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Kangen Water Machines and The Benefits of Alkaline Water

The Benefits of Drinking  Alkaline Water & Having your own Alkaline Kangen Water Machine at Home

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First let me define what is alkalinity to understand what is alkaline water. pH is a number that express the acidity or alkalinity of a solution on a logarithmic scale. When the pH is 7.4 is called neutral; lower than 7.4 values indicate an acidic pH and higher numbers are called alkaline.

Pure water has a pH close to 7.4. A perfect healthy body also has a pH value very close to 7.4. For the purposes of this article a pH of 7 means the pH of pure water and also a “pure” healthy body. This pH is also called neutral, not acidic and not alkaline.

Testimonial of a kidney stones case and Chernobyl irradiation-heavy metals poisoning
conditions that went away just by drinking alkaline water from a Kangen water machine.

The normal so healthy pH of the human blood is 7.4.

When our body transforms food into energy on a natural process of digestion and assimilation (of healthy foods), it also releases acidic by products. We need to eliminate those acidic by products also called toxins.

There are four ways our bodies eliminate toxins:

  1. Urination
  2. Defecation
  3. Transpiration
  4. Breathing

You can now, immediately can understand why it is so important to:

  1. Drink plenty of water to eliminate toxins through urination! Drink alkaline water!
  2. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables with high content of fiber to eliminate constipation.
  3. Exercise until you sweat to eliminate toxins through our largest organ: our skin. Also to keep our skin healthy and clean to further help elimination of toxins.
  4. Breathe pure air! Go to nature, outdoors to take walks and hikes! Go to the beach to walk or jog! Fill your “air tanks” – lungs – with fresh- pure air!

Another excellent-quick way to get your body healthy, cleanse, detox and alkalized is by taking a Raw Juices-Detox Retreat with Andrea!

Cleansing Detox Raw Juice Alkalized Retreat

Alkalized Raw Juices Detox Cleansing Retreat with Andrea!

Detox-Cleanse-Alkalized Your Body with Andrea!

YOu not only enjoy three days of relaxation and excellent food, but your learn how to keep doing it your self when you get back home! Andrea’s Detox retreats are held in a beautiful spa in Palm Springs. If you live in Los Angeles area, Glendale, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, San Diego, Carlsbad, La Jolla, Orange County, Del Mar, Encinitas, this is the Cleansing-Detox retreat for you!

Why we need to drink alkaline water?

I will elaborate on those 4 detox points to better understand the importance of drinking plenty of alkaline water every day.

Why it so important to properly eliminate naturally occurring toxins from our bodies?
To have a healthy body by having an alkaline or pH neutral body.

Simple Methods to keep toxins out of your body

  1. Drink plenty or large amounts of pure, alkaline water – preferably 9.5 Kangen – to eliminate natural occurring metabolic waste by products and other accumulated toxins. In most cases this is enough to keep our bodies pH neutral or slightly alkaline. On the other hand, if we drink commercially bottled drinking water which is usually acidic or very acidic -pH lower than 7- our bodies become acidic too. This is an invitation to illness and sickness to come.


  2. Have good bowel movements. Dr. Schultz from the Natural Pharmacy, Marina Del Rey, California, says that¬† we should have normal bowel movements after every meal or 3 to 4 times a day. I’m a living witness of that truth! It took me a lot of discipline eating large amounts of fresh fruits and green vegetables and 40 to 60 oz. of green smoothies every day! It is well worth it! Constipation is one of the worst sicknesses. If our elimination through defecation is not proper or enough, we can’t get ride of the toxins and waste accumulated in our intentional track. Chronic constipation makes toxic waste accumulate in our body and turns it into and acidic body, prompt to sickness and disease.


  3. Exercise, work out to the sweating point. Take saunas regularly if you can’t exercise. These two methods help the elimination of toxins and naturally occurring metabolic waste. Working out, aerobics and other form of exercising by moving your body, also move our internal organs and further helps elimination of toxins and waste. The exercising rule is to sweat 3 times a week.


  4. Deep outdoor breathing increases oxygenation of Kangen water machine and the benefits of alkaline waterour blood and helps the elimination of metabolic waste byproducts through the lungs. At the same time we need to avoid, as much as we can, breathing smog from cars and other contaminated air. Exercise at large parks, beaches, away from the polluted air of big cities. Don’t run, jog on a busy traffic street! I just don’t understand some people running on high traffic streets when they are 5 to minutes from a park or the beach, here in Los Angeles!

Drinking alkaline water restores the natural pH balance of our body. The pH of our bodies has to be 7.4 to be healthy. The pH limits are between 6.8 to 7.8.

