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This one single, simple mistake you could be making with your health could be the biggest mistake you can make:
Not consuming enough alkaline minerals on a daily basis could be the single most damaging thing you could possibly do to your health. And yet 99% of us never get enough.
The good news is that in this article I am going to outline exactly how you can guarantee you will get enough, every day.
As you read this article in full you will see how my research uncovers the scientific proof that alkaline minerals are critical to your health, and that an absence of sufficient alkaline minerals will not only lead to symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain (or unhealthy weight loss), poor skin and depression, but also insufficient alkaline minerals can certainly lead to cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and more.
Background: why alkaline minerals and your pH matters
Just as your temperature absolutely has to stay at 38.5 C or 98.6 F degrees (and your body will do whatever it takes to keep it at that level) your body has to maintain a pH of 7.365, according to Dr. Robert O. Young, Director at the pH Miracle Living Center in San Diego, California.
If you eat, drink and live an lifestyle that is over-acid, the stress it puts on your body to maintain this pH of 7.365 directly leads to sickness and disease. Your body is naturally acid forming – your natural bodily processes, metabolism and the body’s removal of wastes and toxins leads to small amounts of acid by-products. To neutralise this we have a small alkaline buffering system that keeps this 7.365 pH level in our blood and other cells.
And this buffer used to be 100% adequate…until our modern lifestyle kicked in.
Now a diet of pizza, coffee, chips, chocolate, soda, alcohol, white bread, cheese, microwave meals, trans-fats and take aways plus a lifestyle of stress, pollution, chemicals and toxins means that we are constantly pushing our body to the max to try and deal with this constant, overwhelming attack of acids.
To put this in context, the pH scale (that runs from 1-14) is logarithmic. This means that pH 6 is 10x more acidic than pH 7, meaning pH 5 is 100x times more acidic than pH 7 and pH 4 is 1000x more acidic.
Coke has a pH of between 2 and 3 – pH 2.5 is almost 500,000 times more acidic than neutral water, and you need 32 glasses of neutral (pH 7) water to counteract the consumption of one glass of Cola.
So you can see how a diet filled with meats, dairy, fizzy drinks, alcohol etc would quickly deplete these buffers.
The Scientific Proof That Alkaline Minerals Are Critical To Your Health
Recent scientific research into human health, sickness & disease has shown with increasing evidence that living an acid-lifestyle is extremely detrimental to health & that by living alkaline you can increase your health, energy, vitality, immune system, youthfulness and protect yourself from disease.
As recently as October 2009, a Cambridge University study published in the highly respected British Journal of Nutrition stated:
The concept of diet-induced ‘acidosis’ as a cause of disease has been a subject of interest for more than a century. The present article reviews the history of our evolving understanding of physiological pH, the physiological support for the concept of ‘acidosis’, the causes of acidosis, how it is recognised, its short-term effects as well as the long-term clinical relevance of preventative measures, and the research support for normalisation of pH.
The available research makes a compelling case that diet-induced acidosis…is a real phenomenon, and has a significant, clinical, long-term pathophysiological effect that should be recognised and potentially counterbalanced by dietary means.1
The researchers, Pizzornoa, Frassettoa and Katzinger have clearly identified that acidosis (increased acidity in the blood – pH below 7.365) is a very real threat to our health.
Furthermore, my research has shown that the effects of acidosis can directly contribute to various cancers2, 3, 12, arthritis4, osteoporosis5, cardiovascular disease6, diabetes7, depression/psychological disfunctions8, Crohn’s disease9, kidney disease10. Yes, all of the top five killers in Western society and a whole heap more. Furthermore, my experience and the experience of those who have used my twelve week Alkaline Diet Course have given me significant proof that living alkaline also leads to weight/fat loss, muscle gain (also scientifically proven11), energy increases, libido increases, skin improvements and more.
Alkaline Diet & Cancer
Alkaline Minerals Prevent Cancer GrowthIn March 2009, Robey, Baggett, Kirkpatrick et al published a paper in the American Association for Cancer Research Journal proving that alkaline minerals (in this case NaHCO3 – sodium bicarbonate) that raise the extracellular pH of cancer tumor cells and prevent metastasis. Their research shows that the pH of the tumors are always acidic and by using highly alkaline minerals to raise the pH – the growth of the cancer (and involvement of lymph nodes) is prevented.
