Dr Lynda Frassetto has been in alkaline diet and water pages all over the web for years, based on one important study she completed years ago.
Today I discovered a newly uploaded version that reiterates her basic theory; that modern man has lost the ability to maintain a healthy acid-base metabolism.
Heres the link, and here’s the most relevant excerpts from her abstract. It’s a pretty clear endorsement of the alkaline diet!
‘We propose that reducing the net acid load from the diet is not sufficient to reverse age related osteoporosis because it fails to supply base needed to restore the large amount of base in bone that had been lost by reacting with the net acid load of the diet that had been consumed for years or decades. Reducing the net acid load from the diet might be expected to have little ameliorative effect or merely slow the progression of the disorder. We hypothesize that both to restore osteoporotic bone to, or nearly to, its pre-disease state, as well as to eliminate the risk of fragility fractures, requires consuming diets that produce net amounts of base to restore the base lost from years to decades of consuming diets that produce net amounts of acid. We hypothesize also that the excess base and attendant subclinical metabolic alkalosis will both stimulate the cellular process of bone formation and suppress the cellular process of bone resorption, and thereby implement the restorative process.’
Selective stimulation of the growth of anaerobic microflora in the human intestinal tract by electrolyzed reducing water.
- 1Department of Physiology of Microorganisms, Biology Faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow, Russia. email@example.com
96-99% of the “friendly” or residential microflora of intestinal tract of humans consists of strict anaerobes and only 1-4% of aerobes. Many diseases of the intestine are due to a disturbance in the balance of the microorganisms inhabiting the gut. The treatment of such diseases involves the restoration of the quantity and/or balance of residential microflora in the intestinal tract. It is known that aerobes and anaerobes grow at different oxidation-reduction potentials (ORP). The former require positive E(h) values up to +400 mV.
Anaerobes do not grow unless the E(h) value is negative between -300 and -400 mV. In this work, it is suggested that prerequisite for the recovery and maintenance of obligatory anaerobic microflora in the intestinal tract is a negative ORP value of the intestinal milieu.
Electrolyzed reducing water with E(h) values between 0 and -300 mV produced in electrolysis devices possesses this property. Drinking such water favours the growth of residential microflora in Most researchers explain the mechanism of its action by an antioxidant properties destined to detox the oxidants in the gut and other host tissues. Evidence is presented in favour of the hypothesis that the primary target for electrolyzed reducing water is the residential microflora in the gut.
Other critters create toxins, and left unchecked they continue to build up, uultimately causing disease and illness. Microforms like pathogenic bacteria, yeasts, and fungi directly contribute to hundreds of ailments.
Here’s a just a small sample of some common and not-so-common microforms and the diseases that they cause:
- Streptococcus pyogenes causes Sore throat
- Streptococcus pneumonia causes Pneumonia
- Enterotoxigenic E. coli causes Diarrhea
- Uropathogenic E. coli causes Urethritis and Pyelonephritis
- Bordetella pertussis causes Whooping cough
- Vibrio cholerae causes Cholera
- Treponema pallidum causes Syphilis
- Mycoplasma causes Pneumonia
- Chlamydia causes Conjunctivitis or urethritis
Unfortunately, if your body becomes more acidic, it creates a perfect environment for these and other types of critters to grow and blossom. However, you can take control.
Here’s some basic and easy things you can do to help detoxify and rid your body of these microforms.
Modify Your Diet
- Go Organic – Yes, organic foods do make a difference. Organic foods are not treated with pesticides and preservatives, thus you’re not eating toxins.
- Eat more Alkaline Vegetables – Greens and vegetables are rich in fiber (which supports digestions) and are made-up of nutrients that will help detox your body. With over 30 alkalizing ingredients, powdered organic greens is a great way to get a half a kilo of green vegetables in one teaspoon serving.
- Check the Ingredients – The longer the ingredient list of a food item, the more likely that it is comprised of additives and preservatives. If possible, try to find packaged foods that have less than 7 ingredients in them.
- Drink more alkaline, hydrogen rich water to maintain a seady supply of antioxidants and anti inflammation support.
Get Into FLOW!
- Get Physical – No matter how old you are, you should make sure to go and get a workout in at least 3 days a week where you sweat. The sweating, breathing and movement will help your body release itself of toxins.
- Get a Massage – An intense massage like a Swedish or a Sports Massage will focus on pressure areas in your body that will release toxins. Make sure to drink plenty of water after the massage so that you can further flush out the toxins.
- Try Yoga – Yoga makes you focus on your breathing which helps bring in new, clean oxygen while breathing out harmful substances. Yoga is also beneficial in helping you relieve stress as you focus on meditation techniques and detaching your mind from the daily activities that may cause stress.
Cleanse Your Body
- Daily Juicing – Juicing vegetables & to a lesser extent fruits helps your body rid itself of toxins while adding back nutrients. Start-out with juicing as a substitute for one of your meals 2 to 3 times a week with the goal of adding it to your regular daily routine. If you don’t have the time to juice, or juicing isn’t for you, you should try our Acid Drainage product that targets strong acids in your body and disposing of them gently.
- Full Body Cleanse – Doing a full body cleanse for 1 to 2 days every month will help your body rid of toxins and restore a balance. You should always use a trusted source or recipe.
- Fasting – Fasting 1 day every 2 weeks is a method to reboot your system. Fasting gives your body a break from having to work to breakdown the food you’ve eaten while expelling toxins. Fasting can be done either with just water or natural juices from vegetables and fruits.
There are many different ways to help your body detoxify and rid itself of the critters.
Remember, you only have one body so it’s really important that you rid it of the toxins that build-up or risk living a life of sickness and disease.
Whether you follow our suggestions or pursue other methods, we hope that you will take control and responsibility for your life. Your health is the greatest gift that you can give yourself, so don’t short change yourself.
Last but not least, make sure to check under your bed and closet before you turn off the lights, so as to avoid any surprises from things that go bump in the night…..BOOOO!
I’m copy and pasting this article from ANH International. It’s by Dr Harald Gaier ND DO DHomM DBotM, and Robert Verkerk PhD
A recently published study from Tufts University in the US has found that sugary beverages have been estimated to kill around 200,000 people every year. That’s the equivalent of over 330 Jumbo jets going down annually, courtesy of ‘soda pops’. The authors found that 72% of these deaths were attributable to type 2 diabetes, 24% from heart disease and the remaining 4% from cancer.
Coca-Cola, the originator of the ‘soda pop’ has, it seems, been doing all it can to refuse any responsibility….echoing Big Tobacco’s thirty year cover-up. But in the wake of the scandal overVW’s emission-cheating chip, Coca-Cola finds itself under the spotlight following a detailed investigation by The Times newspaper of London. Courtesy of Alexi Mostrous’s journalism, murky dealings of how the company has tried to manipulate both research findings and public opinion were littered across the UK’s number one broadsheet newspaper.
The birth of the ‘soda pop’
In 1886, twenty-0ne years after the American Civil War, the Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia, USA was by founded by Confederate Colonel John Pemberton, a pharmacist who suffered injuries in the war that led him to become a morphine addict.
As the name suggests, for the first 17 years, the leaves of the Coca plant (Erythroxylum coca) were used in the preparation of Coca-Cola. The naturally-occurring cocaine in the beverage gave the drinker an addictive “buzz”. The company claimed a wide range of medicinal properties and health benefits for their drink, including treatment of impotence, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headaches, nausea, and morphine addiction, as well as being a general stimulant and health booster. It proved especially popular among war veterans dealing with their morphine addiction.
