Mineral Supplement Linked to Dementia

The Telegraph newspaper recently reported on a study which found an increased risk of dementia in women taking calcium supplements, who have previously had a stroke.

“Patients who had survived a stroke were  seven times more likely to go on to develop dementia if they took the daily supplement, say scientists at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.”

Reassuringly, organic calcium found in food is perfectly safe. As Eve Kalinik advised in her recent blog for us: Mythbusting: Osteoporosis, there are plenty of food sources of calcium, as well as lifestyle changes, that can be taken by women seeking to reduce their risk of osteoporosis.

We know from our Mythbusting blog series that inorganic minerals found in tap water and supplements do not support health, cannot be absorbed by the body, and are therefore unnecessary – and according to the study the Telegraph reported on – downright dangerous, in some cases.

Neither mineral supplements, nor tap water, nor ‘remineralised’ water is useful to our bodies. All the minerals we need as humans can only be derived from food; plants convert inorganic minerals to organic, which the human body is capabable of asbsorbing and putting to use to protect our health.

Check out the rest of our Mythbusting blog series to learn more about minerals and health (we also tackle that other common myth, alkalinity). And read the Telegraph article here.

 

Mythbusting: Osteoporosis

Eve_400x400In the latest in our Mythbusting series, and the latest post from guest blogger Eve Kalinik, we take a look at Osteoporosis and learn that it’s not all about calcium.

Nutritional therapist and wellbeing writer Eve, explains: “We are all familiar with the condition osteoporosis but do we actually know what it means? Or, that in many instances, it can be largely preventable through good nutrition and better lifestyle choices? And guess what – its not just about calcium!

Typically the disease itself can be characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue that leads to enhanced bone fragility and consequently an increased risk of fracture. Often without any obvious symptoms, these fractures can be debilitating and costly to fix, too. But identifying the condition earlier can reduce these risks by almost half and this is where prevention is key.

As with many chronic conditions in our modern society there is a huge amount attributed to lifestyle choices that can increase your risk of developing this disease. Lack of exercise, sitting for hours on end at desks and poor sleep can all impact on our bone health as much as the nutrients we need to take in to support this.

But let’s talk nutrition first…

Most of us tend to think only about calcium when we think of bone health and whilst that’s undoubtedly the most vital nutrient there are other vitamins and minerals that play essential functions in the formation and maintenance of a strong skeleton. Firstly its not just about eating more calcium although certainly the only way we can get this is through our diet but its really about getting it from an easily absorbed source. Often associated with dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese these can provide an easily available excellent source when they are full fat and organic as they contain other bone supportive fat-soluble nutrients.

However, if you are someone who prefers to reduce or eliminate these foods due to allergies, intolerances or political beliefs you need to make sure you are getting enough from other plant based sources. The top of the list when it comes to these foods are the leafy greens such as kale, watercress, broccoli, pak choi, sesame seeds (tahini), almonds and white beans.

However bone health and nutrition is much further reaching than this. We also need vitamins & minerals such as magnesium that provides strength for bones. Magnesium is a critical cofactor responsible for the conversion of vitamin D and mediates hormones that support calcium regulation. Good sources include all the leafy greens – think spinach, kale, chard; nuts & seeds particularly sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds; bananas, avocados and cacao powder (the purest form of chocolate).

And there is also vitamin K that contributes to bone mineralization that can also assist in channeling calcium directly to the bones themselves. Add in plenty of the aforementioned leafy greens as well as the brassicas such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage as well as herbs including parsley, dried sage & thyme.

Then there is the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D! Living in the UK with our less than hot and sunny climate can leave many of us pretty deficient. This vitamin is a vital part of calcium absorption in the intestine and involved directly in bone turnover. Moreover, vitamin D levels naturally decrease greatly with age, which is also when you most need to support bone health, so boosting these levels could be a good idea (always check with your GP before adding in any kind of supplement).

Beyond our plates, certain factors can increase your risk of developing the condition, such as being postmenopausal with associated accelerated bone loss from lack of oestrogen, family history, increased age and low body weight.

