These FAQ’s may answer some of your questions, but our Balance Building Video Series will answer many more!
Test tube mineral vs pH Thrive? Virtually all of our competitors sell what we call a “test tube” pH drop. This is where bulk minerals are added to a base of deionized water, for the sole purpose of raising the pH in water to a very high level. Usually these products are highest in potassium; a vital mineral to be sure, but very high levels are used, and typically three or four different salt types (i.e. potassium bicarbonate, potassium lactate, Tripotassium phosphate, potassium hydroxide). Then they add trace amounts of calcium and magnesium, and some will add in what everyone refers to as 72 trace minerals. These products are designed, in the tube, to lift the pH level of water to anywhere between 8 to 9.5. This seems impressive, but there are three issues with this.
- Our body’s mineral balance was predetermined long ago and it is very close to the balance of minerals that naturally occur in sea water. As an example, there have been emergency medical procedures completed where sea water has been substituted for blood plasma in surgery. Our bodies readily accept these ionic (carrying an electric charge) minerals derived from sea-based minerals, due to their natural balance. Simply adding several types of potassium, and sometimes sodium, calcium, and magnesium doesn’t mean the body will readily accept those minerals to help balance our body’s pH levels.
- Perhaps most important, is the fact that most of these products really focus on lifting the pH of water to a level of 9.5 and beyond…but there are several that don’t deliver on their claim. We have tested most of our competitors with a pH meter that also measures oxygen reduction potential, or ORP value; we saw varying results. For example, one well-known competitor claims a very high 12.25 pH when 6-8 drops are added to 8 oz. of water. Our test, using purified water, showed that the pH of the water tested was only elevated 1 point. Another major competitor makes the customer use 2 different bottles of drops for each glass of water. They claim that one bottle, which is simply 2 types of potassium, is the pH booster. They claim the other bottle is the ionizer, containing magnesium and chloride with added trace minerals of unknown origin. It’s an expensive product, and a hassle of working with two bottles when you want to take them on the go. It tested at 9.4 in purified water. Others tested within the 8.0-9.5 pH range, with the higher numbers produced in those that contained the highest levels of potassium. This is not what our bodies use to balance pH levels. There are four major alkaline minerals: sodium, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. pH Thrive drops contain each of these minerals in natural balance, with the exception of sodium, which has been naturally extracted in our manufacturer’s solar evaporation process. We obviously tend to get too much sodium in our diets, and potassium deficiency is also less common. Where studies have shown us to be most deficient is in magnesium. The highest alkaline mineral constituent in pH Thrive mineral concentrate is magnesium.
- Minerals regulate pH balance, also known as Acid-Base Balance. First and foremost, we should concern ourselves with proper fruit and vegetable consumption, as these are where our bodies naturally derive the needed macro and trace minerals for many of our body’s functions including pH balance. The problem is that most do not eat anywhere near enough whole raw veggies and fruits to maintain the needed daily supply. That’s where pH Thrive mineral concentrate comes in. It’s full spectrum mineral content supplements what we’re missing in our deficient diets (especially magnesium!). Most of our competitors focus on potassium in unbalanced ratios, simply because it will produce very high pH in water. Unfortunately, in the amount of potassium used in these competing products; it will also burn skin, mucus membranes, and the eyes. It’s the minerals; not just high pH water, that regulates our pH levels.
- pH Thrive drops contain very little sodium. In these times of low sodium initiatives, due to the over-consumption of salt in our diets, our manufacturer felt it necessary; in keeping with our mission of building balanced health, to remove most of the sodium from our product. In a 40 drop daily serving of pH Thrive mineral concentrate, there is only 5 mg of sodium. Some of our competitor’s products do contain sodium in varying amounts, with a couple of them listing it as a main ingredient. Interestingly, some of our competitors do not have the FDA-required nutritional facts listed on their bottles, so we are left to guess at quantities of mineral contents.
