January 24, 2017

Vitamin D: Effectiveness, Benefits and Safety

updated August, 2016

vitamin d product listWhat is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone, a group of fat-soluble prohormones, which encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous. There are two major forms of vitamin D:  D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol).

People who are exposed to adequate of sunlight do not need vitamin D supplements because sunlight promotes sufficient vitamin D synthesis in the skin. Aim for 15 minutes in the sun without sunscreen! Expose your face, arms and hands at least twice a week. And wait to wash off the sun! It takes up to 24 hours to absorb vitamin D through the skin.

Vitamin D3 is produced naturally in human skin exposed to ultraviolet B light and occurs in some animal products, such as cod liver oil, and, in smaller amounts, in other fatty fish such as herrings, mackerel, sardines, and tuna. Vitamin D3 is the most common form found in dietary supplements and is the form generally used to fortify foods such as milk (which naturally contains a small amount of vitamin D3), orange juice, cereal and yogurt.

Why do we need Vitamin D? Vitamin D:

  • Regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorous in the body, partly by controlling their levels of absorption
  • Treats and prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia (bone softening) in adults
  • Helps reduce inflammation in the airways caused by asthma
  • Regulates the immune system
  • Arms the immune system against infections
  • May keep the brain working well in later life
  • Is probably linked to maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • 15 reasons to get enough vitamin dReduces the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women.
  • Can protect the body against damage from low levels of radiation
  • Lowers risk of developing cancer
  • Reduces risk for heart attacks, congestive heart failure, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), strokes, and the conditions associated with cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Provides protection against Parkinson’s disease
  • Lowers risk and severity of depression
  • Reduces risk of allergy in children and adolescents
  • Taken with calcium, vitamin D can help decrease post-menopausal bone loss and prevent osteoporosis (loss of bone density), as well as improve tooth retention in the elderly.
  • Increases bone density significantly in girls ages 9 to 13

Approved Vitamin D Product List

An independent lab tested 21 Vitamin D supplements, but only 18 products passed.  Three Vitamin D supplements were found UNSAFE for consumption due to incorrect labeling. These three are:

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Naturally Preventing and Dissolving Kidney Stones

I’ve heard it described as some of the worst pain ever experienced. Women often report it as being far worse than childbirth and men are often left screaming in agony!

Yet 1 in 20 people will experience the intense pain of kidney stones in their life. What’s even worse, once you have had one kidney stone attack, your chance of recurrence is about 70 to 80 percent![1] The prevalence of kidney stones should alarm us. However, it is often far too late before we consider how to avoid them.

Many times kidney stones are so small they are hardly detected. They travel down the urinary tract without a person even noticing. However, some kidney stones grow so large they eventually become lodged in the opening of the urethra. When this happens, kidney stones create awful symptoms:

  • kidney stones create awful symptoms Extreme pain
  • Cramps in the back or side
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating

Not all kidney stones are alike. Different dietary and lifestyle choices, as well as other imbalances in the body, can contribute to the formation of these kidney stones.

There Are 4 Different Types of Kidney Stones

1. Calcium kidney stones

These are the most common. Calcium stones often occur in people with high levels of vitamin D or overactive parathyroid glands. People with chronic kidney disease are also more likely to get calcium based kidney stones.

2. Struvite kidney stones

These typically form after a urinary tract infection. They are more common in women, because women get far more UTIs than men. Struvite stones tend to be jagged or stag-horn shaped stones and can become quite big. These stones can actually cause damage to the kidneys.

3. Uric acid kidney stones

Too much uric acid in the urine forms these kinds of kidney stones. This type of stone is far more common in men. A high protein diet can raise the amount of uric acid in the body and cause stones. Because gout occurs from excess uric acid, those with gout have an increased chance of having uric acid kidney stones, as well.

4. Cystine kidney stones

Cystine kidney stones are rare because they are formed from an inherited disease called cystinuria. This condition is typically diagnosed in people at a young age and will be treated throughout their lifetime.

Prevention is key for avoiding painful and inconvenient kidney stones. And overall renal health not only prevents kidney stones, but a host of other urinary problems, diseases and kidney disorders.

Drinking Kidney Stones Away

drink kidney stones away Preventing kidney stones is neither costly nor difficult. It can ultimately come down to what you drink! The beverages you choose each day can either prevent or promote kidney stone formation.

The most common cause of kidney stones is dehydration. This makes the simple act of drinking water the most important thing you can do to prevent kidney stones! Hydration is key not only in preventing kidney stones, but also for overall healthy renal function.

