Have you heard about alkaline water?
Water is the most important substance. Maybe we can survive few days without food, but without water is impossible. If we drink lots of water on a daily basis, we are doing something very beneficial for our general health.
Alkaline water is in fact less acidic than tap water. “Alkaline” actually refers to water’s pH level, the number that measures how alkaline or acid something is on a scale of 0 -14. For example, something that has a pH of 1, is extremely acidic, while something with a pH – 13 is considered to be very alkaline.
Maintaining a bodily pH level of 7.4 is the key for healthy life. Alkaline water can do that. A lot of foods in the modern life are acidic, but drinking water with a higher pH than “regular” can help our body stay alkaline, improving all aspects of health.
If you’ve ever had an aquarium, you probably know that the water the fish swim in must be at the correct pH for them to survive. Plants also flourishif the soil is at the correct pH level. So it only makes sense that humans thrive better when they have optimal level of pH, right?
One study showed that drinking alkaline water may help people who suffer from high cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension.
Alkaline water has a higher pH level than the regular drinking water. Therefore, experts believe that also helps to neutralize the acid in our body.
Benefits of Alkaline Water
Boost our immune system
As alkaline water is loaded with antioxidants, drinking it can help boost your immune system so that you’ll be less likely to catch the flu or a cold, and even lessen the odds of developing more serious conditions like cancer, helping your body to fight off disease and heal itself. The water can neutralize damaging free radicals and convert them into oxygen to be used for tissue oxygenation and energy production.
Promote better digestion
Acidity interferes with the normal digestive process. When an overproduction of stomach acids results from spicy foods, alcohol, overeating, stress and other factors, the acids often go back into the esophagus, resulting in acid reflux which causes heartburn. Frequent episodes can even permanently damage the walls of the esophagus, or worse, trigger cancers. Acidity is often accompanied by other problems like bloating, nausea, indigestion or vomiting. By including alkalizing water in your diet, along with more alkalizing foods, it can help neutralize the effects of acid, supporting better digestion.
Improve your energy levels
Drinking lots of water is well-known to improve energy levels, as a dehydrated body is a fatigued body. Alkaline water can take that a step further, as it helps deliver nutrients to the body more efficiently than traditional tap water, providing you with more energy throughout the day.
Slows the aging process
Alkaline water can battle free radicals because it is negatively charged and an “antioxidant,”. That not only helps prevent disease; but it can also slow signs like wrinkles or sagging skin, by reducing cellular and DNA damage caused by free radicals. Getting older by itself doesn’t cause aging – aging is the result of damage to body tissues.
Lower your risk of osteoporosis
As most people’s diets are too acidic, that can lead to a loss of bone mineral density, and possibly osteoporosis. The consequences of osteoporosis can affect someone for life. If we don’t prevent in the early stages or we leave it untreated, it can progress without one knowing, until a bone breaks. Although the hips, wrists and spine are the most common places for an osteoporosis-related bone fracture, almost any bone can be susceptible.
Support weight loss
One of the reasons for being overweight or obese is that toxins have accumulated in the body, and are stored away in fat tissue. Excessive acidity in the body’s tissues can cause serious problems. When there is too much acid, that acid can’t be easily processed and excreted. So the body holds onto fat as an adaptive mechanism, resulting in weight gain. Reducing acidity in the body can, therefore, help prevent the storage of fat. That is why those who drink alkaline water, and follow a more alkalizing diet in general, often experience noticeable weight loss.
How To Make Alkaline Water
It’s very easy to make at home. Before you start, be sure that you have distilled or filtered water, or water that’s been purified through reverse osmosis. You don’t want to use straight tap water, because it usually has chemicals added during the purification process. You also need to have a pH kit to test your water, which you can buy in pharmacy. It should come with a pH color chart and pH strips. You can also alkalize your water using pH drops.
Once you’ve got everything you need, you’ll need to test your water’s pH level (before and after alkalizing). This will determine how much of an adjustment you’ll need to make. As water is naturally a seven on the pH scale, impurities in water tend to make it more acidic, which means it’s likely under a 7. The ideal pH level for pure drinking water is around 8-9, and you can achieve it by alkalizing it.
To test your water, dip a pH strip into it. Let it sit for a moment, and then compare its color with the colors on the pH chart. Remember your water’s pH level, and then move on to the next process: alkalizing your water.
There are two methods to alkalize water:
- Add pH drops. They are highly concentrated and contain potent alkaline minerals. If you’ve purchased them, just follow the directions on the bottle to determine how many drops to put into your water. This is great method to use because you can carry pH drops around in a purse or bag. You can simply add them to your water during the day when you’re out.
Keep in mind that pH drops only increase water’s alkalinity and don’t filter things like chloride,fluoride, or other chemicals often in tap water. That’s why we should use only distilled, filtered, or purified water.
- Alkalizing with baking soda. You can also alkalize your water with baking soda. If you follow a low-sodium diet, be aware that baking soda is high in sodium, so this method is probably not for you.
Add a 1/8 tablespoon of baking soda to eight ounces of distilled, purified or filtered water. Don’t add more than the suggested amount of baking soda to your water as it can make you ill.
Baking soda has a high alkaline content and when we mix into the water, it increases its alkaline properties. Be sure to blend vigorously so that the baking soda is thoroughly mixed into the water.
After you’ve completed the process, test the water to determine its pH level.
Remember, 8-9 is ideal.