Our pH strips are specifically designed to measure pH in saliva and urine only, not water. Water is a different solution than our body fluids, and requires a very specialized strip for measurement of minerals content as it applies to a pH change. Even pool water testing strips will not give a true indication of the pH level change of our drops, though it would be closer. We use advanced equipment, manufactured by Fischer Scientific, to scientifically assess exactly what the drops are doing in various sources of water. We wanted our test strips to measure what your foods, beverages, and our supplements do for your body… as this is the goal ultimately. Be aware that simply lifting pH in water is very easy to achieve, i.e. dumping some baking soda in a cup of water. This doesn’t mineralize your water, however… and it is this mineralization that affects our internal pH levels. Our mineral drops do indeed lift pH in water, due to their alkaline mineral content. Being highest in the alkaline mineral Magnesium, which has multiple health benefits, our drops…when added to distilled water will lift pH to 8.46 when concentrated in the formula of .40 ml per liter of water. This is roughly equivalent to the suggested use of the drops as purchased (4 drops per 8 ozs. water), as a medical drop is 1/12 th of a milliliter. But again, the pH lift of the water is secondary to what the full-spectrum minerals content does for your body pH levels. A final note… different water sources will give different results on pH testing with and without the drops. For example, our tap water at our offices in Springfield, Mo. measure fairly high in pH, at around 7.7 – 7.8. This is due to the additional calcium chloride and magnesium sulfate that our city water managers add to the processed water to bump pH…to keep the city water pipe systems from being damaged from the acidic water that used to flow through them. Funny, isn’t it? This is the same comparison I make in our speaking engagements… that your internal “pipes” get damaged over the long-term by constantly adding acidity to your body! I digressed…when measuring the pH of our tap water when our Thrive drops are added, there isn’t as much of a spread in the pH lift (from 7.7 to 8.0) due to the existing high values of cheap calcium and magnesium in our tap water. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t absorb either form very well so we don’t benefit from the added tap water minerals! This is yet another reason to use our drops…their superior absorption means you benefit from all of the minerals content in them. I hope this wasn’t too long-winded, but I wanted you to understand the difference in simply lifting pH in water for the sake of, or taking in true alkaline mineral nutrition that will have a beneficial impact on YOUR pH levels.
High pH water that is consumed hits the stomach, which has a very low pH level of 1.5-3.0, and causes the pH level of the stomach contents to rise. Cells in the lining of the stomach wall sense this rapid rise in alkalinity and secrete bicarbonate. Bicarbonate is an alkaline substance that is present in varying degrees in mineral waters, and our bodies can manufacture it from carbon dioxide. Like many systems in our bodies, the stomach works to maintain its proper pH balance; simply drinking a high pH water will only interrupt the pH balance of the stomach briefly, and then will be absorbed in the intestines where the various minerals contained will be broken down further and utilized by the body. Interestingly, it’s been observed that drinking a overly high pH water with a meal could disrupt digestion. Many sources suggest not to drink high pH water (9.0+) within 30 minutes before or after a meal. pH Thrive drops, due to the natural balance of sea mineral content, doesn’t cause water to climb beyond an 8.5 level, so drinking it with a meal doesn’t cause gastric upset. What it provides are all of the macro and trace minerals in balance much like our body’s natural mineral balance. In terms of overall body pH levels, its most important to consider a full-spectrum, balanced mineral supplement that is ionic in nature. The mineral concentrate of pH Thrive is ionic, meaning that these minerals carry an electric charge…either positive or negative. This makes pH Thrive mineral concentrate a potent antioxidant as well, because these ionic minerals will “pick up” oxidant molecules that are looking to complete their molecule structure by attracting their needed oppositely charged molecule.
There is disagreement regarding some foods, especially some fruits, regarding their acidity/alkalinity. Many databases show the pH rating of the food as it sits on the counter, without actual regard to what it produces in the body. We show the actual effect it has on the body, without regard to its existing pH level. For example, pineapple is moderately acid-forming in the body, it’s been tested as such…and here’s why. Pineapple, along with many of the tropical fruits, contain a high level of fruit sugar or fructose. Sugars are acid-forming in the body. The reason you’ll note on non-researched websites (there are hundreds!), that pineapple and most other fruits are alkaline, is due to their citric acid content. Remember the lemon, very high in citric acid…yet alkaline-forming in the body. What does the lemon have on the pineapple? It’s what it doesn’t have that makes all the difference: SUGAR! An average large lemon has only 2 grams of sugar, or fructose, in the entire fruit. A pineapple serving of just one cup has 14 grams of sugar, and has a higher glycemic index value also. On the scale of 0-100, pineapple-is a 66, whereas lemon is so low it’s not rated. In fact, it reduces the glycemic load when added to a meal! That being said, we consider pineapple to be a “wise acid” in that there are amazing nutrients in pineapple that make it a smart choice. Just be sure that you account for the intake as part of your ratio of acid-to-alkaline foods. I always state that we should at the very least consider the 50/50 ratio as a baseline…up to 80/20 alkaline-to-acid ratio for optimal disease fighting and preventative benefits. We need healthy acidic foods, just not in the ratios that an average American eats!
