Alkaline Water and pH Balance

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Topic – Alkaline Water and pH Balance

Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. Andrew Shepherd’s interview on the razorcast™ monthly podcast.  You can either watch the video to listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcripts below.  Enjoy!

RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our razorcast™ studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the United States.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Andrew Shepherd. Dr. Shepherd is the founder and serves as Chiropractor and Nutritionist of Mountain Health Chiropractic and Wellness in Plano, Texas. Originally, Dr. Shepherd is from New Zealand. He has lived in over 14 countries around the world and is the author of two books, “Health Put In Your Reach” and “Forever Young.”

Dr. Shepherd has been published in “Chiropractic Economics” and has appeared on the Veria Health and Wellness Network. Currently, he has two shows running on the Genesis of Healing Network run by the Discovery Channel.

Mountain Health Chiropractic and Wellness has been recognized as “America’s Top Chiropractors in Plano, TX” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. We welcome him here today as Dr. Shepherd is widely considered to be one of the top chiropractors in the country and a contributing member of our national network of industry professionals.

Today we are going to talk about a very important topic: Alkaline Water and pH Balance.

Hi Dr. Shepherd. How are you today?

Dr. Shepherd: I’m doing great, Liz. Thanks for having us on the show today.

RC: Well thanks for being here.

Question 1: What is Alkaline water?

RC: So I’m going to jump right in and ask the most obvious question, what is alkaline water?

Dr. Shepherd: Right and you know that’s a great question because we don’t think anything about water. We just open the tap and start drinking or open a bottle. And what we don’t realize is that tap water and bottled water, even though it’s filtered, is extremely unhealthy because it has an acid pH. Your body is designed to work in an alkaline pH and so when you introduce more acidity to it, it creates health issues. So essentially what we do with an alkalised pH balanced water is we put it through an energized media which creates micro-clustering of the water and that means those tiny little small particles are filled with minerals and have a pH anywhere between 7.5 and 8.2. If we remember from science – 7 is a neutral pH, 1 is extremely acidic and 14 is a super alkaline pH. So an ideal pH for drinking water sits somewhere between 7.6 and 8.2.

Question 2: What is a personal Alkaline water filter/ionizer and where can we purchase one?

RC: Okay and what is a personal alkaline water filter and where can we purchase one?

Dr. Shepherd: Personal water filters come in many different shapes and forms and there are so many different ones that are available on the market. In the office here, we like to have five or six different ones that are options. There is something called a portable AlkaWand™ and that simply (it looks like a tube of lipstick), you place that inside a water bottle, you can place that inside a glass of water and within twenty seconds of just simply gyrating it or turning it upside-down, you’ve changed your water from acidic to alkaline. Now that particular one does not filter the water so that would be a great one to use if you already had a water filter installed on your tap or if you’re using bottled water. Then you’ll turn it from naturally acidic to naturally alkaline.

So the next stage is something that we can actually install into the back of the refrigerator. What that one will do is – it removes every single piece of contaminant down to about 99.8% and alkalizes the water to somewhere between 7.8 and 8.2. So that’s a great option. It also means that you’re dispensing the water easily through your refrigerator and also that you’re drinking healthy alkaline water ice when the ice comes out. Then there are several different types of machines that you either can mount on top of the counter or underneath the counter depending on the space you have and depending on the aesthetics within your kitchen as well.

We recommend that some sort of alkaline water filter is used not only for the drinking water but your skin is your largest organ in your body and it uptakes everything that you put on it or in it. So when you spend 5, 10, 15 minutes a day in the shower with the chlorinated water and all the chemicals that are in our municipal supplies, you’re almost doing more damage than you are just drinking straight tap water. But there are alkaline water filters that can be used on your bathtub and also on your showers and if you really want to spend the extra money and go super diligent, you can actually get a whole house alkaline water filter, too, which is phenomenal.

I’m going to give you a website here to go to. Its www.water-revolution.com/drshepherd. Now from that site you can take a look at all the different types of filters that I just recommended. There are pluses and minuses. You can take a look and just try to determine which one is the right one for you.

Question 3: Why is PH Balance important for our body’s health?

RC: Wow, that’s great advice. Thank you so much and my next question, why is pH balance important for our body’s health?

Dr. Shepherd: And that is a great question. Inflammation and acidity lead to disease processes in the body. It’s a fact that we know most of our lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, thyroid dysfunction – the one common denominator is inflammation and acidity. We also know that cancer cells cannot survive in an alkaline environment. So if there’s any family history or any genetic predisposition to cancers, it’s an absolute no-brainer to make sure that we do as much as we can to keep the body in an alkaline state. That’s why we want to make sure that we’re drinking pH balanced water which is alkaline. Not only does it help in our digestion so we are now able to assimilate more nutrients from our food, it improves our immune function –  it acts as an anti-oxidant so the body’s cells are overall healthier and like I said, a really important one is it’s just able to help prevent against the cancer by simply helping us to remove acidity and again detoxification.

