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Having been a performer for the better part of my life keeping up the same energy levels on stage isn’t always easy. About five years ago the signs of a volatile lifestyle were starting to really take their toll. It wasn’t too long before taking pharmaceutical substances became a permanent fixture of every performance.
I knew full well that something had to dramatically change before my health deteriorated any further. I started to juice every morning and this helped immensely but every time I did a show I still felt fatigued and depleted at the end of the night. I also noticed something else that was very strange at the time. I have always been a firm believer that consuming lots of water especially when you are perspiring so rapidly is essential in replenishing lost fluids. But for some reason even though I would drink a minimum of 2 litres a show I always felt that the bottled water I was consuming wasn’t quite right. I would also feel a lot of acid reflux after the show and all through to the next morning.
So I started to diligently research alkaline water otherwise referred to as ‘ionized water’ and found out very quickly that the benefits from drinking it were nothing short of amazing. There was a multitude of testimonials from people all over the world attesting to its healing powers. So what is alkaline water and why is it so good for us? According to my research I found that alkaline water was able to neutralize the acidity build up in the body caused mainly by stress, modern diet, pollution in the air and even by certain brands of bottled water. The PH level of our blood fluctuates between 7.35 – 7.45 which on a PH scale is slightly alkaline. If the blood was to deviate even slightly from this figure we could potentially die.
Acidity build up in the body also creates the appropriate environment for many types of disease to flourish and expand. Scientists have found that cancer cells and tumors feed on acidity and are able to proliferate in an acidic environment. By drinking alkaline water on a daily basis you are neutralizing the acidity and free radicals in your body that we are bombarded with on a regular basis. This whole concept made a lot of sense to me and I decided to venture out and purchase myself a good quality alkaline filter. There seems to be a lot of choices on the market but abiding by the rules of ‘you get what you pay for’ I decided to spend that little bit extra and get myself a reputable and good quality unit.
I will never forget the first time I tasted alkaline water. Unless you have tried it for yourself my description would hardly do it justice. The very first thing I noticed was how easy and smooth it was to drink. It almost has a velvet kind of consistency compared to the harshness of normal tap water. I did some further investigating and found out that ‘ionization’ which is the process for making alkaline water breaks clusters of water molecules into smaller micro-clusters. This greatly reduces the size of the clusters from the 11-16 molecules in standard water to just 5-6 molecules in ionized water. Smaller clusters pass through cell walls more easily and hydrate the cells more quickly. This explained why it went down so much easier than normal drinking water. It wasn’t very long before I started to notice significant differences in my health and energy levels. This was no less evident on stage and the difference that it made to my performances. My energy levels were gradually improving and the need to take pharmaceutical substances for every show was a thing of the past. What’s interesting is that due to the size, micro-clusters of ionized water molecules are expelled from the cells more efficiently, carrying damaging toxins out of the cells and flushing them out of the system. A higher pH level in the body also reduces the need for fat and cholesterol to protect the body from damaging acids. One of the leading causes of obisity is due to the body being forced to produce an unhealthy amount of fat cells just to stop the acidity from burning holes inside of you.
I also started to notice that cooking with alkaline water improved the taste of foods and I found that it also enhanced the taste of various herbal teas. Cooking with normal water only adds more acidity to your diet and not to mentioned all of the other unfiltered microbes that you might be digesting. By the way, boiling the water does not kill all bacteria nor does it get rid of other chemicals.
My mother who has been a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer for the last 20 years also started drinking the alkaline water and noticed a dramatic change in her mobility. Normally she couldn’t even get out of bed in the morning due to the excruciating pain that she felt. Any sort of arthritis is due to a build up of acidity in the joints and drinking alkaline water has helped my mother better manage this disease and the pain associated with it.
Having the alkalizing filter also prompted me to test the PH level of bottled water on the market. The results were not only surprising but at times overwhelming to say the least. Some of the bottled water that I had been drinking on a regular basis had a PH level of about 3-4 which is highly acidic. It was no wonder I consistently caught the flu and was always sick. By drinking the large amounts of this particular water I was basically creating the perfect environment for pathogens and viruses to breed and flourish. There was 2 bottled brands however that did test neutral on the PH scale and if you are out and about and don’t have access to alkaline water they would more than suffice. The 2 bottled brands are ‘Evien’ and ‘Fiji Water’. They both tested around 7 on the pH scale which is still slightly alkaline and much healthier to consume.