Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Women Alkalize and Exercise for No More HRT

Low impact alkalizing aerobic exercising significantly decreased the acidic chemical imbalances that can lead to heart dis-ease and stroke in postmenopausal women according to a study in the spring issue of the Journal of Women and Aging.

The acidic hormone estrogen was previously thought by scientists to reduce the acidic chemical imbalances that can lead to cardiovascular dis-eases such as coronary heart disease and stroke in postmenopausal women. However, recent studies have now indicated detrimental effects of long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or acid estrogen replacement therapy, including an increased risk for stroke, heart attack and breast cancer. Faced with these potential consequences, more women are turning to low impact alkalizing exercise as a natural way to combat postmenopausal effects tied to acidic diets and lifestyles.

The study found that HRT users and non-HRT users benefited equally from the exercise.

"Given the controversy with HRT, postmenopausal women can now use aerobic exercise training to lower chemical stress levels, thus reducing another risk factor for chronic disease," said Michael D. Brown, Ph.D., a co-author and associate professor of kinesiology at Temple University's College of Health Professions.

The acidic chemical imbalances or stresses -- called oxidative or acid stress -- occurs when oxidants or acids, harmful acidic chemicals that damage tissue and cells, outnumber antioxidants or alkaline buffers (sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium bicarbonate all contained in pHour salts) in the body.

Antioxidants or alkaline buffers protect cells and tissues against oxidants or acids. Postmenopausal women have higher levels of oxidative or acid stress.

A single bout of intense high impact exercise acutely raises oxidative or acid stress by increasing the production of oxidants or metabolic acids, such as lactic acid. Conversely, regular exercise of moderate low impact intensity appears to reduce oxidative or acid stress through an adaptive process that increases antioxidant or alkaline buffer activity.

The study followed 48 sedentary postmenopausal women
(21 on HRT and 27 not on HRT) through an exercise program consisting of three supervised sessions of low impact aerobic exercise per week for 24 weeks.
Participants were between 50 and 75 years of age and were postmenopausal for at least two years.

"No one is too old to begin an exercise program, but it is imperative to consult your physician before taking part in any exercise program. It is important to start off slow and build your program to your comfort level. Exercising is not difficult. You just have to want to do it,"
Brown added.

According to Dr. Robert O. Young, a research scientist at the pH Miracle Living Center, states, "if you want to be healthy and fit you must 'alkalize and exercise' everyday."

Dr. Young suggest daily low impact exercising for at least ten minutes on the VibrapHirm or 15 minutes on the rebounder or 1 hour on the Life Fitness elliptical machine. You could also ride a bike, swim or jog for 1 hour 5 to 6 days a week.

"I lover to jog for 7 to 8 miles a day, vibrate on the whole body vibrational machine everyday and then lift weights using the static attraction method 2 to 3 days a week," states Dr. Young.

Dr. Young further states, "I feel like a teenager and I have the blood, health and fitness to prove it. The pH Miracle Living Plan really works for me and is working for thousands around the world."

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