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Study examined people who were determined to get sufficient calcium from their diets to find out if calcium-rich alkaline water could reduce the rate of bone loss. The study compared alkaline water to acidic water to see if alkaline water worked better.
In calcium sufficiency, the alkaline water led to a significant decrease of PTH and of S- CTX (two important markers of bone loss). The acidic water did not reduce bone loss. Tap water may not be calcium rich. However, the reduction of bone loss markers was also shown in the study which used ordinary tap water treated by a water ionizer to make it alkaline water that was not calcium rich. Study examined four people who drank alkaline water made with a water ionizer for two months. The study examined two markers of bone loss: serum osteocalcin measures bone formation by osteoblasts. N-telopeptides and NTx measures bone resorption (loss) by osteoclasts. The study showed significant reductions in bone loss markers (N-telopeptides and NTx) for all four test subjects There was no significant effect on bone formation (serum osteocalcin).
A natural alkaline mineral water with a pH of 8.7 was evaluated to see if it reduced blood pressure in people with low magnesium and calcium levels. Waterborne mineral supplementation may reduce blood pressure in people with calcium and/or magnesium deficiency.
Alkaline water was shown to enhance the antioxidant activity of Ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
Most of our clients are acidic when they are tested with pH paper in their saliva and also via Biofeedback testing. When we recommend using alkaline water, they report measurable and significant health improvement in all aspect of their health.
Achieving alkaline pH of 7.34; full hydration and full oxygenation are the keys for total wellness and to live to 101+
A healthy body should always be slightly alkaline. The majority of people today, however, tend to be more acidic (if not highly acidic). This is caused by stress, environmental factors and the foods they eat.
Why does this matter? Simple, the more acidic your body the more likely you are to experience fatigue, digestive issues and weight gain.
In addition, if the environment in our bodies is too acidic for too long, our otherwise healthy cells can become toxic and in the worst case scenario become cancerous.
How It All Works
The pH scale runs from 0 to 14 (0 being the most acidic, 14 being the most alkaline, and 7 being neutral.)
Our bodies are designed to thrive in a slightly alkaline environment of 7.4.
Various organs and systems, however, thrive with different pH levels. For example, your saliva has a pH range from 6.5-7.0 (more acidic in order to help digest foods), your skin typically has a pH of 5 (although, according to a 2006 study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, it should actually be lower4-4.5as this allows the bacteria required to help heal and fight off infections, live on your skin).
And, as you can imagine, the pH of your digestive tract can vary anywhere from 1.5-7.0, which is dependent on many things, but especially, the food you eat.
Why Alkaline Is So Important
We have known for a century that food can determine our overall pH levels, hence our overall health. In 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery that 90-95 percent of all cancers are caused by an acidic environment and that cancer simply cannot grow or survive in an alkaline environment (your body) when your pH is around 7.36.
Since then, studies have determined the various pH levels of foods and drinks and how they react in the human body, either contributing to its alkalinity or acidity.
As Warburg pointed out almost 100 years ago, over-acidity (acidosis) is linked to not only the formation of cancer but as well heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, and almost every chronic disease people typically suffer from today.
How Do You Know if Your Body is Too Acidic?
Basically, there are two very simple ways to determine if your body is acidic: you can use regular pH paper to do a saliva test, or, if you are suffering from the following chronic symptoms:
Muscle pain or cramping after walking short distances
Easily running out of breath
Often feeling like you cant get enough air
When your pH level falls, your body naturally attempts to regulate itself (to create homeostasis) by capturing and storing excessively acidic substances in your organs such as your kidneys, liver and lungs, thereby maintaining an optimal pH of between 7.35-7.45.
These acidic substances, however, ultimately begin to attack your healthy cells, causing them to become toxic, damaged and sick.
Over time, if the issue is not addressed, these cells can metastasizegrow uncontrollably and spread to other parts or organs in your body.
Your Diet Is Too Acidic
One of the biggest reasons for chronic acidosis is our 21st-century diet consisting of sugar, caffeine, highly processed foods and alcohol. The additives, pesticides and growth hormones used to make and grow our food are also highly acidic to our bodies.
One of the best ways to counter this, however, (apart from changing your diet) is to flush your body with alkaline water.
Since your body is around 70% water, when you ensure that this water is alkaline, you are helping your body create homeostasis.
How to Make Alkaline Water
1 organic lemon (it is important to use only organic lemons as they are pesticide-free)
2 L of purified water (an osmosis filter is good if you have one, but water that is free of all chemicals and additives is the goal)
1 tablespoon Himalayan salt (which you can find at most health food stores)
1 large glass jar (it must be glass as plastic contains chemicals and impurities that are acidic to your body)
Fill the glass jar with the water
Slice the lemon and add it to the water. (do not squeeze out the juice)
Add the Himalayan salt.
Cover the jar and leave it at room temperature for 12-24 hours.
After the water has had time to sit, drink 3 glasses of this alkaline water on an empty stomach. It is always best to do this first thing in the morning before you start your day or put anything else in to your body.
You can also drink alkaline water throughout the day. Over time, you will begin to see a difference in how you feel (more energy), your skin will become clearer, and your brain more alertyou will generally feel more alive.
If you couple this with a healthier diet, one in which you avoid processed foods, sugar and additives, it wont be long before you begin to see a healthier (more alkaline) you.
Dr. George Grant, Ph.D., IMD