How Alkaline Water Benefits Our Health

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Water is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen. That’s why we call it H2O. Water’s pH level determines how acidic it is and ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is considered neutral. That “seven” number is considered neutral or balanced between acidic and alkaline. If water is below 7 on the pH scale, it’s “acidic.” If it’s higher than 7, it’s “alkaline.”

What Is Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water is nothing but water with a pH value higher than 7. Normal drinking water generally has a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water has a higher pH level typically between pH of 8 or 10.5 than regular drinking water. Many medical experts and researchers in this field believe that Alkaline Water helps people with excess acidity as it neutralizes the acid flux in the body.
However, pH alone isn’t enough to impart substantial alkalinity to water. Alkaline water must also contain alkaline minerals and negative oxidation-reduction potential (ORP). ORP is the ability of water to act as an antioxidant. The more negative the ORP value, the more anti-oxidizing it is.

Does It Really Work?

Alkaline water helps to flush out all the acidic toxins from kidneys helping in maintaining good kidney health; resulting in oxygenated and pureblood giving the body all the health benefits.

Studies suggest that alkaline water is helpful to improve the immune system, skin health by providing better hydration to tissues and having detoxifying properties. Helps in certain health conditions including abdominal symptoms such as heartburn, stomach discomfort, abdominal bloating, diarrhea, colitis, and constipation by keeping the digestive system healthy and active.

Backers of high-pH water say it also has the power to starve cancer cells, and prevent chronic diseases related to the kidney, heart, liver, and nervous system. It can help slow the aging process by regulating your body’s pH level. Another study suggests that drinking alkaline water has benefits for people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Drinking Alkaline water also shows significant improvement in overall blood viscosity as compared to regular water after a strenuous workout, Viscosity is the direct measurement of how efficiently blood flows through the vessels. Those who consumed Alkaline water reduced viscosity by 6.3 percent compared to 3.36 percent with standard purified RO drinking water. This means blood flowed more efficiently with alkaline water and increases oxygen delivery throughout the body.

Natural Or Artificial?

Naturally, alkaline water occurs when water passes over rocks — like mountain springs — and picks up minerals, which increase its alkaline level. Due to increased urbanization, it’s is difficult to find a natural source of Alkaline water. Many people who drink alkaline water buy alkaline water that’s been processed through a chemical process called electrolysis using electricity, which may cause health issues and should be avoided. The artificial technique uses to ionize water and raise the pH but is not advisable for drinking purposes.
A study published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) trusted cautions against drinking water with low mineral content, which is created by (RO) reverse osmosis, distillation, and other methods (without additional mineralization) regularly.
Drinking naturally processed alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 may help deactivate pepsin, the main enzyme that causes acid reflux.

Where Do You Get It?

You can make your own at home. Even though lemon and lime juices are acidic, they contain minerals that can create alkaline by-products once digested and metabolized. Adding a squeeze of lemon or lime to a glass of water can make your water more alkaline as your body digests it. Adding pH drops or baking soda is another way to make water more alkaline. Also, there are Alkaline water filters available in the market using natural rock techniques to increase pH level at the same time protecting its natural properties and minerals.

When Should I Drink Alkaline Water?

Starting your day with a glass of alkaline water gets your body ready for the rest of the day. Keep a bottle beside your bed so you can down it first thing.

During Exercise.

A strenuous workout tends to use up fluids fast, so rehydrate with alkaline water to slow down the process. You can take sips before, during, and after your workout.

Hot tip: Never pair your alkaline water with food – your stomach needs acid, and the alkaline water will slow down the process. For this reason, it’s recommended you drink at least thirty minutes before a meal and one and a half to two hours after meals.

The Bottom Line

Drinking Alkaline water using natural techniques is quite healthy to improve your overall health and helps you fight against many lifestyle ailments and diseases caused due to viruses, bacteria, fungus, and pathogens.

Article by: Gurpreet Khurana, a highly qualified and WHO certified Advisor & Researcher in Community Health and technology transformation in Smart Cities

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