Turn Life’s Lemon’s into a Powerful Tool

lemonThe simplest and most cost effective way to alkalinize your water is to put lemon in it.

Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. This may seem untrue as they are acidic on their own. However, in the body, lemons are alkaline; the citric acid does not create acidity once it has been metabolized. The minerals in lemons are actually what helps to alkalize the blood.

Most people are too acidic (from eating too much sugar and grains), and

Drinking warm lemon water can helps reduce overall acidity, drawing uric acid from the joints reducing pain and inflammation.

For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components.

Lemons are considered a great digestive aid and liver cleanser too.

Life’s Lemons can be pretty powerful stuff!jefitthumb2

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Water – Alkaline vs. Acidic still a debate…

alkaline waterProponents say that alkalized water can boost your metabolism, reduce acid in your bloodstream, and help your body absorb nutrients more quickly, among other benefits.

Alkalinity is also potentially a problem because it is antibacterial, so it could potentially disrupt the balance of your body’s beneficial bacteria.

If you drink alkaline water ALL the time, you’re going to raise the alkalinity of your stomach, which will buffer your stomach’s acidity and impair your ability to digest food, as low stomach acid is one of the most common causes of ulcers. This can open the door for parasites in your small intestine, and your protein digestion may suffer. It also means you’ll get less minerals and nutrients over time.

Where the debate really takes on is the battle over cancer cells being vulnerable to acidity as opposed to alkalinity. In some cases Acid has been shown to fight cancer causing cells without harming normal ones.

According to Dr. Mercola, Ideally, the pH of your water should be somewhere between 6 and 8. And some of the most healthful waters in the world – that which emerge from mountain springs – are actually acidic in the range of 6.5.

There are many home ionizer alkaline water systems available on the market today.  The Kangen water system can run between $2000-$4000.

A basic more affordable system like the one photographed above can run about $300.

If you’re interested in a system like the one I have hit me up and I will connect you.

What I do is mix up. I don’t strictly use alkaline water. I keep spring water in the mix and I test with pH strips.

You’ll have to test out the waters to figure it out.

The key then is finding YOUR balance.

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Alkaline vs. Acidic

An acidic body is a magnet for disease, illness, cancer & aging.  The main fear regarding an acidic diet is bone loss from the body releasing minerals from your bones.

However, Alkalinity is also potentially a problem because it is antibacterial, so it could  disrupt the balance of your body’s beneficial bacteria,  which can buffer your stomach’s acidity and impair your ability to digest food.

Understanding the pH scale is from 0-14.  pH is short for “potential of Hydrogen” so what we’re reading is the concentration of hydrogen ions of foods and beverages to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and medical diagnostics.

7 is neutral, Anything less than 7 is an acid, Anything more than 7 is an alkali.  As a point of reference, the pH of battery acid is 1. Water is 7, or should be.

To give you a simple guideline:

Fish, meat, cheese, eggs and grains are considered acidic.

Vegetables & Fruits are considered alkaline

To maintain a balanced pH in your blood and tissues, your diet should consist of at least 70 to 80 percent basic foods – that is, no more than 20 to 30 percent acidifying foods

The typical American diet is loaded w sugar and processed foods, which throws off your body’s ability to optimize your pH.

The idea is to achieve BALANCE and the best way to do that is to ADD vegetables & fruits to your diet. A diet rich in raw, organic, whole foods this will help optimize your body’s pH and achieve homeostasis.

Though clinical research in humans has yet to be proven on alkaline vs. acidic, the truth remains… a diet high in junk food will cause diseases and one in whole unprocessed foods can cure a list of ailments.

More on alkaline water to follow…

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer