‘What is an alkaline diet and why does it matter to me’, you ask? Well, the first part of understanding the alkaline diet advantage is to know that some foods have an alkaline effect and some foods have an acidic effect. This fact forms the basis of the alkaline diet—a way of eating which aims to help your body regulate the pH of your blood. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to pull out your high school chemistry textbook, we’ll explain the science part further – it’s actually pretty fascinating!
Some Science Behind the Alkaline Diet
All liquids can be measured for pH – a number that tells us how acidic or alkaline that liquid is. A pH of 7.0 is right in the middle of the scale. Perhaps the cobwebs on your high school chemistry memories are being dusted off at this point? Well, your own blood has a measurable pH too! Science tells us that it is naturally maintained between 7.35 and 7.45, and that a slightly alkaline level of 7.40 is ideal. If you blood’s pH goes above 7.8 or sinks below 6.8 you can have serious health issues. Your body is set up with a buffer system specifically designed to maintain that healthy pH of 7.35 to 7.45.
And now that we’ve dusted off a lot of those cobwebs, let’s dig a bit deeper. Here’s how it works:
- An acid can be defined as any substance that can lose a proton (or a hydrogen ion H+)
- An alkaline substance (a base) can accept a proton (for example, hydroxide OH-)
(Note: You might remember from chemistry class that water is a neutral liquid (pH 7.0) because when water is broken down it forms H+ and OH-. A one to one ratio with an acid and alkaline)
Your body’s main buffer system uses something called bicarbonate in the process of maintaining your blood’s healthy pH, because bicarbonate can accept a proton and is therefore considered an alkaline substance. Bicarbonate is also stored in your bones, where it joins itself with calcium and sodium. Your body also uses the phosphate stored in your bones, joined with calcium, to act as a buffer. And in order to get these buffers doing their jobs, the bone minerals they are joined together with must be broken down.
Here’s a quick recap in case you got a bit lost in all the chemistry so far: Your body uses bicarbonate and phosphate to keep your blood at a healthy pH. Maintaining healthy pH levels in your blood is the whole purpose of the alkaline diet, and this may help you avoid some serious health issues.
How the Buffering System Works
Now that we’ve got the chemistry part down, let’s talk more about the relationship of our diet to the buffering of our blood’s pH. (Hang in there for just a bit longer – the practical “do’s” and “don’ts” are coming right up!)
Some foods have an acidic effect on the body and are taxing on the buffering system. Buffering takes place in the kidneys where the proton build-up from your blood is removed. (Did you know that kidney stones may occur at higher rates where a person has a more acidic diet? It makes perfect sense, since the kidneys have to work harder to buffer a higher acidic blood level. And if you know anyone that has had kidney stones in the past, you know they are just plain not fun.)
Because your bones may contribute as much as 40% of the needed substances (bicarbonate and phosphate) to deal with a high level of acid in the blood, there can be a high breakdown of bone minerals too. As little as one week of a high acidic diet may reduce the surface level of bone minerals, (Yikes!). So, while the buffer system maintains your blood’s pH regardless of what you eat, increased acidic food also increases the load it deals with and this can create fall out in other areas. We know what you’re thinking – this is not good!
Alkaline Foods Vs. Acid Foods
Here’s the everyday practical part of why we asked you to revisit your high-school chemistry, and to why we believe the alkaline diet is beneficial: What you consume affects your blood’s pH, and thus effects how hard your body has to work to stay healthy. Consuming a more alkaline diet and staying away from acid forming foods may have a positive effect on your overall health. Take a look at these examples of food types:
- Alkaline forming foods include the types we normally consider healthy: Asparagus, Avocado, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Cherries, Coconut, Collared Greens, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Kale, Lettuce, Lemon, Lime, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Sprouts, Squashes, Tomato, Watermelon.
- High Acid forming foods include many meat and processed products: Artificial Sweeteners, Beef, Beer, Black Tea, Cheese, Coffee, Corn Tortillas, Eggs, Ketchup, Liquor, Mayonnaise, Pickled Vegetables, Pork, Sardines (canned), Soda, Sparkling Water, Sweetened Fruit Juice, Tuna (canned), Veal, White Bread, Wine.