Great question! We have to start by saying when possible, whole foods are always best. This is due not only to the macro and micro-nutrients present, but also the poorly understood components of so many foods called phyto-nutrients. These are molecular nutrients that science has shown are necessary for our optimal health, unfortunately we don’t know exactly how or why. When foods are processed, many of these phyto-nutrients can be lost. When foods are heated above 120º, micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) and enzymes begin to be destroyed. The benefit of dehydration is the lack of high heat processing largely leaves the nutrients intact. Vitamins and minerals are still bio-available in dehydrated foods, as are the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, and fat). I always caution that it’s usually best to know how the foods you’re consuming have been dehydrated, or better yet, do it yourself. That way you can be assured that it was done slowly, without higher heat ranges. A lot of commercially available dehydrated foods have been processed quickly, and have sat in clear packaging for far too long. When many dehydrated vegetables and fruits are exposed to heat and light for long periods of time, the vitamins and enzymes can be compromised. This really defeats the purpose. Properly done, some dehydrated foods can last a long time, if kept in an airtight container. So the short answer here is… eat whole, living foods whenever possible, but when needed, dehydrated vegetables or fruits are a great alternative.
We’re sure you’ve heard the term “super green foods” in the last couple years…there has been a surge in “Green Foods” interest. Most of these green foods (i.e. wheat grass, barley greens, alfalfa grass, Spirulina, chlorella, etc.) are indeed wonderful additions to our daily diets. These foods also produce an alkalizing effect in our bodies, which of course, we are huge fans of! They are full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and plant phyto-nutrients. The green food powders that are mixed into water or other fluids are an easy way to supplement your diet. Now the caveat… it all depends on how they’ve been processed. Just like we’ve already covered in question 1, higher heat processing will largely destroy the “good stuff” that you’re trying to receive from these foods. First, look for a product that is USDA organic certified. This will assure you’re getting greens that haven’t been subjected to pesticides, or exposed to mercury or lead. Yuck! Next, look for products that have been milled properly, and without high heat used in processing. We are currently researching what it would take to produce the best green food product possible to market ourselves, but that will be a project for later. Until then, the product I’ve felt great about recommending is Barleans Greens. This is an awesome product that I trust whole-heartedly. I myself have used their products for years, and promote their Greens supplement as part of my alkalizing program that I institute with clientele that I see privately.
Whew, this is a big one! And a hotly debated subject as of late. First a little background…water ionizers were developed in Asia. In fact, the Japanese Ministry of Health (similar to our country’s National Institute of Health) has recommended drinking ionized, or “reduced” water for years as a health benefit. A water ionizer separates water into alkaline and acid fractions using a process known as electrolysis. When a source of water lacks mineral ions, such as distilled water, or has been filtered by reverse osmosis, minerals must be added to water for electrolysis to occur. Inside the ionizing machine is a water cell which consists of platinum coated titanium plates that split the positive charged cations from the negative charged anions in the water. Alkaline minerals are generally positive charged cations and acidic minerals are generally anions. Alkaline minerals/cations emerge with a strong negative electrical charge. This is the –ORP talked about (antioxidant) and the acidic minerals/anions emerge with a strong positive electrical charge. This is a + ORP or oxidant. So the thought is that the –ORP water brings about strong antioxidant qualities in the body when consumed regularly. My issue with all of this is, there have been zero peer-reviewed studies showing ionized water to be the benefit it claims. Simply drinking a high pH range water (9.0+) isn’t necessarily catching the alkaline need. This is due to the problem of varying qualities and quantities of minerals in the source water going into the machine.
