121 Americans spent $21 billion on bottled waters in 2012, and more and more consumers are investing in a home water filter. A filter can range from an inexpensive carafe or pitcher to a system designed for the whole house, but the latest machine to make waves is the water ionizer, which passes an electrical current through tap water in order to turn it alkaline (i.e., base) through the chemical reaction called electrolysis. Proponents claim alkaline water helps the body neutralize acid in the blood, provides more energy, slows the aging process, and is, according to the online purveyor Alkaline Water Plus, "packed with natural antioxidants [negatively-charged electrons], which are free to naturally fight free radicals .... Drinking
antioxidant water all day long will help you prevent and even reverse free radical damage." "Change your water, change your life," is the trademarked slogan of Kangen Water, marketed by the U.S. branch of the Japanese company Enagic. "Keeping ourselves Alkaline is the first line of defense in fighting any disease," Cal Water Systems states on another website. "Ionized Water essentially renews us at a cellular level. This is as close as we can ever hope to get to a Fountain of Youth, as incredible as that may sound." That does sound incredible. And expensive! Don't know about you, but it made me really curious about how water ionizers work. But first, a little background on the pH scale, which is used to define degrees of alkalinity and acidity. In 1909, S.P.L. Sørensen, director of chemistry at Carlsberg Laboratory, in Copenhagen (founded in 1875 by beer magnate J.C. Jacobsen), invented the pH scale while researching proteins, amino acids, and enzymes—the basis of protein chemistry today.
Not to lose weight, conform to a fad, or because I am depressed and need comfort. As Hippocrates wisely stated: "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." The reason we eat should be to keep us healthy - which makes us strong, beautiful, happy and confident. This doesn't mean you can't enjoy your food just because it's healthy, in fact, it makes it more enjoyable. Just look at some of the recipes on this blog and other whole foods blogs! I eat when I'm hungry, and stop when I'm satisfied. This means I eat whenever I want, and I eat however much I want. Since I am eating foods that my body loves, it's pretty hard to feel uncomfortably stuffed because my digestive system knows what to do with what I am feeding it. My smoothies regularly consist of at least 7 or more bananas. My dinners often include over 4 potatoes and 2 cups of rice. Keep it carbed! Keep it whole foods! I drink alkaline water throughout the day. Our bodies are 70% water, so we should replenish that water whenever we can, allowing it to wash out the toxins in our bodies and our cells hydrated. I filter my water with velaqua. That's about it! With these guidelines, my diet ends up being a diet of whole plant foods, a lot of them raw, and with a high-carb focus. Your diet will surely be different, maybe by a lot or just slightly; the important thing is that it works best for you.
Vegetables provide many vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Many today prefer their vegetables raw or lightly steamed rather than cooked to death. In years past, it has been the tradition to cook every bit of life out of the vegetables. This takes some of their benefits away, as vitamins are lost in the cooking process. If you like your vegetables steamed, you should also get some raw
during the day, along with them for the full benefits of the fiber they contain. A blender diet plan that comes with your blender is great way to get fullest benefits of nutrients. Along with their other attributes, some vegetables such as beans can provide you with protein. This is important if you are eating a vegetarian diet. Your muscles need protein to build mass and strength. Whole foods such as beans are an important part of any type of diet. Most fruits are excellent sources for vitamin C along with other nutrients. They can provide a boost to the immune system with their antioxidant qualities. Fruits are easy to eat without processing. You just need to wash and slice them to eat them, some need to be peeled, while others don't have to be. Whole grains are such things as oats, wheat, brown rice and more. These break down in the body slower than simple carbohydrates such as sugar, white bread, white potatoes and many processed grain products. Whole grains are a great source of complex carbohydrates, which provide energy for the body. Complex carbohydrates do not raise the blood glucose level as quickly as simple carbohydrates, which is even beneficial to those trying to lose weight or maintain healthy glucose levels. New recommendations encourage consuming more fruits, vegetables and whole grains every day. This is easily accomplished by eating terrific-tasting, nutrient-rich whole food meals made from whole unprocessed foods.