Question 4: Your website talks about an Alkaline Water Detox, please tell us how this works.

RC: Alright and your website talks about an alkaline water detox, please tell us how this works.

Dr. Shepherd: Absolutely and I need people to understand that just simply drinking alkaline water will not detoxify the body. Will it take us in a direction where we’ll begin to detoxify? Absolutely. But it’s really a six stage process to do a full alkaline water detox. Obviously, that has to start with number one –  a healthy diet. If you’re eating processed foods, which are inflammatory and acidic, it really doesn’t matter how much alkaline water you drink. So you have to clean up your diet. High quality proteins, low fat content. I didn’t say no fat content, just lower fat content and the healthy fats: avocados, olive oil, nuts, those kinds of things. And a higher proportion of fruits and vegetables and minimize, if not eliminate, things like sodas and anything that’s processed.

So that’s part one. Part two, you’ve got to move. So if you think that it can be a detoxification program with no movement, forget it. The lymphatic system essentially is what creates detoxification in the body. It has to be stimulated and it has to be moved. So we need some kind of mild exercise program.

Thirdly, we need to drink our alkaline water. Most people are so chronically dehydrated. I hear it all the time in my office, “I drink a lot of water, Doc, I’m fine.” Well here’s a guideline for you. Whatever your weight is, divide that by two. In other words, half of your body weight. That is the number of fluid ounces of alkaline water that your body needs every single day in order to stay hydrated. So for some of you listening, that’s going to be a shock because it’s going to seem like an awful lot. Well it may be, however, that’s what the body needs. So that doesn’t count if you’re putting Crystal Light® into it, if you’re making tea, if you’re having coffee. I’m talking about just plain alkaline water.

Fourthly you have to stay regular. What I mean by that is people think a bowel movement once every couple of days is normal, no. Just like a baby: food in, food out. That’s actually a normal process. So in order to detox, we need to make sure that we have plenty of fiber in the diet along with the alkaline water to assume that there is one to two bowel movements a day. Which is what’s normal.

Fifthly, posture plays a huge importance. If we’re not aligned with our spine and we’re lazy with how we sit, lazy with how we walk, all of those things create sluggishness within the body – makes it very difficult to detox properly.

Lastly, you need to give the body some extra support with some anti-oxidants. There are many, many good whole food based minerals and vitamins that are available out there. We’re not going to touch on that today. But that essentially is the six step process towards an alkaline water based detoxification system.

Question 5: How can we incorporate alkalised water into our daily routines and meals?

RC: Great, okay so last question. How can we incorporate alkalised water into our daily routines and meals?

Dr. Shepherd: Absolutely. Obviously, the easiest way to do it is to have some kind of alkaline water filtration system yourself. The easier you can make it, the more likely it is that you’re going to do it. For example, at my office, I supply bottles and people are able to purchase the alkaline water. So you don’t necessarily have to have your own system. People listening in other parts of the country, you will be able to find people that offer a similar system. But to me, going to the store and buying flats of twenty-four packs of bottled water is no fun. You’re going to potentially hurt your back having to lift that in and out of the vehicle and more importantly, you’re drinking acidic water. So why not just spend a couple hundred dollars, put your own system into your house or into your office or both. There are some systems that are actually transportable too. It’s called an alkaTREK™. I love that one because whenever I go on vacation, I take it with me. It simply screws on to any faucet anywhere which makes things so much easier. And with our meals, if you actually wash your produce in the alkaline water, you’ll be amazed at how much dirt, pesticide and residue comes off your food. So now instantly, you’re actually cooking or eating it raw much, much more healthily without being exposed to those extra pesticides, fungicides, herbicides that are all over our food these days.

So just little things like that. Increasing your daily water intake, washing your food with the alkaline. You’ll slowly begin to get the body turned from an acidic state into an alkaline state.

RC: Great, well thank you so much, Dr. Shepherd. We know you are extremely busy, so I want to thank you for your time and help today.

Dr. Shepherd: Absolutely. It was a pleasure being here.

RC: And for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with Dr. Andrew Shepherd, you can either go online at www.PlanoChiropractorNow.com  or call (972) 212-5725 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our entire team at razorcast™, we want to thank you for listening and we look forward to bringing you more top quality content from our country’s leading industry professionals.

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