ATTENTION: COFFEE LOVERS

Starbucks.. Peet’s,. Dunkin Donuts.. Folgers.. COFFEE. 

Don’t most of us look forward to waking up in the morning and smelling that glorious aroma beckoning us into the kitchen? And if not in the kitchen, we all hit the coffee shops for our “caffeine fix.” 

A recent article from the Huffington Post states that coffee consumption (in moderation) is actually more than just “getting our fix,” and that it is a healthy practice. Eleven reasons are provided for in the article: 

1.) A study done in 2005 showed that coffee contains more antioxidants that anything else. 

2.) Researchers at the Seoul National University discovered that exposure to coffee aromas can reduce stress from sleep deprivation. 

3.) Studies have shown that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s Disease. 

4.) A study published in 2006 showed that people who drink at least one cup of coffee a day were 20% less likely to develop liver cirrhosis, and help prevent people from developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

5.) A study done by the National Institute of Health found that coffee can make one feel happier and less likely to be depressed. 

6.) A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that coffee consumption has been linked to reduced risk of suicide in both men and women by about 50%. 

7.) Following 112,897 men and women over a 20-year period, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that women who drink three or more cups of coffee a day are much less likely to develop skin cancer than those who don’t.

8.) A report in the New York Times states that coffee can make one a better athlete. Caffeine increases the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream, allowing athletes’ muscles to absorb and burn those fats for fuel, therefore saving the body’s small reserves of carbohydrates for later on in the exercise.

9.) According to a study from The American Chemical Society, coffee lowers the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, 

10.) Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami found that moderate coffee consumption could appreciably reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease or delay onset.

11.) CNN and TIME report that coffee allows your brain to work in a much more efficient and smarter way, and that pretty much most of the complex functions associated with intelligence will be improved. 

All these reasons enumerated above just show how amazing coffee is, beyond the Caramel Macchiatos and the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. However, let us all keep in mind that consumption should be in moderation.

REFERENCE:

Jacques, Renee. “11 Reasons Why You Should Drink Coffee 

               Every Day.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 

               17 Oct. 2013. Web. 9 Feb. 2014      

               <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/

               10/17/coffee-health-benefits_n_4102133.html>.

LOOKING INTO THE ALKALINE DIET: Is there evidence that an alkaline pH diet benefits health?

Some of you may have read and/or heard of books written in the lay literature on the alkaline diet, and how it should greatly benefit those who adhere to it. An article posted on the US National Library of Medicine by researcher, Gerry K Schwalfenberg of the University of Alberta, highlights seven topics that look into the role of an alkaline diet in health: 

(1) How life on earth is dependent on appropriate pH levels in and around living organisms and cells.

(2) How body pH varies from one area to another in relation to organ function.

(3) How calcium is significant in our bodies and represents a large reservoir of base in our body.

(4) The significance of a potassium-rich diet and how it is able to preserve muscle mass in older men and women.

(5) The use of enough alkaline supplementation that results in a significant increase in growth hormone.

(6) How supplementing with alkaline minerals has proven to improve chronic low back pain.

(7) How an alkaline media is required by numerous chemotherapeutic agents to make them more effective. 

READ MORE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/

Beyonce drinks Alkaline water?

Beyonce Knowles recently made headlines for insisting on drinking alkaline water during her tour, which she drank at exactly 21 degrees, through a titanium straw. Many mainstream media outlets criticized Beyonce for her choice of refreshment, dismissing her as a “diva”. But a closer look at the facts reveals that Beyonce is setting an excellent example for her fans, and showing the rest of us a way forward.

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Health benefits of alkaline water:

Hydration: Due to alkaline ionized water’s smaller water cluster size, alkaline water can hydrate and enter your body cells more effectively than regular drinking water.

Energy: Because of the hydrating effects of alkaline ionized water, you will feel more energized and ready to embark on any challenge.  The natural antioxidant and alkaline minerals found in alkaline ionized water will also help revitalize and replenish lost minerals. 

Acid NeutralizingMany of the processed foods and beverages we eat are acidic in nature. While acid production in our body is nearly impossible to avoid, it can have negative effects on the way we feel and operate. Bodies high in toxic acidic waste over an extended period of time experience a loss of strength, decreased bone, muscle, and kidney health, and decreased vitality or sluggishness. Many leading doctors and nutritionists believe that one key measure to prevent this acidity is by consuming food and beverages with high alkaline metabolizing effects.

Mineral Nutrition: Alkaline Ionized Water is charged with antioxidant and alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron among many others.  These minerals can be found in alkaline foods as well, but alkaline ionized water is also effective in providing these essential minerals in an easy and refreshing way.