Dehydration leads to higher levels of toxins and minerals in the kidneys. When there is a lack of water, minerals and toxins aren’t diluted properly and can damage the kidneys as well as form kidney stones.

In order to stay properly hydrated, you should aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses of filtered water a day. However I recommend checking the color of your urine as well to adequately assess hydration.

  • Dark amber urine is indicative of dehydration and is concentrated with wastes.
  • Bright yellow urine is still too concentrated and shows minimal hydration.
  • Pale yellow to clear urine shows the body is adequately hydrated and the urine is properly diluted.

Many shifts in urine color can be explained simply by how hydrated your body is at any given moment. Watch your urine color throughout the day. The goal should be to have pale yellow color to clear urine. If your urine is bright yellow or amber, then you need to drink a few more glasses of water each day.

Also, look out for other characteristics in your urine. If it’s cloudy, then you may have an infection. Blood in the urine may indicate you have a kidney stone or infection.

Drinking extra water dilutes the substances in urine that lead to stones. Strive to drink enough fluids to pass 2 liters of urine a day, which is roughly eight standard 8-ounce cups.[2]

However, there are additional natural remedies you can add to your water to boost kidney stone prevention!

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Osteoporosis Natural Treatments That Work

Osteoporosis Diagram – Graphicshunt.com

“Grandma fell and broke her hip,” is the story we’re told.  She goes into the hospital and has surgery, but it’s just the beginning of the end.  It’s all downhill from there.  We then go to the doctor who does a test and tells us that it’s going to happen to us if we don’t take some medication.  Then, we see famous actresses on television advising us how crucial it is to take osteoporosis medication.

There is a whole culture of fear surrounding the aging process, fear that it’s going to strike us – and we never know where it will strike next.  Out of fear we take calcium and bisphosphonates (prescription drugs) to ward it off.  But, everything you heard about osteoporosis is wrong!

Osteoporosis History: Rickets

Rickets by flickr gradyiii

The reality of osteoporosis is very different.  It is a disease of the Industrial Revolution, hardly appearing on the scene before then.  Prior to the Industrial Revolution, people lived, worked and traveled outdoors in the sunshine. But since that time, several changes have happened.

  • Work moved indoors under artificial lighting.
  • Cities also became polluted with soot that prevented the ultraviolet light that makes vitamin D from reaching the people.
  • People started bathing more often.
  • Children among the wealthy class were kept indoors without exercise since cities were dangerous places and, as a result, became more susceptible to rickets because they didn’t have enough calcium.

Many may remember the storybook (and movie) of Heidi.  Her friend, Klara, lived in the city and was in a wheelchair, becoming weaker and weaker.  But when Klara went to visit Heidi in the mountains, she gained strength and was miraculously able to walk again.  Her recovery was attributed in the story to the clean mountain air.  Really, however, Klara had a disease called “rickets.”  The “clear mountain air” was the sunshine she was getting for the first time in her life that made vitamin D.  By the middle of the 20th Century, everyone knew what Rickets was and how to prevent it.  My mom even lined her kids up for a dose of Cod Liver Oil specifically for that purpose.

Modern Day Osteoporosis

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Ideally, get 15 minutes of sunshine a day with most of the body exposed. However, indoor tanning beds may be uses when it comes to therapeutic vitamin D exposure. It is important that one not over expose yourself to both the natural sunlight and the rays of an indoor tanning bed. You should never let the skin get anything more than the slightest pink tint.


In our modern society things have only gotten worse!  We forgot about rickets and stopped thinking about getting enough sunshine.  Not only do we work indoors all day, the dermatologists are now telling us to avoid the sun at all costs.  We use sunscreen; we wear hats and clothing, we stay indoors or stay shaded from the “cancer-causing sunshine.”  (This is the topic of another discussion.)  Moreover, we bathe every day.  I had a beach volleyball player who was out on the beach without a shirt or sunscreen every day and he was still in the “osteopenia” range of vitamin D.  It turns out that every time he finished playing he would go take a shower, washing all his vitamin D down the drain.  Did you know it takes over 24 hours to absorb vitamin D through the skin?

Vitamin D helps us to absorb and use calcium.  Without a constant supply, the calcium is taken out of our bones to make our muscles and nerves work.  Osteoporosis is just a mild form of Rickets.  Osteopenia is a little milder, and so forth.  The scale looks like this:

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How To Prevent And Beat Osteoporosis – Not With Milk?