Source: Cancer Research 69, 2260, March 15, 2009
Cancer Thrives in an Acidic EnvironmentAlso in Cancer Research Journal, in 2006, Gatenby, Gawlinski et al researched and discovered that “chronic exposure of normal tissue to an acidic microenvironment produces toxicity by: (a) normal cell death… and (b) extracellular matrix degradation”. They proffer that glucose imbalance (an acid lifestlye) leads to a chronically acidic microenvironment (the normal cells and molecules that surround a tumor cell) which provides the perfect base for cancer.
Source: Cancer Research 66, 5216-5223, May 15, 2006
Acidosis & Osteoporosis
Alkaline Minerals Prevent Osteoporosis
A recently published study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (Vol 94, No 1 96-102, 2009) has provided further evidence that the consumption of and supplementation with alkaline minerals is essential for good health. The objective of the study was to understand the effect of alkaline minerals (potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate and potassium chloride) on bone health – specifically, the ability of these alkaline minerals to slow the bone resorption rate and calcium excretion.
The participants who were taking the bicarbonate supplements had significant reductions in urinary N-telopeptide and calcium excretion when compared to the control group. This means that when taking the alkaline minerals, bones remained stronger and healthier.
Source: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (Vol 94, No 1 96-102, 2009)
Cardiovascular Disease & the Alkaline Diet
Alkaline Minerals Critical to Prevention of CVD
In the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Joseph Campbell provides a thorough review of the scientific literature surrounding minerals and disease and highlights that the alkaline minerals, magnesium and calcium, are critical to the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). He also highlights that “Excessive consumption of acid producing foods, results in metabolic acidosis. When this occurs, the parathyroid hormone stimulates the removal of calcium from the bones and teeth (osteolysis), to buffer or neutralize the excess acidity. After many years, such calcium loss results in depleted bone, bone weakness and structure.”
Source: Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. 10, No. 3 & 4, 1995
Arthritis & Alkalinity
Alkaline Mineral Supplementation Decreases Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
This incredible study from Institute for Prevention and Nutrition (Germany) provided clear and unquestionable evidence that using an alkaline mineral supplement (30g daily) reduced pain and increased movement in patients with moderately active Rheumatoid Arthritis over a 12-week period.
Source: The Open Nutrition Journal, 2008, 2, 100-105
Do you want to safeguard yourself from degenerative diseases while living with more energy, a lean, fit body, great skin, youthfulness and vitality?
How You Can Guarantee Your Health With Alkaline Minerals
The above studies prove, without question, that having sufficient alkaline mineral buffers to neutralise dietary, lifestyle and metabolic acids is critical to maintaining excellent health, energy and vitality and to the prevention of degenerative disease.
It is also highlighted in several of these studies that using an alkaline mineral supplement is an effective way of guaranteeing your daily intake of alkaline minerals is sufficient.
The efficacy of using a mineral supplement (and these supplements providing a usable form of these minerals) is further supported by this June 2009 study published in the Nutrition Journal, “Effect of a supplement rich in alkaline minerals on acid-base balance in humans”. The study concluded “that the ingestion of a multimineral supplement is associated with both a significant increase in blood and urinary pH”.
If you want to guarantee you have sufficient alkaline minerals than supplementation is a smart choice.
I’ve been working and researching in the alkaline diet field for five or six years now and have seen a lot of supplements come and go, and the one thing that determines whether a supplement will be successful or not is: does it work.
Poor quality supplements get found out very quickly.
With that in mind, these are the two alkaline mineral supplements that I personally recommend to you. I have been using these personally for at least four years now and I truly believe that they are incredibly effective.
Young pHorever pHour Salts: Alkaline Minerals of Sodium, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium
Almost instantly neutralises harmful acids. Young pHorever Alkaline Minerals contains all four primary alkaline minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. Once these mineral buffers hit the system, they quickly neutralise excess acids.
Another bonus of this supplement is that it makes green drinks taste better when mixed together!
Young pHorever: pHlavor Mineral Salts
A comprehensive multi-mineral formula that will aid your pH balance and gives your body all of the most essential alkaline minerals.
