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<p>
	The following was written by my wife Eve and republished here due to Posterous shutting down.
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<h1>Action Plan 2: Air, Water and Supplements</h1>
<p>
	<strong>I have been suffering with quite bad hayfever over the last few days before starting this detox</strong>
	(now I cannot tell if my symptoms of a cold or hayfever or the detox or some cruel combination of all three).
	Nothing compared to what I used to get like in Slovakia, probably something to do with being so close to the sea.
	But still rather unpleasant.
</p><p>
	In Slovakia, I had an air ionizer next to my bed. It was only used on bad nights when I couldn’t sleep due to
	allergies but it was amazing. I honestly don’t know why I hadn’t got one in the UK before now — I have only
	just purchased one over the internet. The ionizer I got sounds very fancy, looks funky and promises wonders. Well, I
	should know by day four whether they are true or not. The main thing is for the air to be ionized with negative
	electrons, I don’t care too much for the filtration itself (although a nice bonus). Just as important as
	negatively charged water — but I'll get there in a minute.
</p><p>
	This particular air purifier / ionizer seems to be the cost-effective higher-end item I was looking for. I bought it
	refurbished with a one-year guarantee. It’s small, reasonably quiet, has a fan so ions are circulated all over the
	room, doesn’t use too much energy, no filters that need replacing. I am pretty impressed so far, I'll just have to
	see if my symptoms ease up.
</p><p>
	Why are negative ions so important? Well, there are books and websites that explain this scientific stuff better
	than I ever could. But in a nutshell, our lifestyles, processed and unnatural food, and pollution create an
	environment which is highly positively charged. The air purifier / ionizer is striving to re-create the clean air
	after a storm (although it doesn’t release any ozone into the athmosphere), and the water ionizer is creating
	water which is similar quality as glacier water or mountain stream water (the purest water known to us). I remember
	when I was a kid, I used to go to the mountains with mum and used to drink from the various tiny streams. The water
	was delicious, ice cold, and pure pure pure! Of course, I would be hard pushed to find this in any stream in
	Slovakia nowadays — but this was, after all, in the deep dark ages of communism. Or maybe my immune system was
	more robust.
</p><p>
	Either way, science aside, I don’t need to stress the importance of clean air and water, and clean foods. It is
	only obvious (this is where the ‘common sense’ bit of this lifestyle overhaul comes out to play).
</p><p>
	My smoothies and juices and green drinks are giving me lots of nutrients that I don’t normally get. However, I am
	also going to supplement the drinks with various things in powder or capsule form.
</p>
<dl>
	<dt>Probiotics</dt>
	<dd>
		The alkalarians are divided over this one — some say probiotics are good, some claim they are like
		funghi, harmful to the system and the pH balance. From my perspective, I have grown up drinking kefir,
		eating natural yoghurts and drinking raw milk, all full of probiotics. I will stick with them, unless
		someone tells me exactly how they are bad for me! <samp>:)</samp>
	</dd>
	<dt>Clay and cracked cell wall chlorella</dt>
	<dd>
		Amazing stuff! The best thing to get toxins out of one’s body. I recently sent my man a long email
		detailing the sheer awesomeness of clay so I am copy-pasting it here: ’There are cavities and ducts
		throughout the clay molecule. The clay is negatively charged (the more electrons you can replenish in your
		body, the better — this is when things get alkaline, when they are negatively charged) so it attracts
		positively charged stuff (toxins are positively charged). Toxins get trapped/bound in the clay molecule,
		being fully envelopped by the structure and unable to cause any more damage. This structure then gets
		purged from the body via the usual waste-disposal routes. Actually, it is quite a bit more complex (with
		the clay molecule coming into the body as a neutral compound, releasing its positively charged minerals
		into the body — remineralizing the body with calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium, potassium etc; which then
		leaves the molecule unstable and negatively charged to attract things that are more positively charged than
		what has been released, like toxins and heavy metals), but it is fascinating stuff nevertheless. to me, at
		least <samp>:)</samp>'
	</dd>
	<dt>Alkalizing through water and green drinks</dt>
	<dd>
		<p>
			This is also part of my email to my lovely one about the way I see the Western lifestyle and how
			the alkaline diet comes into it:
		</p>
		<blockquote>
			<p>
				It all is linked with ph balance in the body. Gonna take you on a super speedy trip down
				the chemistry memory lane. Remember the pH scales? Ranging from 0 to 14, with 7 being the
				neutral point, and anything below it being acidic, and anything higher than 7 being
				alkaline. So, the magic of the scale is that it is logarithmic. Therefore something that
				has ph 3 is 10× more acidic than something that has ph of 4, and 100× more acidic than
				something of ph 5 and 1000× more acidic than something of ph 6 and so on, I don’t need
				to go into this too much. Obviously, you know that something basic of the ph 14 will
				neutralise something acidic of the ph 0.
			</p><p>
				Chemistry lesson over.
			</p><p>
				Our bodies are designed to work at a certain pH. Human blood is meant to have the pH of
				7.35, which is just that tiny bit alkaline/basic. If this balance gets disturbed, then
				our body dies. I am not 100% sure how much the range can be but it’s stupidly small in
				the grander scheme of things, so I think if the blood ph goes up or down by something
				silly like 0.5 ph point, we die. This means that our bodies will do anything they can to
				keep this balance.