Osteoporosis is the condition marked by frail, weak bones that have lost their density over time. But, time is not the only enemy. Osteoporosis can be accelerated by a poor diet, too, specifically, a diet lacking calcium, Vitamin D (for calcium absorption) and protein.

Now, milk has all 3 – and our bones need them to grow strong and defend against becoming brittle and breaking. The dairy product pushers know this and they capitalize on it every chance they get.

You may have even seen the television ad where Susan Sarandon glides through her rustic living room. Glass of milk in one hand as she picks up a skateboard left in the middle of the floor with the other…all the while talking about nutrient deficiency and how to “close the gap” with milk.  In the background, a light, airy, quasi-classical piece plays softly as if to offer a comforting, home-style feeling of safety that erases all mistrust in advertising.

Then she tells us that in addition to vitamin D and calcium, milk also has potassium and protein. And she’d be right.

So, what’s the problem?

Before that, she says eating may not be enough. There she’d be wrong. Good thing she said “may.”

Fact is, you should be able to get all the nutrients you need to beat osteoporosis by eating a balanced, healthy diet.

Doesn’t Milk Already Do That?

Theoretically, it should. But, as you know, theories don’t always pan out in the real world.

You see, milk certainly contains the essential nutrients bones need – that’s the good news. The bad news is those nutrients come from an animal. And the protein found in animal foodstuffs can cause you to lose calcium.

This means the amount of calcium you need in your diet is completely enslaved to the amount of meat and dairy you consume.

And here’s the kicker…because of our high-animal protein diets, Americans may not be able to take in enough calcium to replenish what’s lost by our catch-22 eating habits. Result? We’re up there at the top of the world-wide Osteoporosis List but…

Protein Is Protein – Isn’t It?

No. It isn’t.

Animal protein is a Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL) protein and our bodies are designed to defend against it. Why? Because this acid must be neutralized before it gets to the kidneys – and our bodies consider the kidneys mandatory for survival, even before bones. Where do you think the most easily obtained source of this acid neutralizer is located? If you said, “the bones” you were right!

So, it literally milks your bones dry!

If that weren’t bad enough…

Homogenized Milk Is A Chemically Altered Drink

The process of homogenization alters the chemical make-up of the milk we drink. This process increases the acidity of a beverage already high in acid content. Plus, pasteurization and homogenization create a laundry list of health and digestion problems for the drinker. It gets worse…

Today, cows are genetically engineered to produce more and more milk each time they’re pumped. They’re given a man-made Bovine Growth Hormone called rBGH which artificially increases the cow’s ability to produce milk. So what? So, rBGH has a nasty side effect in humans. It’s been linked to an increase in blood levels of Insulin Growth Factor-1, which is linked to several different types of cancers.

Over time, as the body fights itself trying to make sense of all this protein/calcium conflict of interest business, nothing suffers more than our weak bones. They’re the platoon that chalks up the most casualties. Continuing on with this type of diet can only lead to hip replacements, a cracked rib when reaching for a coffee mug, or possibly a shattered wrist or pelvis simply by moving a light piece of furniture or being involved in a fender-bender. Plus, osteoporosis is known as one of the Silent Diseases – because it consumes you slowly and without warning. You won’t even know it’s there — until you fracture your first femur.

Author’s Note: I know a nice cold glass of milk is the perfect companion to most deserts, that a nice warm glass of milk is a great substitute for sheep when it’s time to fall into the arms of Hypnos. Plus, it’s a fact that cows have some of the strongest bones in the Animal Kingdom, too. So, if you MUST drink milk, make it raw. Raw milk (not pasteurized or homogenized) is less acidic than it’s chemically altered counterpart. But, be careful – it still must be filtered and immediately cooled to about 36-38 degrees. Please make sure it’s organic, coming only from grass-fed cows, OK?

For the Naysayers

“Pish-posh,” you say…”Osteoporosis is only for older folks.”  Think again.

This should be an unusual story, but it’s not. Meet, let’s-call-her, “Stephanie…”

Stephanie was diagnosed with osteoporosis at the ripe old age of 27, after enduring some painful compression fractures.  Before her condition forced her to stop working, she was a health-care professional.

Because she didn’t want to live her life in fear – bending wrong, or perhaps coughing and breaking another bone, Stephanie took steps to prevent further bone density loss and even rebuild the tissue that disappeared.

Today – 12 years later – she’s recovering – eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, and feeling stronger every day. She still has to think about her actions and the effect they have on her bones but she no longer lives in fear and has begun enjoying life again.

