5 Symptoms of a heart attack – before it happens

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A heart attack can strike suddenly without warning, and have devastating consequences. Or does it?

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If you experience these symptoms, seek medical help before you have a heart attack

The Centers for Disease Control studied heart attacks and found that there are five symptoms that you may feel up to a month before your heart attacks. The good news is, if you do notice these symptoms and go see your doctor right away, your chances of surviving, and avoiding a heart attack increase considerably.

Symptoms of a heart attack

Chest Pain: The most common symptom is pressure or burning in the chest. This symptom can occur at any time, and you should take it seriously. Contact a doctor immediately, doing so may just save your life. If you are prone to chronic heartburn, that condition can easily mask this symptom, so it’s best to get your chronic heartburn under control, right away.

Alkaline water can help: Alkaline water neutralizes pepsin, the enzyme that triggers the damage that gastro-esophageal reflux causes. Because of this, drinking alkaline water may help you find relief from the constant pain of chronic acid indigestion. If this works for you, you’ll notice that your GERD symptoms will gradually diminish over a course of about two weeks.

Easily Fatigued: If ordinary tasks and light exertion leave you feeling exhausted, this may be a sign that your arteries are clogging up. If your arteries are getting clogged, the flow of blood to your lungs may not be sufficient to recharge your blood hemoglobin with oxygen.

Shortness of breath: The fatigue that results from the heart having to work harder to pump blood is nearly always accompanied by shortness of breath. Because heart problems limit the supply of blood to the lungs, the body simply can’t get enough oxygen to function

Alkaline water may help: Your blood’s ability to absorb oxygen in the lungs is pH dependant. If your blood pH is too low, it isn’t able to release waste gasses in your lungs and take on oxygen. Alkaline water may help you maintain your blood pH in the healthy range so it can absorb oxygen. If this works for you, you’ll feel more energetic shortly after drinking a glass of alkaline water.

Lingering cold symptoms: If a cold lingers for more than a week, it may indicate heart trouble. Be especially on the lookout for pink mucus when you cough. This can indicate that blood is seeping into your lungs. It happens because the heart is having difficulty pumping blood through the lungs.

Swelling: When the heart has to work hard to pump blood, veins can become swollen. The first parts of the body to swell are the limbs and ankles. The swelling is also likely to be accompanied by a blueness in the lips, fingers and toes. This condition is called peripheral cyanosis. If you have swelling accompanied by peripheral cyanosis, see a doctor right away.

“The more alkaline the water, the greater the protective effect on the arteries”

That’s a direct quote from Hard water and heart: the story revisited, the largest ever study on the effects of drinking water on the heart. Researchers found that drinking enough water is good for your heart, but for best results, you want to make the water you drink alkaline water. Here’s why

  • Great source of calcium and magnesium
  • Hydrates better and faster than plain water
  • Can elevate blood pH by as much as 40 to 70%

 

Why you need calcium and magnesium for your heart: Virtually every process in your body depends on calcium and magnesium, and your heart is no exception. The strongest evidence of benefit to the heart from drinking alkaline water is for the magnesium in it. The study: Hard Water and the Heart showed that people who drank water that lacked magnesium tended to have heart problems and high blood pressure far more frequently than people who drank water with healthy levels of magnesium. A water ionizer concentrates both the calcium and magnesium in your water so you get more of both with every glass of water you drink.

Hydration: A glass of water and hour before bed will save your life. Drinking an eight ounce glass of water before bed can prevent a heart attack or stroke. The CDC estimates that 3 out of 4 people are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration makes your blood thicker, and harder for your heart to pump. Alkaline water provides hydration that is superior to regular water.

Blood pH: When you are out of breath, your body is in a state of respiratory acidosis: Your blood pH is too low for your blood to absorb enough oxygen from your lungs. Alkaline water is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, and it has been shown to raise blood pH from 40 – 70% within the healthy pH range for blood, if your body is in a condition of respiratory acidosis.

Water ionizers make heart healthy water

Alkaline water is good for your heart, if you can make every glass of water you drink alkaline water, then you are supplying your body with the calcium, magnesium, pH balance and hydration it needs for good heart health. Throughout your day, you should drink about 2 – 3 liters of water for proper hydration. A water ionizer never runs out of alkaline water, so you’ll be able to make every glass of water you drink heart healthy. Could drinking alkaline water prevent a heart attack? Thanks to it’s superior hydration, mineral content, and pH balance, it may improve your chances of living a heart-healthy life considerably.

 

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References

 

Gumashta, J, R Gumashta, and et al. “Hard water and heart: the story revisited.” IOSR

Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences. IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences, n.d. Web. 5 Jul 2013. <http://iosrjournals.org/iosr-jpbs/papers/vol1-issue1/B0110720.pdf>.

 

Ostojic, Sergej, and Marko Stonanovic. “Hydrogen-Rich Water Affected Blood Alkalinity

in Physically Active Men.” . Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal, 06 Jan 2014. Web. 20 Feb 2014. <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15438627.2013.852092>.

 

Rylander, Ragnar, and Maurice Arnaud. “Mineral water intake reduces blood pressure

among subjects with low urinary magnesium and calcium levels.” BMC Public Health. BMC Public Health, 30 Nov 2004. Web. 1 Jul 2013. <http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/4/56>.

 

Abraham, Guy, and Jorge Flebas. “The effect of daily consumption of 2 liters of

electrolyzed water for 2 months on body composition and several physiological parameters in four obese subjects: a preliminary report.” Highbeam Research. Original Internist, 01 Sep 2011. Web. 2 Jul 2013. <http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-269433201.html>

 

Ericson, John. ” 75% of Americans May Suffer From Chronic Dehydration, According to

Doctors.”Medical Daily. Medical Daily, 03 Jul 2013. Web. 15 Nov 2013. <http://www.medicaldaily.com/75-americans-may-suffer-chronic-dehydration-according-doctors-247393>.

 

Heil, D. “Acid-base balance and hydration status following consumption of

mineral-based alkaline bottled water..” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 13 Sep 2010. Web. 26 Mar 2014. <http://www.jissn.com/content/7/1/29>.

 

Rosborg, I, B Nihlgard, and L Gerhardsson. “Hair element concentrations in females in

one acid and one alkaline area in southern Sweden.” PubMed NCBI. Ambio, n.d. Web. 3 Jul 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14703901>.

 

World Health Organization, . “Nutrients in Drinking Water .” WHO | Nutrients in drinking

water. World Health Organization, n.d. Web. 5 Jul 2013. <http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutrientsbegin.pdf>.

 

Yoshichika, Kitagawa, Liu Chengwei , and Ding Xiaodong. “The influence of natural

mineral water on aquaporin water permeability and human natural killer cell activity.” Science Direct. Science Direct, 27 May 2011. Web. 5 Jul 2013. <https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006291X11007005>

How your pH balance affects your Health

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A healthy body maintains a naturally alkaline pH balance, all on it’s own. But many people, particularly middle aged

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Your pH balance affects your heart, lungs and other vital organs

people face health challenges that can result from a breakdown in the body’s ability to regulate its pH balance. So what is a healthy pH balance? Different parts of the body have different pH levels. Some parts, such as your stomach and skin, have a naturally acidic pH balance. Other parts of your body, such as your saliva, have a naturally alkaline balance. Your blood pH is very closely regulated by your body, it stays in the  range of 7.35 to 7.45, except in conditions of metabolic acidosis.

Your blood pH doesn’t vary much. If it gets too low, your body will correct it, but at the cost of weakening your bones. Acidity in the blood will trigger the release of calcium from your bones. You can’t actually change your blood pH. What you do when you drink alkaline water is provide your body with a different source of alkalinity so it can maintain a healthy pH balance without robbing your bones of calcium.

Acidosis: What happens when your pH balance is acidic?

When your blood pH drops too low, your body enters a state of metabolic acidosis: A temporary condition that your body corrects by itself. The main way it does that is by discharging excess acidity in the urine, when it does your urine pH drops. If your body constantly struggles to discharge acidity, it will be constantly in a state of metabolic acidosis. That’s when things get much worse: You develop a long term body acidity condition called metabolic syndrome, the symptoms of which are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • High blood sugar
  • Kidney stones
  • High blood cholesterol

 

When you have metabolic syndrome, what’s happening is that your organs are slowly dying from acidity. As they shut down, your health gets worse. The longer metabolic syndrome is left untreated, the worse it gets. If you think you have metabolic syndrome, talk to your doctor right away.

