Challenge yourself in 2019

Another year is over and I for one definitely indulged at the end of 2018. I still have a house full of chocolate that I am trying to give to visitors to remove the temptation! I am taking on dry January as part of a detox despite the fact that several friends and family members bought me Gin for Christmas ( I will hold on to these despite the temptation, I think I have enough for the whole year!)

I have set myself a few challenges for 2019 as well as a dry January but these goals have only begun today (Monday 7th). So today I have started my diet as the pounds appear to have creeped on since summer ended, I don’t follow any specific diet as I am no stranger to having to shift the pounds. Ever since I had my son I find it so much harder to keep myself slim and have to be more conscious of what I eat. I have set myself a target of mid march to reach my desired target, normally I don’t focus on weight but how I feel in my own skin as the numbers on the scale don’t mean much nowadays but rather being happy with my body and there is a little too much on my waist and arms at the minute.

Another goal is to brighten up my skin, part of fixing my diet will help with this, adding in lots of fresh fruit and leafy greens work wonders for your skin, reducing my coffee intake and replacing with plenty of fresh alkaline water and of course supplements to get a higher intake of vitamins than cannot be acquired by diet alone.

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So what will I be taking? Firstly I am going to up my Vitamin C game. I take two sachets a day of liposomal vitamin C (more when I am run down) but from today I will be taking four, since it has been proven that 3 a day can improve skin by 33% in four weeks, I’m hoping that four will give me that little bit extra and also fight off seasonal colds that we can expect in January.

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Second I will be taking Beauty complex, one that I have mentioned before simply because I love it so much! I will continue with one sachet a day which provides Marine collagen, Phyto ceramides and Hyaluronic acid, so many of my friends wouldn’t be without this product after trying it. After finishing their first box they are hooked with reports of improvements in dry skin, brightness and overall appearance! I use my Promixx vortex mixer for my beauty complex which whizzes the powder and water together with no lumps and is a handy drinking bottle to have at my desk. They are also great for anyone who takes protein supplements or shakes and prices start from £18.95

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Next I shall be introducing a whole family of B Vitamins using just one supplement. B vitamins are important for healthy hair, skin, nails, eyes and liver as well as playing an important role in converting  food into energy and helping the body metabolise fats and proteins. For this I will use a B complex (liposomal of course!) and my absolute favourite is Dr Chris Shades Methyl B. This has B1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12 as well as Milk thistle extract which is perfect to aid digestion and detoxification. For this I will be taking one dose per day as per the label.

Finally I will be adding in routine exercise to tone my mum tum! I am not the best at finding time for exercise but I have purchased an exercise bike (that hopefully will not end up masquerading as a clothes hanger!) so that once my son is in bed and my daily chores complete I can attempt a minimum of 30 minutes on. Since I can watch TV at the same time this shouldn’t be a difficult task to complete, I am starting with an aim of four nights a week to fit around my sons evening classes and activities. Walking to the shop more is also on the cards and me and son quite enjoy this one as there is a lovely walk way by the river with ducks etc that take us to the supermarket.

I would love to hear what everyone else has as their goals, resolutions or changes for 2019? I know many people don’t bother with resolutions as they feel it is a fad that is long forgotten by the end of January but for every 9 people that quit the gym in a few weeks there is that one that sticks at it, I really hope that by March I can comfortably squeeze into my jeans again!

A follow up at the end of this month with how I am getting on will hopefully be filled with progress, I suppose I should take some before pictures today… *shudders* at the thought!

Giveaway!

I am giving away a Promixx vortex mixer over on my twitter so why not head over to @Proactive_blog for your chance to win! Closes Friday 11th January 2018 at 12pm. Open to EU residents

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Alkaline Water & the process of aging

Aging, as described by Alkalife founder Sang Whang in his book Reverse Aging, is the accumulation of acidic wastes within our body. Our body must maintain slightly alkaline pH levels to survive. Our blood pH value is 7.4 at the artery and the cellular fluid pH value is 7.2 to 7.3. In spite of the fact that our cells produce acidic wastes constantly, the body fluids maintain this alkaline pH. Our body is an amazing surviving machine.

