Is there a way to alkalize my body without spending a lot of money?

Yes there is, and it’s all natural! But first, you need to know that the real cause of excess acidity at the cellular level is a deficiency of what are called the alkalinizing or alkaline reserve minerals. You are born with these minerals and you also get them through your diet. If you live a stressful life… you will deplete these minerals quickly.
They include calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and a few others.

Unfortunately, drinking artificially alkalinized water does little or nothing to replace these vital minerals. In fact, it may deplete them for unusual reasons. It may make the body think that it is alkaline, so the body does not need to hold on to its alkaline reserve minerals as much; so it eliminates some of them, making the person even more deficient.

Water from alkaline water machines replaces the vital minerals with a little cadmium, lead, arsenic and other toxic metals found in tap water, and is not filtered by any carbon filters that I am aware of. In addition, the alkaline water machines will replace the good minerals with a little platinum and titanium. They are found in the plates that the water passes over to make it alkaline. These are both very toxic metals, especially platinum.

In addition, I have observed slightly higher levels of nickel in those who have used alkaline water machines for several years. The nickel is probably leached from the stainless steel in the machine, or perhaps from a nickel-plated machine part. Nickel is a deadly toxic metal. The alkalinity of the water may cause a little of the nickel to be leached out of the machine parts.

Carbon filtration does not remove enough of the toxic chemicals in the water, so one is also getting a dose of chlorine, fluorides, aluminum, copper and residues of medical drugs, and in many areas, pesticides, parasites and more. As a result, alkaline water machines do not really balance the body’s pH, although they will change it a little, giving some people the impression they are getting well when, in fact, they are becoming more ill.

The only way to truly balance the body is to replenish the alkaline reserve minerals. To do this, one must eat a lot of cooked or raw vegetables. The vegetables, and perhaps some good mineral supplements, when carefully chosen such as kelp, can and do supply the alkaline reserve minerals. Good quality, natural spring water also supplies some alkaline minerals, as does good quality colored sea salt (Himalayan or gray salts are best). Using these on a daily basis, the body can be slowly re-mineralized. This is the way to do it… not drinking artificially alkalinized water.

Alkaline spring waters usually have a pH of about 8 or possibly 8.5. The water from the machines is often much higher, up to 12 or 13. This is not healthful. Secondly, alkaline spring water and some well water are high in calcium and magnesium, which are excellent for one’s health. Water from the machines, by contrast, is artificially made to be alkaline by mixing the water with a small amount of platinum and perhaps titanium, both of which are toxic metals.

You might ask…Why is the diet important? Much of the acidity of the body is due to a diet that is too high in grains, cereals, beans, and sugars. Refined food diets are the worst, but so are most people’s high carbohydrate natural food diets. All of these foods have an acidic reaction in the body due to their peculiar mineral content. Red meats also have a more acidic reaction due to other factors such as their high iron content and the bacteria needed to digest them properly.

Even eating some fruits today seem to have an acidic reaction. This is due to their content of fruit acids, their higher sugar content, their unbalanced mineral content--thanks to hybridization--and genetic modification. Some fruits are still alkaline forming, but not all by any means. We find that fruit is not a healthful food today.

The diets need to be corrected by eating at least 70% vegetables each and every day. This is the only way to obtain enough alkaline reserve minerals. Also, consuming only colored sea salt, and natural spring water, and supplements of kelp, also help. Drinking artificially alkalinized water does not help very much, and makes the person worse for the reasons outlined above.

Dr. Michael D. Reggish, D.C., N.D.

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About the writer: Dr. Michael D. Reggish D.C., N.D.

Dr. Michael D. Reggish D.C., N.D. is a Holistic Physician, Naturopathic Doctor, Chiropractor, Clinical Nutritionist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Applied Kinesiologist and the founder of Reggish Holistic Wellness, located on 31586 Schoolcraft Rd. in Livonia, for more information, Please visit www.DrReggishHolisticWellness.com or call 734-427-7110.

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