Today, despite the ensuing formulation changes, people still use flat Coca-Cola as a hangover cure (there are of course many foods and nutrients that can do a much better a job at supporting detoxification from excessive alcohol exposure). Unsurprisingly, consumption as well as sales during the early period increased exponentially. According to Coca-Cola’s own published records, the company removed cocaine from the drink’s formula in 1903, substituting caffeine as the stimulating ingredient, but that was done without much fanfare. That was its first chameleon-like change. The so-called ‘hobble skirt’ bottle of Coca-Cola, over the years, also underwent some minor changes, but it still retains its original iconic, unmistakable design of the cacao pod and not the fictional ‘hobble skirt’ with which myth the company likes to hoodwink the public. That was perhaps the first sign of Coca-Cola’s impious, chameleon-like behaviour.
Busted! By the Times of London
Last Friday and Saturday, on the 9th & 10th October 2015 respectively, The Times published two consecutive, highly revealing articles by its special correspondent, Alexi Mostrous. In the Saturday piece, Alexi Mostrous exposed Sense About Science’s association with Coca-Cola. Sense About Science is the charity with which anti-alternative medicine skeptics like Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre are associated, that claims to be independent yet often acts as a voice for Big Food, Pharma and Biotech.
Simon Singh faces his comeuppance (courtesy What Doctors Don’t Tell You, www.wddty.com)
Below, I’ve attempted to capture some of the salient findings of the Mr Mostrous’ investigative reports. These are linked specifically to the UK, so one has to consider just how far the company’s tentacles stretch globally.
Recently Coca-Cola has poured millions of pounds into British scientific research and healthy-eating initiatives to counter claims that their sugary drink does, indeed, help to cause obesity. Coca-Cola has financial links to more than a dozen high profile, influential British scientists and government advisors. It would seem the main game plan has been to ensure they cast doubt on the commonly-accepted link, one supported by none other than the Harvard School of Public Health, between sugary drinks and the growing obesity crisis.
It is common knowledge that many scientists blame increased sugar consumption for Britain’s obesity epidemic, which kills up to 53,000 people a year and costs the NHS £5.1 billion annually. A report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine argued that poor diet was the cause of more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined.
The British Government rejected recent calls for a sugar tax on consumers despite support from the UK’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies DBE FRS (born 1949), the British Medical Association and some celebrities such as Chef James Trevor Oliver (born 1975). Coca-Cola spent millions of pounds setting up the European Hydration Institute (EHI) — an apparently independent research foundation to promote hydration, which has recommended that people consume sports and soft drinks of the sort the Company sells, which far from slaking any thirst may often arouse one. The chairman of the body’s scientific advisory board is a respected professor whose university received nearly £1 million from Coca-Cola during the period he provided nutritional advice to leading sports bodies. Coca-Cola have provided financial support, sponsorship or research funding to British organisations including UKActive, the British Nutrition Foundation, the University of Hull, Homerton University Hospital, the National Obesity Forum, the British Dietetic Association, Obesity Week 2013 and the UK Association for the Study of Obesity. Coca-Cola spent €6.6 million (£4.86 million) setting up the European Institute between 2010 and 2015. Guidance and studies it funded often recommend that the public, including children, consume sports and soft drinks of the sort sold by Coca-Cola. Two of the company’s most senior scientists are vice-chairwomen of the EHI, whose public pages on social networks make no mention of Coca-Cola, although its website reveals on a back-page that the company is a founding partner. Ron Maughan, chairman of the EHI’s scientific advisory board, is an emeritus professor of sport science at Loughborough University, which has received £817,292 from Coca-Cola in research funding since 2007. Professor Maughan, who has advised UK Athletics and the Football Association, has acted as a consultant for Coca-Cola and other drinks companies since the Nineties.
Through its trade organisations, Coca-Cola representatives have met government officials and ministers more than 100 times over a period of 36 months between 2011 and 2014, that is nearly three times each month. Coca-Cola hosts an annual parliamentary dinner. Organisations it funds often promote a message that physical activity is more important to public health than an “obsession” with obesity. In 2013, Fred Turok, chairman of UKActive, an organisation set up to promote physical activity that lists Coca-Cola as a sponsor, criticised Britain for being “fixated” by obesity at a Coca-Cola-organised event. Mr Turok quoted Steven Blair, a US academic whose university has received more than $3 million from Coca-Cola, by telling delegates: “You can be fat and fit.”
UKActive’s board includes Baroness Grey-Thompson, the Paralympian, Dame Carol Black, the Prime Minister David Cameron’s health adviser, and Liz Lowe, Coca-Cola GB’s director of corporate responsibility. Coca-Cola Company has also given money to government advisers including Dr Carrie Ruxton, a board member of Food Standards Scotland. In 2010 she co-wrote a study sponsored by the UK Sugar Bureau, the lobbying group for sugar manufacturers that found no proven association between sugar intake and obesity. On her website she states separately: “When I correlated sugar consumption with obesity levels, there didn’t appear to be any relationship.” Dr Ruxton said that the UK Sugar Bureau had no control over her study and that she highlighted a “potential concern” over sugary drinks and obesity in the report. She said that her later comments were consistent with a recent government report and that she had not undertaken work for Coca-Cola since joining Food Standards Scotland. She denies writing favourable reports for Coca-Cola.
Other government advisers who have received funding from Coca-Cola include Ian MacDonald, chairman of the state-funded scientific advisory committee on carbohydrates, who stepped down from the Coca-Cola advisory board last year. His university has since received a payment from EHI after he gave a talk at a hydration “workshop”. “I do not regard links with both industry and the government as being in conflict,” he said. “Both the public and industry are entitled to access the best advice available.”
The Coca-Cola Company is also ceaselessly advertising. It seems that the art world is a favourite backdrop. For example, at the third, bigger-than-ever contemporary African art fair (over 150 artists are exhibiting) in Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, the prominent back-drop is a very large (±3×5 metre) red Coca-Cola placard [depicted: TimeOut London, No.2350, 13-19 October 2015, column 3 on p 103].
On 31 December 2013, Spanish researchers found that scientific papers on sugary drinks that were sponsored by or had potential conflicts of interest with the food and drink industry, including Coca-Cola, were five times more likely to find no link with obesity than similar papers that were independently funded. They recommended “special efforts to preclude funding by parties with vested interests at all levels”.
For anyone trying to lose weight, drinking soft drinks may be one of the worst things you can do – and that includes “diet’ or low calorie versions. The high sugar versions are by no means the only offenders. Nature magazine published research findings that show that artificial sweeteners like sucralose, aspartame and saccharin cause changes in the beneficial bacteria that live in the human gut and contribute in regulating our metabolism. These artificial sweeteners also reduce our body’s ability to process glucose. The side-effects conspire to play a significant role in raising the overall risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
For those feeling they’d rather go back to real sugar, think again: a Harvard study suggests one can expect a 26% elevated risk of type 2 diabetes from just consuming between 1 to 2 drinks a day. If diabetes doesn’t get you, a heart attack might. A further study that followed 40,000 men for two decades found that those who averaged one can of a sugary beverage per day had a 20% higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed sugary drinks.
Coca-Cola, in its characteristic chameleon-like manner, has been busy adapting itself to the variety of different consumers out there, from the ones who want the full sugar, original offering, to the groups who still feel that calorie reduction is key but will do it at the cost of synthetic sweeteners (and addiction), while the latest offering caters for those who like it ‘natural’.
To get to this place, Coca-Cola has ‘chameleonised’ its famous drink by making four versions of it available, with colour-coded labels, leaving the choice of whether or not to consume sugar, or artificial sweeteners, or a natural non-sugar sweetener with some sugar to the individual consumer.