Bodily Fluid pH Ranges

Saliva: The healthy range for saliva pH is in the 6.8 to 7.2 range. but keep in mind that your saliva pH will vary widely throughout the day. It’s influenced by everything you eat and drink. Because of this, saliva isn’t the best measure of pH balance, but it can tell you some things.

Urine: .The normal pH range for urine is from 5.5 up to 7.5. This range is based on your 24 hour average urine pH, because urine pH varies throughout the day. For good health, you want your 24 hour average urine pH to be at least 6.1, because lower urine pH is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome.

Blood: Your blood pH is maintained in a constant pH range of 7.35 – 7.45, your body maintains it in that range. If it goes below that range, your body is in a temporary state of metabolic acidosis. If it goes above that range, your body goes into a temporary state of metabolic alkalosis. Either condition is life threatening if it persists.

How would testing your body pH help you?

Your saliva and urine pH are affected by your body’s regulation of your blood pH, so they can be an indication of either health or illness. PH testing of your saliva and/or urine will help you obtain a good insight into the overall pH balance of your body. If the saliva or urine pH test comes up low, then you know you need to get serious about doing more to alkalize your body quickly.

The pH of saliva offers a window through which you can see the overall pH balance in your body.

Saliva pH is slightly more acidic than the blood pH [usually], but it is closely aligned with the pH of blood and interstitial fluids [fluids around the cells].

Optimal pH for saliva is above 7 pH. A reading consistently lower than 6.8 is indicative that your body may be struggling to maintain its pH balance. After eating, the saliva pH should rise to 7.8 or higher. If it doesn’t it may indicate that the body has insufficient reserves to maintain its pH balance. If your saliva stays between 6.8 and 7.2 pH all day, your body is functioning within a healthy range.

Its best to test your saliva pH at three intervals during the day:

  • First thing when you wake up
  • Before lunch
  • Before dinner

 

You should test your saliva each day for about a week. Maintain a journal of the test results so you can calculate the average test result for each of the three times you test throughout the day. If your average saliva pH stays between 6.8 and 7.2, then your body’s own pH balance regulating mechanism is working fine. All you need to do is eat healthy and drink plenty of water to maintain it.

How to Test your Saliva pH

Make sure to test your saliva at a time when you haven’t eaten or drunk anything for at least an hour. Test yourself somewhere away from food: Anticipation of food smells causes enzymes to be released into your saliva which change its pH. First thing when you wake up in the morning is usually a good time. Also before meals is better than after them.

To perform this test, you will need a roll of testing pH paper (preferably pHydrion test paper), a plastic spoon and some fresh saliva. The test uses a pH-sensitive, color-coded test strip to reveal your body pH balance status. For the saliva test: – Be sure not to eat, drink, or brush your teeth for 30 minutes prior to the test – Swallow a couple of times to clear the mouth and stimulate new saliva – Then discharge some saliva into a PLASTIC spoon (it is recommended NOT to touch the pH paper to your tongue due to the chemicals in the paper.

Tear off a 1/4 inch strip of pH paper, place into saliva and compare the color of your immersed pH paper with the color chart provided on the pH testing roll. The lower your pH value below 7.0, the greater your degree of acid stress. Continue testing and recording your pH for at least a week. This will show your body’s pH trend.

Testing Your Urine pH

The pH of the urine indicates how the body is working to maintain the proper pH of the blood. The urine reveals the alkaline building (anabolic) and acid tearing down (catabolic) cycles. The pH of urine indicates the efforts of the body via the kidneys, adrenals, lungs and gonads to regulate body pH balance through the buffer salts and hormones. Urine can provide a fairly accurate picture of body chemistry, because the kidneys filter out the buffer salts of pH regulation and provide values based on what the body is eliminating. Urine pH can vary from around 4.5 to 9.0 at its extremes, but the ideal range is 6.5 to 7.0+ Urine pH tends to be lower in the morning and higher in the evening.

For complete instructions: How to test your urine pH

The pH of the urine can vary widely. The pH of urine is also affected by the biochemicals that the body is eliminating. These include biochemicals such as excess minerals, vitamins, and products of metabolism and also include drugs and toxins being eliminated by the body. The pH of the urine is not as affected by digestive enzymes as salivary pH.

What can you do if you find your saliva or urine pH is too acidic?

Switch to an alkaline diet. Over the long term, an alkaline diet will reduce the acid load on your body.