We suggest you shoot for a minimum 80/20 ratio of the foods you consume: 80% alkaline food/20% acidic food. Food Matters offers a full list of alkaline foods here: (make ‘here’ a clickable link to the following, OR link to our other article with the food chart included http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/heartburn-indigestion-acid-reflux-how-to-kick-and-over-acid-diet)
How to Take Advantage of the Alkaline Diet Every Day
Now that you are officially a wealth of alkaline diet knowledge, here are a few simple things you can do each day to move forward towards a healthier you:
- Eat vegetables (especially leafy green ones) and low glycemic fruit every day
- Avoid the whites! That means white carbs like bread, potatoes, white rice etc.
- Stay away from processed foods, sodas and white sugar. Embrace meals made from fresh ingredients. Fight the urge to go through the Drive-Thru – you can do it!
- Get active. Your lungs also act as a buffering system because they get rid of CO2 (which acts as an acid in the blood) when exhaling. The benefits of exercise are felt all throughout your body’s complex systems. It just feels good, doesn’t it?
- Drink plenty of alkaline water. Qure water is an alkaline water with a 9.5pH making it an ideal complement to an alkaline diet. Qure contains 100% absorbable minerals and was developed to counterbalance acids. Let’s face it, we already know that adequate water consumption is vital for health and longevity, so give your body a helping hand with a water designed to aid your quest for good health!
Do you want the good news first, or the bad news?
Well, let’s start with the bad news….unfortunately, our contemporary American diet is filled with processed foods like white bread, other refined carbohydrates, meat, alcohol and dairy which can be really tough on our body’s systems that work to keep us healthy. And like most Americans, you may never have realized that this type of diet tends to be overly acidic! Over time this acidic diet may lead to numerous health problems.
Now for the good news! (We’re glad you kept reading). The good news is that it’s possible to have more control over how hard your body’s systems have to work, with an alkaline diet. An alkaline diet is not just a fad – it’s a long-term way of purifying your diet from overly acidic things you consume.
Before we get to the practical pieces we think you should know a bit of chemistry first. It’s important to understand what’s behind the alkaline diet (a measurement of acid vs. alkaline), and feel free to use this knowledge to impress someone at the next dinner party you go to. Ok, so what is acid/alkaline and how do you measure it?
The acid/alkaline level is measured on the pH scale. (Are you remembering your high-school chemistry class yet?) The scale goes from 0-14 with 7 being neutral and lower values indicating more acid while higher values reflect more alkaline. Your body works to maintain a pH level between 7.35 and 7.45. A slightly alkaline level of 7.40 is ideal. You can help your body maintain that optimum level by focusing on what you eat and what you drink.
Here are 5 simple steps you can take to purify your diet:
Drinking the right amount of water can make a huge difference to your health and the quality of your life. Some studies have shown that 90% of people are chronically dehydrated, and as a result they may lack vitality, suffer from low energy levels and even have reduced immunity.
The quality of the water you drink is important too; sparkling water for example is acidic. We recommend 6 to 18 cups of Qure water every day because it has a strong and stable 9.5 pH.
To determine how much water you need, drink half your body weight in ounces every day. (Don’t worry if you have to read that last sentence once or twice more – it might sound like complicated math, but we know you can handle it, smarty-pants) By this calculation, if you weight 140lbs you should drink 70 fl oz of Qure water, equal to 3 1/2 of our 16.9 oz bottles. If you weigh 190lbs you should drink 95 fl oz of Qure water equal to 5 1/2 of our 16.9 oz bottles. Now is the time to whip out your calculator!
You might also try drinking lemon water, which is alkaline forming in the body. Mix 2 cups of lukewarm water with half a lemon first thing in the morning. This can help cleanse your digestive system, and increase your alkaline intake. Surprisingly, though lemon is known to be acidic, it actually has an alkaline effect inside of you. But, that’s a whole different conversation for later…
Organic herbal teas are also a great alternative to plain water, and help keep you hydrated. There are many soothing teas on the market that do not contain caffeine.