When our pH is neutral, about 7.4, our immune system is strong and healthy. A healthy immune system is strong enough to fight viruses, bacteria, and other health issues.

Dr. Otto Warberg, 1931 Nobel Prize winner for cancer discover said:

“Disease can not exist in an alkaline (body’s) environment”

The most common cause of sickness and disease is having an acidic body; in other words when through eating and drinking acidic foods, too much stress and other emotional chronic conditions, the pH of the body becomes lower than 6.8 or acidic.

The key of being healthy is maintaining your body alkaline!  and drinking alkaline РKangen water is the easiest way to accomplish that. Buy a Kangen water machine as soon as possible and invest on your health!

Immediate health benefits of an alkaline body.

  • You feel more energy stronger and stronger.Raw Real Live Food
  • Your immune system is healthy and strong, capable to combat disease, viruses, bacteria, etc.
  • An alkaline body eliminate toxins more efficiently, specially when you drink Kangen water. Kangen water is a micro-cluster water, which means the water molecules get together in smaller groups than regular bottled water. Micro-cluster water is easily absorbed by the body, improving cells hydration as well as removing toxins from¬† cells.
  • You feel less food cravings because your assimilation improves and you eat healthier because you feel better!
  • Joints pain and arthritis pain are lesser or eliminated.
  • Your skin looks, better, glows and you look and are your!
  • Slows down aging noticeable.
  • Your brain works better: you are more alert, sharp,¬† more mental clarity, less mental fog and you work or do tasks more efficiently.
  • Many chronic health conditions are minimized or disappear.


  • This ins a partial list of health conditions that are greatly improved or eliminated:
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chrone’s disease
  • Kidney stones
  • Joints pain
  • Arthritis
  • Heart pain and other heart problems
  • Bad breath caused by growing bacteria
  • Sinus infection
  • Eyes itching or hurting caused by the use of contact glasses
  • Many kinds of digestion problems
  • Poisoning and toxins can be removed
  • Thyroid problems
  • Many cancer can go into remission
  • Skin infection and bad odor

Several people had reported that their cancer went into remission. And tumors shrank considerably (some times up to 90%).

Heart arteries blockage was removed from 80% to 50 %, allowing the person to avoid surgery, live normally and eliminate medications.

Just by drinking alkaline water people reported that their sinus infection disappeared and they had stopped taking  medications they had for many years!

The best-sure way to have a healthy alkaline body is by eating alkaline foods, uncooked green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts, olive oil, and other alkaline foods. Having your own kangen water machine will help to offset this rule ūüôā

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When Is Cafe Gratitude Opening In Venice?

When Is Cafe Gratitude Opening In Venice?

Cafe Gratitude Venice IS OPEN!!! since noon, today, July, Tuesday 17th!

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Video taken today, at the opening day of Cafe Gratitude Venice. I talked to founder Matthew Engelhart and his son and manager Ryland. We also were witnesses to the first Happy Birthday celebrated in this new location, to the song of Jason Mraz.

Last Update: Opening is expected by next week, July 16th the latest)
07-14-12:  According to a server from the Larchmond Cafe, the opening is imminent! This wekend, mock servings and kitchen running are being done to test how the open is done and to verify that the opening can be done when Cafe Gratitude Venice gets its last permit!!!

07-15-12: We heard that it is very likely Cafe Gratitude Venice is opening tomorrow Monday or Tuesday :-), though it’s not confirmed by official communications from the popular Los Angeles cafe in Larchmond street.

Cafe Gratitude Venice inside: beautiful!

07-16-12:I just called the Larchmond location, and they say: “may be tomorrow”. I “borrowed” this beautiful picture from the Facebook page of Cafe Gratitude:


According to Murphy’s Laws, “Everything takes long than it takes”. Hundreds of Cafe Gratitude fans, like me, are eagerly awaiting for the “What are you grateful for?” popular restaurant in LA, to open another one in the west side. The address is 512 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291.

Cafe Gratitude Venice, Rose Street view

Cafe Gratitude Venice, Rose Street view

About a year and a half ago I asked Terces Engelhart, co founder of Cafe Gratitude along with Matthew Engelhart, if they were planing to open another Cafe Gratitude in the west side of Los Angeles, and she told me “Yes, in Venice”. It was too good to be true, since I live 5 miles from the beach and 10 from Venice! (and my office is about 5 min from the new location:-)

The first date of the long awaited opening we had from Ryland, owner and manager at the LA joint and son of Matthew Engelhart, was May 15. Since then Murphy’s law took over and the opening was moved to June 15.