Most ionizing machines are hooked up to tap water, which due to how it’s purified, can be lacking mineral content. Some city water supplies put calcium and chloride back into their purified supply to bring the pH up a little. This is done to avoid problems with acidic water damaging the city’s water pipes! Hmmm…makes one wonder about how our “pipes” respond to acidic fluids, doesn’t it? Here’s what science has shown us…alkaline minerals that we consume are largely responsible for helping control the pH levels in our bodies. Our bodies can store these minerals, and the main storage bin is our bones. When our bodies arrive at any type of acidic condition, whether through metabolizing food, stress, or illness…our systems go to work to “borrow” minerals from storage to buffer the acidity and return our pH balance. It’s an awe-inspiring balancing act, but can be over-taxed with the overly acidic diets we tend to consume these days. This causes a condition referred to as low-grade chronic metabolic acidosis. Here, the body is systemically overwhelmed by acid to the point of potential illness. Making sure that your diet is full of whole vegetables, fruits, and yes..lean proteins will go a long way toward assuring that you are taking in the proper minerals to aid pH body balance. Now comes another bugaboo…our soils have been shown to be largely depleted of minerals compared to even 50 years ago. Huge commercial farming methods have placed priority on profits and planting turnaround above natural mineral recovering methods. We are eating produce that is mineral deficient, particularly the trace minerals that we don’t hear much about. That’s where pH Thrive mineral concentrate comes in. Due to its inland sea source (Great Salt Lake) and 100% natural harvesting methods, the minerals and trace minerals are kept balanced and intact…in a ratio very close to the minerals ratios in our bodies. These ionic minerals can be utilized by the body very quickly and efficiently, going right to work to aid pH balance. I personally would love to do a study using ionized water infused with pH Thrive drops, just to see the result. Ionized water alone is unproven(other than by anecdote) and the machines are horrendously expensive to purchase. There are filters to replace frequently depending on use, and the titanium plates are expensive when those need replacing also. My advice is to purchase purified water (or purify yourself with a home purification water system) and use your pH Thrive drops to add in the needed minerals to affect positive health changes.
pH Thrive™ mineral concentrate is a full-spectrum, trace minerals supplement to be used with a healthy diet optimally…with an even greater need when our daily nutrition falls off track. It’s ionic, liquid mineral formula assures that, unlike a tablet or capsule form, that you’re body is able to absorb and utilize it in its full potency. That being said, the most important need that the thyroid has (nutritionally speaking) to perform its function properly is sufficient quantities of trace minerals such as magnesium, selenium, zinc, copper, and particularly iodine. If the thyroid does not get the nutrition it needs, an underactive thyroid can be the result. The habit of eating nutrient-poor fast and processed foods is the ultimate cause for some individuals. Our children develop poor eating habits which can lead to problems with the thyroid gland later in life. Dieting and regular use of caffeine can also contribute to thyroid problems.
The thyroid gland secretes a hormone called thyroxine which controls the body’s metabolism, as well as how we utilize fat in our bodies. Low thyroxine levels can cause excessive fat to accumulate, which can lead to unwanted weight gain. It can also result in a low level of energy, low blood pressure, and a lowered basal body temperature, making one feel colder than usual, especially in the hands and feet. This condition is called underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism. Underactive thyroid is also a major cause of a common painful musculoskeletal condition known as fibromyalgia. The mineral content in pH Thrive™ drops, when used as directed, can help boost your deficiencies in trace minerals, while aiding your body’s pH balance. When your thyroid is getting what it needs nutritionally, and your body pH begins to correct itself…you will typically find your energy levels improve dramatically, naturally! pH Life™ strongly encourages you to make sure you’re including a variety of vegetables and fruits in your daily diet, consume lean proteins such as chicken, fish, or turkey; additionally, we always suggest regular exercise for everyone, but in the case of thyroid issues, there have been studies completed that show the efficacy of consistent exercise when managing thyroid ailments.
Yes, absolutely! Due to the mineral balance of pH Thrive™ drops equaling that of sea water, due to its natural sourcing from the Great Salt lake, its highest value mineral in quantity in Magnesium. Magnesium is a vitally important mineral for menopausal women (pre, during, and post) due to the fact that as estrogen levels decline, so do magnesium levels. Therefore, to help with a number of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, magnesium can make a huge difference.