Osteoporosis – It’s Not Just For The Older Folks Anymore

Nor is osteoporosis just for women. In fact, it quietly affects 28 million Americans today and that figure represents an 80/20 split between women and men, respectively. If the appropriate, preventable opportunities to stop and beat this disease are not taken, that number is predicted to jump to 41 million affected skeletons by 2015. That’s a 46% increase in just 4 years.!

We know dairy products are not preventable opportunities – so, what are?

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can take control of your bone density and let your body do the work to rebuild it. All you have to do is

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Osteoporosis: Old Bones in Young Bodies

Hollywood, magazines and fashion models seem to make a statement — and standard — that being skinny is beautiful.  Many young girls who want to look attractive seem to think being underweight is healthy and becoming skinny as models will make them more beautiful.  However, one of the many side effects of being underweight, besides a lower immune system and low blood pressure, is osteoporosis.

Celebrities who appear regularly on the cover of magazines, or as guests on talk shows, have faces and bodies that hordes of young women are tempted to emulate.  But “a delicate beauty” or “wafer-thin” slim physique are simply maintained via diet and exercise, or so we are told.

We read about strict diets, macro-biotic diets, dairy-free diets, vegan diets, no processed foods allowed diet and strict versions of “ultra-healthy” habits.  Add heavy exercise routines, which include 2-hour workouts every day and where calories are pouring out sweaty skin. Sounds great, right?  Then how come many  “roll models” are diagnosed with osteopenia before they hit 40 years of age?

A low-calorie, dairy-free diet with tons of exercise and lack of sunlight can head a young woman down the road to osteoporosis.

Is bone loss the price you want your beautiful daughter or granddaughter to pay for the ultimate “ideal” body shape?

Teens, tweens and young adults idolize celebrities, models and TV or movie stars in designer clothes.  But, there is long-term health damage happening underneath the “skinny” jeans, leggings, short shorts and tank tops.

Don’t be fooled. Even high school girls can develop osteoporosis in today’s media-driven culture.  “Skinnier is better” is a message to fight because paying the price of excessive dieting and exercise to the extreme causes lower estrogen production and can eventually lead to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis by taufik rizal on Flickr

Estrogen is needed to help keep bones strong.  Without it, bones can become thin and brittle, which is why women in menopause can experience a drop in bone density. On the other end of the spectrum, young girls achieve approximately 90% of their bone mass by the age of 18. Osteopenia is increasingly a commonly recognized sign of an eating disorder in young adults across the country. When a young woman’s body should be increasing bone growth, heavy exercise and poor dieting can fail to develop strong bones during her critical growing periods.

Broken bones are a huge price to pay for style.  Check in with your young daughters or granddaughters to find if she is working towards a particular body type.  Skinny is not better, nor are osteoporosis symptoms: bent back, broken hip, vertebrae compressions and fractures.  Osteoporosis is not an old lady’s disease.  It is the future of models, celebrities and actresses – but not for your precious daughters.

The truth is the more bone you can lay down before 30 years of age, the more bone you maintain through your 30s and 40s.  In order to maintain bone health in your later years, you need to set the stage in the beginning. Now let’s find out how diet can both help your bones – and hurt them.

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Joan Rivers – Facing Osteoporosis with Humor

Joan Rivers is quoted joking about osteoporosis, “My bones click so much that dolphins try to pick up on me.” However, osteoporosis is no laughing matter! But, leave it to celebrity Joan Rivers to make light — and make progress — with the disease.

At the light age of 64, Joan went in for a complete work up and results of a bone density test revealed she could fall down the stairs, not because she would trip but, because her bones might break.  Osteoporosis hadn’t shown any signs or symptoms, yet it was stalking Joan’s life waiting for an opportunity to make a wisecrack of its own: snap, crackle, pop!

The Queen of comedy has some surprising one-liners in response to the nosebleed section of osteoporosis that has tried to “boo” her off stage:

  • Walk everywhere
  • Choose the stairs over the elevator
  • Exercise 3x/week with weights
  • Take nutritional supplements

This regime has served to not only strengthen Joan River’s bones, but strengthen her stage presence.  Joan became an Ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation and champions reversing the symptoms of osteoporosis.

Known for her love of jewelry, and wearing a myriad of beads and bangle bracelets on her arms, Joan says osteoporosis prevention can help women “avoid having a walker become of one of their ‘must-have’ accessories.” She suggests, “A few extra laps while shopping and have a latte decaf rather than plain coffee” to ensure women get their daily dose of exercise, calcium and vitamin D.