Here are the choices:
- the original sugared Coke (red label),; containing carbonated water, sugar, caramel (E150d), phosphoric acid, natural flavourings, caffeine;
- the Diet Coke (vegetable extracts with sweeteners) (silver label); containing carbonated water, caramel (E150d), aspartame, acesulfame K, natural flavourings, caffeine, phosphoric acid, citric acid, contains a source of phenylalanine;
- the Coke Zero (i.e. zero calories); containing vegetable extracts with sweeteners) (black label); containing carbonated water, caramel (E150d), phosphoric acid, aspartame, acesulfame K, natural flavourings, caffeine, acidity regulator sodium citrate, contains a source of phenylalanine, and;
- Coca-Cola Life (lower calorie drink from natural sources); containing vegetable extracts with sugar and sweeteners) (green label) – carbonated water, sugar, caramel (E150d), natural flavourings, caffeine, phosphoric acid, as sweetener: steviol glycosides. Steviol glycosides are high intensity sweeteners, 250-300 times sweeter than sucrose; they are isolated and purified from the leaves of the Stevia plant (Stevia rebaudiana), which hails from the Amazon. Stevia typically leaves behind a distinctive and somewhat unpleasant aftertaste which the 22 g of sugar per 330 ml can seems to be designed to obscure. This amounts to almost the total daily “free sugars” quotient for an adult, consuming 2000 kcal a day, as recommended by the UK’s Scientific Committee on Nutrition (SACN) in its latest report on carbohydrates. Some of these also come in different flavours, such as ‘cherry’, or ‘lemon & lime’, or ‘coffee’. These flavour variations do not, however, affect the four basic formulae. The distinction between them seems to reside principally in the variations of the sweetening agents used and the chameleonic colours of the labels. It remains to be seen how well Coca-Cola can manage against the sliding tide of consumer interest in its products.
Helping to burst the sugary bubbles
The fact that consumption of sugary drinks is on the decline is testament to the fact that public awareness of the risks associated with sugary drinks is on the increase, despite the efforts of Coca-Cola and others. Sales of the low calorie versions are also on the decline.
The bottom line is we all need to adapt to lower levels of sweetness intensity in beverages, whether this sweetness comes from sugar or sugar replacements, natural or otherwise. This is because the non-nutritive sugar replacements appear to trip the same opioid receptors in the brain as sugars, causing both addiction and an insulin response as the body is ‘tricked’ into thinking it’s been exposed to sugar.
Yes, we could do with more research, but it needs to be honest, solidly founded and truly independent. And that’s easier said than done in a world — as Alexi Mostrous points out— in which the corporations exert so much control over research institutions, especially as they relate to the food industry.
The big move has to be one in which we — the grassroots — say no to an ever greater degree to highly sweetened foods and beverages, whether this sweetness comes from sugar or a non-nutritive sweetener. Adjusting the palate of children is right up there as a paramount concern. That typically means trying to help kids to abstain from eating regularly highly sweetened foods.
The trend has already begun, with soft drinks now hitting their 10th year in decline. Two facets of public education will continue to drive the trend. One relates to the damage the products do to teeth, guts and brains, leading to premature disease and death. The other relates to the distorted science and twisted corporate ethos that now means it is no longer plausible for any health authority to claim that ‘soda pops’ might be an acceptable component of any healthy diet and lifestyle. This notion, one to which Coca-Cola continues to try to cling to, is rotten to its core.
Please play your part in educating those around you, especially if they are ‘soda pop’ or fizzy drink addicts.
Last week we invited HealtheMail subscribers here in Australia to try out our new Are You Acidic” Quiz here on our Australian Alkaway website. Wow! What a response!
Our readers must really like Quizzes – or they really want to know whether they are acidic or not. I spent most of yesterday studying the many responses you sent in, and working out the ‘real story’ of each individual submission.
If we had added all we wanted to know into the quiz I think we’d be asking you to spend an hour rather than five minutes! However it was a wonderful opportunity because we could see a real overview of our readers’ health and their strategies for maintaining it. Yet.. there are obvious misunderstandings, especially around use of alcohol. One respondent talked to me today. He was advised by his doctor to drink a glass of red once a day because of its positive health effects. Who am I to argue?
The quiz showed its weaknesses too. I should have given more options about the water you drink beyond just alkaline or acid. I should have provided multiple choices for diet because you can be a vegetarian AND eat bread, but the Quiz didn’t allow for this. It’s already fixed – courtesy of some really smart software – so future Quiz participants will get a more accurate picture.
I am committed to sighting every quiz because it’s obvious there’s a ’back story’ to every submission. Here’s an example:
‘Kathy’s’ Quiz results:
No tobacco, regular alcohol, no sodas.
One serve of green vegetables per day, one piece of fruit a day, 4+ serves of meat per week, white meat preferred.
Good stress manager, moderately stressful work, no mood swings.
6-8 hrs sleep, a little pollution some days, 5-8 glasses per day of acidic water.
Age 45-64, female, health oriented.
Eats bread every day
‘Kathy’ cares about her health. She is at an age where acidity gets worse and hydration gets worse, and she’s making intelligent choices of no smoking, no soft drinks, but (and here’s where our quiz is too liberal) she drinks alcohol regularly.
I think we all strike a deal with whole health. We ‘do the right thing’ so we can be ‘a little naughty’ in other things. ‘Kathy’, like me, likes some alcohol but we didn’t learn how much, so we can’t identify it as a serious acidifier.
But.. here’s the big takeaway I get from ‘Kathy’s quiz.
Kathy is trying to stop acidifying eating and drinking habits so she can have a little alcohol.
However… look at her alkaline intake – or lack of it. Recommended greens serve per day (admittedly difficult) is 5 a day. Kathy has one. Fruit is similar. She has one piece. I did state in the Quiz results that many fruits are actually highly acidifying. The humble banana, for instance, does have a small amount of potassium (which qualifies it in some alkaline diets as a good alkalizer) but it has a LOT of nasty addictive acidifying fructose! Berries are a safer bet as alkalizing fruit, also limes, lemons, grapefruits and oranges.
Her meat intake is another victim of the Quiz. What does 4+ serves of meat really mean? I had some people submit that they were ‘Big Meat Eaters’. Does that mean they eat meat every day, or does it mean they eat a huge steak at every sitting? Putting aside the meat vs. vegetarian argument, (I was a vegetarian for 12 years) I don’t look at meat as do most alkaline diet promoters. Yes, if you eat huge steaks, the body will convert what it can to energy, then stash the rest as acids in body fat. Your body will struggle to combat the rush of excess acids by carrying out a raid on all the alkaline sources in our body including our skeleton. This can’t wait. If we remain in an alkaline state things start breaking down almost immediately, so the decision to strip calcium from the bones is an evolutionary one, well designed, like everything our paleolithic body design. It wants to survive! If you eat the right amount of the right meat, this won’t happen and you’ll receive the broad spectrum of essential amino acids like no vegetable can ever match.
Cassie and I now eat meat because we are committed to changing our source of energy from glucose to fat. This is a big subject, and Cassie’s alkalinepaleodiet.com blog is a great source of more well researched info on this. This changes many assumptions including the value of saturated fats. We eat grass fed, grass finished red meat, fish once a week and I have very thin bacon (1 mm) plus some liver with my breakfast. We really try NOT to eat chicken anymore. We ate it because we thought we had to eat lean. Kathy probably believes (like most people) that white meat is better than red, (read this to change your mind!) but we now look for red meat with a good layer of fat because we know that’s where we’ll get our Vitamin K2, the hugely important vitamin with the ability to facilitate deposition of calcium back on our skeleton.
Our New Akaline Diet stresses that you really need to look at your relationship with two very pernicious foods both regarded with the love and devotion of an addict. I’m talking about sugar and bread. Both of them are acidifiers, and both are very addictive so when I see that someone eats bread every day, I remember how it was for me, ‘coming off’ both sugar and bread.
This relates back to the meat question because, fortified by the strong antioxidant effect of sufficient greens, supported by healthy fats that move us off glucose energy and onto a ketogenic metabolism, amazing things happen. In my case I used to be called ‘The Hungry Ghost’ for my habit of ‘vacuuming up’ any leftovers after every meal.
I was forever hungry, and forever furtively snacking. And suddenly I changed (well, not suddenly – when I got over my addictions) My desire for quantity disappeared. I developed a greater desire for greens and wonder of wonders – I ate far less meat! I still ate meat – grassfed, but I didn’t keep on eating! My mental acuity improved, me energy levels soared, and yes, I admit it, my libido even improved.