Green vegetables are alkaline forming in the body too. The foods you know are healthy tend to be alkaline. Those you know are unhealthy tend to be acidic. Check out which foods fall into each category:
- Alkaline foods include leafy greens and other fresh vegetables, low sugar fruits, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, unrefined, organics and high water content foods.
- Acidic foods include refined foods, fast foods, trans fats, condiments, alcohol, caffeine, dairy, meats and sugar.
Shoot for a minimum 80/20 ratio of the foods you consume: 80% alkaline food/20% acidic food. See the Acid/Alkaline chart below – it’s pretty cool!
Work toward long-term change toward and alkaline diet. Experiment with meals and menu plans. Don’t try to be perfect over night and end up hungry, feeling restricted, crashing or giving up!
Take steps at your own pace to gradually move to a high alkaline diet by adding one new element every day. A slower, focused transition is the key to success here. None of us are superheros, and to quote an old adage – “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”
Your lungs also work to remove excess acid from the body by exhaling CO 2. Simple breathing exercises may help this process, not to mention the benefits of stress relief. Close your eyes and try this one:
- Breathe in for a count of 4
- Hold your breath for 8
- Breathe out for a count of 4
- Repeat this exercise 10 times. It feels so good!
We suggest you supplement your diet with 3 elements:
- Green Powder: This type of supplement includes alkaline foods like wheatgrass, vegetables and fruits.
- Alkaline minerals: Sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium are all used in the body’s buffering process to maintain a healthy pH level.
- Alkaline water: Qure water is recommended because it has a pH level of 9.5. It is a purified water infused with ionic minerals making it the perfect compliment to an alkaline diet.
Purifying your diet can be truly enjoyable when you take these simple steps, and the rewards are well worth it! Go for the long term and focus on the positive rather than perfection. We all mess up, but that’s no reason to stop your transition toward a healthier and more vital you. Enjoy your journey and allow Qure Water to be a part of it!
Acid/Alkaline Food Chart
Is your diet over-acidic?
Almost everyone has experienced heartburn, indigestion or acid-reflux, at some point in his or her life. But if it’s an all-too-common occurrence, an over acidic diet may be the cause – which is why we recommend maintaining a proper acid/alkaline balance in your diet – also popularly known as an ‘alkaline diet’. An alkaline diet might sound like a fad – but it’s not! It’s actually a long-term lifestyle change that promotes good health and may assist your body’s repair process.
Heartburn is not the only potential result of an over acidic diet – there may be risks of osteoporosis as well. (If you’ve heard of osteoporosis, but aren’t exactly sure what it is, keep reading. We’ll explain it in simple terms) ‘How so’, you ask? Well, you probably already know this, but your body is quite amazing and has many complex systems that keep it functioning and healthy. One of those systems works to maintain a correct acid/alkaline balance in your blood. Let’s call this a ‘buffer system.’
Your body’s buffer system utilizes minerals that come from the foods you eat and minerals found in your bones. To keep the acid levels in check, these minerals to be used in buffering must come from somewhere. Too much excess acid causes wear and tear on this buffer system, creating a need for more minerals that end up being drawn from the place where they’re stored: your bones. If we force our body to continue buffering utilizing the minerals drawn from our bones, and the over acidity continues as well, this may lead to a breakdown of bone materials, also known in the medical world as osteoporosis.
To take it a step further, where chronic over-acidity is a factor, lowered immunity, premature aging, kidney stone formation, muscle loss and joint problems may also come into play. Degenerative diseases can develop in an over acid environment. And, if you experience a tired, headachy, heavy headed feeling after eating, this too may be the result of over-acidity.
Geez, there may be lot of implications to an over acidic diet! Keep on reading. Next is a fun chemistry lesson (no really, it’s cool stuff), and after that are some helpful tips on taking control your own alkaline diet.
