The Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Water
As you already know, the importance of water is undebatable. Unfortunately, however, you can’t always trust the water you’re drinking, whether it’s tap or bottled. It’s either contaminated with pollutants or with harmful substances such as fluoride and chlorine, not to mention the harmful particles found in plastic water bottles.
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Another factor that affects the quality of the water you’re drinking is its pH. Pure water has a neutral pH of 7, acidic water has a pH lower than 7, and alkaline water has a pH higher than 7.
Most tap water has a neutral pH, but some bottled water has an acidic pH, which can be dangerous for the body. Acidic water corrodes pipes and appliances, so imagine what it does to your stomach. While it’s fine to use it for cleaning and skin care, it’s absolutely not safe to be drinking it!
In recent years, alkaline water has been making headlines for its health benefits. While neutral water is good for you – as long as it’s clean, it lacks some nutrients that are found in alkaline water, which contains alkalizing compounds such as calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate. This kind of water helps regulate the pH in your body, which is becoming increasingly acidic due to the modern diet rich in highly processed foods, salts, and sugar.
Dangers of an Acidic Diet
A diet high in acid throws off your body’s pH, potentially leading to several diseases and conditions:
- Formation of uric acid stones in the kidneys
- Lower bone density due to the depletion of calcium which your body uses to restore its pH when it becomes too acidic
- Muscle pain, waste, and deterioration
- Fatigue and stress
- Acid reflux
- Slow digestion
Benefits of Alkaline Water
Luckily, you can fend off acidity by following an alkaline diet, which includes drinking water that falls between 8.5 and 9.5 on the pH scale. Here is what alkaline water can do for you:
- Helps soothe acid reflux by controlling pepsin, the enzyme responsible for the condition
- Improves energy and metabolism, thus aiding in weight loss
- Increases oxygen levels in the bloodstream
- Rejuvenates skin and slows the aging process by supplying you with essential antioxidants
- Boosts the immune system
- Protects bone health thanks to its high calcium content
- Fights off cholesterol and high blood pressure
- Helps prevent cancerous cells from growing
Where Can You Get Alkaline Water?
There are already many brands of alkaline water that you can find, and many of them offer worldwide delivery through their online store. But if you don’t want to purchase readymade alkaline water, there are a couple of ways that you can make it at home.
With Baking Soda
For each cup of water, add 1/8 tablespoon of baking soda and blend it thoroughly. Remember to use clean, filtered water, not regular tap water. When you’re done, check the pH level with pH strips; the color should indicate a pH of 8 or 9.
Keep in mind that baking soda is high in sodium, so if you’re on a low-sodium diet, try another method of alkalizing water.
With Lemon and Himalayan Salt
Although lemons on their own are acidic, their effect on our bodies are alkalizing once they’re metabolized.
To obtain alkaline water, cut one lemon into eight slices and add them to a pitcher (64 oz. or 1.9 Liters) of clean water. Don’t squeeze them, just put the slices in the water. Then add a tablespoon of Himalayan salt; this is optional, but Himalayan salt is amazing for the body’s pH. Lastly, cover the pitcher and let it sit overnight at room temperature.
Have you made the switch to healthier living with alkaline water?