Monday, November 16, 2015

Alkaline Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! But like so many of us who are trying to maintain a healthy, alkaline diet, that turkey, those mashed potatoes and that pumpkin pie can wreak havoc on our efforts. Today I'm going to share some Thanksgiving-appropriate alkaline recipes that you don't have to feel too bad indulging in next Thursday.


I highly recommend starting with a big salad and an alkaline soup, filling your body with nutrient-dense foods before heading to the main course. This will fill you up and you can eat small portions of the rest of the acidic foods. Here is a great salad and soup that will bring a touch of sophistication to any Thanksgiving table:

Crispy Autumn Kale Salad 
(Recipe courtesy of HowSweetEats)

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Pumpkin and Leek Soup
(Recipe courtesy of HillbillyHousewife)

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Thanksgiving Turkey

Ok, so while meat is acid-producing in the body, I suggest going easy on your turkey helpings. I would strive to maintain a 60/40 ratio of alkaline to acidic foods during big holiday feast.

However, soaking your bird in alkaline water for 30 minutes prior to roasting will help in getting a perfectly tender turkey and I'm sure it can't hurt your alkalinity.

Here is a good recipe you can follow:
Rosemary Turkey
(Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes)

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Side Dishes

Green Beans with Caramelized Pecans
(Recipe courtesy of Epicurious)

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes and Cinnamon
(Recipe courtesy of JuliasAlbum)

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Pumpkin Pie
(Recipe courtesy of MyNaturalFamily)

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Here's a very feestive, refreshing drink using alkaline water:

Cranberry Spritzer
(Recipe courtesy of TyentUSA)

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Try out these some or all of these recipes this Thanksgiving and let me know how it turns out.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Why do the Kangen Water Ionizers Cost so Much?

If you've done any research on water ionizers you've probably noticed that you can get a top-notch, high-quality machine for anywhere from $1000 to $3000. But when you look at getting a Kangen ionizer you're looking at spending a cool $4000. Why is that? Is their technology and product that much better? Let's take a look.

For the basic Kangen, again, you're looking at $4000. This is for a 7-plate water ionizer. The reason it's so much more expensive than, say, the Nexus Smart 7P Water Ionizer, which is priced at $1495.00,  is because it's a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) company. Any product you buy from a company like this, such as Mary Kay or Scentsy, you are going to pay at least double for the product.

Why do MLM Products Cost So Much More?

With an MLM company not only does the person you are directly buying from earn a commission, but so do the people above them. That's the allure of signing up as a distributor for one of these companies - you sign people up below you and you earn a percentage off of what they sell. This can then lead to a residual income so many of us desire as we get closer and closer to retirement. And some people do really well at this type of business. However, if you're looking for the best product at the best price, I highly recommend cutting out the middle men and purchasing directly from the company, or if that isn't possible, from a company that buys directly from the manufacturer.

With the Kangen company, there are a total of eight, yes, 8 people, who get paid each time a Kangen machine gets sold. In order to make enough to pay all of these distributors and make enough profit, their prices have to be higher.

The reason given for a higher price is the larger plates in the water ionizer and therefore more platinum needed. However, as talked about in great detail in this blog article, that is most definitely not always a guarantee of better.

For example, with the Jupiter Athena water ionizer you are getting a product that is above and beyond the comparable Kangen ionizer, the SD501. I have a demo of both machines here in this video demonstration I produced.

The Jupiter Athena water ionizer is a better product and much more affordable, coming in at a whopping $1500 less than the Enagic Kangen SD501.

With all this said, I highly recommend doing all the research you want on water ionizers. I have a plethora of information, articles, research, videos, etc available on my website and my YouTube page. I am not biased to one machine or one company and only want to provide accurate information on the best water ionizers out there. I have spent a lot of time collecting data, analyzing ionizers, comparing them and also looking at the integrity of each company and I hope you take the time to get enlightened on this vast subject. Please let me know if you have any questions; I am more than happy to answer them.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Staying Hydrated in Cold Weather

It may seem like you don’t need as much water in the winter as you do in the summer - you’re cold and definitely not sweating; you maybe aren’t exercising as much or spending as much time outside. But, did you know you can get just as dehydrated, if not more, in the winter?