Measuring your pH balance
With the following little bit of chemistry knowledge, you can find out how your body’s buffering system is doing. The important question at hand is: are you in need of a lifestyle change toward an alkaline diet? (Well, we’re pretty sure that almost everyone may benefit tremendously from it, of course)
Let’s begin here: The pH scale goes from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Your body’s buffering system keeps your blood’s pH naturally maintained between 7.35 and 7.45. In fact, a slightly alkaline level of 7.40 is ideal. If you blood’s pH goes above 7.8 or sinks below 6.8 you can have serious health issues like the ones we mentioned above.
To find out about your own pH, you can measure it at home with litmus paper, which can be bought at most drug stores. Drop the tape into a container with a small amount of your urine. (Don’t worry, it’s not as gross as it sounds…) The tape will turn a color that you can then compare to the color chart on your litmus paper package. This color chart corresponds to the acid/alkaline levels—lower than 7 is acid, higher than 7 is alkaline. The test should be done several times to get an accurate reading, both early morning and during the day, continuing over several days since your pH levels may fluctuate over short periods of time. The numbers should not be consistently on the acid side (acidosis) or to far on the alkaline side (alkalosis). Ideally, You want to see an optimum level of 7.40 – which is our blood;s optimal pH level.
Now, before you go out and get yourself some litmus paper and venturing into new territory behind closed bathroom doors, have a look at the steps below which can be taken towards a healthy alkaline diet.
How to correct an over acidic diet
Something else you probably know already is that our contemporary American diet isn’t what is should be. So many foods we eat may have an acidifying effect on the body; processed foods, refined sugars, caffeine, alcohol, many prescription drugs and even too much meat. By switching to a diet containing fresh vegetables and low glycemic fruit you may start to correct this imbalance in nutrition and take some pressure off your body’s natural buffer system. An 80/20 balance is recommended for your consumption—80% alkaline forming foods/20% acidic forming foods.
The following formula has also been recommended; for every 10 foods eaten: make 6 vegetables, 2 fruits, 1 protein, 1 starch and whole, organic grains.
And not surprisingly, some experts cite chronic stress as acid forming. In our fast paced world it is important to manage stress by introducing activities that help you relax, like yoga or exercise. Even simple breathing exercises can help.
Furthermore, it is generally accepted that the body rids itself of toxic materials while resting or sleeping. It releases these toxins into the blood stream and some practitioners believe the most toxic time of the day is the morning. In fact, many European health clinics have adopted an approach of starting the morning with cleansing fruits, followed by other alkaline forming food in order to correct the over-acidity of those toxins and to stimulate the intestines to eliminate waste. Perhaps this is justification for your next European vacation…. why not go see first-hand what they’re up to over there?
A few more tips for a healthy Alkaline balance
You can take a lesson from early man in correcting over acidity. He ate a more unadulterated plant based diet, had fewer choices and never had to face our contemporary diet that is high in processed junk food, artificial sweeteners and preservatives to name a few. He only had to fight off saber-toothed tigers with his bare hands and start fires with two sticks…. boy did he have it easy! Really though, consider opting for organic whole foods with the emphasis on vegetables, especially green leafy ones.
Find ways to deal with stress too. This can be as simple as taking 5 minutes to breath deeply. Many experts agree that exercise, meditation or yoga can all be effective stress relievers.
Lastly, drink plenty of water. Qure Alkaline Water was developed with an alkaline balance of 9.5pH to help counter-balance acidity and aid in the alkaline diet. It contains pristine clean purified water infused with a special blend of Mother Nature’s 100% absorbable BASIC minerals. And dare we say that Qure not only counterbalances acids but it tastes great too!
CALCIUM CARBONATE VS SODIUM BICARBONATE—WHO WINS THE COIN TOSS?
Confused by “ates” with similar sounding names?
You’re not alone, so we’re bringing you the Qure play-by-play. Calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate sound similar and you can find both in common over the counter antacids, but the comparison ends there. These two little chemicals may be on the same team when it comes to alkaline water, but one of them is sitting on the bench, and the other is the star player.
