Health & Fitness

By Leslie Rice Hart

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I have to get up very early in the morning so the last thing I have time to do is make breakfast, let alone have an appetite for it. I started drinking a natural food supplement called Emerald Balance, touted as the “Ultimate antioxidant body tonic”. Without eating breakfast, I knew I needed something to give me a kick-start in the wee hours of the morning. Emerald Balance promised me a powerful punch in one little packet. I figured it couldn’t hurt and after all, one cannot live by caffeine alone! This green powder certainly lived up to its claims.

Drinking Emerald Balance in the morning gave me more energy, decreased my appetite and I had fewer digestive problems (something I sometimes suffer from). Some may drink it with just water, or you may want to blend it with a protein powder or juice. What exactly is my morning ritual green drink?

Emerald Balance is a nutritious, wholefood supplement full of over 42 superfoods and phytonutrients, which nourish the body from the inside out. It contains antioxidants and bioflavonoids, which maintain and extend the life of our cells, enzymes, probiotics, herbs and fiber to aid in digestion and in enhancing the immune system. My curiosity got the best of me so I wanted to learn more about this “green gem” and the benefits it was providing me.

Emerald Balance’s creator, Clinical Nutritionist and Herbalist, Jan Lovejoy worked to produce a comprehensive pH balancing, nutrient-dense green food supplement. She describes her product as “an energizing and anti-aging formula that naturally balances the pH levels in your body to support radiant good health.” pH balance, “what the heck does that have to do with anything,” you might be asking yourself? Well, let me try to explain what I’ve learned. The pH (potential of hydrogen) is the measure of acidity or alkalinity in any solution. The perfect pH for the body is around 7.4. pH is measured on a scale of 0 to14 (the lower the pH, the more acidic the solution; the higher the pH, the more alkaline the solution). When a solution has a pH of 7.0, it is neutral. Therefore, water (measured at exactly 7.0) is a neutral solution and comprises 70% of the human body. If our blood’s pH is close to 7.4 (a fluctuation of .2 up or down is still considered normal) it is balanced. Many health professionals maintain an imbalanced pH affects all cellular activity in the body, leading to the progression of most degenerative disease, including: cardiovascular and heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, kidney stones, urinary incontinence, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, systemic weight gain, and obesity. An improper diet is often attributed to mild acidosis condition (an overabundance of acid in the blood), as well as poor lifestyle habits or toxic emotional states. That’s why the average American diet consisting of fast and processed food is a factor in mild acidosis. Although you can eat some acid-forming foods, you should work on balancing your diet (60-80% alkaline-forming foods and 20-40% acid-forming foods) to give your body a chance to heal from the distress and disease affecting many of us today. The amount of acid in the body can increase, through consumption of acid-forming foods, also by an abnormal metabolism or kidney malfunction.

As we age, our body’s normal removal of excess acid has begun to slow down (the lungs are not removing as much acid in the form of carbon dioxide; the kidneys aren’t able to excrete as much acid through the urine and the skin does not eliminate as much acid through perspiration). Strange as it may sound, our bodies metabolize acid foods as alkaline and alkaline foods as acid. Acid foods, such as citrus fruits, vegetables, vinegar and other fermented foods, all become alkaline or “alkaline-forming foods” and alkaline foods, like meats, flour, sugar, soft drinks, alcohol, aspirin and various medications are “acid-forming foods.” It is imperative we have a balanced pH level or we cannot effectively assimilate vitamins, minerals and food supplements. Drinking Emerald Balance, according to Dr. Lovejoy, assists in preventing the possible problems with an imbalanced pH.

In addition to balancing our pH, other ingredients found in Emerald Balance provide building blocks for connective tissue including beautiful hair, skin and nails.” Emerald Balance includes ingredients with a high concentration of amino acids(building blocks of protein), Vitamins A, B-Complex, and E, plus important hair and nail building minerals such as Manganese, Zinc, Copper, Iron, Selenium, and Bamboo and Horsetail; both rich in natural Silica, a mineral essential for creating longer, stronger hair and nails. Traces of this mineral can be found in every organ and cell of the body, with its greatest concentrations being in cartilage, blood vessels, skin and hair.

At first glance, Emerald Balance might not seem to appetizing or potent, but once you’ve tried it you’ll see for yourself how this little green wonder packs a powerful punch.
For more information about Emerald Balance call 866-599-7022 or visit Emeraldbalance.com)

Originally published May 2006
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