When we went to visit the Rose and 5th Street corner in Venice last week, we saw that final touches were being added, and last paint coats applied. The new place is bigger than the LA restaurant (2200 sq ft) with the added convenience of a long covered patio for outside sitting, and 42 parking spaces.

Today is June 22 and they were still not able to open the doors to the Venice crowd!

When Is Cafe Gratitude Opening In Venice

When Is Cafe Gratitude Opening In Venice?










Yesterday we got a word from a server from the LA Cafe, that training was taking place, and the new opening date is imminent. We don’t mind the wait for the new Cafe Gratitude in Venice, Los Angeles, as it is going to be the best restaurant in the area!

Cafe Gratitude Venice at night

Cafe Gratitude Venice at night










We’ll keep you posted with any news and updates.

Cafe Gratitude Venice-Covered Patio at night

Cafe Gratitude Venice-Covered Patio at night











  • 06-23-12: I called the Larchmond location of Cafe Gratitude just now, and they say the opening is expected now for early July
    Cafe Gratitude Sign/Logo

    Cafe Gratitude Venice Sign/Logo

  • 07-01-12: We stopped by Cafe Gratitude Venice and inside looks almost ready to open any time!


    Cafe Gratitude Venice is about to open!

  • 07-06-12: We called the Larchmond Cafe and they said Cafe Gratitude Venice is re-schedule to open next week, though the date is not set in stone yet…
    As I mentioned before, Murphy’s Laws says “Everything takes longer than it takes”…

    07-07-12: We went for breakfast to Cafe Gratitude LA and asked the server if she had any news about the opening of the Venice Cafe. They are waiting for three permits to be approved and they believe they are going to have the opening party next week or the July 16th the latest!

PS: I just noticed, the Cafe is about five blocks from the place where Rawesome, the raw private membership store, use to be…

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How To Heal A Broken Heart – inspired on “Love & Survival” by Dr Dean Ornish

How To Heal A Broken Heart

Inspired on “Love & Survival” 8 Pathways To Intimacy And Health
by Dr Dean Ornish

A 7:30 speech summary on Dr Ornish “Love & Survival” book
at the Beach Cities Toastmasters club

 Do you know anybody with Heart or chest pain, or a broken heart?

¬†Broken Heart is any pain in the heart or chest caused¬† by chronic negative emotions like¬† Fear, Anger, Anxiety, Guilt, or Stress. It also includes broken relationships with friends, Family, co-workers or Romantic Partners. A broken heart is chronic blocked emotional trauma; I just read today: “Holding¬†grudge is giving an unwanted person free rent in your head!” and¬†¬†this emotional trauma will make you sick if you don’t get ride of it ASAP!

 I became very interested on this subject when after eating healthy & regularly exercising for so many years, I had some heart & chest pain episodes. & I found a nice  way to solve it.

¬†3 months ago a cancer patient told me ‚ÄúThis book is healing my aching heart & my body.‚ÄĚ

¬†‚ÄúLove & Survival‚ÄĚ: 8 Pathways to Intimacy & Health. by Dr. Dean Ornish.

 According to Dr. Ornish the main causes of heart pain & failure, & chest pain, are:

 1. Lack of Love

2. Lack of Intimacy, &

3. Isolation or Lack of Social Support or Group Support

 I will talk about: Intimacy or human connection and. group support first, and leave  love for last because is the most fascinating for me.

 Watch this video on how to heal a broken heart.

  1. Intimacy: is the capacity to be transparent with someone, in a safe place where you can confine and talk about your feelings & thoughts, knowing that we are not going to be judged or criticized.

¬†Remember the phrase: I took it out of my chest,‚ÄĚ just the fact that you are not going to be judged or criticized. Remember the phrase: I took it out of my chest,‚ÄĚ just the fact that you are being heard, listened to, is healing. If we ‚Äúeat‚ÄĚ out negative feeling for a long period of time, it may result in heart or chest pain.

       2. In a group support we have the same intimacy component too, now at the group level: a safe place to express our thoughts & feelings.

A support group could be almost anything: a cancer of challenged heart group, AA, OA, a yoga class, a meditation group, a church or spiritual group.

 My favorite one is Toastmasters, where we come to open out Hearts to subjects like finances, Food, Travel, languages, marketing, nutrition, & religion, & all those nice things in life.

¬†The next component on a group support is the sense & knowledge that we belong. Remember in cheers, a place where ‚Äúyou want to go where everybody knows your name‚ÄĚ? They got together in a safe place to share feelings & thought about life, work, romance; and somehow at the end of the day, they got it out of their chests & they got healed & happy.

