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Why an Alkaline Environment for Your Body is More Important than Ever

 width= According to the German Doctor of Chemistry and Medicine, Otto Warburg, "No disease can exist in an alkaline environment".

While many years have passed since Warburg’s publications and studies, his discoveries still hold true today.

How is acidity measured?

The pH scale ranges from 1 (highly acidic) to 14 (highly alkaline). Our body's pH usually hovers between 7.35 and 7.4. Most of the foods consumed today are full of sugar, preservatives and genetically modified organisms. These all contribute to acidity in the body. Meanwhile, the most alkaline foods are vegetables, as well as some fruits, grains, nuts - and alkaline water. Helping your body neutralize some of its acidity is crucial for maintaining your overall health and keeping disease at bay.

How to include more alkaline foods in your diet?

The top seven most alkaline foods are

What is alkaline water?

The “alkaline” in alkaline water refers to its pH level, measuring how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14 - a pH of 1 would be very acidic while a pH of 13 would be very alkaline. Alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Normal drinking water generally has a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 or 9. However, pH alone isn’t enough to impart substantial alkalinity to water, it must also contain alkaline minerals and negative oxidation reduction potential (ORP). ORP is the ability of water to act as a pro- or antioxidant. The more negative the ORP value, the more antioxidizing it is.

How to get alkaline water

  • You can make your own using baking soda. Add 1/8 tablespoon or 600 mg of baking soda to an 8 ounce glass of water. When the baking soda mixes with the water, it increases its alkaline properties. Shake or stir the mixture vigorously and drink as required. A word of warning - if you are on a low sodium diet, do not add baking soda to your water. Baking soda is high in sodium.
  • Another method is to use lemons. Lemons are anionic, so when you drink lemon water, your body reacts with the anionic properties of the lemon making the water alkaline as your body digests it. Fill a glass jug (64 ounces) with clean water (preferably filtered water but otherwise tap water). Cut up a lemon into eighths and add to the water. You don't need to squeeze the lemons. Cover the water and let it sit overnight for 8 to 12 hours at room temperature. You can add one tablespoon of pink Himalayan sea salt to your lemon water if desired. This will mineralize your alkaline water.
  • You can add pH drops (from health food stores or available online) which contain potent alkaline minerals and are highly concentrated. Follow the instructions, bearing in mind that, while pH drops increase the alkalinity of your water, they do not filter out any of the things like chlorine or fluoride that could be found in your tap water.
  • You could use a water ionizer which is attached to your faucet. The water becomes electrically enhanced (ionized) as it is run over positive and negative electrodes. Doing this separates the water into alkalized water and acidic water. The alkalized water makes up about 70% of the produced water and can be used for drinking while the acidic water can be used for washing as it kills off many types of bacteria.
  • A less expensive method is to use an ionizing water filter which work in a similar way to a normal filter. Pour water into the filter and let it sit for three to five minutes. While you are waiting, the water is being sent through a series of filters. Once it passes through the filters, it sits in a pool of alkalizing minerals. These types of filters can often be found with the kitchen appliances in home stores.
  • Buy a reverse osmosis water filter. This type of filter is known as a hyperfilter, and it uses an especially fine membrane for filtration, allowing it to capture more elements than regular water filters, which ultimately alkalizes the water more thoroughly.
  • Use a normal water distiller and add pH drops. Water distillers boil the water put into them, destroying the bacteria and other impurities that may be found in your tap water. Water distillers can make your water slightly more alkaline, but to really alkalize your water, add pH drops to your newly purified water.
Help to maintain your health, keep your body at its best and fight disease by nourishing with fresh, wholesome foods and hydrating with clean, alkaline water.  
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