Diet Comes First
You should always aim to get an abundance of nutrients from whole foods – there are no shortcuts here. This is just essential.
To make sure you’re getting plenty of alkaline minerals in your life I believe you should both consume good quality (pref organic) fresh, vibrant, healthy, high-water content, often raw foods PLUS I believe that you should supplement this to ensure that you always have a safety net. It is SO important to get enough of the right minerals every day that I fully believe in supplementation in this case.
This is particularly important if you have been out of balance, because there will be a lot of repair, detoxification and tidying up to do in your blood and other cells, so providing your body with an abundance of alkaline minerals is one of the very best things you can do.
Here’s the whole food sources:
Sunflower Seed sprouts
Sunflower Seed sprouts
Note on Sodium:
We are talking about proper, pure sodium, not table salt or the salt added to refined foods.
According to Dr. Robert O. Young:
Today’s common table salt is a poison that has nothing in common with natural liquid colloidal salt. Most common table salt is made up of chemicals that pollute your body and wreak havoc on your health. Your table salt is actually 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals such as moisture absorbents, and iodine. Dried at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, the excessive heat alters the natural chemical structure of the salt causing the potential for a myriad of health challenges in your body. [see the full article here]
Sodium is essential in the body, and the above listed alkaline vegetables provide you with a good, clean source of this important salt.
Sufficient alkaline minerals is essential to good health. Your body really needs you to minimize the acids you consume and keep putting alkali in. When we consume acids, your body uses the alkaline substances in your body (calcium from bones, for example) to neutralise these acids which causes havoc. The body only has a very tiny supply of alkaline buffers and so by giving the body an abundance of alkalinity we not only ease this burden but also give the body the tools it needs to work optimally.
The four main alkaline minerals are calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium (clean, not refined table salt). These are abundant in fresh vegetables (particularly greens), and we advise you to eat plenty each day!
We also recommend two supplements. In the short-medium term these will help undo any previous damage and assist in detoxifying the body of acids, molds and fungus and in the long-term will help to maintain this alkaline balance, giving you a daily safety net to ensure you get enough of these minerals day-in-day-out.
Sources & References:
1 Diet-induced acidosis: is it real and clinically relevant? British Journal of Nutrition Cambridge University Press; Joseph Pizzornoa, Lynda A. Frassettoa and Joseph Katzingera
2Acid-Mediated Tumor Invasion: a Multidisciplinary Study; Cancer Research 66, 5216-5223, May 15, 2006; Robert A. Gatenby, Edward T. Gawlinski, Arthur F. Gmitro, Brant Kaylor and Robert J. Gillies
3The Potential Role of Systemic Buffers in Reducing Intratumoral Extracellular pH and Acid-Mediated Invasion; Cancer Research 69, 2677, March 15, 2009; Ariosto S. Silva, Jose A. Yunes, Robert J. Gillies and Robert A. Gatenby
4Alkaline Mineral Supplementation Decreases Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients; The Open Nutrition Journal, 2008, 2, 100-105; Regina Maria Cseuz, Istvan Barna, Tamas Bender and Ju?rgen Vormann
5Treatment with Potassium Bicarbonate Lowers Calcium Excretion and Bone Resorption in Older Men and Women; The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism Vol. 94, No. 1 96-102; Bess Dawson-Hughes, Susan S. Harris, Nancy J. Palermo, Carmen Castaneda-Sceppa, Helen M. Rasmussen and Gerard E. Dallal
6Minerals and Disease; Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. 10, No. 3 & 4, 1995; Joseph D. Campbell
7Preservative Effect of Electrolyzed Reduced Water on Pancreatic b -Cell Mass in Diabetic db/db Mice; Biol. Pharm. Bull. 30(2) 234—236 (2007); Mi-Ja KIM, Kyung Hee JUNG, Yoon Kyung UHM, Kang-Hyun LEEM, and Hye Kyung KIM
8The Effect of Acid/Alkaline Nutrition on Psychophysiological Function; Int J Biosocial Res. Vol.