When your body is cold it has certain mechanisms to help keep it warm and regulate its temperature. It constricts blood vessels, which raises blood pressure. This in turn causes the kidneys to produce more urine so there is slightly less blood volume and less pressure in the veins and arteries. This loss of fluids contributes to dehydration. Also, when you see your breath outside that is steam coming from your mouth. Your body is losing moisture through breathing and this also aids in dehydration if you aren’t replacing this moisture with enough quality fluids throughout the day. Another way you may be losing water, which sometimes goes unnoticed is when it’s very dry outside. If you do happen to sweat it evaporates very quickly, so you may not even realize you are perspiring at all.

The Most Important Reason to Stay Hydrated

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The number one reason to stay hydrated during the cold months: cold and flu season. With a body that is well hydrated it can easily move toxins, bacteria and viruses through the body. It will keep the digestive tract healthy and able to move waste products through the body efficiently. It will also keep the kidneys functioning well so they can play their part in moving waste through the body. When you’re hydrated your body is also better able to absorb the nutrition from your food, which only helps in fighting off illnesses.

With alkaline ionized water you are better hydrated with the smaller clusters of molecules making up the water. Your cells can more easily absorb the water and keep the cells pure and functioning properly. Also, when the acidic waste builds up in your body, the alkaline ionized water flushes them out, all while keeping your body alkaline.

Tips for Staying Hydrated Through the Winter

When consuming diuretics (foods, liquids, medication) that pull water out of your body, such as caffeine, alcohol and some medications, I can’t stress enough that you need to balance these with an equal or greater amount of water. And try to steer clear from consuming too much caffeine and alcohol.

Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies! They generally have a good amount of water and this water content counts, too, towards the amount of water you should consume daily.

Try to cut back on sodium-laden foods. Processed foods and foods from most restaurants are overly salted and can dehydrate you.

Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercising! Even if you don’t feel sweaty! This will help keep your body hydrated, cut down on muscle cramps, as well as fatigue.
And remember, drink enough water to keep your urine relatively clear, with just a slight yellow hue to it. For most people this is around 8 glasses a day. However, I strongly urge you to drink half your weight in fluid ounces of water. A 200-pound person should therefore drink 100 ounces of water each day. This can be adjusted based on activity level, if you’re currently experiencing vomiting or diarrhea (which dehydrate you), have been sick recently, etc. But taking a peek after you use the bathroom is a good way to tell whether you’re getting enough water.

Here are some more pertinent articles I have written over the years that cover this subject from different angles. Check them out to get further enlightened on this subject:

Friday, October 30, 2015

Is the Paleo Diet Alkaline or Acidic?

The Paleo diet is catching on like wild fire. Although it’s been around since the 1970s it is currently becoming more and more popular. Search “Paleo” on Pinterest and you will find thousands of pins directing you to thousands of websites that promote the diet, give recipes and tips on how to succeed with the diet, tell you why you should live the Paleo lifestyle and others’ success with switching to a Paleo regimen. But is it alkaline? If you are eating meat as a staple wouldn’t that make it more acidic than alkaline? Let’s go over this in more detail.

Foods Allowed/Not Allowed on the Paleo Diet

The Paleo diet generally consists of meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, healthy fats/oils, spices and herbs. 

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Foods that are not allowed on the Paleo diet are cereal grains, legumes (including peanuts), dairy, refined sugars, potatoes, processed foods, salt or refined vegetable oils.

Alkaline Vs. Acidic Foods

While animal protein is a main constituent of the Paleo lifestyle, so is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. This balance of acid/alkaline foods keeps your body at an optimal level. Foods such as grains and sugars are way more acidic than animal protein and raise the acidity of the body far more than meat.

Part of the Paleo diet is also a high fat content. In fact, you eat more calories in fat than you do carbohydrates or protein. And fat is a very alkalizing food. Fat acts as an alkaline buffer, much the same way as insulin. When you load the body with a meal full of sugars and simple carbs your body releases insulin in order to neutralize the spiked levels of sugar. Good fats do the same thing!