Get yourself a water ionizer. Ionized alkaline water helps boost your pH balance quickly. It raises saliva pH almost instantly, and urine pH rises in about a half hour after you drank the alkaline water. Alkaline water can raise body pH so quickly that some new drinkers actually experience mild detox symptoms for about a week after starting alkaline water. Lastly, practice Mindfulness – keeping your mind in the present. Stress is a major cause of body acidity because it causes the release of cortisol, a hormone that acidifies the body..

How to: Raise your body pH naturally

Alkaline water acts fast to reduce acidity

Alkaline water will act to raise your pH balance quickly, faster than food or Mindfulness. The reason it acts so fast is because it is absorbed quickly by your body. Foods take time to digest, but alkaline water, consumed on an empty stomach goes straight through the stomach and into the intestines for absorption. Alkaline water is rich in alkaline minerals, whether you get them from food or alkaline water, those alkaline minerals are what actually raises your pH. Drinking alkaline water may be the single easiest thing you can do to raise your pH balance and improve your health.

 

References

 

Ostojic, Sergej, and Marko Stonanovic. “Hydrogen-Rich Water Affected Blood Alkalinity

in Physically Active Men.” . Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal, 06 Jan 2014. Web. 20 Feb 2014. <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15438627.2013.852092>

 

Burckhardt, Peter. “The Effect of the Alkali Load of Mineral Water on Bone Metabolism.”

The Journal of Nutrition. American Society for Nutrition, n.d. Web. 26 Mar 2014. <http://jn.nutrition.org/content/138/2/435S.long>

 

Rylander, Ragnar, and Maurice Arnaud. “Mineral water intake reduces blood pressure

among subjects with low urinary magnesium and calcium levels.” BMC Public Health. BMC Public Health, 30 Nov 2004. Web. 1 Jul 2013. <http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/4/56>

 

Abraham, Guy, and Jorge Flebas. “The effect of daily consumption of 2 liters of

electrolyzed water for 2 months on body composition and several physiological parameters in four obese subjects: a preliminary report.” Highbeam Research. Original Internist, 01 Sep 2011. Web. 2 Jul 2013. <http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-269433201.html>

 

Ornish, Dean, Jue Lin, and et al. “Increased telomerase activity and comprehensive

lifestyle changes: a pilot study.” ProQuest. Lancet Oncology, [November, 2008]  Vol 9 No. 11. Web. 5 Nov 2013. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(08)70234-1/fulltext

Ornish, Dean, Jue Lin, and et al. “Effect of comprehensive lifestyle changes on telomerase activity and telomere length in men with biopsy-proven low-risk prostate cancer: 5-year follow-up of a descriptive pilot study” Lancet. Lancet Oncology, 01 Oct 2013. Web. 5 Nov 2013. <http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(13)70366-8/abstract>

Heil, D. “Acid-base balance and hydration status following consumption of

mineral-based alkaline bottled water..” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 13 Sep 2010. Web. 26 Mar 2014. <http://www.jissn.com/content/7/1/29>

 

Rosborg, I, B Nihlgard, and L Gerhardsson. “Hair element concentrations in females in

one acid and one alkaline area in southern Sweden.” PubMed NCBI. Ambio, n.d. Web. 3 Jul 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14703901>.

 

Gumashta, J, R Gumashta, and et al. “Hard water and heart: the story revisited.” IOSR

Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences. IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences, n.d. Web. 5 Jul 2013. <http://iosrjournals.org/iosr-jpbs/papers/vol1-issue1/B0110720.pdf>

 

Koufamn, J.A, and N. Johnston. “Potential Benefits of PH 8.8 Alkaline Drinking Water as

an Adjunct in the Treatment of Reflux Disease.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 July 2012. Web. 24 Apr. 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22844861>.

 

Frassetto, L. and Sebastian, A. Age and systemic acid-base equilibrium: analysis of

published data, Journal of Gerontology, Advanced Biological Science and Medical Science, 51: B91-99, 1996. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8548506

How to Reduce Acidity in the Body

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As we age, our body’s alkaline buffer system – the means that the body uses to neutralize and excrete acidity – declines.

