If you've been reading my emails even for a short time, you know I stress that an alkaline pH is essential to good health.
I'll approach that subject from a different angle today and talk about water.
Our bodies are 70% alkaline water (with a pH of 7.3 - 7.45). Every day we lose over 2 liters of water through our normal bodily functions...so it only makes sense that we need to take in enough water to replace what we lose.
Here are just a few of the reasons water is so necessary:
- Water cleanses the body and removes toxic wastes. If toxic wastes build up, they can lead to obesity, constipation, diverticulitis or colitis attacks, infections, inflammation, and the body becomes a breeding ground for disease.
- Water helps keep joints comfortable and lubricated.
Dehydrated cartilage causes friction in the joints that leads to deterioration and pain. (Degenerative joint disease or arthritis can result.)
- Water keeps blood thin and makes it easier for the heart to pump it through the body. When blood is too thick, it causes increased stress on the heart to pump it and also shuts down blood vessels, making it harder for nutrients to get to our vital organs. (Can you say high blood
- Water keeps skin smooth, healthy and young-looking.
Dehydrated skin is rough, dry and wrinkle-prone. (All the face creams in the world won't make up for a lack of water.)
- Water is vital to the brain--85% of your brain is water and it needs water to function and have energy. It's not surprising that dehydration has been associated with depression and chronic fatigue syndrome--the brain can't work without enough water.
- Just a 5% drop in bodily fluids will cause a 25-30% energy loss in most people, and a 15% drop will cause death.
...and this is only a partial list!
The great news is that getting the water we need is easy-- we can drink water and eat high water content foods (fresh fruits and vegetables).
When it comes to drinking water, know this: All water is NOT created equal. Since our bodies are alkaline, our water must be alkaline too. Thanks to acid rain, that isn't always a given.
The best sources of alkaline water are distilled water or filtered water (using reverse osmosis, Brita filters or similar filtering). Regular (unfiltered) tap water is acidic and contains harmful toxins like flouride and
Some people think bottled water is the best. Not always.
Here's a list of common brands of bottled water and their pH (remember--anything 7.0 or greater is alkaline, less than 7.0 is acidic):
San Pellegrino spring water--4.49 (acidic)
Pellegrino sparkling water--5.28 (acidic)
Whistler Water--7.18 (alkaline)
Canadian Mountain--7.96 (alkaline)
Eating high water content foods is by far the BEST way to get your body's water needs. Not only are they alkaline by nature, but they also contain essential nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy.
High water content foods work perfectly with our bodies-- The water from fresh fruits and vegetables carries the nutrients from those fruits and vegetables into the intestines, where they're absorbed by the body.
Then, the same water that brought the nutrients in carries wastes away from the body. Talk about a carry-in, carry-out picnic, huh?
Great Taste No Pain is loaded with delicious recipes featuring body-loving, high water content, alkaline foods.
And you won't ever feel like you're eating "rabbit food"
when you make my recipes! Give your body the water it needs and love every bite.
To your health,
PS: After one day of Great Taste No Pain, Sandi no longer needs Prilosec:
I have been having irritable bowel symptoms for several years. Lately, I have had shortness of breath along with that.
After 1 day of eating the Great Taste No Pain way, I felt like a different person. The pain is all but gone and I don't have that fullness that takes my breath away and keeps me from being able to take a deep breath.
I haven't eaten fruit in years because it always upset my stomach. Now I can't get enough!
I was taking Prilosec, but don't need it now.
I am looking forward to getting better and better. Thank you so much for introducing me to this program.