So.. when I see someone eating bread every day, I see an addict to a highly acidic food.
Kathy said she drinks 5-8 glasses of water a day which is great (and exceptional!), and again the quiz failed her because the only alternative to ‘Alkaline’ in the Quiz was ‘acid’. There are very few places in Australia where you can get acid water from your tap. It is against the Australian Water Safety guidelines. It corrodes pipes and in old houses, unleashes a dose of heavy metals from the brazed joints in the old pipes. I’m sure Kathy would have told me more if my Quiz had allowed her.
Finally, balance is not a concept, it’s a necessity, but if you are addicted to certain foods you’ll never believe me. I would predict that if Kathy got off sugar and bread, she would very happily eat more greens, alkalizing fruits, and less meat. Balance would return. But.. we are strange animals. The only thing that really forces us to alter our preferred diet is pain. This may be disease, or an intolerable procession of sub-health. So I can’t say any more on Kathy’s case because ultimately her choices will be determined by her own acceptance of what she believes health to be. If she accepts that a cold and flu once a year is good health, she probably won’t change. If she accepts my version of health, she may change. (I haven’t had a cold or flu since 2000
‘Kathy’, I’ve kept you anonymous for the purposes of this post. You know who you are and I can say, having read every Quiz, that you have many similar friends in the Quiz group! Thank you for being my ‘example’ and good luck to you!
To international readers, stick around! We’ll be installing the Quiz on our other international websites as soon as we can!
To locals who feel like throwing themselves under our truck – er – Quiz, here it is!
You could assume brand new clothes are clean and safe to wear, but there’s quite a good chance you’ll come into contact with some pretty nasty stuff when you neglect to wash them beforehand.
You found something that looks good and fits great, so you put iton as soon as you get home because you’re so excited. Who hasn’t done that at some point? The Wall Street Journal interviewed Donald Belsito, the professor of dermatology at Columbia University, and it turns out that might not be such a great idea. Mitchell explains:
There are two major nasties when it comes to allergens in new clothing: dye and formaldehyde resin. Most synthetic textiles are colored with azo-aniline dyes, which can cause a severe skin reaction akin to poison ivy in the small population of people allergic to them. For others, reactions to dyes are less extreme, and may result in slightly inflamed, dry, itchy patches of skin…
Belsito also suggests that you think about where that shirt may have been before it became yours, and what might be already be in the fabric:
“I’ve seen cases of lice that were probably transmitted from trying on in the store, and there are certain infectious diseases that can be passed on through clothing. The other infestation I’ve seen from clothing is scabies.”
Yes, not every article of clothing is infected or infested, so DON’T PANIC.
It’s just an example of why it’s important to wash things before you put them on, especially if you’re buying something secondhand. Ms. Belsito recommends washing new clothing at least once with a double rinse before wearing, no matter what fabric you’re dealing with. Better safe than sorry, especially when you’re shopping with your kids. The whole article is worth a read, so check it out at the link below.
Do You Need to Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them? | Wall Street Journal viaConsumerist
Ian: Yet another source of acidifying toxins. can we really assume that without an active detoxification program in our lives that we can remain clean on the inside? Given the average female American has 600 known chemicals in her adipose tissue) So why not begin with water? Hydrogen water is an excellent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cell signalling supporter. (that means it helps your body communicate and respond the toxic threats.)
Almost everybody who starts our New Alkaline diet has to deal with cravings. I’m sure even Elle McPherson went through them.
Unless you never ate sugar in your life, you’ve had cravings. Yet… knowing that it’s a common problem doesn’t make it any easier for you.
We’ve found that these tactics help a lot. We are asking a lot to give up your ‘crutch’ your ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ so the least we can do is show you what we have learned about overcoming cravings.
There are a few tactics we have found that work for almost everybody.
5 Crave Stopping Hacks
1. Sleep Enough.
It sounds like an odd first hack, but short on zeds does make you crave junk food. It’s also a sure way to make sure that you don’t have enough willpower to resist because you feel like well… crap..
Without sufficient sleep, 2 things happen.
a) You overproduce cortisol. This makes you hungrier, particularly for sugar.
b) Your body sends less glucose to your prefrontal cortex , your impulse-control center. You have less control over your actions (and your cravings).
How important is sleep? Try living without it.
2. Eat Enough Healthy Fats.
We usually crave non-NAD (New Alkaline Diet) foods because we’re just not eating enough, especially when first starting on the diet. Remember that you’re cutting out a lot of the nasty starches and sugars, so you need a replacement. The health-friendliest and most satisfying way to replace it is with good fats, such as coconut oil, pastured beef fat, avocado fat etc.
Make sure that you eat enough food at every meal. If this doesn’t seem a problem,Sounds like it shouldn’t be a problem, but when you’re changing diet, you often under eat without even knowing.
3. Avoid Snacking.
If you are already a snacker you’ve trained your body like a puppy to beg for food at regular hours. Continue to snack regularly, and you’ll continue to be reminded snack at those times because your body will expect it.
I know, I know. You don’t like this suggestion. just remember the AA maxim. One day at a time.
Once you say no to snackaddiction (and begin eating only nutritious NAD foods), your hunger pangs will cease because you’re getting off the up-down mood cycle so evident in over-acidic people.
4. Drink More Water: alkaline hydrogen rich pure water if possible..
Drinking has the same problems as eating. Being dehydrated supercharges your cravings. You don’t need to drink gallons, but definitely make sure you drink water regularly.
5. Go Cold Turkey.
There’s no easy way to say this. Just do it. We admit we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Face it, Kiddo. If you could have changed your diet, YOU WOULD HAVE! Sugar is by far the most addictive part of non-NAD foods. It isn’t easy to give up processed sugar cold turkey, but if you can do it, your cravings will be much easier to control sooner rather than later. I can absolutely say that my whole food preferences, servings size and enjoyment have all changed as I gave up on sugar (and grains and acidic foods!)
Are you in? Or are you still trying to manage the addict?
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3 Steps to Sugar, Carb and Acid freedom
As a ‘normal’ Western Diet human, my years of processed foods, poor exercise levels, and “normal” western eating patterns literally programmed my body to burn NOTHING but calories and sugars from the foods I consume each day INSTEAD of burning off body fat that’s stored on your body.
The most popular exercise programs take way too much time and use old-school methods that cause you to crave more carbs and calories – especially calories from sugar – FORCING your body to burn sugars and waste away nothing but stored energy. Look around at gym and see how many members are scoffing energy drinks.
In this state, every time I eat and exercise, my body is busy fighting a losing battle. The eating and the exercising doesn’t have to change: my metabolism has to change.
Fortunately, I’ve discovered a way to reset my body’s fat burning switch so that my body burns fat FIRST every time I move and exercise.
It’s a super simple 3-step metabolic primer from weight loss guru Shaun Hadsall that seems to turn off your body’s “addiction” to burning sugars, while making your most stubborn fat your “go to” energy source in LESS that one week’s time.
1: Try consuming zero starches or fruits for 3 or 4 days in a row during the week.
We are doing this to accelerate depletion of glycogen energy stores and start your body burning mostly fat again. Consume protein in every meal to help increase satiety and keep your body in an anabolic high-energy fat-burning environment.
You can burn a ton more belly fat by using this approach just a few days of the week.
2: Increase your fat intake and double (at least) your servings of green cruciferous veggies on deplete days.
When you lower carbs for a few days you’ll need energy from other sources. Friendly ‘good’ fats and cruciferous veggies should be first choice to help provide this needed energy.
Try extra fish or krill oil, olive oil, coconut oil and raw nuts to increase your fat intake — And spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, arugula, green beans, brussels sprouts and cabbage – all great choices for your veggies.
