How an Alkaline Diet Maintains Your Alkaline Balance

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Maintaining an alkaline balance is key to good health

Many health experts tout the benefits of eating alkaline foods and drinking alkaline water for maintaining a healthy pH balance in the body. Misinformed skeptics however, try to cast doubt on the benefits of alkalinity by pointing out that the acidic environment in the stomach neutralizes alkaline substances, but the skeptics are wrong.

Acid to Digest, Alkaline to Absorb

The stomach uses acidity to break down food, the acid in the stomach mixes with the broken down food to produce a substance called chyme, which then passes into the small intestine. Keep in mind that the stomach primarily only breaks food down; the majority of nutrient absorption occurs in the small intestines.

Nutrient absorption begins in the intestines; but the acidic chyme must be made alkaline by the intestines for absorption to begin. The chyme is rapidly alkalized in the small intestine by bicarbonates secreted from the pancreas; the alkalizing bicarbonates support the work of digestive enzymes which are produced by the pancreas. Once the chyme is converted to an alkaline liquid, it can then be absorbed by the intestines.

Beneficial Alkaline Minerals

One reason for the benefits provided by alkaline foods and water is the mineral content. The minerals found in most fruit and vegetables are highly alkaline forming during the digestive process. Even foods such as oranges which have an acidic pH initially are beneficial nutritionally because they contain large amounts of  minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium. The minerals provided s are readily absorbed by the body, and contribute to the production of bicarbonates and enzymes needed to maintain a healthy digestive system and help the body absorb nutrients.

Alkaline water also contains alkaline forming minerals. The ionization process used by water ionizers to alkalize water separates water into alkaline and acid streams. Ionization causes alkaline minerals to become concentrated in alkaline water, while acid-forming ions such as carbonate and sulphate are separated into the acid stream.

How to get Alkaline Water

Water ionizers by Life Ionizers convert your tap water into  alkaline water with beneficial minerals. High quality Life Ionizers come with a free custom-configured pre-filter, which works with Life’s exclusive Vitamin C Ceramic Block® internal filters to take harmful toxins out of tap water while leaving in beneficial minerals. The water is then ionized which puts a negative electrical charge on the minerals dissolved in the water. That negative electrical charge gives the water it’s antioxidant potential.

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 Has the FDA evaluated the benefits of an alkaline diet?

No. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

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