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Diet, mindfulness and alkaline water together are your best strategy for reducing body acidity

How much does this decline affect you? That depends, some people will have stronger alkaline buffers than others. So the first thing you need to know about how to reduce acidity in the body is: How much am I affected by acidity in my body? To find out, take the body acidity quiz below:

Acidity in the Body Quiz

Out-of-control acidity in the body causes certain symptoms all of which are part of a temporary condition called metabolic acidosis. It’s a temporary condition because your body will correct it on it’s own, but that correction can come at a high price: If your body can’t discharge enough acid, that acid can attack your kidneys, it can result in arterial plaque, bone loss, and many other compensations that your body must make to adjust for the acidity. Much of the compensation for acidity that your body makes causes no symptoms, no pain, until it’s too late. Thankfully, there are some acidity in the body warning signs:

  • Do you suffer from acid reflux?
  • Do small amounts of hot, spicy foods trigger an upset stomach?
  • Are you frequently out of breath?
  • Do you have gout?
  • Do you have arthritis?
  • Are you prone to yeast infections?
  • Do you have ulcers?

 

If you answered yes to three or more of the above questions, there’s a good likelihood that your body is too acidic. Here’s why these conditions may indicate an acidic body:

Acid reflux can mean that your body is generating too much stomach acid, and it’s refluxing up your esophagus. Acid reflux can be caused by other conditions too, so this one alone isn’t enough to conclude your body is acidic.

Upset stomach If your stomach is easily upset, it may mean that your body is unable to alkalize the food it digests. After being broken down by stomach acid, your body alkalizes food so it can be absorbed in the intestines. The discomfort you feel is your intestines being subjected to acidity.

Out of breath One of the ways your body gets rid of acidity is to exhale it. But when your body is in a state of metabolic acidosis, your blood pH is too low for it’s hemoglobin to be able to release CO2 and other acidic waste gasses in your lungs. When this happens, your hemoglobin is unable to absorb more oxygen from your lungs. It doesn’t matter how heavily you breathe, you still feel like you are gasping for air.

Gout is a buildup of uric acid on your joints. If you struggle with gout, your body can’t discharge uric acid fast enough to stop it from building up.

Arthritis can result when your body is unable to break down certain enzymes. Arthritis has multiple causes, so this symptom alone isn’t enough to conclude you have an acidic body.

Yeast infections are caused by harmful microbes that enter your urinary tract from your digestive tract. An acidic gut favors the growth of these harmful microbes.

 

Ulcers are sores in your intestines. They are caused by acids eating away at the walls of your intestines.

Talk to your doctor

The only way to confirm that your body is too acidic is to ask your doctor to check for the following:

  • High bone loss
  • Low urinary pH
  • High blood sugar
  • High levels of bad cholesterol

 

If you have any of the above medical conditions, then you should definitely work to reduce the acidity in your body.

How to reduce the acidity in your body

There are three main ways you can use to reduce the acidity in your body:

Diet: Switch to a low acidity diet such as the Mediterranean diet, which is a diet low in meats and processed foods. You can also choose to go even further, and switch to an alkaline diet, which is a plant based diet that puts the lowest overall acid load on your body of any diet.

Alkaline water: may reduce or even eliminate many of the symptoms of an acidic body within a few weeks of starting to drink it. You need to drink at least 2 liters of alkaline water per day to fight body acidity. The extra hydration provided by alkaline water can help your kidneys flush the acidity from your body.

Alkaline water can quickly shift your pH balance towards alkaline. So quickly in fact, that it’s best to start gradually. If you have an alkaline water machine:

  • First week: Drink only level 1 alkaline water
  • Second week: Move up to level 2, unless you feel your body detoxing
  • Third week and later: Move up to level 3 alkaline water.

If your body is toxic, you may feel it detoxing. Some people experience very mild, flu-like symptoms as their bodies purge toxins. If this happens to you, stay with level 1 alkaline water until the detox symptoms pass.

Reduce stress: Stress stimulates production of a hormone called cortisol, which actually acidifies your body. Meditation and the practice of Mindfulness are two very practical ways to reduce stress in your life even if you don’t change anything else!

How to find out if it’s working

You can test yourself for body acidity by monitoring the pH of your urine. Since your urine ph varies throughout the day, it’s best to check you 24 hour average urine pH. You should expect to see gradual improvement, it typically takes 2 – 4 weeks to see a significant shift in pH. If you have the symptoms of an acidic body (discussed above) you should also watch to see if some or all of those symptoms are reduced or eliminated.