Sodium Bicarbonate Stats
Sodium Bicarbonate is a household chemical known to most of us as baking soda. We use it for cooking and cleaning. For the scientists here, it’s classified as a salt with the formula NaHCO3. It is made up of two separate parts—positively charged sodium particles and negatively charged bicarbonate particles.
When you’re looking at properties in alkaline water it’s important to know that sodium bicarbonate has a pH of 8.3. It is also important to know sodium bicarbonate reacts with acid in dough to form carbon dioxide bubbles, that’s what makes breads and cookies rise. Sodium bicarbonate is the player who wears the jersey but doesn’t make a star contribution in the alkaline water game.
Calcium Carbonate—The MVP
You won’t find Calcium Carbonate in household chemicals, but it is very common in nature as a major component in seashells, limestone and marble. Calcium Carbonate is a salt too, consisting of positively charged calcium particles and negatively charged carbonate particles. And here’s where it gets interesting, carbonate (CO3) is a stronger base than bicarbonate, meaning it reacts significantly with acid. And it doesn’t dissolve in dough, so no carbon dioxide bubbles.
It’s true, both sodium bicarbonate and calcium carbonate can be used to treat heartburn and acid reflux but only calcium carbonate provides supplemental calcium. And most importantly, calcium carbonate has a significantly higher pH of 9.8. For those two reasons calcium carbonate is the MVP in the alkaline water game! Go calcium carbonate! (MVP = Most Valuable Player…. it’s ok if you’re not up to date with sports terms, we still think you’re cool.)
Only MVP, calcium carbonate is used in Qure Alkaline Water. We maintain a pH of 9.5+ using only the highest quality ingredients. Check the label before you buy alkaline water; make sure you get the benefit of calcium carbonate and its acid neutralizing properties. With Qure Alkaline Water you can rest easy, we’ve got the bases covered.
Air Purifying House Plants for your Home
(Natural Green Air Purifiers)
If you love indoor plants as much as we do at Qure, you’ll be happy to know that some plants are very good for your health. They don’t just make your home look great, they clean up indoor pollution.
Unless we’re bowled over by paint fumes during a remodel we don’t usually notice indoor pollution, so toxic cleaning products or even trace chemicals from upholstery and appliances can go under the radar.
You can open the windows to ventilate and even if you’re not an experienced gardener, you can put your green thumb to work by investing in indoor plants, known for their air purification properties.
Potted plants vs. chemicals
It’s well known that plants are necessary for clean air, but we bet you didn’t know NASA has done experiments using houseplants to improve air quality in future space stations.
They found houseplants eliminate dangerous chemicals from the environment. Benzene (used in detergents, gasoline and paints), Trichloroethylene (in adhesives and paints), formaldehyde (wall paneling and kitchen cabinets) all reduced, some by 50%-80% and that was within 24 hours! In fact, the plants even adapted to specific toxins they found in the air, so the longer you have them the more effective they are in purifying your home environment.
Here are five of the many indoor plants available with known air purifying properties. Pick your own selection and have them in your most used rooms – (we know you’ve got incredible style, so don’t feel limited to these five if they don’t compliment your decor)
Peace Lily: Probably the most famous indoor purifier with a great name, Peace Lily can eliminate a number of toxic chemicals from air. The NASA study showed it removed 80% of benzene and 23% of trichloroethylene within a 24-hour period.
Philodendrons: A specialist in formaldehyde removal, purifying the air of significant amounts. The easiest variety to maintain is known as the “sweetheart” (philodendron scandens).
Bamboo Palms: Effective in eradicating formaldehyde.
Spider Plant: Known for removing carbon monoxide from the air. 96% from an enclosed space, so it’s good for the kitchen or fireplace where gasses can accumulate. And it’s not called the Spider Plant because it attracts spiders, so no need to worry!
Golden Pothos: Removes benezene (up to 73%) within 24 hours.
And remember, just like you, your plants need the right amount of water to grow and stay healthy!
