Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Different Ways to Make Alkaline Water at Home

Ok, so there are a several different ways to make alkaline water at home, but not all are the same. Some are better than others, and some are not recommended AT ALL.

In this blog I will give a detailed analysis of each method of creating filtered water with the pros and cons of each.

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8 Ways of Changing the PH of Your Water

     1.      Lemons and limes
     2.       Baking soda 
     3.       pH drops
     4.       Brita filters (or similar store-bought filters)
     5.       Water distillers 
     6.       Reverse osmosis filters
     7.       Electronic water ionizers

Lemons and Limes

Adding either of these fresh fruit juices has great health benefits, but I wouldn’t rely on this method for my sole source of alkaline water. Lemons and limes make the water acidic, but the after digestion the resultant pH is alkaline. It is refreshing first thing in the morning and can jump start your metabolism. However, it does not have all of the same qualities alkaline water does and can’t be considered a true alkaline water.

Baking soda

Baking soda is used to make alkaline water, as I have shown in this YouTube video, but baking soda is most certainly not a viable replacement for true alkaline water. For one, it is horrible to drink. Secondly, the salt content isn’t an option for people with high blood pressure, predisposition to water retention and swelling, and other health issues.

While baking soda can raise the pH of the water, it doesn’t increase the ORP of the water or add the 
other alkaline minerals you get from true alkaline water.

PH Drops

There are various brands of pH drops, which can alkalize water, raise the pH of the water, a bit. But, they are expensive and I would only suggest them if you don’t have access to a water ionizer. The reason I don't suggest them is that these drops don’t provide the antioxidant property one gets from an alkaline water ionizer. So, while these are great on the go, I don’t recommend them as your only source of alkaline water.

Brita Water Filter (and similar store-bought filters)

I don’t recommend these filters. Some filters have actually been found to lower the pH of the water, or make it more acidic, which is NOT what you want. They can also be quite costly, having to replace the filters very few weeks, depending on water consumption.

If you want a water pitcher that will raise the pH of your water and lightly ionize it, check out the Alkaline Plus PH Ionizer Pitcher I offer here. After testing many brands of alkaline water pitchers I chose this one, because I found it to be the most effective one.

Water Distillers

Distilled water is boiled, killing any bacteria or viruses, and then vaporized to separate out all impurities. The pure water vapor is then condensed back into water. While the heavy metals, chlorine and most other impurities are removed, so are the alkalizing minerals. This leaves us with an acidic water, which it not desirable. I don’t recommend this type of water for regular consumption. Eventually if you continue over a long period to drink water that is void of all minerals your bones and joints can become robbed of their hard-earned alkaline minerals. You don't want to do that.

Reverse Osmosis Water

I have talked about RO (and distilled) water before, and I don’t recommend it, unless it has a re-mineralization feature. Here are two of my earlier articles:

An RO membrane forces the water through a fine mesh that filters out all minerals, even the good ones. This means that all alkalizing minerals are removed by a reverse osmosis machine. This de-mineralized water is actually bad for you. You need these minerals for innumerable functions of your body.

So here we are at THE best way to provide yourself and your family with alkaline water. I have researched, written about, discussed and broadly promoted alkaline water ionizers. No other water surpasses alkaline ionized water. From the micro-clustered water molecules that are far easier for your cells to absorb, to the antioxidant properties hard at work ridding your body of free radicals, to the high pH helping to alkalize your body, this is hands down the most beneficial water you can consume.

If you truly want to start your family and yourself on a healthier path, look no further than in your kitchen, starting with your kitchen sink. Check out our water ionizers here. There’s one for every budget and we even have refurbished units. And, as always, our 60-day money-back guarantee will let you try a quality ionizer, worry free. But, I can almost guarantee you won’t want to return it. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Water and Your Heart

We all know we should be drinking more water. But sometimes the thought of drinking plain, ol’ water doesn’t sound like much fun. But we are going to go over the importance of staying hydrated and how it affects the health of your heart.

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Your Heart

The heart is a powerful organ. It beats nearly 100,000 times per day, sending approximately 2100 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels, each and every day.

In comparison to all other muscles in the body, the heart is the hardest working one, as it never rests. It is constantly working to keep you alive.

Water and Your Heart

It has been shown that the viscosity (thickness) of your blood is increased if you are dehydrated. This makes the heart’s job harder to do. It has to use more energy to pump the thicker blood through your body.

Being dehydrated also causes your blood to retain more sodium making it harder to pump through your body.

The most common time for someone to have a heart attack is in the morning. Your blood’s viscosity is highest at this time of day after sleeping all night and consuming no water.  This is why I recommend keeping a glass of water on your night stand and drinking 8-16 oz before your feet even hit the floor in the morning. I also suggest drinking a glass just prior to going to sleep.