 

Want some help? Join The Alkaline Lifestyle for tips, recipies and more that can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

 

References

 

Ostojic, Sergej, and Marko Stonanovic. “Hydrogen-Rich Water Affected Blood Alkalinity

in Physically Active Men.” . Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal, 06 Jan 2014. Web. 20 Feb 2014. <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15438627.2013.852092>.

 

Wynn, E, MA Krieg, JM Aeschlimann, and P Burckhardt. “Alkaline mineral water lowers

bone resorption even in calcium sufficiency: alkaline mineral water and bone metabolism.” Bone. Elsevier, 27 Oct 2008. Web. 1 Jul 2013. <http://www.thebonejournal.com/article/S8756-3282(08)00781-3/abstract>.

 

Burckhardt, Peter. “The Effect of the Alkali Load of Mineral Water on Bone Metabolism.”

The Journal of Nutrition. American Society for Nutrition, n.d. Web. 26 Mar 2014. <http://jn.nutrition.org/content/138/2/435S.long>.

 

Ornish, Dean, Jue Lin, and et al. “Increased telomerase activity and comprehensive lifestyle changes: a pilot study.” ProQuest. Lancet Oncology, [November, 2008]  Vol 9 No. 11. Web. 5 Nov 2013. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(08)70234-1/fulltext

Ornish, Dean, Jue Lin, and et al. “Effect of comprehensive lifestyle changes on telomerase activity and telomere length in men with biopsy-proven low-risk prostate cancer: 5-year follow-up of a descriptive pilot study” Lancet. Lancet Oncology, 01 Oct 2013. Web. 5 Nov 2013. <http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(13)70366-8/abstract>.

 

Heil, D. “Acid-base balance and hydration status following consumption of mineral-based alkaline bottled water..” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 13 Sep 2010. Web. 26 Mar 2014. <http://www.jissn.com/content/7/1/29>.

What the WHO says about drinking water

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is committed to promoting health as “a state of complete physical, mental and

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You need to get 10 – 20% of your daily needs for calcium and magnesium from the water you drink ~WHO

social well being”. To achieve this goal, WHO researches nutrition, hydration, toxic chemicals, stress, and many other things including drinking water that affect your health. Because water is necessary for health, the WHO embarked on multiple studies to examine the effects of the kind of water people drink on their overall health. These studies looked at what effect the minerals in water had on health, and found that for good health, you need to get some of your daily needs for calcium and magnesium from the water you drink.

Nutrients in drinking water

The WHO concluded that there are only two minerals in natural water at high enough concentrations to make a meaningful contribution to health: Calcium and magnesium. While there are other minerals present in drinking water, such as potassium, these other minerals aren’t usually at high enough concentrations to affect your health. It is because of this finding, that the LIFE Ionizers blog has concentrated on the calcium and magnesium in alkaline water as being primarily responsible for the health effects of ionized alkaline water.

The difference between the calcium and magnesium in ordinary water versus ionized alkaline water

Note: The WHO study evaluated municipal water supplies. This information is provided to clarify the differences in chemistry between ionized alkaline water and plain water.

Plain water has calcium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate in it. Ionized alkaline water has calcium hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide in it. When dissolved in water calcium and magnesium become cations: Charged particles. Cations have a negative charge. Bicarbonate and hydroxide ions are anions, they have a positive charge.

Bottom line: The main difference between the chemistry of ionized alkaline water and plain water are the types of anions found in each water. Plain water has bicarbonate anions, ionized alkaline water has hydroxide anions. The hydroxide ions in alkaline water make it easier for your body to absorb the minerals in your water than the carbonate ions in tap water does. This is one of the reasons alkaline water is better for your health than regular water

Magnesium in drinking water: Greater contribution to heart health

The WHO concluded that the magnesium in drinking water is the mineral in drinking water that’s likely to have the most beneficial effect on heart health. Calcium also showed benefits, but the evidence wasn’t as clear-cut as it was for magnesium. The WHO found that people who drank hard water had significantly less cardiovascular disease than people who drank softer water.

The WHO also found that magnesium and calcium from drinking water may be effective in reducing blood pressure for people with high blood pressure. The WHO found evidence that calcium and magnesium deficiencies are widespread, and that these deficiencies may be linked to heart problems and high blood pressure. Based on their review of available research, the WHO concluded that higher levels of calcium and magnesium are correlated with lower levels of heart disease and high blood pressure.