Certainly you don’t have to look too hard to see that folks in our country don’t look undernourished. But the truth is, many Americans are eating excess calories from processed food and are quite undernourished without even knowing it! Sound surprising? It was for us at first too…
All About the Labels
If you’re weight conscious (and who isn’t these days) you probably look at the label on food before you buy. It tells you all the healthy vitamins and minerals in the product, so you think you’re doing right, especially if it’s low cal. But there’s a difference between naturally occurring vitamins and minerals in your foods, and the junk in processed foods. Here’s the kicker… the more processed foods you eat the more vitamins and minerals you actually need. So even though you may eat your “healthy” meal from a package, your body craves more and more.
Our bodies need vitamins and minerals to make necessary chemical processes take place. That includes processes that regulate sugar and burn fat. Processed foods contain an overload of hidden sugar, meaning we need more and more vitamins and minerals to do the work when we eat them. It becomes a cycle of eating more, yet needing more and this gives a look into why diabetes is a growing epidemic.
How Come We Just Keep Getting Larger?
The big gulp soda isn’t the only thing to blame. Your Great Grandmother wouldn’t recognize much of the food we eat; processed with refined flours, trans fats and laced with high fructose corn syrup. (We’d be willing to bet that the food she prepared tasted a whole lot better too!)
She served up a natural, unprocessed diet with lots of fruit and vegetables, often homegrown, very similar to the alkaline diet and containing an abundance of nutrients—higher levels of vitamins, minerals and essential fats. Animal food was also healthier than current farm raised food and pretty much everything was eaten fresh.
It goes without saying, there were no nitrates and other chemicals used to process and preserve food like the food of today. Add to that, industrial farming has also taken a toll on our soil, depleting it of the elements that create nutritious food. And if that’s not enough, refined foods are stripped of their nutrients during the refining process. Just processing whole wheat to white reduces fiber by 80 percent and similarly reduces vitamins and minerals. So, food manufacturers started adding in synthetic versions of missing nutrients, no surprise … it isn’t working.
Switching Your Diet
If all that bad news makes you want to reach for a donut, hold strong and read on because there are easy solutions…
Have you ever eaten a piece of fruit right off the tree and thought “Wow! That tastes soooooo good!”? If you have you know you can’t beat the taste of fresh fruit and vegetables. At Qure we say-”Go Alkaline” and adopt these simple changes:
- Drink lots of water, make that Qure Alkaline Water with a pH of 9.5+. Remember one of the benefits if you are trying to get rid of excess pounds—water can help make you feel full between meals. It’s the perfect accompaniment to an Alkaline Diet.
- Adopt a plant-based foundation—fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, seeds and whole grains are important building blocks for health. High in everything you need; vitamins, minerals, fiber and more.
- Use healthy plant based oils—extra virgin olive oil, flax oil, nuts and seeds are the way to go. Avoid processed and rancid oils.
- Eat small amounts of lean animal protein—cold-water fish that are free of metals and other contaminants are the best. Wild game can be a good source of omega-3 fats because of its diet of wild plants.
Try it, and see how much better you feel in just a few weeks. We here at Qure want you around, enjoying a healthy vibrant life for many more years to come!
We’re all about proper hydration, nutrition and healthy lifestyle at Qure. Like you, we know eating too much sugar is not a good thing; you feel bad and the pounds creep on. But there’s more to it; over consumption of sugar has been linked to damaging effects on our brains. And we don’t mean that out-of-control feeling you get when you look at the desert menu, followed by feelings of chocolate mousse guilt! No, overconsumption has actually been linked to depression, learning disorders and poor memory.
How Much Is Too Much?
A healthy diet includes significant amounts of naturally occurring sugar from fruits and grains. The problem comes in with the “added” sugar in processed foods. Believe it or not, the US Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American consumes 156 lbs. of “added” sugar a year. That equals three 1 lb. bags of sugar a week. To break it down a bit further, the Centers for Disease Control puts it another way…. 27.5 teaspoons of sugar a day—whoa, that’s way too much sugar! Time to dump the soda and start drinking Qure Alkaline Water!
The Sugar Brain Connection
So, if you’re ready to kick the sugar habit (we know how hard it is and we’re proud of you!) the first step is to differentiate between naturally occurring sugar and “added” sugar.
