Posts tagged ‘Water’

September 21, 2011

Blk Water: Fulvic Acid and pH Imbalance

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

While I normally avoid cloudy water, both Jessica and I were intrigued by the extremely dark Blk(sic -brand name) water while browsing our local health foods store. Neither of us were extremely knowledgeable on fulvic acid, which is Blk’s claim to balancing pH in the body, however we decided to give it a try since it was only $0.99. The first thing that really caught my attention when opening the bottle is the surreal feeling you get when drinking it – the water is pitch black, yet it tastes no different than regular spring water. It’s something I’d have to get used to if I decide to continue drinking it.

When we got back to a computer, I decided to do some research on fulvic acid and maintaining pH levels in the body, since I really was (and still am) pretty ignorant on the subject. Doing a simple search on the subject brings up a lot of false advertising – claims that body pH can cause cancers,  is a cure to all sorts of diseases and also that the body doesn’t naturally heal itself to these contagions. The simple fact is that most of these sites are looking to sell you something, and therefore their information is questionable at best. So I delved deeper into the internet, trying to find scientific facts on the subject of pH and fulvic acid. I couldn’t find much on fulvic acid, other than it is a naturally occurring substance made of dead organic matter (plant). Being that it is made from several algae species, I can understand how it would have a high alkaline pH. Dark, leafy green vegetables are well-known for being very alkaline.

Most of the other information I have found is quite contradictory, though. There are many arguments to the effectiveness of consuming alkaline liquids and several more against it. After hours of research, I still couldn’t find a definitive answer, however I am starting to lean toward believing we do need to watch our body’s pH levels but that alkaline products are not necessarily the answer. As with many other health aspects, the best way to maintain a healthy body pH is through a proper diet rich in dark, leafy vegetables and low in dairy/fats.

There may be individuals who need more than just a simple diet change, such as those who suffer from acidosis. But these conditions are rare and should be treated under the strict guidance of a trusted doctor. A simple alkaline beverage will not cure you of any disease. I don’t think drinking alkaline products, such as Blk water, are bad for you. However due to the fact that most people who will come in contact with this beverage, i.e. through their health foods store, are already conscious and therefore simply do not need the help. Be careful with over consumption of high-alkaline products as well, as the opposite of acidosis is alkalosis and can be triggered by a highly alkaline bloodstream.

I’m certainly not trying to bash an entire diet, as I’m not qualified enough to do so, however as with any other fad diet, you should always check out every argument to make an informed decision. We only get one body, so treat it with respect and love!

Here are some good resources I’ve found on this subject:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002164/

http://www.apswater.com/article.asp?id=198&title=Alkaline_Water_Hoax_-_It_Is_Simple_Science.

http://www.anaesthesiamcq.com/AcidBaseBook/ABindex.php

August 29, 2011

The Real Fountain of Youth

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Photo by: Images by John 'K' on Flickr

Water is the giver of life – so why do so many of us deprive ourselves of this resource, especially when there are thousands that live without it for reasons outside their control? Most of you reading this live in places with abundant clean, refreshing water. Instead of reaching for that soda or “power” drink, try fueling your body with water. Not only will your internal organs thank you for it, but your skin will literally glow with satisfaction.

 

At the age of 21 I was hospitalized for four weeks due to kidney troubles. A combination of kidney stones and an inflamed kidney made me writhe in pain, requiring surgery and weeks of medication. After it was over, I visited my urologist for a follow up and he told me my number one problem was simply water intake. They couldn’t find any other answer. Fast forward two years and I am still learning the hard way that water really does have a huge impact on health. While I have never been a soda drinker, I love fruit juice and teas. I thought that I was healthy, but in reality everything I was drinking is a diuretic, making my body lose liquid and slowly dehydrating myself. I would still have sharp kidney pains, especially when running (I was training for my first half marathon). I drank water, but only when tea or juice was unavailable, and sometimes would go days on only tea or juice. I would sometimes feel so sick without knowing why, but I now realize it was the days that I drank the least water.

 

I cannot say I’m perfect now, far from it, but I have been drinking much more water than before. I don’t drink fruit juices at all anymore and have limited my tea intake to one or two glasses every couple of days. Other than that, I’m on 100% fresh water. While thinking of writing this, I decided to do a little research about other benefits of drinking water. And while I haven’t found great resources, it seems to be a general consensus on the internet that water also has a lot to do with clearing acne, weight loss and general overall health. I completely agree, as I have had first hand experience with all of those things. I notice I have less breakouts the more water I drink, it does help me feel fuller and therefore assist in weight loss efforts, and I certainly feel much better overall when drinking more water.

 

I recently went on vacation, and after losing 13 pounds, have fallen off the healthy eating bit a little. Thankfully I haven’t gained more than a couple of pounds, which really could just be natural weight fluctuation, but today I, along with Jessica, have started over our healthy eating plans with another detox jump-start. Just as before, no pills or scary powders involved; just lots of fresh water (11-12 glasses, or 88-96 ounces per day), fresh steamed veggies on days 1-2 and all-natural smoothies on days 3-5. Focusing on fresh, healthy and under-seasoned foods helps my body rejuvenate itself and to curb cravings for refined sugar and fat. Slowly adding in whole grains and healthy protein after the fifth day really makes the difference in the way you look at food. It works, I’ve already done it once and that’s how I lost the first 13 pounds in about five weeks.

 

This is a plan that anyone can follow: vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, flexitarian…it doesn’t matter. All you need is a willingness to let your body rest, focus on yourself and your long-term health. This is no quick-fix plan, as you can see I only lost an average of 2.6 pounds per week, but this is the type of life change that will really make a difference in your body. The moral of the story is: listen to your body and drink LOTS and LOTS of water! Stay away from processed foods, refined sugar and unnecessary fat. Water is essential to life, any other liquid just cannot hold up to it. The fountain of youth is all around you, and in most places it won’t even cost you more than your water bill.

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