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Is Alkaline Water Good for You?

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About the Author: Sadia Salman is a certified nutritionist from Tufts University, USA and the CEO of Diet by Design(Int’l). She has over seven years of experience in treating patients with various health issues through food both in Pakistan and in Canada. Most of her work is on managing diseases like hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes etc through weight management. She believes in building a healthy community by educating the masses in any capacity that she can. Her new health blog is one of the ways to spread awareness about health and nutrition.

Alkaline water is the new buzz word doing the circles in the field of health. So what’s the hype all about?

What is Alkaline Water?

Alkalinity refers to the pH level which is a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 1-14, with 7 being neutral. Alkaline water (pH 8 or 9) has a higher pH level than that of regular drinking water (pH 7) which can benefit the body in some ways.

Does it Really Work?

One study has established that drinking alkaline water may help deactivate pepsin which is the enzyme that causes acid reflux. Another study suggested that it may help with hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. A more recent study conducted on 100 people concluded that alkaline water reduced the viscosity of the blood by 6.3% (as compared with 3.3% with regular water) thus helping the blood flow and more efficient delivery of oxygen throughout the body after a workout.

What are the Possible Benefits of Alkaline Water?

  • Anti-aging properties: Liquid antioxidants absorb more quickly into the body.
  • Colon cleansing: Alkaline Blood flows more efficiently and may improve colon health
  • Immune system: Immunity can be boosted by a having more gut friendly bacteria in an alkaline environment.
  • Hydration, skin health and detoxification: Acidity in the body makes it toxic. Alkaline water can help clear the toxins more effectively.
  • Weight Loss: Fat is acidic and it needs to be eliminated through the blood stream. The more alkaline the blood is, it may be removed faster.
  • Cancer resistance: Cancer cells grow in an acidic environment so introducing something alkaline will fight the free radicals.

Should We Switch to Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water is safe to drink and has additional minerals which can only benefit us.

There is still a lot of debate about the benefits of alkaline water but this debate is not about the safety of this water, rather the possible benefits.

Despite the fact that there isn’t enough scientific evidence yet, it is safe to say, in my opinion, that alkaline water can be more beneficial than regular water!

So drink it up and stay hydrated the alkaline way!

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What It Takes To Be a Glowing Bride

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When it comes to the perfect wedding day, it’s all about the details, from the perfect dress to the to your overall appearance. And that includes putting your best face forward for your big day. Since good skin often comes down to what you’re putting in your body, here are five ways to get a glowing complexion from the inside out.

Eat Your Vitamins

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Your skin looks its best when you are eating fresh, whole foods, because fruits and vegetables are packed with the essential vitamins you need for glowing skin. The vitamin A in leafy greens, squash, and watermelon, for example, helps repair your skin, while the vitamin E in nuts, avocado, and bell peppers helps protect your skin from sun damage.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

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Don’t forget to drink water in the midst of all your hectic wedding planning. Getting enough water is one of the most important ways you can get that glowing look, since water promotes cell turnover in your skin. It’s not all about guzzling water, however. Eating lots of hydrating fruits — like melons, cucumbers, and celery — also helps you meet your daily H2O quota.

Limit Caffeine

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Caffeine can dehydrate your skin, so you may want to limit coffee leading up to your wedding so your skin doesn’t feel dull and dry on the big day. Don’t go overboard on the caffeinated beverages to keep you awake as you plan your wedding.

Make Omega-3-Rich Meals

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Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t just good for your heart — they also keep your skin glowing and hair healthy. try adding seafood in your weekly food habits to increase your omega-3 intake.

Cut Sugar and Salt

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Cancelling those processed, sugary, and salty foods isn’t just good for your waistline — it also helps reveal that fresh-faced glow. Too much salt can lead to water retention and refined sugars can cause a spike in your blood sugar, leading to inflammation, skin irritation. Eat clean with fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains instead to keep your blood sugar regular and to stay debloated.