The brain needs sugar to function. Brain cells require two times the energy that other cells in the body need and that energy comes from glucose (blood sugar). But, when “added” sugar comes into the picture it brings about a very different result. It reduces the production of a brain chemical called BDNF [Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor]. That leads to problems with memory and has been linked to depression and dementia. As BDNF declines sugar metabolism worsens and it goes from bad to worse. If you can’t remember what you had for dessert last night, it might be a sign! (We’re joking…. sort of…) But one thing is certain, “added” sugar consumed from processed foods is a major culprit in low BDNF.
It seems like a no-brainer (pun intended) that sugar and obesity are linked. Well, researchers have now found that chronic consumption of “added” sugar dulls the brain’s ability to tell you when to stop eating. We knew there was a reason we couldn’t stop at one donut!
Now we’ve learned about overconsumption of “added” sugar from processed foods, let’s look at how to get our brains on track for better health.
- Start with proper hydration, flush all that added sugar out with the highest quality water you can buy—Qure Alkaline Water with a pH of 9.5+
- Add an Alkaline diet with lots of organic fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Get your circulation going with exercise and start burning the excess fat.
- Eliminate processed foods and drinks.
We recommend starting at the top of the list, you’ll find by the time you get to #4 you’re well on the way to success.
Is Your Fast Eating Habit Wrecking Your Health?
What happened to those long family dinners where everyone sat around for an hour talking and eating? It has gone the way of dial up Internet stone-washed jeans! Many of us gulp down lunch at our desks during a busy workday, and grab a fast dinner on the move too. And we’re not even talking here about all the water you should have been drinking along the way too. A recent study found that average chewing time has fallen to just 39 minutes per day. That’s 7 minutes for breakfast, 13 for lunch and 19 for dinner! We know, it sounds a bit silly to think about your average chewing time per day, but truly there’s significance in this.
Chew Chew and More Chew
The more you chew the better your digestive system will be able to work. It’s no fad, this is science—when you start to chew a signal tells your stomach lining to produce hydrochloric acid and your pancreas to release digestive enzymes. The more time you spend chewing your food the better prepared your digestive system will be. When you break down food into small pieces it is much easier for your digestive enzymes and stomach acid to break it down further and so more nutrients are absorbed in your small intestine.
Chewing also generates saliva; it not only contains enzymes that start the chemical digestion but also protects your throat when you swallow; we’ve all gulped down a big chunk of something and felt it scrape its way down – eek!
And believe it or not if you eat slowly you will reduce levels of the hunger hormone called grehlin, increasing the feeling of being satisfied and reducing appetite. So, you can chew your way to weight loss! (Sounds like a late night, tv infomercial, but it’s true!)
Who Knew Chewing Could Do All That
If you’re saying right now, “I’m going to chew and chew”, there’s even more. Chewing your food sufficiently will also cut down embarrassing gas. It will also cut down the Dentist bills, because the saliva generated washes away plaque and prevents it from hardening. Saliva also contains antibodies that kill pathogens and nitrate, a killer of acid producing bacteria, which causes cavities. The more saliva you produce, the more bacteria killed before reaching your stomach. Add to that, high quality hydration with Qure Alkaline Water and you’re really doing yourself some good.
Lastly, more time spent chewing is more time to notice individual flavors. You’ll find that processed foods become bland real fast and natural foods keep their flavor so you’ll enjoy what you’re eating that much more. Who knows, you might even become a “foodie!”
Is There a Difference?
We’re invested in a healthy lifestyle at Qure, that’s why we got into the Alkaline Water business. We know a thing or two about quality supplements; check out your Qure bottle for evidence. So when we found out that some vitamins may not actually be made from completely natural ingredients we wanted you to be in the loop too.
It turns out that commercial vitamin and mineral supplements often contain synthetics, added to increase potency. And here’s the part we like the least—many of those synthetics are made from derivatives of coal tar, a known carcinogen found in cigarette smoke.