Alkaline Ionized Water and Your Heart

The heart is the most alkaline-loving organ in your body. It is continuously subjected to oxidation and benefits from both the alkalinity and the antioxidants in alkaline ionized water.

Watch this very short video that shows the huge impact drinking alkaline ionized water has on your blood cells.  

For more education on this topic, read my other blog article on this topic:

Staying Hydrated

It is recommended that you drink ½ your weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds you should be drinking 100 ounces of water each day.

This should be increased depending on your activity level, if you are out in the heat and therefore sweating, etc.

Staying hydrated is a key component of staying healthy, including keeping one of your most vital organs-your heart- in tip top shape.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Uses for Alkaline Ionized Water

Last week we covered 50 uses for acidic ionized water and this week we are going to go over some uses for alkaline ionized water that you may not be aware of. Click here to learn more about the uses of ionized water.

Uses for Alkaline Water in the Kitchen

Cooking Rice
Soak your rice or other grains in alkaline water for 30 minutes to an hour before cooking. It improves the taste and helps make it fluffier.
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Making Coffee and Tea
Eliminates bitter taste when made with alkaline water. Extracts more flavor, so you can use less coffee or tea.
Washing Fruits and Vegetables
Wash your fruits and vegetables with the strongest alkaline water to maintain freshness and remove any oil-based coatings which may contain pesticide residues.
Cooking Vegetables
Cook your vegetables in alkaline water to enhance flavor and eliminate bitterness as well as bringing out the natural color. Alkaline water helps retain vitamin and mineral content that is normally lost in the cooking process.
Soups and Stews
Make your soups and stews with alkaline water to improve flavor extraction and alkalizing properties.
Green Smoothies
Use alkaline water to make your green smoothies to improve favor and alkalinity.
Preparing Seafood
Prepare and cook seafood with alkaline water to remove the fishy odor and taste.
Use Alkaline Water To Tenderize Meats
Soak meats in alkaline water 30 minutes before cooking to tenderize and improve taste.
Ice Cubes
You can freeze your ionized alkaline water. Make ice cubes with strong alkaline water to improve the flavor and pH of any beverage.

Household Cleaning With Use of Alkaline Water

Use strong alkaline water to pre-treat laundry stains, especially oil-based stains.
Carpet Cleaning
Use strong alkaline water to remove spots and stains on carpets, especially pet stains. Clean your carpets with strong alkaline water in the water tank.
Kitchen Cleaning
Use to cut greasy residue on stoves, counter tops, cutting boards, dishes, etc.
Strong alkaline water helps remove stubborn toilet bowl stains.
Fabric Freshener
Mix alkaline water with essential oils and keep in a small spray bottle to freshen fabrics, upholstered furniture, etc.

More Beneficial Uses of Ionized Alkaline Water

Plant Care
Water alkaline-loving plants. Some love alkaline water, others need slightly acidic water.
Fresh Flowers
Fill your vases with alkaline water to extend the life of most fresh cut flowers.
Dental Hygiene
Acidic foods erode tooth enamel. Rinse with alkaline water after consuming acidic foods or beverages.
Pet Care
Bathe your pets in alkaline water to emulsify dirt, oils, and reduce odor. Follow with mild acidic water rinse.
Personal Care
Use as a foot soak, as a compress on bruises or sprains, and to reduce inflammation from sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy, etc.

What are your favorite uses?
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

50 Uses for Ionized Acid Water

I normally talk about the wonders of alkaline ionized water, but today I’m going to give you 50 uses for acid ionized water. Just as a caution, acid water is not to be consumed. Click here to learn more about the uses of ionized water.

There is both mild (4-5 pH) and strong (2.7-3.5 pH) acid water. Mildly acidic water is for the skin, 
hair and such, while the strong acidic water is for disinfecting, cleaning, etc.

50 Uses for Acid Water

Personal Hygiene:

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1.       To lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face. Speeds up skin renewal process.
2.       As a skin toner.
3.       To lessen the appearance of age spots.
4.       For dry skin patches or rough skin.
5.       Carry a bottle around and use as a hand sanitizer.  It will not dry the hands out.
6.       To replace expensive skin moisturizers and creams.
7.       As a hair conditioner.
8.       For skin rashes or baby diaper rash.
9.       To prevent shaving bumps.
10.   As an aftershave.
11.   For poison ivy and other plant rashes.
12.   On skin for eczema. Spritz three times a day and let air dry.
13.   On skin for psoriasis.
14.   On skin for rosacea.
15.   For dandruff. Use as a final rinse.
16.   For acne of every type.  Spritz on after washing and let air dry.
17.   To lessen the appearance of scars.
18.   To spray in shoes to disinfect and deodorize.
19.   In place of deodorant
20.   Pour into bath water to soften skin.
21.   Spritz on face for a refreshing pick me up.
22.   As a soak for sore rough feet.
23.   For athlete's foot.
24.   For jock itch.
25.   For female yeast infections and other female issues.
26.   For toe fungus.
27.   For ingrown toenails.