			</p><p>
				Western diet and lifestyle is acidic. Not a little acidic, MASSIVELY acidic. At best, the
				water we drink from the tap is neutral at 7; but some areas have acidic drinking water at
				as low as 5. Mine is around 7 but it’s hard to test without precise machinery.
				Considering that water makes up about 70% of our bodies, this is pretty bad. Soft drinks,
				sugar, tea and coffee, meat, dairy products, breads and pastas, processed foods — those
				are all things we eat and drink every day that lower our pH significantly. It has been
				proven that to neutralise and reverse the effects of drinking just one can of coke, one
				would have to drink 22 glasses of alkaline water. Scary. On the other side, vegetables
				are alkaline. There are lots more things that are alkaline but veggies are the best thing
				in the world and what our bodies have been designed to consume. Fruit… well, I am
				undecided on fruit. <samp>:)</samp> Bizarrely, a dash of lemon or lime juice in water is
				hugely alkalizing to the body (to do with what happens to the lemon juice when it enters
				the digestive tract).
			</p><p>
				There has been research done on live blood (ie blood just taken from subjects and studied
				immediately under microscope) which shows that when blood pH is acidic, blood cells
				don’t develop properly. They are wrong shapes, wrong size, and there’s an awful lot
				less of them than there should be, compared to healthy — alkaline — blood.
			</p><p>
				So what happens when a person lives the western lifestyle and consumes the Western diet?
				They get fat and weak. They get weak because their bones become brittle and their muscles
				waste. This is because the body, in its fight for survival, will leech minerals out of
				muscle and bones to neutralize the acids. Things like calcium, potassium, and carbonates
				are necessary to neutralize the acids. Wave goodbye to healthy bones and nails and teeth
				and hair, and muscles! <samp>:)</samp>
			</p><p>
				The next step, when this isn’t enough to neutralize all the acid, is to envelope the
				acidic molecule with a wall of fatty acids to stop it burning holes in your system. Yep,
				you get fat. The body will hang on to every bit of fat it can, in order to keep the acid
				contained. Not only having too many fat cells is ugly and unhealthy, it means that in the
				flab, there is a massive amount of rubbish stored that your body cannot get rid of —
				toxic stuff like acids, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, medication residues, all
				kinds of toxins that have been sticking around for years and the body cannot expunge it.
				This is why sometimes, you can go about your life feeling perfectly fine and thinking all
				is well, then maybe have an illness that makes you lose your appetite so you stop eating
				or eat less and the body starts burning fat stores, releasing all of the above into your
				blood stream, making you a lot more ill than you were to start with. Same thing happens
				when you go on a detox or start living the alkaline lifestyle — you get flu-like
				symptoms (sometimes quite severe) which are actually indicators that your detox/diet is
				working.
			</p><p>
				So you start losing weight and burning fat… but you still have shedloads of toxins
				running amok in your body, now having been released from their little prisons of fat
				cells. Some will get disposed of through the normal ways — breathing, sweating, urine,
				faeces, mucous. But there is only so much your kidneys and liver can manage, and some are
				notoriously hard to get rid of — like heavy metals. This is where clay and
				sun-chlorella (or cracked wall chlorella) come in. Clay (and chlorella, which is
				extremely similar in what it does) is just amazing.
			</p><p>
				And the water I drink? It goes through an ionizing process which renders it full of
				electrons and a pH of around 9 (highest safe pH to be drinking). But this is not all —
				it also splits the h2o molecule clusters (my terminology), making them smaller, with more
				surface area — making the water more hydrating and useful to the body, getting
				everywhere faster — penetrating the cell membranes easier and quicker, it gets more
				easily absorbed, generally better for the body (the tap water molecule clusters contain
				up to 16 h2o molecules, whereas my water has between 5 and 8 molecules per cluster).
			</p><p>
				On top of weight loss, an alkaline body inhibits the growth of yeasts, fungi, molds,
				cancer, viruses etc.
			</p>
		</blockquote>
	</dd>
	<dt>Other supplements</dt>
	<dd>
		These will be incorporated into my diet on day <del>three</del> nine. This is because while I am doing the
		detox, I need all nutrients to be absorbed into my body equally. Afterwards, I can play with the dosage and
		ways to take supplements for maximum success and efficiency. These will be: HCA for reduced fat storage
		within the body (capsules); CLA for muscle building and reduction of inflammation in the body(capsules);
		L-Carnitine to help body burn fat rather than store it. The only vitamin I will be taking throughout the
		detox and beyond is vitamin D3 in spray form to help my body heal itself and as protection against
		depression.
	</dd>
	<dt>Udo’s Oil</dt>
	<dd>
		The best omega-rich oil blend on the market nowadays. Pricey and I personally hate the taste, but it is way
		too good for the body to pass over.
	</dd>
	<dt>Green powders</dt>
	<dd>
		I don’t even look at these as supplements any more as I am so used to having them in my smoothies. The
		powder is a mixture of different green sources, such as grasses (barley, wheat, kamut) and veggies
		(spinach, beetroot, cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes), sprouts (alfalfa), and leaves and seaweed and stuff I
		would never touch in a milion years unless it is in powder form and I can pretend it isn’t in my drink.
		Super nutritious, super alkalizing, and super-easy to disguise. That’s how I like it. <samp>:)</samp>
	</dd>
</dl>
<p>
	Right, that’s the lot, I think. If I think of something else, I'll put it in the comments.
</p>
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