Diet is an important part of osteoporosis prevention. Calcium-rich foods supplemented with vitamin D include yogurt, cheese, milk, sardines with bones and green, leafy vegetables.

Joan Rivers humorously points out that while people look beautiful on the outside they should be paying more attention to keeping their bones strong. After all, beauty is bone deep!

Let the last laugh be on osteoporosis!

 

 

 

 

Practical Help To Relax Those Moving Legs!

Merton came in to my office complaining that he couldn’t sleep.  He was tired all day, falling asleep every time he sat down.  After some discussion, we found the reason for his sleeplessness:  his legs wouldn’t relax, he consistently felt he needed to get up and walk, or move around, all of which is known as Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).  Sometimes, this would wake him up in the middle of the night and he just had to get up and move.  The problem had gotten worse since he had quit smoking.  When he smoked, he found if he could just take one long drag and hold it in, then the feeling would go away.

We tried many remedies, including sleeping pills and natural sedatives, but nothing worked.  I was ready to throw in the towel and tell him to take up smoking again, until I thought that his problem might be related to something in the tobacco – nicotine!  Nicotine in tobacco can increase dopamine in the brain and “treat” some people with RLS.

Restless leg syndrome is not a disease; it’s merely a symptom.  There are multiple reasons for having this problem so there isn’t one cure for people with RLS.  Since most RLS seems to be an imbalance of dopamine in the brain, it has been treated as Parkinson’s disease with dopamine-like drugs such as L-dopa or Requip.  The problem with these is that they cause inflammation in the part of the brain that produces dopamine and, over time, can make the problem worse.  Before you consult a medical specialist I would recommend trying the following, one at a time:

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Are Your Legs Restless from Running Through Your Mind All Night Long?

As you already know, another “syndrome” called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) or Wittmaack–Ekbom syndrome, is plaguing Americans of all ages. If you ask some of the victims of this mystery condition, they might call it restless body syndrome.

It’s a myth that the painful prickling, pins and needles sensation RLS victims suffer are limited to only their legs. Many people experience these symptoms non-stop, not only in their legs, but also in their hips, arms, neck and face muscles, as well.

Sometimes the RLS symptoms of this syndrome are so bad that people are unable to walk and have to take powerful pain-blocking drugs just to get through another day.

After reading dozens of testimonials posted on reputable medical websites, it becomes obvious that conventional medical treatment doesn’t have a clue what to do about RLS.

This isn’t something that appeared on the horizon just six months or a year ago when I first heard of it. It’s been around for decades, just not in the massive numbers we’re seeing today. Some adults report having suffered life-long RLS symptoms since childhood.

As with any syndrome, doctors just don’t know what the root cause is. The other challenge is that many other medical conditions have very similar symptoms, therefore making accurate diagnosis difficult.

Some possible misdiagnosis for RLS are:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Muscle disease
  • Joint conditions
  • Nerve cell problems
  • Circulation difficulties

It appears that exercising helps a lot of people stop the irritating and often debilitating RLS symptoms. On top of all the tingling and burning sensations, sudden involuntary jerking spasms are the most annoying and potentially dangerous part of the syndrome.

Imagine trying to drive a motor vehicle while dealing with unpredictable nervous seizures of muscle and limbs – not to mention the “phantom-limb” pains, severe sleep deprivation and adverse drug effects they often suffer.

Since the jury is still out on exactly what causes RLS, perhaps we should do our own due diligence and look into this together.

Let’s slip into our “health detective” shoes for a moment and do some medical investigation of our own; perhaps we can find some clues to the root cause.

It only makes common sense that before you can solve any problem, you first need to identify the “root cause.” So, let’s see what we can find out about RLS.

Here are some clues that may be associated with RLS:

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Shingles: Let the Girdle Out

The shingles virus is also known as the Herpes Zoster virus (not at all associated with other herpes viruses), which translates as belt or girdle from Latin and French origins. The Herpes Zoster skin rash erupts around the trunk of the body – like a girdle! I’m so glad I never had to wear one, but if wearing a girdle isn’t pleasant, not so much more is having shingles.  It can take away your breath with pain, bind up the back with lesions and squeezes the life out of you!

How does one end up so “strangled?”  The most common string that stretches this girdle is a weakened immune system. Fatigue, stress, chicken pox exposure and other causes – even surgery and x-rays – tighten the nerve endings in your body near the skin to blister and develop the infamous shingles rash.  The stress of these vents creates an acidic environment in your blood, which encourages the shingles virus to thrive.