Internal Hygiene:

1.       As a mouthwash and gargle.
2.       As a toothpaste.
3.       For pink eye.
4.       For ear infections.
5.       For infected tooth or gums.
6.       As a gargle for a sore throat.
7.       As an enema.
8.       To treat bad breath.

Cleaning and Disinfecting:

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1.       To sanitize bathrooms and kitchen counters.
2.       On cutting boards.
3.       To spray directly in refrigerator for foul odors.
4.       To spray on carpets and rubber bathtub mats.
5.       As a streak free glass and mirror cleaner.
6.       For cleaning wood floors (a light mist is all that is needed).
7.       To clean dirt and grime all over the house (removes fingerprints from drywall), etc.
8.       To sanitize the interior of your washer and dryer.
9.       On household sponges to extend their life and prevent foul odors.
10.   To spray into laundry baskets to kill mold and fungi.
11.   To disinfect human and pet bedding.
12.   For auto glass.
13.   For chrome polishing.
14.   To sanitize phones.
15.   To sanitize computer keyboards (light spritz).

What other ways do you use your acid ionized water? Feel free to share them with us in the comments below. And if you have any questions on the uses mentioned herein, feel free to contact me right away. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Alkaline Ionized Water and High Blood Pressure

Alkaline Ionized Water and High Blood Pressure

If you’re one of the millions who suffers with high blood pressure, then continue reading. We are going to go over how numerous people have lowered their blood pressure on their own and how you can, too.

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a condition where the pressure of the blood against the artery walls is greater than normal, or greater than what is considered healthy and safe.

Your blood pressure reading is given as a ratio, e.g. 120/80 (said “one twenty over eighty”.) The top number is the pressure the blood is exerting against your artery walls when the heart is contracting and pumping the blood through your body. The bottom number is the pressure exerted when the heart is resting and filling with blood. The ideal blood pressure is below 120 for the top number and below 80 for the bottom number. 

120-139 and/or 80-89 is considered pre-hypertension (another word for high blood pressure).
140-159 and/or 90-99 is considered stage 1 high blood pressure.
160 and higher and/or 100 and higher is considered stage 2 high blood pressure.
181 and higher and/or 111 and higher is considered an emergency and you should seek immediate medical attention at the closest emergency room. 

What is the Big Deal with High Blood Pressure?

I mean, I feel fine. I don’t feel sick or unhealthy.

Well, sure. But high blood pressure is no laughing matter. While you mostly can’t feel when you 
have HBP, there are still risks involved in letting it go untreated. And it can still wreak havoc on your cardiovascular system without you realizing it.

When high blood pressure is left untreated, the artery walls become thickened, narrow and hardened with a substance called plaque. This makes it harder for the blood to pump blood throughout the body, which cuts down on the amount of oxygen-rich blood being delivered to the brain and other organs.

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This increase of the plaque can lead to a stroke or heart attack.

High blood pressure also affects that heart by causing it to pump harder, making the walls thicker and unable to work efficiently. Over time this can cause the heart to be unable to pump blood well enough and causes congestive heart failure. Not good!

So, What Can be Done About it?

Blood delivers oxygen and other nutrients to the tissue in your body and transports waste products away from the tissue. The blood is roughly 95% water, so when you are dehydrated your blood thickens up, even if ever so slightly. This makes it harder for the heart to pump the blood throughout your body. If the blood isn’t getting to the tissues well enough to supply the with oxygen and carry off the waste, your body becomes acidic.

Acidity of the body starts in the blood stream.

Dr. Kancho Kuninaka, a renowned doctor in Japan who was one of the first to research and test ionized water treatment for medical conditions, found that practically all who had high blood pressure had a rather acidic body. He found that by consuming plenty of alkaline ionized water, the patients’ blood pressure lowered without fail.

There are several contributing factors to the lowering of the blood pressure. When you are drinking the alkaline ionized water your body is more able to absorb it, and therefore become hydrated, due to the fact that the micro-clustered molecules are easier for the body’s cells to absorb. And when you are hydrated fully the blood is thinner making the heart’s job easier to pump all the blood throughout the body. Another factor is the calcium ions in the alkaline ionized water. These help remove the built up plaque in your blood vessels. This makes it easier for the blood to flow, as well, lowering your blood pressure.

You cannot get these same results by simply drinking tap water or even bottled water, no matter how fancy the bottle or exotic sounding the name. That’s because no other water has the micro-clustered water molecules which absorb into all the cells in your body! Actual hydration like you have never experienced!