Does milk help build strong bones?

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Many of us are taught at a very early age to drink milk, because it’s good for us and provides a high content of calcium, which is good for our bones.  Cow’s milk, does have a high content of calcium, around 300 mg in fact. But did you know that this calcium is actually not properly absorbed my our body?

The truth is that cow’s milk and its calcium content is intended to nurture little baby calves, not humans.  Our bodies respond differently to this type of calcium.  Would you believe that this calcium actually depletes our bones? 

The truth is that cow’s milk, like any animal protein has an acidic pH.  Once milk is ingested, it becomes acidic and the body will use the best acid neutralizer in the body to balance this acidic pH, the best acid neutralizer in the body happens to be calcium, and the highest amount of calcium is stored in our bones. Thus, milk depletes our bones rather than strengthening them.

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This is important to keep in mind when treating osteoporosis, or any other type of illness.  Milk does not have the healing effects that it’s believed to have.  The solution to weak bones is not milk.

So, what are the solutions? 

ALKALINE FOODS!!  Dark leafy greens, dark vegetables, dried herbs, almonds and flax seeds! Delicious Alkaline Ionized Water is also a great way to add calcium to our diet!

Remember, keep an eye on your dairy product, animal product and sugar consumption, these foods are very acidic and often alter your body’s pH. 

For more information on alkaline ionized water, visit our website, www.a2owater.com or give us a call at (909)468-0999.

Thanks for reading.

The Secret to Beautiful Skin and Hair

Ionized alkaline water is popular for drinking for its health benefits. But for healthy hair and skin, acidic ionized water is the right choice. The hair and skin have a pH range of 3 – 3.5, so ionized acidic water provides the right pH balance for hair and skin

Beauty water is ionized water

Ionized acidic water is called beauty water in Asia, because it is widely used for its beauty benefits.  Ionized acidic water acts as an astringent, naturally toning and tightening the skin. Minor skin irritations can be soothed by acidic water, and it can even be used for first aid.

How to use ionized water for beautiful skin

Use mild acidic water, with a pH of 4 – 5. Wash regularly with ionized acidic water to help your skin’s pH balance and improve its appearance. If your face looks tired, splash on some ionized water and it will brighten up your skin for a quick beauty tune-up. Ionized acidic water is a great touch up for puffy eyes.

For irritated skin, soak a clean cloth in ionized acidic water and cover the affected area with it. For soothing skin irritations, the water should be cool to cold. For sunburns and minor burns, use cold ionized acidic water.

Ionized acidic water is a miracle for hair

If you have long hair, you will love what ionized acidic water will do for it. Rinsing hair with ionized acidic water compacts and closes hair follicles. This makes the hair stronger, shinier, and more manageable. An ionized acidic water rinse for damaged or over processed hair can restore health and shine in as little as one treatment!

Ionized acidic water is gentle enough to use every day. Over time, it will help to dissolve and rinse away build up left by styling products and hard water.

How to use ionized water for beautiful hair

Wash your hair normally and put conditioner in as you normally would. Rinse the conditioner from your hair with ionized acidic water. Amazingly, you can even comb the conditioner out of your hair as you rinse it! Ionized acidic water makes the tangles just fall out.

How to get ionized water for beauty

As a bonus for owning a water ionizer, you also generate alkaline ionized water which can help make you feel a lot healthier too!

There are lots of benefits of owning a water ionizer, call us today at (909) 468-0999 to find out what a Water Ionizer can do for you!

Love, Love, Love!

On this beautiful day, we would like to say Happy Valentines Day!

And speaking of love, here is an ode to that we love most…

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AN ODE TO WATER

A Poem by Warren King, L.Ac.

No odor doth thou release to nose
Nor color to the eye
No savor to the thirsting tongue
Now I think that I know why
Repeated drops a canyon carves
And labyrinths of caves
Reflecting all when stillness reigns
Or pounding rock to sand with waves
Two hydrogen they say you have
Is not that the composition of the Sun?
One oxygen combined with these
With the breath of Life you’re one
So mix the spirit fire
With the mind of air
And you get this substance
To which nothing can compare
Cycling through all nature
Ocean, clouds and rain
Flowing in all bloodstreams
Over chemistry supreme you reign
You purify and crystallize
With no seeming effort in your task
No life exists without you
But never thanks you ask
Merely streaming on your way
Without a backward glance
Nurturing at every turn
All being you enhance
Mother I might call you
For all that thou dost give
Or Water, as your common name
I thank you that I live

On this Valentine’s we hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and remember to stay hydrated with delicious alkaline ionized water.

