Health and Lifestyle - Alkaline Water for a Healthy Lifestyle!

Water is an incredible beverage and it critical to a healthy lifestyle.

Our new alkaline / ionizing water maker.  We just got this baby and let me tell you the water tastes WONDERFUL!  Fresh and clean tasting, it is my new best friend.  This particular unit also gives you acidic water which is terrific for watering your plants, cleaning hard surfaces like your counter tops (no more chemicals) and splashing on your face like an astringent.

Most people know that tap water isn’t good for them. In order to kill parasites and bacteria in water, governments add other possibly even more alarming chemical agents and pathogens such as chlorine, carbon, phosphates, aluminum sulfate, and lime. Most municipal water supplies also contain some or all of the following toxic chemicals: radon, arsenic, fluoride, and heavy metals, such as copper, lead, and iron.  I don't know about you, but I don't want that stuff going into my body!

Why should we rethink bottled, reverse osmosis, and distilled water?

  • Some sources of bottled water are NOT from actual springs with naturally mineralized water. Many companies are now simply bottling tap water, for convenience. 
  • Those who purchase bottled water are contributing to over 1 million plastic bottles going to landfills every day. 
  • Risk health effects from chemical toxins called phthalates that are sometimes added to plastics to give them flexibility.

Phthalates function like hormones, disrupting endocrine systems in humans. According to Dr. Rolf Halden of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, if you heat plastics, phthalates leach from containers into water and food. Of course, water bottles are stored and transported in hot warehouses and trucks, which increases that likelihood. Bottled water should be avoided, and water should be contained in inert materials like glass, ceramic, or stainless steel.

Many people believe, myself included until recently, that a reverse osmosis (R.O.) water filter was the best way to address these issues, as it removed about 99 percent of these contaminants. Others people drink distilled water, which removes 100 percent of the nutrients.

Unfortunately, your R.O. system or distiller cannot differentiate between good compounds and bad. They categorically remove dozens of trace minerals from the water that are critical to your health.

The best answer to the what to drink question is alkaline / ionized water.  Many people don't know about alkaline water ... I didn't ...

10 BEST Reasons to Drink Alkaline Water

1. Aids in Weight Loss:
Drinking plenty of alkaline water is one of the best ways to lose weight.  Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar.  Think of all the high calorie beverages that you consume each day and now guess what happens when you replace those drinks like soda, juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn't have any calories. Water is a terrific appetite suppressant and researchers have proven that many times when we feel like we are hungry that we are simply dehydrated.  

2. Your Heart Loves Water:
A six year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.  So, my friends, start now ... drink a good amount of water and you could lower your risks of a heart attack.

3. Boost Your Energy Level:
If you are dehydrated your energy levels drop and make you feel tired ... even slight dehydration will have an effect.  The saying goes that "if you're feeling thirsty, then you're already dehydrated" ! Alkaline / ionized water provides your body with lots of oxygen, which is why it gives us energy.

4. Headaches a Problem:
Many times a headache is simply the result of being de-hydrated. In fact, often when we have headaches it's simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.

5. Healthy Glowing Skin:
Drinking water can help to clear up your skin.  Many people report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won't happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have beneficial effects on your skin.

6. Digestive Issues:
The digestive system requires water to digest our food properly. Many times water ... especially alkaline water can help cure stomach acid problems.  Drink lots of water and add fiber to your diet and most times you can get things "moving" right along.  In other words, no more constipation!

7. Flushing
Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. If you have accumulated acid waste in your system, it probably took years for you to get into that condition and it will take some time to reverse it. As the body is slowly brought into pH balance by drinking alkaline water, it will naturally begin to function more efficiently and problems will begin to correct themselves.

8. Cancer Risk
Many people believe that drinking a healthy amount of alkaline water may also reduce the risk of colon cancer. In addition, drinking lots of water may also reduce the risk of bladder cancer and potentially reduce the risk of other cancers by bringing your body into balance naturally and providing it with oxygen, alkalinity and basic nutrients.  Cancer thrives in an acidic environment and alkaline water helps to achieve a natural balance.

9. Endurance During Exercise
Alkaline / ionized water has tremendous amounts of oxygen that helps our bodies function efficiently. Having extra amounts of oxygen in our blood will increase your endurance during exercise. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during and after exercise.

10. Brain Power:
Water helps to ensure adequate electrical functioning so your brain and nervous system function properly. Your brain and nervous system send out electrical signals to function properly. Researchers estimate that your brain gives off about the same amount of electricity as a 60 watt light bulb. So, there’s some truth to the image of a light bulb going on when someone has a good idea.

Health and lifestyle are my prime concerns as I get older and in my opinion, an alkaline water maker just makes sense.  Here's to YOUR healthy lifestyle!
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