9(2); 182-202, 1987; Rudolf A. Wiley9Severe Osteomalacia Associated with Renal Tubular Acidosis in Crohn’s Disease; Digestive Diseases & Sciences, Vol 31, No 3, March 1986; Rui MM Victorino, Margarida B Lucas, Miguel Carneiro de Moura10Metabolic acidosis of CKD: diagnosis, clinical characteristics, and treatment; American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Volume 45, Issue 6, Pages 978-993 J. Kraut, I. Kurtz11Lean Tissue: Alkaline diets favor lean tissue mass in older adults; American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 87, No. 3, 662-665, March 2008; Bess Dawson-Hughes, Susan S Harris and Lisa Ceglia
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He asked if I had been sick or on new medication. I told him that I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and taking levoxothyrine. He said that he wanted me to book an appointment with an oral surgeon to have surgery on them.
I said no thank you and went home and started to brush my teeth with your clay and rub them onto my gums twice a day. I just went back for my six month cleaning and he was blown away by how great my gums looked. He asked what I was doing and I told him.
He said he didn't know anything about the clay, but to keep it up. So thank you for a great product, it keeps my skin so nice as well! Now if it could just fix my thyroid.....Lisa Carnevale
I totally agree! I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in January of 1984... over 26 years ago... and chose to use alternative means of healing rather than 'wider excision, and possibly radiation...using diet, spiritual mind treatments, etc. It was the best choice I could possibly have made, and it's taken me on quite a journey.
Being 'uninsurable due to pre-existing condition' can be a benefit if you choose to take responsibility for your own healing. Even though I knew about raw foods and was on a 'transitional diet' of 50-60% raw for several years, I still wasn't eating a predominantly raw alkaline diet... and wound up with something called 'inverse psoriasis'... for which I am deeply grateful because it led me to Dr. Young... and a much deeper understanding of the power of a predominantly alkaline diet... and the realization that raw diets aren't necessarily alkaline or even healthy just because they are raw. It only took a week or two of following a strict alkaline diet for the horrible deep red sometimes bleeding psoriasis rash to totally heal. It's not 'cured' but is typically in a state of total remission... UNLESS I decide to 'eat widely' ... with too many acidic foods.
The moment I see the rash begin to appear in the first of many places it formerly appeared on my body, I immediately go back to a highly alkaline diet... lots of green smoothies... zero sugar and refined grain products and combos... and the rash/psoriasis magically disappears within a day or two. How cool it is to have a plainly visible 'indicator' or 'danger signal' ... warning me of the acidity of my body... and even cooler to see how alkalizing ALWAYS makes it disappear. And in the process, I return to a much calmer and clearer state of mind.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the whole world knew what I've come to find out... and what so many like me know as well.Someday... hopefully soon... we will reach a 'critical mass' ... and the whole world will know. ...Thanks Dr. Young and Shelley for continuing to speak out!
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Medical savants are ignorant to the fact that blood or hemoglobin is the second largest contributor to buffering dietary and/or metabolic acids next to sodium bicarbonate. When the blood is trying to maintain its alkaline iso-structure and stay alkaline at 7.365, it will ...use sodium bicarbonate and then hemoglobin to neutralize or buffer any excess acid that is not. properly eliminated through the four channels of elimination - defecation, urination, respiration and perspiration. This loss of hemoglobin is also a loss of iron since iron is the center atom of hemoglobin of iron and the cause of the iron deficiency. Therefore an iron deficiency is not a deficiency of iron but an result of an acidic lifestyle and diet. Change the diet to an alkaline pH Miracle Lifestyle and Diet and watch the iron poor blood become an iron rich blood with green foods, green drinks and the elimination of all acidic foods and drinks.
So to answer the question of what really causes a deficiency of iron in the blood? The answer is simple - dietary and metabolic acids! The following is what iron poor blood looks like.
Sodas sweetened with the acid sugar, sport, and fruit drinks (not 100 percent fruit juice) contain between 120 and 200 calories, and play a role both in the development of obesity and diabetes.
“The CHD model allows us to incorporate data from other studies that demonstrate an association between daily consumption of sugared beverages and diabetes risk," Dr. Litsa Lambrakos, study lead investigator and internal medicine resident at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a statement. "We can then translate this information into estimates of the current diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can be attributed to the rise in consumption of these drinks.”