But by far one of the most significant factors – and the one we can help deter the most – is those that come from our lifestyle. Things like cigarette smoking, high caffeine intake (that impairs calcium absorption), heavy alcohol consumption and lack of exercise all have a marked impact. Physical weight-bearing exercise and the load of muscles onto the bones gives them the strength they need. That’s not to say you need to go bodybuilding but some weight resistance is essential. Research shows that maintaining physical fitness is as, if not more, important than diet or hormonally related factors. Depending on your fitness level other activities such as dancing, yoga and power walking can also complement resistance training as these also help with coordination of movement.

And to end…this is where a little bit more weight can actually serve you well so intolerances aside try to have an all inclusive whole and real foods approach to your diet. Book a sunshine filled holiday. Oh and move a bit more too!”

Thank you Eve, for your insightful, common-sense approach to reducing the risk of osteoporosis through good nutrition and positive lifestyle choices.

Myth Busting: Alkaline Diet has no effect on cancer

We’ve been running a series of myth busting articles on alkalinity because there’s a lot of confusion, disinformation and frankly outright nonsense online about acidity and alkalinity when it comes to pure water and nutrition – usually peddled by people trying to sell you an alkaliser for RODI pure water or convince you of the importance of the latest fad diet.

So we were really pleased to see this fact-based, common-sense article in The Independent written by experts Cancer Research UK, confirming what we’ve been saying: the food you eat and the water you drink does not affect the acid / alkaline balance or pH of your body.

Cancer Research UK: 10 Persistent Myths about Cancer That Are False

Cancer Research UK: 10 Persistent Myths about Cancer That Are False

Read the excellent article online here: Cancer Research UK: 10 Persistent Myths About Cancer That Are False.

What we do know is that staying hydrated with Pure H2O and eating a balanced healthy diet helps keep you in the best possible health. If you’ve got any further questions about the acid / alkaline debate and Pure H2O, you can check out our other articles on alkalinity, pure water and nutrition:

Mythbusting: Pure Water, pH and Alkalisers

Eve Kalinik: The Alkaline Diet – Myth or Merit?

And of course you can call us on 01483 617 000, email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or visit our website at www.PureH2O.co.uk

Eve Kalinik: The Alkaline Diet – Myth or Merit?

Eve_400x400Following on from our recent post Myth Busting: Pure Water, pH and alkalisers, nutritional therapist and guest blogger Eve Kalinik asks The Alkaline Diet – Myth or Merit?

“Popular amongst many, the alkaline diet – aka the acid-alkaline diet – has retained its notoriety amongst a wide variety of people supported by ambassadors for quite some time now. But what is it exactly and is it actually beneficial for our health?

In a nutshell, the core principal to follow is eating alkaline foods as much as possible, whilst shunning those high in acid. This means having plenty of veggies, fruits, nuts, pulses and legumes like chickpeas, lentils and beans. Foods that are reportedly acidic in their nature such as meat, fish, dairy, eggs, grains and alcohol are a complete no-go. Anything processed or refined can also be included in this group but good natural fats such as coconut oil however pass the mark.

The concept centres around the fact that these acid-forming foods create a more acidic environment in the body which means a lower pH (more on this later), whereas alkaline foods create a higher pH and as such a less acidic environment. Proponents of the diet believe that higher acidity in the body comes from taking in too many high acid-forming foods. This, they say, leaves us more open to disease and eventually a condition referred to as chronic acidosis which means having not enough oxygen within cells, eventually depleting immunity and leading to disease processes.

But how much of this is actually correct? Firstly the main point to understand here is the acid-alkaline balance, which is measured on a pH scale that ranges from 0-14. The lower denotes higher acidity and the higher the more alkaline the environment. According to the alkaline diet you should be aiming for a score of 7 or over to cultivate the right balance.

Now obviously the mere thought that our bodies are brimming with acid is certainly not a pleasant one but the major point here is that different areas of the body need a very different pH. For instance, the stomach needs to be highly acidic to kill off pathogens and to efficiently break down food so it scores on average around 2-3 on the pH scale. In contrast blood needs to be slightly more alkaline at around a PH of 7.35-7.45 and its pretty much game over if you fall out of this.

Thankfully the body is very clever and already has highly developed process called the acid base balance that prevents this from happening. Having this makes it almost impossible to fall out of this range for obvious reasons, so really what we eat has zero impact on the blood pH. It can, however, adjust things like the acidity of urine but that’s not really an accurate measure of the overall body pH as this can be affected by other variables. The kidneys are in fact fundamental for eliminating acids and for keeping the body in a balanced pH as is the respiratory system which also negates the alkaline diet hypothesis that bone health is compromised to “buffer” these acids.