Alkaline Water and the Paleo Diet

In order to bolster your new Paleo lifestyle I highly recommend drinking plenty of alkaline ionized water each day. The Paleo diet calls for roughly 7 servings of leafy egreen vegetables. And in case this doesn't happen every day, I highly recommend drinking plenty of ionized water. This will aid in keeping your body alkaline and in ensuring the toxins are flushed out of your body as you switch over to a more clean diet.

Monday, October 19, 2015

How to Tell if You’re Dehydrated

We all reach for something to drink when we are feeling thirsty, but did you know that by the time you’re thirsty you are already dehydrated? I will go over with you today how you can tell if you’re dehydrated and how you can remedy the situation most effectively.

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Signs of Dehydration

Here are some common signs of being mildly dehydrated:
      1.      Dry, sticky mouth 
      2.      Dry skin
      3.      Headache
      4.      Constipation
      5.      Thirst
      6.      Decreased urine output
      7.      Tiredness
      8.      Dizziness/lightheaded

Here are some more serious signs of being dehydrated:

      1.      Extreme thirst
      2.      Excessively dry mouth and mucus membranes
      3.      Fever
      4.      Rapid breathing
      5.      Low blood pressure
      6.      Sunken eyes
      7.      Little to no urine output. Urine that is passed is very dark.
      8.      Delirium and unconsciousness

Children, the elderly, very active individuals and those who live in high altitudes are more susceptible to suffering from dehydration.

Did you know you can go 3 weeks without food, but only 3 days without water? That’s true! Water is essential to all life. Reaching for coffee, tea, soda or fruit juice is no replacement for water. In fact, coffee, tea (with caffeine) and soda actually cause dehydration. The caffeine is a natural diuretic and pulls water out of your cells. And most fruit juices contain very little fruit and excess amounts of sugars. These, too, can contribute to dehydration.

Avoid the Effects of Dehydration

By drinking plenty of water you will replenish the water that you expel from your body by sweating, urinating and breathing. You also lose large amounts of water when vomiting, suffering from diarrhea, excessive sweating and when you have a fever.  

One good sign that you are getting enough water is the color of your urine. If your urine is dark in color or bright yellow, drink more water. If it is pale yellow or nearly clear, you are probably getting enough water.

Drinking alkaline ionized water is the best way to stay hydrated. When your water comes out of the tap it comes out in clusters of 11-16 H2O molecules. When the water is put through your water ionizer it comes out in clusters of 5-8 water molecules. This makes it easier for your cells to absorb the water leading to better hydration. Read more about that in my article about ionized water

In another article I wrote about the importance of water, I pointed out that water makes up most of the organs and fluids of the body. Here are the percentages of water make-up in each area:

Bones 22%
Muscles 75%
Tissues 75%
Blood 92%
Brain 75%

The kind of water and the quality of that water affects your entire body and how it operates. If you are depleted of the amount of water each system needs in order to do its job properly, you will deal with a myriad of negative results, such as the ones listed above.

I cannot stress how important it is to drink plenty of alkaline ionized water. Most people don’t even realize they are dehydrated and, according to doctors, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. With the popularity of cokes and coffees skyrocketing, not nearly enough of us are getting an adequate supply of water.

I urge you to visit my website, Alkaline Water Plus, and further educate yourself on the power of water and especially the power of alkaline ionized water. I have spent years compiling information, writing articles, doing research and comparisons to help enlighten others on this subject. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, either below, via phone or email. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Alkaline Water, Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction

Wow. Quite a title, I know. But, bear with me while I go over how alkaline water and an alkaline diet can help prevent a problem million of men suffer with every day.

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Type 2 Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction

Globally, roughly 366 million people suffer from Type 2 Diabetes (which, throughout this article I’ll just refer to as “Diabetes.”)

2/3 of those who suffer are men. Men seem to suffer more from this disease due to health and diet.
According to research, half of all men with Diabetes will suffer with some degree of ED and men with Diabetes are 3 times more likely to suffer from ED than a man without Diabetes. This is due to the decrease in blood flow to the organs, such as the brain, kidneys, heart and penis. Diabetes greatly affects the blood vessels and blood flow throughout the body.

So, if 2/3 of the 366 millions Diabetes sufferers are male, that means there are 244 million men in the world that have this disease. Half of those 244 million men, or 122 million males worldwide, will suffer from some degree of ED. And the longer you have had Diabetes, the more you will suffer from ED.

