What are the health impacts of Heavy Metal Toxicity?
Chronic, low-level exposure to toxic metals is an increasing problem worldwide. Heavy metals are commonly found in thousands of different food and beverage products, household cleaning products, furnishings, cookware, body care products, cosmetics, and in some ground water in Australia.
Heavy metals pass through the body via the blood and are stored in vital tissues, where they can disrupt many of your chemical, hormonal and neurological processes as well as wreak havoc on your health.
Not only do the heavy metals accumulate in the vital organs, they also inhibit absorption of vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids. For example, when heavy metals are present, minerals like calcium and magnesium are displaced and heavy metals such as lead or cadmium take their place.
The symptoms associated with the slow accumulation of toxic heavy metals are multiple and nondescript, yet they affect a vast array of biochemical processes. Since symptoms of chronic exposure often develop slowly over months or years, heavy-metal toxicity is often overlooked.
Heavy-metal accumulation may be the underlying cause of persistent ill-health, particularly if associated with chronic symptoms of fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, neurological disorders, depression, poor cognitive function, poor memory and allergic hypersensitivity. It can also be contributed to ADHD, anemia, constipation, depression, female infertility, joint pain and other brain and neurological disorders.
What does the zazen Alkaline Water System remove?
All zazen Alkaline Water System testing is conducted in Australia by certified Government water testing laboratories.
Copper — One of the main culprits
In trace amounts, copper is necessary in the body. It’s used to help produce cellular energy and is involved in nerve conduction, connective tissue, the cardiovascular system and the immune system. If you are not occupationally exposed to copper, the major route of exposure is oral. Drinking tap water can contribute substantially to your total daily intake of copper. High copper may occur naturally in water supplies, particularly mining areas across WA, but more commonly it is introduced into the water supply via old copper plumbing. Nutritional deficiencies in zinc, manganese and other trace minerals can also contribute to copper toxicity due to the role they play in preventing excess copper accumulation.
The zazen Alkaline Water System effectively removes 99.99% of copper, lead, mercury, arsenic, nickel, and cadmium. This occurs in Stage 4 of our Multi-Stage Filter Cartridge by using Activated Zeolite. Zeolite traps and absorbs heavy metals that are present in the water.
When we are consistently dehydrated the body is unable to effectively remove unwanted toxins and stores these in the body in areas such as the joints (e.g. dehydration is a major cause of arthritis)
Dr. Batmanghelidj, the author of Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, discovered that the cause of arthritis, lupus and many other diseases is a lack of hydration and electrolytes in the body. He went on to learn that even pain can be eliminated for many people by properly hydrating the body.
By ensuring the water that you are drinking daily is hydrating you at a cellular level, your body is then able to assist in the removal of these accumulated toxins, along with a total health and wellness strategy.
pH — what is the optimum level for drinking water?
A lot of customers want to know the pH of their water, but do they really understand what pH exactly is? pH is simply a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions (Potential of Hydrogen).
When you test water pH this can indicate its acidity or alkalinity, which is measured on a scale of 1- 14, with 1 being extremely acidic and 14 being highly alkaline. Ideally for optimum health and hydration, we believe that your drinking water should be around 7.4pH* as the optimum level (the same level as your blood which is 7.369).
The pH of your water can be higher, if your originating water has a higher pH reading (depending on the time of the year in Australia, the pH of your water will vary eg. drought vs flood). The zazen Alkaline Water System will not reduce the pH of your originating water, which may be higher than 7.4. Its 10 Stage process is designed to retain any alkaline minerals from the originating water, and in addition ensure that the water is in a balanced and structured state to maximise hydration.
*zazen Alkaline Water contains a complete and balanced range of alkaline minerals (also known as electrolytes) with Potassium, Sodium and Chloride being the key electrolyte minerals which help keep the amount of water in the body in balance, keeping you hydrated at a cellular level. The minerals in zazen Alkaline Water also serve another 2 essential purposes 1) to aid absorption; and 2) the creation of alkaline water naturally.
What is an Electrolyte?
An electrolyte is a mineral that dissolves in water and carries an electrical charge. (They are also referred to as alkaline minerals and mineral salts). Now, there are all kinds of electrolytes, but the most important ones are: sodium, chloride, potassium, bicarbonate, calcium, and phosphate. Your kidneys have specific transporters to regulate the concentration of each of these electrolytes in your blood.
Since the body is mostly made up of water (75% of the body and 91% of the brain), electrolytes are found everywhere in the body – inside the cells, in the spaces between cells, in the blood, in lymph glands and everywhere else. When you sweat, you lose fluids and electrolytes. When you’re drinking zazen Alkaline Water, the liquid will stay in your body longer, giving it more time to get absorbed, which will get you back into balance (hydration) quicker!
‘Minerals in drinking water are more easily absorbed than minerals in food’ Pauline Roberts, Scientific Researcher & Naturopath
Part of the zazen Alkaline Water mission is to educate on the impact of alkalinity and to qualify the belief that more alkaline is always good. It is not quite that simple. Much town and tap water in Australia will flow straight through us without being absorbed in any meaningful or healing way BUT MAY IN FACT BE ALKALINE. Many people complain of drinking copious amounts of water while still feeling thirsty and even bloated! zazen Alkaline Water remedies this and ensures you hydrate on a cellular level, which is the purpose of water.
TIP: You can add bicarb soda to your tap water and that will make it alkaline, but we know that won’t be good for you, even though the pH is high it will not meet the body’s hydration need.
For further reading on how zazen Alkaline Water works with stomach acid click for The Facts.
To understand more on how alkalinity in tap water is created and its dangers see our blog post by zazen Water Founder & CEO – Janet Parker.