The other area of concern related to the alkaline diet theory is in the acceleration of cancer cells – which isn’t necessarily the case as these cells can also develop in alkaline environments too. Of course a more acidic one will mean faster growth but its not always that straight forward. Other lifestyle and genetic factors also play a very significant role too.

However, like everything in nutrition, there is always the flip reverse argument and whilst there is no real evidence to support the alkaline diet theory, encouraging someone to eat more vegetables, removing processed foods and being mindful of meat consumption is unequivocally going to be a good thing.

But we do also need acids that come from proteins (amino acids) and fatty acids too and some of the best sources of these come from animal foods. It really comes back down to having a balance in our diet to create a balanced pH and to support general good health.

Be conscious of where your food comes from. Opt for organic as much as possible, wash your vegetables in clean water (reverse osmosis ideally!) and enjoy that omega grass fed steak from time to time. Just make sure you have a decent serving of broccoli on the side!

Eve Kalinik

Myth Busting: Pure water, pH and alkalisers

Roger Wiltshire, Managing Director of The Pure H2O Company talks about the disinformation surrounding alkalisers and the ph of water, and why pure water is better for you.

We sometimes get calls from people asking us about pH and alkalisers, a question that has become more common in recent years largely due to false and deliberately misleading information being published on-line. These companies are also publishing false information misleading the public into thinking that pure water is dangerous as it upsets the body’s pH, this couldn’t be further from the truth; our blood is 90% pure water and holds a natural negative charge that prevents clotting. These companies have one purpose in business; they are trying to sell you an alkaliser.

The fact is that your body regulates its own pH and always has done; doctors and leading health professionals will all confirm this. Pure water has been naturally acidic since the dawn of time; citrus fruit, onions and many other foods we consume are far more acidic than pure, natural water and everyone understand that these foods provide amazing health benefits.  There is nothing new about pure water and nothing dangerous about the pH of pure water. Our stomach acid is pH 1-2; essential because it destroys bacteria in the food we eat.

Pure water is pH 5-7. Drinking alkalised water pH 8-11 will lead to deposition of inorganic calcium in areas of the body that leads to degenerative diseases.

There is a great deal of disinformation being distributed about alkaline water with no supporting evidence but there is lots of research and information available that supports the benefits of pure water. To find out more, please call us on 01483 617 000 or email customerservice@pureh20.co.uk and we would be happy to share our thoughts and point you to some research that you may find interesting and informative.

Drinking pure water, produced through the RODI process, is perhaps one of the most important health benefits of our time. Yes of course, we would like to offer you our advice and to sell you a RODI purifier, but most of all we would like you to make the best informed decision you can.

Myth Busting: Minerals

Minerals and RO / RODI Pure Water

The question about minerals in water is a good one and much misunderstood, so it’s a topic we return to from time to time. As we recently received an enquiry via Facebook we thought we’d have look at the question people often ask: ‘Do I need to add minerals back into my water after purifing it with my RO or RODI system?”. The short answer is: no. To learn why, read on…

Water has never been a source of minerals to our bodies and it never will be. We’ve been led to believe we can benefit from minerals in water through suggestive marketing of bottled water companies. It is infact a complete fallacy. First water contains very few minerals and if they were beneficial we’d drown before we drank enough to be of any help to the body. Second, the minerals in water are inorganic (dissolved rock) and not a food that can be assimilated in the intestine.

As humans we absorb organic minerals from the vegetables we eat and this is how we’ve evolved. Plants on the other hand draw up water that may have inorganic minerals and with the help of microbes on the roots and photosynthesis, converts them into an organic mineral. This is where we derive our minerals from and in quantities that can never be found in water.

Water has 5 important functions in the body; a transportant, a lubricant, a coolant, for excretion and the 5th function – that of an electronegative enhancer. If water carries a load (salts, inorganic minerals, toxins etc) then it cannot be used to effectively carry out these functions and the body goes into overdrive. We see the degenerative effects of polluted water manifested in many illness such as kidney disease, arthritis, hardened heart muscle, blocked arteries, stroke (where calcium falls away from cholesterol and passes through the arteries to the brain). Dr Venter, the worlds leading DNA scientist actually stated that calcium is 3 times more likely to cause a stroke than cholesterol.