That is a lot of suffering men. But also a lot of partners, too, that undoubtedly deal with this situation.

Alkalinity and Diabetes

The main cause of Diabetes is an acidic diet, consisting of lots of sugary foods and drinks, as well as refined carbohydrates – white flour, instant rice, pasta, bread, etc.

Diabetes can be greatly helped, if not gotten rid of, through a healthy, alkaline diet; weight loss; exercise and alkaline ionized water.  

I highly recommend adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet, while eliminating refined carbohydrates and sugars. These two types of foods/drinks are the culprits behind weight gain and Diabetes. They spike your blood sugar way up and contribute to the disease.

I also strongly urge you to invest in a water ionizer. The alkaline ionized water will help alkalize your body while you also help alkalize it with the food you eat. I have known of many cases where Diabetes sufferers drastically cut down on, if not eliminated their medication by switching to alkaline ionized water and drinking plenty of it.

Adding exercise is the last piece to this regimen. Exercise alone will not rid you of your Diabetes. Weight loss is achieved 80% by the food you eat and 20% by the exercise you do. However, exercise contributes to weight loss and blood flow throughout the body.

Here is another article I wrote on the effects of alkaline ionized water. In that blog there is a video covering diabetic necrosis and the effect obtained with ionized water. 

I hope this article has been of help to you. And while you may not suffer from these conditions yourself, share his article with your friends. You never know who is dealing with this disease and dysfunction.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fluoride: A Developmental Neurotoxin

Why is our water still fluoridated? I don’t quite understand why the CDC continues supporting this unproven and unscientific practice. And why do the ADA and other health organizations support it, too? After reading this article you may have the same questions.

Fluoride is a Developmental Neurotoxin

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Fluoride has now been classified as a developmental neurotoxin by medical authorities in the Lancet Neurology in March 2014. The authors Dr. Philippe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Philip Landrigan of the ICHAN School of Medicine state, “A meta-analysis of 27 cross-sectional studies of children exposed to fluoride in drinking water, mainly from China, suggests an average IQ decrement of about 7 points in children exposed to raised fluoride concentrations.” Most of these 27 studies had fluoride levels equal to what the US allows in their drinking water – less than 4mg/liter.

So, what exactly is a “developmental neurotoxin”? A developmental neurotoxin is a substance that damages the developing nerve tissues. Some neurodevelopmental disorders are autism, ADD, mental retardation and cerebral palsy.

A few industrial chemicals recognized as a neurotoxin are: lead, arsenic, methylmercury, ethanol and glutamate.

Grandjean and Landrigan write, “Our very great concern is that children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognized toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviors, truncating future achievements and damaging societies, perhaps most seriously in developing countries.” Grandjean says, “Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury and other poisons that cause chemical ‘brain drain.’” He goes on to say, “The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.”

8 Reasons Why Water Fluoridation Needs to End

      1.    Fluoride is not a nutrient and there is not a single biochemical process in the body that requires it.
      2.      Once the fluoride is in the water there is no way to control the dosage by individual.
      3.      There is no informed consent in adding fluoride to the water supply.    
      4.      According to the CDC 41% of American children between the ages of 12 and 15 have developed         dental fluorosis to some degree.
      5.      There is no scientific study that shows swallowing fluoride prevents tooth decay.
      6.      Fluoride accumulates in the bones and early symptoms of fluoride poisoning are identical to               arthritis. It can also lead to frail bones, easy to fracture.
      7.      Fluoride is said to fight tooth decay, but the FDA has never labeled it as such. They have labeled         it as an “unapproved drug,” though.
      8.      Most dental authorities now say the effectiveness of fluoride lies in topical application and not a         systemic application.

Based on all of this data I don’t know why we are continuing to fluoridate our water. There are some cities that don’t fluoridate: Tucson, AZ; Wichita, KS; Portland, OR; Fresno, CA; Albuquerque, NM and San Jose, CA.

Fortunately, your electric water ionizer can filter out fluoride for you, allowing you to altogether avoid this nasty by-product of the pesticide industry.

I really do hope more communities start jumping on the anti-fluoridation bandwagon, and soon.