We are trying to provide all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals necessary to maximize fat-loss during a lower carb phase. And we should experience a BIG DECREASE yin cravings .
3: Double your daily good water intake, while depleting carbs.
Almost everyone underestimates the effectiveness of proper hydration for UNDOING the damage of over-eating, getting rid of excess water retention, and supporting other metabolic processes that burn fat. Of course in my case I supercharge this process by only drinking ultra pure alkaline hydrogen rich water from my own invention, the UltraStream.
Don’t foregt! If you had high carb meals in the last 2 days you’ll be holding almost an extra 3 grams of water for every gram of carb you consumed. So if you carbed up over the weekend, we’re talking an extra 700 to 1000 grams of water sloshing around between cells!.
Here’s a good rule of thumb. Consume 5% of your total body weight in ounces of water on your carb deplete days. So if you weigh 70kg then you should be shooting for 3.5 litres of water minimum.
Hey, do yourself a favour. Chart it, journal it, log it.. but any way you do it, record it! After 3 or 4 days of using this strategy, your body and hormones will be PRIMED to burn PURE fat when you exercise. And it’s very possible that if you didn’t record your progress, you won’t even realise. That’s the power of our mind’s ability to resists change!
And remember.. this all depends on a good exercise strategy continuing, because that’s what is burning energy and forcing you to change over the a fat burning metabolism.
Constipation? Acne? Obesity? Listless? Cholesterol? Joint Pain? Blood Pressure? The One Thing you can do today to help.
When you have a newly emerging health challenge, where do you look for answers? Diet? Stress? Toxic living?
How many people blame dehydration?
75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
If you suffer from at least one of the following symptoms, perhaps drinking more water may alleviate it. Yes, I know… we don’t do it. We (apparently) naturally blame everything but the simple idea that we are internally dried up. So let’s see wht sort of symptoms may indicate simple dehydration!
The colon requires a lot of water to eliminate waste properly. Without it, waste moves through the large intestine slowly or not at all. Few of us realise that there is a hierarchy of needs that affect constipation. An effect of poor gut health is leaky gut. When this happens, we have bacteria, fermented matter and acidic food waste leaking into ur abdominal cavity, wreaking havoc. The body knows what to do about this problem. It ‘washes’ the gut. But if it hasn’t got enough water to wash it effectively it doesn’t give up. It looks for water wherever it is in the body. And guess where it finds it? Yes. In the faeces. It sucks water from the faeces because its need for water is higher than the need for loose stools.
It’s no secret that water can aid in weight loss, and not getting enough water will cause your body to pack on the pounds. We came across a recent study of hydrogen rich water where two groups of obese men changed nothing except the type of water they drank. Yes, the H2 water men lost weight.
When we don’t get enough water, the enzymatic activity in the body slows down, resulting in fatigue. EVERYTHING works better with water!
4. High Cholesterol
The body produces more cholesterol to prevent water loss from the cells when we are dehydrated. Weird!
Dry skin is one of the first signs of dehydration. We get so many reports of people on our water being told by friends that they ‘look juicier’.We can attribute premature wrinkles, psoriasis, dermatitis and discoloration to dehydration because it makes the skin more susceptible to these issues. You are no longer capable of properly eliminating toxins through the pores.
Histamine increases as our hydration levels decrease, and airways are restricted in order to conserve water.
7. Bladder & Kidney
Toxins build up when we don’t have an adequate intake of water, and may lead to infection, inflammation and pain in our bladder and kidneys. We wash everything we eat off every day, then we allow an ‘unwashed’ environment into which we load our cleanly served food. Nuts!
8. Blood Pressure
when we are dehydrated blood thickens and leads to increased blood pressure.
9. Premature Aging
Chronic dehydration can weaken all of our organs including our skin. Staying hydrated ‘juices up’ up the skin cells and helps us to appear more youthful.
10. Digestive Issues
Lack of water and alkaline minerals can wreak havoc on our digestive systems, resulting in ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux.
11. Joint Pain or Stiffness
Joint pain and stiffness may be a result of a lack of water,. Water is used to cushion joints and help them move properly.
Ok.. So much water should you be drinking?
There are so many recommendations, but rather like the ‘old’ alkaline diet, much of the recommendations are empirical in nature. i.e. they are merely copies of another website which is a copy of another website…
Our recommendation changes as we learn and confirm more. But here’s what we say.
Take it easy, but increase your water (not water in beverages, WATER!) You’ll pee more as your body readjusts its OS to the new input, and that will take time to rebalance itself. But slowly increase. I like 3 litres a day. Other people, two. Some say up to eight, but I am assuming they have a fully kitted out toilet so they can read books or watch TV! They’re going to spend a lot of their day in it. After all, that’s EIGHT kilos of water that has to end up somewhere!
How much do we lose daily?
3 litres through breathing, sweating, urinating and defecating. It’s pretty ‘Duh-Oh!’ that consuming less than what you are losing must lead to at least one of the above problems.
Equally obviously, if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, exercising strenuously or living in a hot climate you should aim to drink even more than the minimum.
I’m not going into a big sales speech here, but another ‘Duh-Oh moment is the simple truth that if water’s purpose it to continually fulfil your need to detox, then drinking toxic water is dumb.
Some water ionizer vendors claim that their water hydrates more effectively, quoting but not linking to Japanese scientific studies. We believed it ourselves for a long, long time. Today we believe that alkaline water is definitely better than mineral-poor water. But that really has little to do with electronic water ionizers that only ever give you the alkaline minerals already in the tap water you have in your home. We looked at a metastudy of over 100 separate studies to come to this conclusion.
Vendors also say a water ionizer makes alkaline minerals more bioavailable through microclustering. There is no basis for these claims.
What we can say is that by infusing H2 into purified water, all sorts of health effects may be possible, but this blog isn’t the place to make these claims. if you search on molecular hydrogen institute you’ll be able to research this claim for yourself.
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim
If your immune system falters and begins to identify some of your own tissues as being harmful or unnecessary, it will work to attack and eliminate these tissues through an inflammatory response that can cause pain and discomfort in many forms – this is how autoimmune illness develops.
Your genetics determine the specific tissue or groups of tissues (organs) that your immune system decides to attack.
But just because you have a genetic predisposition for an autoimmune illness does not mean that you are guaranteed to experience it sometime during your life, or that you cannot recover from it.
Genetic predispositions are largely triggered, maintained, and kept under control by environmental factors, namely, your diet, lifestyle, and how much stress you experience.
Ultimately, the development of autoimmune illness requires that your immune system begins to identify some of your own cells as being harmful, and that control mechanisms that are in place to prevent such “glitches” no longer do what they are supposed to in preventing such occurrences.
Several theories that attempt to explain why and how these glitches occur. Rather than get into biochemical jargon that will not do much, if anything, to help you get better, we can explain these glitches in the following way:
Over time, as your cells suffer lack of rest, lack of optimal nourishment, accumulation of waste products, and direct insult by excessive amounts of free radicals and toxins, your cells gradually become less efficient at eliminating waste products and exogenous toxins (toxins that are produced outside of your body).
Eventually, waste products and toxins may incorporate themselves into your cell membranes, and if this happens, your immune system may identify such cells as being old and damaged. At that point, your immune system will work to attack and eliminate such cells from your body.
How does your immune system go about attacking and eliminating such cells? By producing antibodies, attaching said antibodies to the cell membranes of cells that have been identified as old and damaged, and then sending other components of your immune system to destroy these antibody-tagged cells. Your immune system destroys such cells using a process of inflammation, which is why autoimmune illness is often accompanied by discomfort.
If your genetic predisposition is such that the majority of cells that are tagged to be destroyed are clustered around your thyroid gland, your health challenges may be attributed to a diagnosis of Graves’ disease. If your abnormal-looking cells are in the fatty, insulating sheath (myelin) that surrounds your nervous system, you may exhibit symptoms of multiple sclerosis. If your genetically weak tissues are those that line your joints, destruction of old and damaged cells in and around your joints may be diagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis.