Our body tries very hard to dispose of acidic wastes. Most of these wastes come out of our body through urine and perspiration. That’s why urine is acid in general (the pH value fluctuates between 4.6 to 8 depending upon what the body is dumping) and the skin surface is acidic. The acidic skin surface kills most of the germs and viruses that it comes in contact with. In order to reduce acidity of the blood, our lungs remove carbon dioxide (CO2) and exhaust it through breathing. Carbonic acid H2CO3 becomes water H2O when CO2 is removed. This is perhaps the fastest way to reduce blood acidity. The pH value of blood in the veins fluctuates widely depending upon the waste products dumped into them.

That’s why we only talk about the artery blood pH value, which is fairly constant. With all these efforts to dispose of acidic wastes, we still make more wastes than our body can get rid of. In the meantime, the body must maintain alkalinity in the body fluids to survive. The secret is to convert some of the liquid acid into solid acid. If substance is not dissolved into water, it does not influence the pH value of the water. Some examples of these solidified acidic wastes are: cholesterol, fatty acid, uric acid, kidney stones, urates, phosphates, etc.

Cholesterol is incompletely burnt carbohydrate. Cows don’t eat cholesterol-rich food yet they are full of cholesterol because they don’t exercise and don’t burn carbohydrates completely. Acid coagulates blood! This is the fundamental problem that comes from the accumulation of acidic wastes. Build up of acid clogs up capillaries and prevents smooth blood circulation. Body organs create all kinds of problems when blood circulation is cut off. It is amazing how the various body organs recover once blood circulation is restored, unless permanent damage is done.

Even if the circulation is not completely cut off, when the amount of blood supplied is reduced, the organs function poorly and aging symptoms appear. Build ups of too much cholesterol and plaques in the artery can cause stroke, as we know very well. Most of the degenerative diseases are caused by too much acidic wastes somewhere in our body that slows down blood circulation. Depending upon where our body accumulates the acid, disease symptoms are different.

However, the causes are the same: too much acid. Modern medicine is concerned with the treatment of symptoms rather than the elimination of the causes of diseases. The primary place where we accumulate solid acidic wastes in our body may depend on the individual’s genetic makeup. This may explain why some of the degenerative diseases are hereditary. Diabetes itself is not hereditary. What is hereditary is the accumulation of solid acidic wastes around the pancreas.

If we do not allow wastes to accumulate around the pancreas, there will not be diabetes in that family even if family members reach the age of 50 or 60. Cancer cells are acidic while healthy cells are alkaline. Cancer is though to be the result of acidic wastes accumulation. Uric acid crystals in the joints cause gout. Uric acid comes from nitrogen in proteins. In Korea, gout is referred to as “the rich man’s disease”. At one time in Korea only the wealthy could afford to eat meat. When phosphoric acid or sulfuric acid is created by the oxidation of nutrients that contain phosphor and sulfur, the strength of the acid is too strong for the body to take.

To overcome this problem, our body removes calcium from our skeleton to make phosphate or sulfate which is a much weaker acid. Urates and phosphate in kidney stones are the combination of acid and calcium. This is how osteoporosis develops. Simply taking calcium pills does not help much because calcium does not dissolve well. Vitamin D helps dissolve calcium.

Dr. Sebastian has successfully treated osteoporosis by administering potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3) to his patients (1). Our lungs remove CO2 from potassium bicarbonate and potassium hydroxide (KOH) remains. Potassium hydroxide is a strong alkaline, which kicks out ionized calcium from urates, phosphates and sulfates to restore calcium to the skeleton. (Diluted potassium hydroxide is the major ingredient of the patented Alkalife). We take vitamins, mineral supplements and trace minerals with the hope of improving our health.

However, if the body acid/alkaline balance is not maintained well, the body cannot absorb these things well and we wind up throwing them out. One way to help your body combat deteriorating health caused by aging is to drink alkaline water and maintain an alkaline diet rich in vegetables and fruits.

Below I have included a handy chart of foods and their pH value to show what foods you should be eating more of and those its best to restrict!

 (1) Drs. Sebastian et al “Improved Mineral Balance and Skeletal Metabolism in Postmenopausal Women Treated with Potassium Bicarbonate”, New England Journal of Medicine June 23, 1994

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