Other health benefits of calcium and magnesium

The WHO also noted that there is limited but suggestive evidence that getting sufficient calcium and magnesium from drinking water may reduce your risk of :

  • Stroke
  • Kidney stones
  • Mental decline in the elderly
  • Weakened bones

Are you getting enough calcium and magnesium in your water?

Based on multiple studies, the WHO suggests that water with a minimum hardness of 20 to 30 mg/L calcium, and 10 mg/L magnesium is recommended for good health. But there is a problem: The calcium and magnesium bicarbonates in drinking water can be hard to absorb.

Calcium and magnesium in alkaline water easier to absorb

Some research shows that the hydroxide minerals in alkaline water are easier to absorb, especially for people who have digestive issues that make it hard for them to absorb calcium and magnesium. Research on drinking alkaline water for bone health suggests that these easier to absorb hydroxide minerals may be the reason there is a link between alkaline water and bone health.

WHO: Fluoride levels in water should be reduced

High levels of fluoride in drinking water causes skeletal fluorosis, a crippling disease that causes weak and deformed bones. Because of this, the WHO suggests that fluoride levels in drinking water should be between .1 and 0.3 mg/L. But fluoride levels in US water supplies are allowed to be much higher. The EPA allows fluoride in concentrations up to 4.0 mg/L – 13.3 times higher than WHO recommendations. In fact, it is a well-documented fact that fluoride levels as low as 2 mg/L can still cause dental fluorosis – spotting and discoloration of teeth. The WHO does suggest that fluoride levels as high as 1.5 mg/L may be helpful in areas where risks for tooth decay are high. But for developed countries that have broad public access to toothpaste, the WHO concluded that fluoridating drinking water has little or no benefit to public health.

Free fluoride filters with purchase! If you have fluoride in your water and you purchase a LIFE water ionizer, we will provide you with our fluoride/heavy metals filter at no charge.

Is your water healthy to drink?

Minerals in tap water hard to absorb: Most public water sources contain adequate levels of calcium and magnesium for good health, but there’s still a problem: Many public water supplies get their calcium and magnesium from dolomite – a naturally occurring rock. But those minerals are in the form of carbonates which are hard for your body to absorb. Carbonate minerals require stomach acid to break them down, or your body can’t absorb them. Your stomach doesn’t make stomach acid when you drink water, so those minerals never get absorbed by your body.

Water ionizers fix the absorption problem by converting the carbonate minerals in water into hydroxide minerals. The body readily absorbs these hydroxide minerals. These easy to absorb minerals may be why alkaline water is better for your health than regular water. Studies show that the calcium in alkaline water is easier for the body to absorb, even for people with digestive problems that make it hard for them to absorb calcium!

What about fluoride? Any health benefits from fluoridated water exclusively benefits children. There is no benefit to adults from fluoridated water whatsoever. So if you live in a home without children, it’s safe to eliminate fluoride from your water altogether. Eliminating fluoride from your water may help protect you from skeletal fluorosis, and may reduce your risk of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).

Toxins may be present in your water that make it unhealthy to drink. It’s best to review the annual report that your local water utility files with the EPA annually to find out what toxins are in your water supply, so you can get a filter system for them. LIFE Ionizers will do this work for you, click here for a free water quality analysis

 

Drink the healthiest water on the planet. Call us today at  855 790-8121 for a free, no obligation water quality consultation. Our experts are ready to answer your questions.

 

References

 

World Health Organization, . “Nutrients in Drinking Water .” WHO | Nutrients in drinking water. World Health Organization, n.d. Web. 5 Jul 2013. <http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutrientsbegin.pdf>.

 

Ong, Choon. “Minerals from drinking-water: Bioavailability for various world populations and health implications.” WHO | Water Sanitation Health. World Health Organization, 17 Aug 2004. Web. 4 Jul 2013. <http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutbioavailability/en/>.

Where does alkaline water come from?

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For centuries, antioxidant alkaline water from natural springs highly sought-after because those who drank it claimed it

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Ionized alkaline water: Found in only 7 places on Earth – and made by water ionizers

had amazing health-restorative abilities. But supplies are strictly limited: There are only seven known antioxidant water springs on Earth. Nordenau in Germany, Hita Tenesoryu in Japan, and Zam Zam in Saudi Arabia are three of the best known antioxidant springs. Thankfully, you can have this same kind of water in your home with a water ionizer. Water ionizers are the only other source of antioxidant alkaline water on Earth.