Love,

A2O Water Company

A little more potassium in our lives!

Did you know that eating more foods with potassium can significantly reduce the risk of high blood pressure?  Foods like beans, peas, cabbage, spinach, bananas and papaya are delicious and also decrease the chances of strokes and heart disease. 

According to Dr. Francesco Branca, director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development.

"Elevated blood pressure is a major risk for heart disease and stroke — the number one cause of death and disability globally"

This also includes our children, who are now more frequently exposed to foods extremely high in sodium.  Branca also stated,

"children with elevated blood pressure often become adults with elevated blood pressure."

Let’s end this cycle of illness and change our dietary habits, with a little more potassium in our lives!

Remember, stay healthy and hydrated!

Love, A2O Water Co.

10 tips to keeping those New Year’s resolutions

1.  BE REALISTIC.  Plan on setting goals that are attainable.  Don’t eliminate things from your life completely, you can begin by slowly removing them until you don’t need them anymore.

2.  PLAN AHEAD.  Don’t wait until last minute to jump into your New Year’s resolutions, prepare what you need before hand so that you have the tools you need to successfully attain your goals. 

3.  OUTLINE YOUR PLAN.  There is nothing wrong with putting your plans on paper or on a bulletin board.  This helps you get organized and enables you to keep track of your progress.

4.  MAKE A “PROS” AND “CONS” LIST.  Sometimes it’s difficult to say good bye to old habits. A pros and cons list can help ease the transition by allowing you to see what is good and bad about your current habits or future goals.

5.  TALK ABOUT IT.   Communicate your goals to the people around you.  Sometimes communication encourages friends and family to be more supportive, especially when you are trying to let go of an old habit, moral support is definitely important. 

6.  REWARD YOURSELF. Who doesn’t love rewards, especially when you’ve worked so hard to keep your goals.  However watch that rewards don’t interfere with your progress, for example don’t reward yourself with chocolate if your goal is to lose weight.

7.  TRACK YOUR PROGRESS.  Keep track of your success by getting a diary or notebook where you can document all of your progress.

8.  DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP.  Slip ups are bound to happen specially during your transition period, don’t obsess over a mistake.  Move forward,  Do the best you can each day.

9.  STICK TO ITExperts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity, such as exercising, to become a habit, and 6 months for it to become part of your personality. Your new healthful habits will become second-nature in no time.

10.  KEEP TRYING.  It didn’t work out and you gave up in February? It’s okay, you can start over again!! Don’t give up on your goals, remember you are doing this to better yourself, nobody else is going to do it for you.  Get up and try again! 


We hope these tips help you achieve your New Year’s goals, remember to be strong, breathe and drink lots of water!  Happy 2013!!

Brace yourselves for an early flu season!

According to the Center for Disease Control we are going to be experiencing the earliest flu season since the 2003-2004 season. Thus far the number of states experiencing widespread flu has been doubling.

Times like these are especially tough on children and the elderly.  Immunizations and proper care is necessary to prevent illnesses and deaths.

According to NPR, “One big difference between this year and the 2003-2004 season is that so far the vaccine appears to be a very good match for the strains of flu that are circulating most widely.” 

To all of our readers, please take a moment to get yourself and family vaccinated and kick flu to the curb!  Thanks for reading and remember to stay warm!

What about our groundwater?

When most of us think about water, we might visualize a lake, river, stream, ocean, droplets of rain and so on, but we don’t really think much about our ground water.  Ground water however, plays a very important role in our water cycle. 

When water evaporates and falls in the form of rain or ice, it eventually ends up in the ground.  This groundwater then travels through the cracks in the soil and makes its way to a lake, river, ocean or large body of water, where it can evaporate once more and go through the same cycle all over again. As you can see, our water is constantly on a moving cycle. 

However, a problem emerges when we begin to think about all of the contaminants we have stored underground.  Throughout decades we have been storing things like oil and gasoline underground, we have also built septic tanks and landfills to dispose our waste.  These underground storage facilities pollute the groundwater that will eventually make its way to lakes, rivers, rain or even become our tap water. 

Pollutants like industrial chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, detergents, fertilizers, lead, mercury, nickel, chromium and even bacteria can be found in our groundwater.

This can be a scary thought specially if you drink or cook with tap water.

                 

Fortunately for us, there are ways we can reduce this harmful pollutants from our drinking water.  Think Alkaline offers a great line of affordable water filtering units that generate clean and deliciously crisp drinking water, click here to take a look!

Once again, thank you for reading.  We hope you have a wonderful rest of your week.