Experts suggest that imposing an excise tax of one cent per ounce of beverage would reduce consumption by 10 percent.
“If such a tax could curb the consumption of these drinks, the health benefits could be dramatic,” said Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, senior author of the study and associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
"The soda tax is a fix that just makes sense," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a radio address.
The American Heart Association recommends women limit added sugar to about 100 calories a day and that men limit their added sugar to 150 calories daily. Sugar-sweetened beverages should be limited to 450 calories or less each week (36 ounces), based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet.
Dr. Robert O. Young, Director of the pH Miracle Center states, "all sodas, sport drinks, fruit drinks, exotic fruit drinks primarily sold by network marketing companies are highly acidic and will contribute or even cause the acid conditions of diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. My best advice is if the beverage tastes sweet and/or carbonated spit it out and through it away, it is poison to the body."
Fifty patients were enrolled in the investigation, all with a genetic mutation that prompts the development of polyps — precancerous growths in the bowel that often develop into tumors requiring removal of large sections of intestine.
Twenty-eight were randomly assigned to a group that received a two-gram daily dose of a new, highly purified form of omega-3, while the other 27 were given a dummy lookalike, or placebo.
After six months, the number of polyps had risen by almost 10 percent among the placebo group but fell by 12 percent for those taking the omega-3 capsules, amounting to a difference of more than 22 percent.
In addition, polyp size increased by 17 percent among the placebo takers, whereas it decreased by 12.5 percent in the capsule group, a difference of just under 30 percent.
According to Dr. Robert O. Young, Director of Research at the pH Miracle Living Center, "Omega-3 oils work because they take-up on their unsaturation hydrogen ions or dietary/metabolic acids thus reducing acidity in the gut that causes the formation of polyps and then the formation of cancerous tumors."
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Together, these findings have important clinical and public health implications and support Dr. Robert O. Young's reserach that dietary and/or metabolic acids lead to ALL disease including liver disease.
Rates of acidic liver disease and obesity are increasing in the UK. While the acid alcohol is a major cause of liver cirrhosis, recent evidence suggests that excess body weight may also play a role.
In the first study, researchers from the University of Oxford examined the link between body mass index (BMI) and liver cirrhosis in 1.2 million middle-aged UK women as part of the Million Women Study.
Each woman was tracked for an average of 6.2 years, and risks were adjusted for factors such as age, alcohol consumption, smoking, socioeconomic status and physical activity.
Compared to women of a healthy weight, women who were overweight or obese had an increased relative risk of liver cirrhosis. Although this relative risk did not differ significantly by alcohol consumption, the absolute risk did.
For example, among women who reported drinking an average of about a third to half a drink a day, 0.8 in 1000 will be admitted to hospital with or will die from liver cirrhosis over five years if they are of healthy weight compared with 1 in 1000 women who are obese.
However, among women who reported drinking an average of two and a half drinks a day, 2.7 in 1000 will be admitted to hospital with or will die from the acids that cause liver cirrhosis over five years if they are of healthy weight compared with 5 in 1000 women who are obese.
In the second study, researchers from the Universities of Glasgow and Bristol investigated the joint effects of BMI and alcohol consumption on liver disease in more than 9,000 men in Scotland. Participants were tracked for an average of 29 years.
Both factors were related to liver disease and, more importantly, the combination of high BMI and alcohol consumption was greater than the additive effect of the two separate factors.
For example, obese men who reported drinking 15 or more units per week had the greatest risk of liver disease: almost 19 times higher than underweight or normal weight non-drinkers. The authors suggest that lower, BMI specific "safe" limits of alcohol consumption may need to be defined for people who are overweight. Preventive efforts are also needed to limit the affordability and availability of alcohol and to increase alkaline foods, drink and physical activity.
Both studies conclude that, from a public health perspective, strategies to jointly reduce both excessive acidic alcohol consumption and excessive acidic body weight should lead to a reduction in the incidence of liver dis-ease.
In an accompanying editorial, Professor Christopher Byrne at the University of Southampton and Dr Sarah Wild from the University of Edinburgh say that future research must focus on better diagnosis and treatment of non-alcoholic acidic fatty liver disease (a build-up of fat in the liver caused by obesity, high alcohol intake and diabetes, which can lead to cirrhosis).