Ultimately, the underlying inflammatory process that accompanies autoimmune disease is the same for all of the following names that we have created for different groups of symptoms:
Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) involves inflammation in the brain that typically occurs a few days or weeks after a vaccination or a viral infection.
Addison’s disease involves dysfunction of the outer portion of the adrenal gland.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that involves inflammation of the spine and pelvic joints.
Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) is a condition that affects the blood-clotting process, causing blood clots to form in veins and/or arteries.
Aplastic anemia is a condition whereby the bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells. It is often caused by an autoimmune attack on the bone marrow.
Autoimmune hepatitis involves inflammation of the liver.
Celiac disease is characterized by chronic inflammation of the first third or half of the small intestine, and is caused by exposure to a type of dietary protein called gluten, found in abundance in grains like wheat, oats, barley, and rye.
Crohn’s disease involves chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract.
Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 is characterized by low or non-existent production of insulin by the pancreas.
Goodpasture’s syndrome involves destruction of kidney tissue and bleeding in the lungs.
Graves’ disease is a form of hyperthyroidism.
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) involves inflammation of the peripheral nervous system, and is also called acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, acute idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis, acute idiopathic polyneuritis and Landry’s ascending paralysis.
Hashimoto’s disease is a form of hypothyroidism.
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is characterized by a low platelet count, resulting in easy bleeding.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune condition that can involve inflammation in the following areas: skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, and nervous system.
Multiple sclerosis involves nerve dysfunction due to demyelination of the central nervous system.
Myasthenia gravis involves intermittent weakness and fatigue due to a problem with communication at the junction of nerves and muscles.
Optic neuritis involves inflammation of the nerves that supply your eyes which can cause partial or complete loss of vision.
Pemphigus is characterized by the formation of blisters and raw sores on mucous membranes and skin.
Pernicious Anemia is a form of anemia (inadequate red blood supply/function) that is caused by a problem with absorbing vitamin B12, which is needed to form healthy red blood cells.
Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by joint pain and inflammation.
Sjögren’s syndrome involves destruction of glands that produce saliva and tears.
Takayasu’s arteritis is characterized by inflammation that narrows the lumen of arteries.
Temporal arteritis is characterized by inflammation in medium to large-sized arteries, mostly commonly in the head. It is sometimes called giant cell arteritis, and can lead to significant vision loss.
Warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia is characterized by destruction of red blood cells by IgM antibodies.
Wegener’s granulomatosis involves inflammation of blood vessels, typically affecting the kidneys and lungs.
Diagnoses that are not universally accepted as being autoimmune in nature, but for all practical purposes belong in the same category of health conditions, include:
Alopecia is characterized by hair loss. Loss of random patches is called alopecia areata, while full body loss of hair is called alopecia universalis.
Endometriosis is characterized by endometrial tissue (tissue found in the uterus) being deposited outside of the uterus, causing pain and sometimes infertility.
Interstitial cystitis is a urinary bladder disease that is characterized by one or more of the following symptoms: intense, intermittent pelvic pain, frequent urination, a sense of urgency to urinate, pain with urination, and pain with sexual intercourse.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that is characterized by patches of rapidly-dividing cells that produce itchy, scaly, and inflamed lesions.
Sarcoidosis is characterized by granuloma formation in the lungs and sometimes throughout the body.
Schizophrenia is characterized by impairments in the perception or expression of reality, often leading to social and occupational dysfunction.
Scleroderma is characterized by excessive deposits of collagen throughout the body.
Ulcerative colitis is characterized by inflammation in the bowel, typically in the distal section of the large bowel and rectum.
Vitiligo is characterized by gradual loss of pigmentation in patches across the face and/or body.
All of these conditions may be caused, in part, by cells in the problematic regions becoming old, damaged, and congested enough to be tagged by your immune system as being ready for destruction and removal.
But there is another major mechanism by which all autoimmune illnesses can develop and worsen. Whenever any unnecessary, harmful, or unidentifiable substances enter your bloodstream, they get noticed by your immune system. In an effort to preserve your health, your immune system produces antibodies that seek out and attach themselves to these unwanted substances; these substances are generally referred to as antigens.
Once your antibodies attach themselves to antigens, antigen-antibody complexes are formed. Your immune system will work to eliminate these antigen-antibody complexes from your body so that the foreign antigens cannot harm your cells. But if enough of these complexes are formed, your immune system may not be able to eliminate them as quickly as they are formed. This can lead to some of these complexes getting deposited into different tissues, where they can cause inflammation and damage. Typically, the sites at which these complexes get deposited are determined by your genetic predisposition.
Causes of Antigen-Antibody Complex
Formation and Ensuing Inflammation
Perhaps the most common cause of excessive formation of antigen-antibody complexes is having an unhealthy digestive tract.
From your mouth to your anus, your digestive tract is one long tube that is meant to extract nutrients out of your food and allow these nutrients to slip through into your bloodstream so that they can nourish your cells. While your digestive tract is designed for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, it is also designed to protect your blood and inner cells against undesirable substances that can become antigens that lead to antigen-antibody complex formation in your blood.
If you abuse your digestive tract long enough with poor dietary and lifestyle choices, it can begin to lose its ability to prevent harmful substances from entering your blood. The lining of your digestive tract can begin to break down, and the population of microorganisms that line your digestive tract can shift from being predominately health-promoting and protective bacteria to largely microorganisms that can break down your digestive tract lining, such as yeast, bad bacteria, and even parasites.
This state – where your digestive tract lining loses its ability to keep harmful substances out of your blood – is often called “leaky gut syndrome.”
Leaky gut syndrome can cause incompletely digested food to enter your bloodstream. And the most problematic incompletely digested food group in autoimmune illness is protein.
Your body expects to receive amino acids – the smaller constituents of protein – into its blood supply, not bigger molecules of protein (several amino acids linked to one another). So when incompletely digested protein enters your blood supply through an unhealthy digestive tract lining, your immune system identifies these molecules as being foreign and potentially harmful. Your immune system will quickly move to create antibodies that can attach onto chains of incompletely digested protein, forming antigen-antibody complexes. And you know what happens next. While your immune system will do its best to eliminate these complexes from your body, if enough of them form because you continue to have a dysfunctional digestive tract and you continue to eat large amounts of protein, some of these complexes will get caught up in various tissues in your body, leading to inflammation and pain.
Incompletely digested protein is not the sole group of substances that can contribute to autoimmune illness in this fashion. Any substances that your body cannot use for nourishment can potentially trigger the production of antigen-antibody complexes and ensuing inflammation. This is why it is important to be aware of common household and environmental toxins, and to do your best to decrease your exposure to them.
For example, great care should be taken to avoid unnecessary exposure to conventional cosmetic products. Lipstick, lip balm, and other products that are typically used around large pores have a relatively easy pathway to your blood supply. It is a well established fact that women suffer from autoimmune illness at a significantly higher rate than men; I have come to believe that this is, in part, due to the widespread use of cosmetics among women – this is a connection that has not been established in the medical literature, it is a personal hypothesis based on my own clinical experiences.
At this point, I hope that it is clear that autoimmune illness, no matter which specific one you are concerned about, is not a local problem in your body; it is a systemic problem that has multiple causes and should be addressed as such.
Put another way, if you want to maximize your chances of experiencing a full recovery and being free of autoimmune illness for the long-term, you must take care of every aspect of your health on a daily basis.
Ian: We have a lovely lady client. Merilyn has RA and has used our products for many years, claiming some relief.. but it’s a nasty ailment and often gets worse rather than better. We are VERY hopeful of feedback from people with inflammation-related disease with our hydrogen products. That’s not a claim: it’s a hope!
Retrospective isn’t a great way to view health issues.
Now at age 69 I’m getting smarter (albeit slowly). I’m alkalizing, I’m eating good fats and red meat in moderation as per our New Alkaline Diet, but the recovery from my severe osteo, using megadoses of K2 is slow at my age.