Antioxidant alkaline water vs. non-antioxidant alkaline water

Not all alkaline water is antioxidant alkaline water, in fact the bottled alkaline water you buy in stores is not antioxidant water! You don’t get the antioxidant benefit from bottled alkaline water that you get from the water made by a water ionizer, even if that water was made with an ionizer. The reason for this is the antioxidant potential of alkaline water doesn’t keep when you put it in a bottle – it becomes neutralized within 2 days. Because of this, you should regard all of the bottled alkaline water you see in stores as stale.

The antioxidant water made by a water ionizer has high antioxidant potential when it is fresh. It’s best to drink it fresh from the ionizer. Research suggests that antioxidants help fight harmful oxidation in the body that can lead to premature aging and disease. It may be the most important benefit of alkaline water. Bottled alkaline water can’t deliver that benefit.  If you want drinking water with high age-fighting antioxidant potential, the only place to get it is to make it at home with a water ionizer.

Alkaline water filter pitchers: Better than bottled alkaline water

Alkaline filter pitchers like the Pitcher of LIFE make alkaline water with some antioxidant potential. The water they make is better water than bottled alkaline water because it’s fresh. Just keep in mind that it’s antioxidant potential isn’t as high as the water you get from an ionizer, and there are a few other limitations:

  • Can’t adjust pH: Ionizers let you adjust pH according to your health needs, pitchers don’t
  • Limited antioxidant benefit: Pitchers only make about a tenth of the antioxidant potential that a water ionizer can
  • Pitchers don’t make as much  water as water ionizers do
  • Filtration System in an ionizer is much more effective as there are 4 large filters

 

Alkaline filter pitchers as a great way to bring alkaline water with you on the go. But they’re not as good as a water ionizer. The filtration on an  ionizer is better than the filtration on filter pitchers. Water ionizers make water with a lot more antioxidant potential, and ionizers make more  water faster than pitchers do. For example, a pitcher can make about a half gallon of  water in about 10 minutes. Our top-of-the-line LIFE M-13 can make a gallon of  water in under a minute. If you plan to cook with alkaline water (and for your health, you should) then a water ionizer is a much better choice.

Health: As close as your kitchen sink

A water ionizer makes alkaline water that is just like antioxidant spring water, only better. Ionizers with advanced interior filters and a pre-filter system work by substantially removing the harmful toxins that you can be exposed to when drinking spring or tap water. The  water made by an ionizer is rich in essential minerals and it has a healthy pH balance. Best of all, it has high age-fighting antioxidant potential. There are many distinct advantages of owning a water ionizer.

  • Adjustable pH: For daily use, you want to drink water with a pH between 8.5 and 9.5. For cooking or to deal with tough body acidity problems like GERD, you want  water with a pH of 10 or higher. A water ionizer lets you choose
  • Enough healthy water for drinking and cooking: You should drink between two and three liters of alkaline water per day, plus you should cook with alkaline water because it makes your food healthier and taste better. If you add it up, to get enough for drinking and cooking for your entire family, a pitcher isn’t practical, it takes too long to work.
  • Acidic water for plants, beauty and sanitation: Water ionizers also make acidic water. It’s not for drinking, but your plants will love it, it’s the perfect pH for them. Acidic water is also great for sanitizing surfaces without chemical cleaners. Best of all, it’s a miracle rinse for hair. If you struggle with split ends, breakage, etc, like I do, you will love what an acidic water rinse will do for your hair

 

Once you own a water ionizer, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to get one. The water is so refreshing to drink that it actually feels healthy! It also tastes incredible, and wow does it make amazing coffee and tea! If you have pets, you’ll find that they prefer the taste of alkaline water to plain water as well so that means your pets will also receive the health benefits of ionizer alkaline mineral water! These machines also make acid water which is a miracle rinse if your hair gets dry and tangly, the way mine does. The benefits of owning an ionizer extend beyond the health benefits: You get lifetime savings versus the cost of buying bottled water, alkaline water detoxifies your produce from pesticide residues, and cooking with it makes better tasting food. Bottled water doesn’t provide any of those benefits.

 

Find out what a water ionizer can do for your health by calling 1 855 790-8121 for a free, no obligation consultation today!