The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. Fully milled and polished white rice is required to be artificially "enriched" with vitamins B1, B3 and iron. Clearly, brown rice is the nutritional winner over white rice. Other alternatives: Basmati rice, quinoa, jasmine rice, wild rice.
7. Instead of Soy Sauce try Bragg Liquid Aminos
Soy sauce is fermented and acidic. A great substitute is Bragg Liquid Aminos, which is a liquid protein concentrate derived from healthy soybeans, which contains 18 essential and non-essential amino acids in naturally occurring amounts, is not fermented or heated and is gluten-free.
8. Instead of Spaghetti try Soba Noodles
Most pastas are made with refined starches that lack nutritional value. Try swapping your spaghetti for soba noodles, tofu noodles, gluten-free pasta, whole wheat pasta or spaghetti squash. You can also try making your own pasta sauce from scratch instead of using pre-packaged sauces which tend to contain sugar and preservatives.
9. Instead of Bottled Water try Alkaline Ionized Water
Not all waters are created equal. Most bottled waters, along with distilled and reverse osmosis waters are actually acidic. Tap water is regulated by the government to be at least a 7 pH which is neutral on the alkaline scale, but is littered with contaminants. Therefore your best option is alkaline ionized water from a Chanson water ionizer which you can hook up to your tap. The water is pre-filtered and microclustered, resulting in better tasting water with a smoother feel that doesn't cause bloating. It is also rich in antioxidants and able to hydrate and detoxify better than standard water due to its smaller water molecule size. Being properly hydrated is the key to overall wellness and you will not regret the switch from bottled water to ionized alkaline water. Visit http://www.healingwatermachines.com/ or http://www.chansonwater.com/ for more information.
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