 Another component of the group support is the knowledge that you matter, that your life matters to someone:

Dr. Rahcel Remen; founder & director of the Institute of Health & Illness, says:

‚ÄúOnce you know that your life matters to someone, it can‚Äôt be taken back from you.‚ÄĚ When you know that you belong & that your life matters, you have that strength forever. This knowledge boosts your immune system & promotes health.


      3. Now what is Love? We usually think that love is a very strong liking or attraction between two people.

Just remember when you were teenager: how many times your mother put up with you! & she still loves you! This is unconditional love!

Love is much more than that. Love is a powerful energy capable to influence people’s hearts.

Energy is the capacity to do work or overcome resistance. Energy is power or the capacity to influence. In a Coldplay song, Chris Martin says: ‚ÄúUse your heart as a weapon…, it hurts like heaven‚ÄĚ…

 One very interesting thing I found in this book is that most of the experts on the fields of love, intimacy, & group support say:

‚ÄúThese 3 factors are very powerful in ways that we don‚Äôt fully understand yet‚ÄĚ

That wasn’t enough for me. I interviewed the 3 energy healing holistic practitioners.

 They explained to me that negative emotions create an energetic electromagnetic field blockage in and around the heart that causes the pain and weakness to the heart. An energy healing session neutralizes this negative energy pattern, bringing back health to the heart and the flow of energy to the heart & the rest of the body. (An energy work healing session removes that blockage, allowing the energy to flow again.)


  1. Remember to bring more love & laughter into your lives.
  2. Have a perceptive friend to confine your feelings & thoughts & ‚ÄúGet it out of your chest!‚ÄĚ
  3. Remember to come to TM meetings every week, as permitted.
  4. & if all of the above is not enough (to heal a broken heart), an energy healing practitioner can take care of your heart!

Carlos Caridad

a Toastmasters Speech

Beach Cities Toasmasters club, the place to learn public speaking , overcame the fear of it and stage freight !

PS: if you have a (broken) heart challenge, go to see these two excellent “heart” specialists:

Jeannette von Johnsbach, Bio-energetic therapy


Alberto Amura, Reiki Master in Los Angeles


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Energy Green Smoothies Revisited Part 2: Jeannette von Johnsbach’s Andreas Method

My last¬†‚ÄúA Green Smoothie a Day, keeps the doctors far away‚Ķ‚Ä̬†post was and is the most visited and successful one of all in the Raw Food Guys blog. Obviously there is a great interest on Green Smoothies, more than I’ve imagined.

I covered a great deal of information, benefits, and some simple recipes, as well as recorded two videos, showing how easy is to make a green smoothie, and a fruit smoothie.

When I thought I covered all there is to talk about green smoothies, I get an email entitled: “Bioavailable Minerals – Drink Up!”¬†

This incredible and smart article talks about why Minerals are vitally important to the production of cellular energy. For the body to effectively utilize minerals, they have to be in an ionic form.

And gest what, Green Smoothies provides us with those ionized Minerals! 

The article also mention other than Green Smoothie ways to get those precious Minerals in ionic ways.

Our contributor and author on this post, Jeannette von Johnsbach, founder of the Andreas Method, sends in her monthly Food for Thought (TM) Resource for Educated Choices newsletter, an invaluable information on Living Foods, Health, Life, and more very interesting, and educational material, not just to read, but very simple and practical to start using them on the spot!

Jeannette von Johnsbach’s Andreas Method, is a combination of different healing art services, which also include Nutrition based on Living Foods.

I will soon include a video interview with her.

Jeannette von Johnsbach
 Holistic Practitioner
 The Andreas Method



‚󏬆The Andreas Method

‚óŹ Massage and Body Work
‚óŹ Homeopathy¬†
‚óŹ Nutrition¬†
‚óŹ Bioenergetic Therapy