You can tell from the label ingredients list, but sometimes you need to pull out a magnifying glass to read it and who can understand what it means? So, to spare you from having to sort through each ingredient, here are 3 simple guidelines to help you tell if your vitamin and mineral supplements are natural or synthetic imitations.
Manufacturers can add the word “natural” to their product label if as little as 10% of the ingredients come from natural food sources. Look for phrases such as: “100% natural” or, according to the Organic Consumers Organization, “100% plant based” or “100% animal based.” These are good signs!
Real Food Sources
Look for natural food sources on the label like yeast, vegetables, fruit or fish. If you can’t find them, the product contains synthetics. If the label’s list displays foods that are well known to contain the vitamin, rather than listing the name of the vitamin itself, it is more likely to be natural.
Learn The Additive Keywords
Synthetic salts may be added to vitamin and mineral supplements to increase stability. You can tell from the label when you see names like acetate, bitartrate, chloride, gluconate, hydrochloride, nitrate and succinate. They are all forms of salt, and if you have to read it twice to pronounce it, we recommend putting that package right back on the shelf.
Words that end in “ate” or “ide” indicate synthetic ingredients in the product, and if the letters “di” appear before the name of an ingredient, it is a synthetic.
We use only the highest quality ingredients in Qure Alkaline Water, and when drinking Qure is complemented with an Alkaline diet high in organic fruit and vegetables you’ll be taking care of many of your supplement needs naturally!
Did you know some substances in our food are banned overseas because they are so toxic?
If you like to eat healthy like we do here at Qure, it’s good to know what to avoid. And because you’ve likely consumed a few of these, they’re another good reason to drink lots of Qure Alkaline Water to help support your body’s detoxifying systems.
So here are 8 of the worst. Now, before you freak out and think “There’s nothing left to eat!” remember these toxic substances are not found in organic fruits, vegetables, grains and meats. It’s a perfect time to make the move to an organic alkaline diet, and here’s some motivation:
Arsenic (We know… how could that be in our food!)
- Used In: Chicken feed to make the meat appear pinker and fresher.
- Toxic Alert: Poison—ingest enough and its no surprise what happens.
- Banned In: The European Union
Artificial Food Die
- Used In: Most processed foods.
- Toxic Alert: Derived from petroleum and linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity.
- Banned In: Austria, Finland, France, Norway, United Kingdom
- Used In: boxed pasta, bread, packaged baked goods, frozen dinners
- Toxic Alert: It’s used to bleach flour (yes, bleach!) and is known to induce asthma.
- Banned in: Austraila and many European countries
BHA & BHT (preservatives butylated hydroxyanisole & butylated hydroxytoluene)
- Used In: Butter, cereal, gum, meat, nut mixes.
- Toxic Alert: Used to stop food from getting rancid and known to cause cancer in rats—there’s nothing left to discuss on that one!
- Banned In: European countries, Japan, United Kingdom
Brominated Vegetable Oil
- Used In: Citrus flavored sodas and sports drinks – it makes food die stick to liquid, and is derived from bromine, which is a fire retardant.
- Toxic Alert: has been linked to birth defects, growth problems, hearing loss, major organ system damage, and schizophrenia.
- Banned in: Over 100 countries (We think it’s time to make it 101)
- Used In: Fat free potato chips, corn chips and French fries. Created as a substitute for cooking oil to lower calorie count.
- Toxic Alert: Can cause vitamin depletion and anal leakage—all we need to know!
- Banned in: Canada, United Kingdom
Potassium Bromate (bromated flour)
- Used In: Bread products to reduce baking time and costs. (Bagel chips, breadcrumbs, rolls. Check your bread label.)
- Toxic Alert: Derived from the chemical bromide and is linked to cancer, kidney damage, and nervous system damage.
- Banned in: Canada, China, and many European countries
Synthetic Growth Hormones rBGH and rBST
- Used In: Cows—makes them produce more milk faster leading to all kinds of problems (look for a No Growth Hormones label on your dairy products).
- Toxic Alert: Potentially causing infertility, weakened muscle growth, and a whole array of cancers.
- Banned in: Australia, Canada, European Union, Japan, New Zealand