Let’s look at the foods that can foster an alkaline environment in your body so that stress, acid and shingles can be averted.

Firsthand, you should know best what foods affect your energy, give you pain or limit your function and thinking. Notice if it is carbs that bring your energy down, or desserts (my own downfall). It is best to avoid these foods at all time, but especially if you are scared of getting shingles, fear the onset is upon you or fighting to regain your health from a shingles episode.  The last thing you want to do is trigger something in your body through food that would result in introducing the shingles virus into your blood stream.

Second, avoid processed, sugary or simple-carbohydrate foods, not only because they are acid-producing but also because they raise blood sugar level too quickly; plus they tend to be nutrient-lacking and may be toxic, too.

Acid-producing foods such sugar, some protein, caffeine and processed foods stress the body to maintain the proper pH level, which fights off bacteria and viruses introduced into the system.  To compensate, alkaline minerals (magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium) are depleted from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid.  It is almost like sucking the life out of your bones leaving them dry and brittle when forced to draw these alkalizing building blocks of your body.

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” ~ Newton’s Law

By robbing your body of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium minerals from the bones and organs to remove acid from the body, the strain may go undetected. Eventually, your body becomes defenseless and the damage shows up as fatigue, illness and disease.

An acid environment effectively:

  • Decreases body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients
  • Decreases the energy production in cells
  • Decreases ability to repair damaged cells
  • Decreases ability to detoxify heavy metals
  • Makes tumor cells thrive
  • Can lead to shingles!

Foods: are they Acid or Alkaline-forming?

Let’s get it straight.  A food’s performance in the body as either acid or alkaline actually has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. Let’s take lemons, for example.  We all know lemons are acidic, but through the digestion process the end product is alkaline.  On the other hand, meat (like almost all animal products) tests alkaline but leaves acidic residue in the body.

To balance you body and restore yourself to health, your diet should be 80% alkaline forming foods.  If you are healthy and concerned about a healthy pH balance within, then keep your foods to 60% alkaline. Here is a food chart to help you navigate proper pH consumption.

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Your Acid Reflux Is Not Really A Drug Deficiency

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) affects 20% of people in the United States. Despite this prevalence, its diagnosis is challenging because of the difficulty doctors have even defining the disease.

When exposure to caustic digestive juices erodes your Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), a variety of symptoms inevitably appear, such as chronic heartburn and regurgitation. If the symptoms increase, diagnostic testing may verify gastroesophageal reflux “disease” (GERD), leading to surgical therapy.

NOT a pretty picture.

Did you know if you experience acid reflux just twice a week, you might already have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? At least, that’s what your pharmacist may tell you.

Based on 1985 statistics, between 3-7% of the population in the USA suffer from “GERD and related esophageal disorders.” Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact – NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994

Millions of people who suffer from acid reflux or GERD symptoms use over-the-counter (OTC) acid-reducing agents called antacids, or anti-secretory drugs such as H3 blockers and proton pump inhibitors, assuming they need them.

  • Common antacids include: Alka-Seltzer, Maalox, Mylanta, Pepto-Bismol, Riopan andRolaids.
  • Common H2 blockers are: cimetidine (Tagamet HB),famotidine (Pepcid AC), nizatidine (Axid AR)and ranitidine (Zantac 75).
  • Common proton pump inhibitors are: esomeprazole (Nexium),lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid), pantoprazole (Protonix)andrabeprazole (Aciphex).

It’s very important that if you do have GERD symptoms you should consult with a qualified health practitioner. However, it doesn’t mean you have to accept a life sentence of taking harmful OTC and prescriptive drugs that will never cure your acid reflux or GERD and sometimes even make it worse.

Fact is if GERD is left uncured over time, it can lead to complications such as a bleeding ulcer and scars from tissue damage, which can lead to a narrowed esophagus (stricture) making swallowing more difficult. GERD may also cause hoarseness, chronic cough, and conditions such as bad breath or even asthma.

Just remember your acid reflux or GERD is NOT a drug deficiency. There are effective, safe and affordable alternatives readily available to you.

Read on to learn more.

The Shocking Truth About Acid Indigestion Revealed

Contrary to the common excuse given for acid reflex, gastroesophageal reflux and GERD are RARELY caused from producing too much stomach acid (HCL). Rather, the “root cause” more often than not, is from

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