Phone:     310.801.4288

Offices:    Private Practice in West LA, CA 


Food for Thought TM Resource for Educated Choices 
Bioavailable Minerals – Drink Up!
by Jeannette von Johnsbach
Minerals are vitally important to the production of cellular energy. For the body to effectively utilize minerals, they have to be in an ionic form. 
Most mineral supplements on the market are larger than micron sizes, which means they stay in the bloodstream, and eventually may become deposited in various tissue locations. 
The roots of plants are designed to break down the soil and absorb angstrom sized mineral particles. When we eat vegetables, or drink their juices, we receive angstrom-sized minerals, which are the key to optimal mineral absorption and vital for our body and spirit to thrive.
Juicing frees the nutrients of whole vegetables Рespecially green leafy vegetables and grasses, such as wheat grass and barley grass Рwhich are an exceptional source of essential minerals, vitamins, chlorophyl, nutritional enzymes, structured water and essential amino acids. 
Except when doing a specific juice fast, juices are always an addition to plenty whole raw foods in a daily diet Рnot a substitute for them, because fiber has an important role of nourishing good bacteria in the gut and cleaning out the intestines like a broom.
Fruits do contain a lot of natural sugar, and the fiber slows down the absorption, preventing sugar rushes. Fruit juices are not recommended because of this very reason, as fruit juices have a very straining effect on the pancreas promoting hypoglycemia.
The best time to drink fresh pressed juice is on an empty stomach or one hour before eating a meal. Stay clear of pasteurized, store bought juice. 
Pure Synergy, which has been the gold standard for superfood blends in decades, is an excellent option when juicing is not an option. 
For more information and to order this amazing boost of synergistic whole foods nutrition, please go to
Drink Your Minerals ūüėČ
Jeannette von Johnsbach

The Andreas Method | 310-801-4288 |

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write¬†“subscribe FFT” into the subject line.

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Ani Phyo’s new book: “Ani’s 15-Day Fat Blast: The Kick-Ass Plan to Get Lighter, Tighter, and Sexier . . . Super Fast”

Ani Phyo’s new book: “Ani’s 15-Day Fat Blast: The Kick-Ass Plan to Get Lighter, Tighter, and Sexier . . . Super Fast”

Nice title ūüôā

Ani Phyo-Ani"s 15-Day Fat Blast-The Kick Ass Plan to Get Lighter Tighter and Sexier Super Fast

Ani Phyo-Ani”s 15-Day Fat Blast-The Kick Ass Plan to Get Lighter Tighter and Sexier Super Fast

Who does not want to look Lighter, Tighter, and Sexier, and Super Fast? 50% of you are right, the other 50% are in denial!!!

Ani Phyo is not just a Living Foods/Raw Food educator and chef. She has been an¬†athlete¬†for many years, and she won the Raw Food annual¬†award¬†of “Sexiest Raw Woman” in the last three years! That speaks more than enough to make her an authority on Fat Burning Fast, and looking¬†Lighter, Tighter, and Sexier…

Her new book¬†“Ani’s 15-Day Fat Blast: The Kick-Ass Plan to Get Lighter, Tighter, and Sexier . . . Super Fast” is coming up everywhere on May 1st.

Unfortunately¬†I don’t have the book,¬†even though I am very curious to read it, I don’t need it yet :-).

This is a sneak peek of the Table of Contents:

Ani-Phyo-Ani-s-15-Day-Fat-Blast-The Kick-Ass-Plan-to-Get-Lighter-Tighter-and-Sexier-Super-Fast

Ani Phyo-Ani”s 15-Day Fat Blast-The Kick Ass Plan to Get Lighter Tighter and Sexier Super Fast

  • Part I – Preparing for Take Off
  • Chapter 1 – The Raw Truth
  • Chapter 2 – Ready…What’s In It For You?
  • Chapter 3 – Set…What’s The Plan?
  • Chapter 4 – Go! The Diet Basics
  • Part 2 – Fat Blast – The 15 Days Countdown
  • Chapter 5 – Fat Blast Menus and Diet Plan
  • Phase 1 – Shake It Up
  • Phase 2 – Melt Down
  • Phase 3 – Blast Off
  • Chapter 6 – The¬†Recipes – Shakes, Salads, Soup, Rolls Wraps, Noodles, and Desserts
  • Chapter 7 – Steady As She Goes: Fast Blast Diet Tips + Maintaining Your Weight Loss
  • Part 3 – The Rest Of The Story
  • Chapter 8 – ¬†The Next Stage
  • Epilogue – The Unprocessed Life¬†

These are links to get her book in Amazon:

Sweepstakes in Face Book:


and more promotions and prizes in her website:

Enjoy it!



*Ani Phyo’s definition of health: “My definition of health is a balance across many things. I believe that health is much more than nutrition; obviously the nutrients that we out into our bodies help to fill our brain, and orchestrate the … in our bodies to be healthy and fight disease, to stay strong, to be vibrant, but it’s not just about nutrition, it’s about our state of mind,
I think one thing that is very important is our attitude or gratitude, giving thanks, being happy, and having healthy relationships with friends and family, helping others in our community and giving back.
Also exercise is a very big component and meditation, which is actually exercise and maintenance of the brain, I fell it’s very important stretching with things like yoga.
I thing there are a lot of things in life that needs to be balanced,”



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