But all of that is actually my own stimulus to love life every day. I am still astoundingly healthy and active, and the only thing I really did recently that took into account my bone health was refuse a tandem paraglide off the local 300 metre slopes.
I front up to work every day and enjoy it. I go home and work in our huge garden and LOVE it!
Which brings me to a retrospective thought. If I could have done it again, what would I have done? Obviously I wish I had known about alkalizing earlier in my life. I believe my skeleton would thank me for it. And I wouldn’t need to consider the idea of buying something like this.
(Or maybe I could buy one THEN go paragliding!)
Had a good Q from Peter today.
I have been asked a question by an elderly friend whom we organised a Ultrastream for! He showed his doctor the brochure…..and the question was asked…
The Alkalizing effect on stomach acid levels!”
Firstly, Peter, we need to compare alkalinity and pH.
Alkalinity is a measure of the amount of alkaline minerals in a liquid. A good example would be water with added calcium carbonate.
pH is the measure of hydrogen ions in water.
Hydrogen ions in water may be increased by alkaline minerals reacting with the water, but they may also be in water as a result of electrolysis (electronic water ionizer) or passing through magnesium (UltraStream).
If we drink high alkaline water, the minerals in the water will continue to react with our body fluids in our body. They are known as ‘buffer’ minerals for this reason.
High pH water, on the other hand, has high levels of molecular hydrogen but not necessarily high mineral content. Molecular hydrogen is actually acidic, but let’s not get caught on that, because from our research, the amount of H2 in water needed for a measurable therapeutic effect is less that one part per million.
A further point is that your tap water almost certainly has calcium carbonate in it to balance out the acidifying effect of chlorine 0n your pipes. So if you are drinking tap water you are already drinking alkaline water!
Now as to effect on the stomach;s acid levels. I am often amazed that doctors say that the stomach is a bag of acid. It’s simply not. The miracle fo the stomach is that it relies on signals from our salivary system to determine – in advance – exactly how much acid to produce for the food. It’s not to ‘digest’ it – it’s to break it down sufficiently for digestion in the lower colon, using alkaline digestive juices. If it was abag of acid waiting patiently for food to arrive we’d be faced with a continuous energy drain in producing bicarb to protect the stomach wall. As it is, we produce tyhe exact amount of bicarb at the same time as we produce acid, so9 when the acid enters the stomach, fresh bicarb has already coated the stomach walls. How cool is that!?
Some experts say that drinking alkaline (not high pH) water does ‘kickstart’ the stomach to rebalance with an injection of acid. In this sense the alkaline water is helping the stomach’s acid production. Others say that the water quickly passes into the lower intestine because the pyloric valve at the outlet to the stomach is hard wired to open when an alkaline substance is detected in the stomach. This makes some sense to me because if something is alkaline and already less than solid, it’s ready for digestion. So the valve opens and the water passes through. This also makes sense because of the number of people who report a total lack of bloating with our water. (me included). My interpretation, after observing this for the last 15 years, is that it goes down easily becasue unlike acidic water, the pyloric valve responds immediately.
Finally, although the electronic systems do concentrate alkaline minerals, the UltraStream does not, so apart from a small amount of magnesium that dissolves as the water passes though it, you’re only getting the alkaline minerals you get in the tap water. However, it loaded with molecular hydrogen, but H2, being the smallest molecule in the world, is passing through our body tissue with ease, seeking free radical oxygen to unite with. It’s not as if it remains for any time in the stomach. In fact it’s important to drink your UltraStream water as soon as it leaves the unit because you begin to lose H2 from the water immediately.
No-one knows why H2 is so beneficial, especially considering that we create ten to fifteen litres per day from breaking down fibre in the gut. But.. 400+ studies can’t be wrong, can they?
This scientific study from Japan suggests that if temperatures are warmer, there’s a higher possibility of a baby being female. So.. does that mean that with climate change and global warming we are entering the era of the Goddess?
Reading this reading the report I’m reminded of a comment by my old friend and colleague Korean born scientist and alkaline pioneer, Sang Whang. He said that in Korea, certain foods are seen as supportive of a male birth, while others support a female birth. Their whole food system, as many readers would know, is based on the concept of ‘warming’ and ‘cooling’ foods. I don’t know enough to say, but I’m guessing those ‘cooling’ foods would be our alkaline producing foods!
What I can say about having a baby is that your growing babe within is dragging all the alkaline minerals he or she can from you to build a good strong skeleton. So morning sickness can be seen as acidosis. We’ve had many clients over the years swear that drinking our water dismissed the bad morning problem. With what we now know about the power of molecular hydrogen we can reasonably assume that as well as delivering essential alkaline minerals to replace those stolen by your babe, H2’s abilities as an anti inflammatory, antioxidant and metabolic supercharger must have something to do with he happy pregnancies we hear about.
I have to admit, as much as I like spinach, cucumber and other alkalizing foods, there is a limit, and when I hear the so-called experts telling me I need NINE serves of alkalizing vegetables a day… well, it’s tough.
Take a look at our latest video, Again, I apologise for the ‘jerkys’.. but hey, when the moment beckons, we shoot!
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Salivary and urinary pH are not a reflection of blood pH.
We supply a handy free pH test kit here in Australia and it’s a good ‘indicator’ of our general pH levels. However here are some important things to consider when looking at your results.
Saliva pH actually tells us very little.
[sociallocker id=”16709″] Saliva pH is affected by the amount of bacteria in the mouth so if you’ve just brushed your teeth, your saliva will be more alkaline. So will drinking water, thinking of certain foods, etc.
Dry mouth increases acidity as alkaline saliva normally washes away acid forming bacteria in the mouth.
Urinary pH is also affected by hydration levels, certain supplements, medications and by bacteria in the urine. Urinary tract infections lead to highly alkaline urine as the bacteria use the enzyme urease to split urea in to highly alkaline ammonia. The alkalinity helps the bacteria, as with most pathogens, to survive.
Ingesting baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) doesn’t really alkalize the blood in most cases and even if it does, it’s very temporary.
Ingesting baking soda can actually cause acidosis. As it reacts with our stomach acid, it forms carbonic acid and sodium chloride. Carbonic acid can cause acidosis as well as excess sodium chloride, which can cause hyperchloremic acidosis.
Another common myth many water ionizer vendors propagate through their own ignorance is that most pathogens cannot survive in an alkaline environment. Actually most pathogens cannot survive in an acidic environment. They often thrive in an alkaline environment.
Foe example, H. pylori bacteria, secretes highly alkaline and highly toxic ammonia to neutralize stomach acid and protect themselves. In addition, roles of both stomach acid and the acids produced by the beneficial bacteria that inhabit our bodies is to destroy pathogens. For the same reason, people exposed to food poisoning pathogens are more prone to pathogens when they have low stomach acid and acid producing flora.
Candida: The ‘Hippy Disease’
Our acid producing flora also keeps Candida under control. These acids turn off the Candida growth gene and keep the Candida in its benign yeast form. When the flora numbers are decreased, the environment becomes alkaline, thus turning on the Candida growth gene and morphing the Candida into its pathogenic fungal form (candidiasis). It is in this fungal form that the Candida forms finger-like projections known as hyphae that allow the Candida to dig in to tissues causing damage and inflammation.[/sociallocker]
Here’s yesterday’s lunch. Like to hazard a guess about how ‘alkaline’ it is? (Hint: it’s in the detail!)
The Alkaline Diet is a bit of a problem when you get right down to trying it out.
All foods have different acid and alkaline mineral content, but the charts most websites offer don’t take into account that many so-called alkaline foods also have large amounts of acid-forming minerals or substances. A babana is a perfect example. Although high in potassium, it’s also loaded with fructose, a highly acidifying form of fruit sugar.