Water, especially processed (tap) can of course carry micro-organisms, pathogens and viruses. The only way to remove these is through the process of RODI (reverse osmosis coupled to deionization). Today we have the added problem of Metaldehyde (slug poison) that exceeds the legal limits in our tap water and cannot be removed by water utilities processing plants. Your RODI system does of course remove 100% of the problem along with all other pesticides, herbicides and disease causing micro-organisms.

Processed water has been definitively linked to cancers, proven in a US study on Texas where the vast majority of drinking water is processed and cancer rates twice that of other states.

If we derived minerals from our drinking water then it would follow that areas of the UK where drinking water contains very low levels of dissolved minerals (this would be from Birmingham up to the Highlands) would have health problems. Quite the opposite is infact the case. We have the longest life expectancy in the UK in areas of Cheshire and Scotland, not in the South where hard water (dissolved inorganic calcium) is at its highest. What we do see in the South of England is high levels of kidney disease – up to 100,000 sufferers every year, all of whom could have avoided the problem by drinking a clean source of pure water (not my words but those of the Director of the National Kideney Association).

Water in it’s purest form has some quite remarkable health properties. We all know the sense of a good well balanced diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, pulses, lean meats, fish and cereals. Today the NHS have, for the first time stated that our diet has a direct influence on our health and we are far less likely to contract cancers or other diseases if we follow a healthy lifestyle. We know from the thousands of clients we have that they only benefit from drinking pure water – no one ever suffers adverse effects.

We have confirmation from a client in Oxford (hard water area) that drinking PureH2O has cured his Crohn’s Disease. We have confirmation from a client in Barnes, London that drinking PureH2O was essential part of a lifestyle change (to organic vegetables, healthy food and Pure H2O) that cured his (terminal) cancer. We have a lady in Sussex (hard water area) who claims that her son’s autism saw a marked improvement when tap water was substituted with Pure H2O. Studies carried out in Surrey University found that PureH2O lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. The list goes on an on and it’s not just in the UK; clients around the globe tell us how Pure H2O improved their health.

Claims that purified RO water needs to be remineralised for health have absolutely no medical foundation whatsoever. These claims come from companies trying to sell alkalisers or different water treatment systems that, despite the claims, can have serious and adverse health effects not positive benefits. We’ve even seen this first hand where a client in London purchased an alkaliser only to end up with chronic stomach pains and passing blood. The rest of his family refused to drink from this device and none of them suffered the same symptoms; they stuck to Pure H2O.

If I may offer you my own account I think you’ll find it interesting:

I have personally drunk RODI water for 25 years in the UK as have my extended family and friends’ families. As a result we completely defy National Health Statistics; we have no illness whatsoever and never suffer from annual norivirus (I believe its transmitted in municipal water). We rarely get colds (I had the first one in 20years in Jan 2015 but it only lasted 2.5 days). My children have never consumed tap or bottled water containing minerals and they are the picture of health. One of my children (now 12) has an academic scholarship (he also takes pureh2o to school and refuses to touch tap water). He’s in every team sport that his school plays and top of almost every subject (yes, quite sickening) so his health is as good as it gets. I’ve always purchased organic food wherever possible and I ensure (sometimes bribe) my children to eat vegetables every day. They also get plenty of cake and treats (ideally organic but not always).

So, what I’m saying is that I am living proof that drinking Pure H2O is perfectly normal, safe and by far the healthiest type of water we can consume. That means no minerals, no disease causing microbes, no toxins, no slug poison, no drug residues (such as oestrogen), no heavy metals, no chemical compounds (such as 2D4 from flame retardant industry), just good clean Pure H2O – that’s the only type of water I drink and I’m fit and healthy; no illness, no deficiencies and it’s therefore what I recommend to my clients. I have nothing to gain financially from telling people to add minerals to their water but I could very easily jump on the band waggon and say yes, we’ll sell you a mineral filter (£39) but I honestly cannot recommend it because I know your health will be better without it.

I trust that this will answer your questions about minerals in water.

Regards,
Roger Wiltshire
Founder – The Pure H2O Company Ltd.