That’s why I am so passionate about water ionizers and helping educate as many as I can, as quickly as I can. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ionized Water Can Work Wonders on Diaper Rash and Heat Rash

There are so many great uses for the two different kinds of water your electronic water ionizer puts out. Today we are going to go over a couple of great uses that all parents, grandparents, babysitters, et al, can appreciate: using mildly acidic ionized water to help with diaper rash and heat rash.

Diaper Rash

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This time of year was always the time diaper rash flared up in my young children. The heat, humidity, increased activity and sweating would wreak havoc on their little bottoms. I went through bottles of the most popular baby ointments, and, while A&D worked the best, I still had this recurring issue.

Generally diaper rash is caused by leaving a soiled diaper on for too long, but it can also be caused by food allergies/sensitivities, sensitive skin, chafing, antibiotics, yeast or bacterial infection, etc.

My youngest was the most affected by diaper rash. I didn’t do anything different with her, she just always seemed to have diaper rash, even if mildly.

I wish I had known when my kids were in their diaper-wearing years that mildly acidic ionized water, with a pH of around 5.5, could work wonders on their diaper rash.

After wiping them up, wipe their bottoms using a cloth wet with acidic ionized water or spritzing them with a spray bottle filled with ionized water. You can purchase a dark glass spray bottle and keep the water in there, making it easier to throw in your diaper bag and keep at the various changing stations in your house.

I also recommend letting their bottom air dry before putting their new diaper on, but I know this isn’t always possible. You can still wipe them with the ionized water cloth or simply spritz them before fastening the diaper shut.

The mildly acidic water will kill the bacteria causing the diaper rash, as well as wipe off any chemical residues from the baby wipes and also from the diaper.

This also works well before applying any kind of ointment. It will make sure the area is fully clean and free of any remaining residue from the baby wipes and will allow the ointment to penetrate the skin better.

Lastly, I recommend bathing your child in this same acidic ionized water. You can heat it up on the stove before filling a small basin with it. Just make sure it’s not too hot before placing them in the bath water.

Heat Rash  

Heat rash is caused when the sweat glands are blocked and the sweat gets trapped under the skin, causing inflammation and rash. The degree of rash can vary from pesky to very painful.

As soon as you notice the symptoms of heat rash, apply a cool compress or rag dampened with strong acidic ionized water to the affected area until the compress cools off. Then wet it again with the acidic ionized water and re-apply. Also make sure you keep the area dry and clean once you’re finished with the compress. Repeat this every couple of hours.

I highly recommend keeping the skin exposed and letting it air dry before putting clothes back on. Also, there are some parts of the skin that are always covered like the armpits or under rolls of baby fat. I recommend keeping the skin affected with the heat rash exposed till it’s dry. You may have to hold your baby and keep the skin pulled taut to let it air dry in those tight crevices.

I hope you found this article helpful. And, of course, if the symptoms aren't improving or are worsening, contact your physician.  

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Reverse-Osmosis Water, Distilled Water and Your Health

Often when you hear someone mention reverse-osmosis (RO) or distilled water you think it’s better than other kinds of water, especially tap water. But, I wanted to talk to you today and give you some information on why RO and distilled water are not better and can actually be harmful to you.

What Exactly is Reverse-Osmosis Water?

Reverse-osmosis water is water that has been forced through a membrane which eliminates 90-99% of all contaminants and minerals. Now the eliminated minerals is the real problem. Sure, contaminants are not welcome in our drinking water, but the alkaline minerals are very beneficial to our bodies.

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How Does Reverse-Osmosis Negatively Affect Our Bodies?

There was a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the latter part of the 1970s that showed continual consumption of RO water actually has a negative effect on the body.
It was found while testing on animals, mostly rats, that the consumption of this kind of water led to several different negative occurrences: increased water intake, increased or excessive production of urine, extracellular fluid content and lowered red blood cell counts. These same effects were confirmed in people who volunteered to participate in the study.

Other more recent studies suggest that the intake of water low in minerals, may be associated with higher risk of fracture in children (Verd Vallespir et al. 1992), certain neurodegenerative diseases (Jacqmin et al. 1994), pre-term birth and low weight at birth (Yang et al. 2002), some types of cancer (Yang et al. 1997; Yang et al. 1998, Yang et al. 1999a; Yang et al. 1999b; Yang et al. 1999c; Yang et al. 2000), an increased risk of sudden death (Eisenberg 1992; Bernardi et al. 1995; Garzon and Eisenberg 1998), a higher risk of motor neuronal disease (Iwami et al. 1994), and preeclampsia (Melles & Kiss 1992).

You can find another article I wrote on this subject here.

Cooking with Mineral-Depleted Water

It has been found that cooking with soft water (water low in minerals) leads to the loss of all essential elements from the food, but, in contrast, when cooking with hard water, there is very little to no loss of these same essential elements.

The Best Water to Choose

I highly recommend purchasing an electronic water ionizer, which will give you alkaline mineral-enriched water that is very beneficial to you.