We’ve been helping people over come this difficulty for years now. First step was to find a good source of alkalien food lists. The only one we found was Dr Susan E Brown’s Acid Alkaline Food Guide, because she has based her easy-to-use lists on the work of Dr Russell Jaffe, who spent countless hours measuring the acid/alkaline balance of foods, but also ‘calibrating’ his findings based not just on pH but also on the biological effect of the particular acid or alkali.
We designed our Alkaline Food Chart based on their work.
So if you look at my lunch yesterday, (that I absolutely enjoyed, by the way), it may not look particularly alkaline balancing.
Let’s take a closer look!
1. Cos lettuce picked straight from our garden: Medium alkalizer
2. Wild caught Salmon: Medium acidic
3. Kalamata Olives: Medium acid-forming. If I’d chosen green olives, they would have been medium alkaline forming.
4. Tiny Tom tomatoes from the garden: Low acid forming.
5. Cucumber from the Farmers’ Market: Low alkaline forming ability
6. Fresh Snow peas: Low alkaline forming ability
7. Cassie’s home made Mayo: Low acid forming.
8. Dill Pickles: Medium alkaline forming
Now… looking at this, the simple way would be to say that I consumed a total of 4 alkaline forming foods, and three acid forming foods. But.. what about how MUCH I ate? And what about whether I am deficient in the minerals that are being replenished. We Aussies, for instance, are almost all deficient in Magnesium. So what looks simple isn’t simple at all. But there’s something else on my plate. Did you notice? Fresh Lime, straight from our own tree! Highly alkaline forming! So my quarter lime could have easily tipped the balance to alkalizing. We use either lime or lemon with almost every main meal. I have even trained my palate to use the squeezed lime as a mouth refresher after my meal. Wow! It’s amazing!
Summarizing, my alkaline forming ‘secret strategies’ make it easier for me to avoid this balancing act. here they are; the result of 15 years of deep and meaningful alkalizing. I just use lime and lemon any time I can, as often as I can, and I also consume leafy greens as often as I can.
With Cassie’s support, and because I found I had severe osteoporosis, I’ve also eliminated the BIG acidifiers, sugar grains and bread, which also happen to be seriously addictive. Once my addiction eased up i found I was also eating far less, including meat. As an addict I would eat anything in front of me. Anytime. Anywhere. A walking vacuum cleaner. Now meat doesn’t ever become the big acidifier it can when you consume too much. Dr Susan Brown points out in her Guide that excess meat converts directly to acid and is stored in our fat!
I have watched some alkaline diet advocated who have somehow ‘arranged’ the alkaline science to suit their own diet preferences – usually raw or vegetarian. however a diet high in fresh fructose-laden fruit, especially juices, is an acid time bomb. Ask me – I was a vegetarian for 14 years and I directly attribute my osteoporosis to the diet. They are slowly coming around, leading em to wonder if they ever really examined thew science in detail.
A Non-Radical Approach
|So an alkaline diet doesn’t have to be radical. You can also supplement your food with alkaline electrolytes, or alkaline green powder which easily takes you up to the recommended 6 serves of green vegetables a day without the bulk. Cassie eventually gave our diet a name; The Alkaline Paleo diet, and although she doesn’t post much on her blog today, the info there is still excellent and still helping a lot of people.
Of course, I support it with alkaline ionized water from our mighty UltraStream, but although it’s a great alkaline water producer, its great benefit is its ability to supply me with a constant supply of molecular hydrogen, which in turn (may) assist me with issues such as free radicals, inflammation and allergies. (and perhaps a huge amount more, according to the 400+ studies!) I sincerely believe that any diet without good hydration is like having a good car with bad oil. Dumb… and dumber!
Check Dr Jaffe’s page and chart here.
We hear it time and again: Dietary fat is not good for us, it promotes heart disease and gives us dangerously high cholesterol levels. No matter how many studies show that a low-fat diet is in fact making us sick… and fat, this advice just never seems to change… at least, that is until now.
• A recent study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that cutting your carbohydrates — NOT fat — will do more to help you lose weight and protect your heart than any tasteless, low-fat diet ever could.
• Not only did the people in this study lose weight eating eggs, butter and red meat, but they showed a healthy increase in HDL ‘good’ cholesterol.
• Another earlier study, also published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that a kind of dairy fat called margaric acid can “significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.” And guess where you can find a great source of this margaric acid? In butter!
• Last year, a big study, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, found that a Mediterranean-type diet — rich in olive oil and other good fats, like those found in nuts — will slash your diabetes risk by a whopping 40 per cent. And, for people who already have diabetes, following the Mediterranean diet lowered their heart attack and stroke risk by 30 per cent.
Now… fats are acidic.. and yet here we see healthy fats and their proven benefits. So where does that leave the alkaline diet? Well, alkaline diet is all about reducing acid-producing foods and increasing alkaline-producing foods. Which is good advice.. but perhaps a little simplistic given the facts we’ve just read about.
My experience with our own Alkaline Paleo diet, which translates as lots of greens, healthy fats and just enough meat, would appear to fulfil more of the requirements we are seeing emerge than juust reducing acid-producing foods. And here’s the thing. The acid-producing foods – grains, pasta, carbs, sugar are all seriously addictive. It’s been our experience that by shifting the focus of our diet away from these foods, quite miraculous things happen.. like actually losing your 24/7 nibble habits. Less mood swings. no cravings… and a need for less rather than more meat.
Here’as another thing… you’ll hear a lot about alkaline balance from the alkaline diet devotees.
So tell me this.. if that translates into more alkaline minerals, why not short circuit the recommended and dreaded 9 Vegie servings a day – and take the alkaline minerals in their raw form?
Getting alkaline minerals from greens seems a bit like reading a telephone book from the Letter ‘A” to find your friend Ziggy Zbinski.
We’ve been taking shots of our Alkaline Booster recently and can both report a definite pick up energy effect. Strange.. we’be had the product, people have been buying it for years, but we didn’t regularly use it ourselves!
Well, things change. We can now say yes, it really does work and almost immediately. With summer dehydration and electrolyte loss it’s going to be front and centre in our daily regime.
This scientific study of rats says so. yes, of course, it’s rats, not humans, but as a recovering Osteoporosis sufferer, I looked twice when Isaw this study. Do I wait until there’s a double blind randomised study by a Big Pharma or do I just keep drinking my UltraStream H2 water.
No contest really!
Here’s the details of the study.
Hydrogen water consumption prevents osteopenia in ovariectomized rats.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:
Accumulating evidence indicates an important role of oxidative stress in the progression of osteoporosis. Recently, it was demonstrated that hydrogen gas, as a novel antioxidant, could selectively reduce hydroxyl radicals and peroxynitrite anion to exert potent therapeutic antioxidant activity. The aim of the present work was to investigate the effect of hydrogen water (HW) consumption on ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis.
Ovariectomized rats were fed with HW (1.3 ± 0.2 mg·L⁻¹) for 3 months. Then, blood was collected and femur and vertebrae were removed for evaluation of the effect of HW on bone.
HW consumption in ovariectomized rats had no significant effect on oestrogen production, but prevented the reduction of bone mass including bone mineral content and bone mineral density in femur and vertebrae, and preserved mechanical strength including ultimate load, stiffness, and energy, and bone structure including trabecular bone volume fraction, trabecular number, and trabecular thickness in femur, and preserved mechanical strength including ultimate load and stiffness, and bone structure including trabecular bone volume fraction and trabecular number in vertebrae. In addition, treatment with HW abated oxidative stress and suppressed IL-6 and TNF-α mRNA expressions in femur of ovariectomized rats; treatment with HW increased femur endothelial NOS activity and enhanced circulating NO level in ovariectomized rats.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:
HW consumption prevents osteopenia in ovariectomized rats possibly through the ablation of oxidative stress induced by oestrogen withdrawal.
© 2012 The Authors. British Journal of Pharmacology © 2012 The British Pharmacological Society.