Magnesium must be present in the body to help calcium absorption, which is crucial for women of any age. Menopausal women often complain of flagging energy levels. This can be traced back to this minerals deficiency (particularly Magnesium!); the trace minerals in pH Thrive™ mineral concentrate goes to work there also, supplementing what has been studied as a serious magnesium deficiency in the U.S. ( 57%!)
pH Thrive mineral concentrate has superior absorbability, natural balance, and ease of use; making it the perfect supplement addition to a pre, during, or post menopausal woman’s health plan.
Chlorophyll is an amazing supplement, as its activities are very similar to the hemoglobin in our blood. Hemoglobin is a major component of our blood (75%) that helps build and transport red blood cells, which are the cells that oxygenate our bodies. If you were to examine molecules of chlorophyll and hemoglobin, you would see the only difference in their chemical makeup is in the center atom position…Chlorophyll’s center is magnesium, and hemoglobin’s center is iron. Chlorophyll has the power to regenerate our bodies at the molecular and cellular level and is known to help cleanse the body, fight infection, help heal wounds, and promote the health of the circulatory, digestive, immune, and detoxification systems. Chlorophyll consumption can help increase the number of red blood cells and, therefore, increase oxygen utilization by the body. Chlorophyll also reduces the binding of carcinogens to DNA in the liver and other organs. It can break down calcium oxalate stones for elimination, which are created by the body for the purpose of neutralizing and disposing of excess acid. As with most green “super” foods, chlorophyll is an alkaline source of nutrition.
Chlorophyll should not be exclusive of other beneficial supplements, however. In cases where chlorophyll supplements are used to obtain the greatest amount of the substance, a person could be faced with small deficiencies of other nutrients that chlorophyll isn’t as strong in. Remember that virtually all green vegetables that we eat contain varying amounts of chlorophyll, and should be considered a primary source (asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green cabbage, celery, collard greens, green beans, green peas, kale, leeks, green olives, parsley, romaine lettuce, sea vegetables, spinach, Swiss chard, and turnip greens are concentrated sources of chlorophyll.) Treat supplemental chlorophyll as a component of an alkalizing lifestyle, while keeping an eye toward a great multivitamin/mineral that is pH-based (like ours J), an omega-3 supplement (again, we have it), and then take a targeted look at what other deficiencies might be present. Use of chlorophyll will also “supercharge” your use of pH Thrive Mineral Concentrate, as the hemoglobin-like activity will allow your body to receive full benefit of the various trace minerals in the product. We wholeheartedly support the use of chlorophyll!
The biggest issue in using pH Thrive Mineral Concentrate would be for those with kidney disease, as the magnesium content can be counterproductive unless allowed by the physician. Blood thinners do not typically have interactions with minerals, although magnesium can have a beneficial synergistic effect toward reduction of blood pressure and clotting…as it is the mineral that has a “loosening” effect on our body systems. In fact, magnesium deficiency has shown to present increases in the potential for blood clots. Magnesium plays an important role in preventing blood clots and keeping the blood thin by directly influencing platelet aggregation. Magnesium also promotes relaxation of blood vessels, which can increase blood oxygenation by improving cardiac contractibility. I would be more concerned with any increases in supplemental Vitamins E and K, as these fat-soluble vitamins have been shown to affect blood clotting, so should be discussed with a physician if blood thinners are being used.
Ph Thrive Mineral Concentrate, other than in kidney disease, really has no contraindications unless given specifically by a physician. When used as directed throughout the day, the minerals are being taken in and absorbed in small quantities that the body can readily accept. In larger “pill form” doses, minerals can be delivered in a way that the body can’t absorb and use…or if it does, minerals like magnesium can exert its loosening effects to a higher degree than wanted (loose stools, etc.)
Kefir grains are a mixture of bacterias and yeasts combined with fats, proteins, and sugars to make “grains” that look like cauliflower. When Kefir grains are added in with milks, it produces the traditional Kefir beverage…which is pretty much a fermented milk. Kefir is high in probiotic activity, and although there is still lactose present in Kefir milks, components of the liquid help with its digestion so lactose-intolerant people can usually handle the beverage much better than regular milks. As far as an acid/alkaline response, kefir is slightly acidic due to the lactic acids it produces through its fermentation. I think it’s a great addition to a dietary scheme if you enjoy the taste, due to its positive role in digestion and its superior role in promoting “gut” health through its strong probiotic formation. The larger effect from those benefits would be strengthening the immune system.