In the meantime, the old adage of "prevention is better than cure" remains pertinent. Reducing acidic alcohol consumption and obesity caused by acidity are, at present, our only weapons against non-viral liver disease. The progression of non-alcoholic fatty acidic liver disease to end stage acidic liver disease can now be added to the list of the undesirable consequences of modern lifestyles, states Dr. Robert O. Young, Director of Reserach at The pH Miracle Center.
A new study shows, for the first time, a direct relation between loneliness and larger increases in blood pressure four years later—a link that is independent of age and other factors that could cause blood pressure to rise, including body-mass index, smoking, alcohol use and demographic differences such as race and income.
The researchers also looked at the possibility that depression and stress might account for the increase but found that those factors did not fully explain the increase in blood pressure among lonely people 50 years and older.
"Loneliness behaved as though it is a unique health-risk factor in its own right," wrote researcher Louise Hawkley in an article, "Loneliness Predicts Increased Blood Pressure," published in the current issue of the journal Psychology and Aging.
Hawkley, Senior Research Scientist with the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, is part of a University of Chicago research team that has been doing pioneering work on the impact of loneliness on health and quality of life issues. It includes Ronald Thisted, Chairman of Health Studies; Christopher Masi, Assistant Professor in Medicine; and John Cacioppo, the Tiffany & Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology.
High blood pressure, often called a silent threat as it has few symptoms, undermines health in many ways. It increases the risk for heart attack and stroke and impairs kidney function. A systolic blood pressure measurement greater than 140 mm, also called hypertension, is the most common primary diagnosis in the United States and is the primary or contributing cause of about 18 percent of deaths in this country.
It is estimated to cost $73.4 billion per year. However, any measurement greater than 115 mm increases risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a 2003 report by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.
Like blood pressure, loneliness is sometimes not easy to detect. People who have many friends and a social network can feel lonely if they find their relationships unsatisfying, Hawkley said. Conversely, people who live rather solitary lives may not be lonely if their few relationships are meaningful and rewarding.
The team based its research on a study of 229 people aged 50 to 68. The randomly chosen group included whites, African Americans and Latinos who were part of a long-term study on aging. Members of the group were asked a series of questions to determine if they perceived themselves as lonely. They were asked to rate connections with others through a series of topics, such as "I have a lot in common with the people around me," "My social relationships are superficial" and "I can find companionship when I want it."
During the five-year study, Hawkley found a clear connection between feelings of loneliness reported at the beginning of the study and rising blood pressure over that period. "The increase associated with loneliness wasn't observable until two years into the study, but then continued to increase until four years later," she said.
Even people with modest levels of loneliness were impacted. Among all the people in the sample, the loneliest people saw their blood pressure go up by 14.4 mm more than the blood pressure of their most socially contented counterparts over the four-year study period.
Lonely people's apprehension about social connections may underlie the blood pressure increase.
"Loneliness is characterized by a motivational impulse to connect with others but also a fear of negative evaluation, rejection and disappointment," Hawkley said. "We hypothesize that threats to one's sense of safety and security with others are toxic components of loneliness, and that hypervigilance for social threat may contribute to alterations in physiological functioning, including elevated blood pressure."
According to Dr. Robert O. Young, Director of Research at The pH Miracle Living Center, "People who are lonely are also acidic in the tissues, saliva and urine. The emotion of loniliness produces a metabolic acid, when chelated with cholersterol or alkaline minerals can build up on the walls of the arteries causing the restirciton of blood flow resulting in an increase in blood pressure and/or pulse rate. The solution to mediating any acid whether from food, drink or thought is to keep the body alkalized as it was designed."
The study was supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging and the John Templeton Foundation.
For me, I think this is an absolutely gorgeous photo of Jen. Having been way to critical of my own photos so many times in the past, analyzing whether my shoulders looked too round or my tummy stuck out, this photo screams at me to stop being so ridiculously critical of myself and look at how beautiful women and their gorgeous curves are.
Jen looks healthy, fit and happy. Isn't that the most important thing when it comes to your body?
Loving this one look in particular as it really depicts Kate's unique personal style.
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