I recently came across an article debating on the topic about water consumption and its positive effects on the body. It wasn`t a revelation for me and I believe it isn`t for you either. Water is one of the main components in our body and we`ve heard about how water is essential for us and our organism.
However, when I came across an article about alternative water or healthier way of consuming water, then I am definitely on alert and hooked on everything new and refreshing on the market. I didn`t even know what alkaline water is. So, I decided to do a little research about the positive effect, health benefits and even the side effects from alkaline water.
How can one become alkaline?
First of all, I was completely ignorant about the term alkaline and what in fact is alkaline water. It is ionized water, which pH level is increased (if our regular water pH`s level is 7, alkaline water has 8-9 pH level), a process called electrolysis which separates the acid and the alkaline components in water. What is actually pH, which we all make such a fuss about it?
The pH level is a measure which is used to establish the basicity or acidity in any watery solution. Any solution with a pH level less than 7 is considered as acidic, whereas if the solution has a higher pH level than 7 is considered alkaline.
If you want to save some money or you aren`t prepared to invest in home water ionizer, than you better prepare it at home, it`s simple and in that way you will always have some alkaline water storage.
How can you make your homemade water?
You won`t need some heavy preparation in order to make your own alkaline water. Just follow the simple steps and supply the necessary ingredients and you are ready to go!
- A gallon of distillated or filtered water (you can also use tap water, but you have to bear in mind that it may has some impurities)
- Sea salt
- Baking soda
- Coral Calcium Powder
- pH test stripes- found in Walmart or on Amazon
- A glass or plastic container
- Small bowl
Pour half a gallon in the container with a lid. Add the baking soda, lemon and coral calcium powder. Shake the container with the ingredients until they dissolve, after that wash the lemon and squeeze as much juice as you can, but remove the seeds. Pour the juice in the container and shake to mix the ingredients.
At the end add the rest of the water you`ve got left and shake it. You can now use the pH test stripes, follow the instructions on how to use them and check the pH level in your water. If your homemade water hasn`t reached the desirable 8-9 pH level, add a small quantity of baking soda until you get the proper pH level. Your alkaline water is ready, you can consume a few cups of water a day.
Another way to make alkaline water at home
If you don`t have a lot of time to shake and wait for the pH results or you are on road and don`t have the proper conditions nor ingredients to follow the recipe, than choose the alternative way to prepare alkaline water. You can find alkaline drops for about 30 to 100 $, depending on the size of the bottle you buy. Read the instructions carefully and add some alkaline drops in your distillated or filtered water, and don`t consume it right after the process. Wait for a while and enjoy the health perks from alkaline water.
Health benefits of alkaline water
1.Keeps you young and healthy- alkaline water has properties which rejuvenises and improves your skin health. The molecules are smaller and better absorbed, which provides a great hydration for the skin. It also provides a greater elasticity of the skin making it proner to breakouts and skin imperfections.
2. Rich in vitamins and minerals- unlike the regular tap water, alkaline water is a great source of magnesium and calcium as well as vitamin C, meaning that alkaline water has great antioxidant properties. A great advantage in alkaline water is that the antioxidants are in liquid form meaning that they are easily absorbed.
This property can also help against free radicals which are causing so much trouble and problems in our organism, such as pre-mature aging and even cancer. The benefits from drinking alkaline water go far from beauty, they even provide a body resistance against cancer.
3. Cleansing your whole body- we all know that by drinking a lot of water daily can help us clean the toxic components which are found in our organism. Imagine the health benefits from drinking water, which is rich in vitamins and minerals.
It is especially beneficial for your colon, it makes it easier to clean fecal materials and therefore a better function of the colon. If you consume it regularly, you will provide a better colon health and improved overall health. The toxins will not be held in your body, meaning a better function of the body and a healthier lifestyle.
4. Boosts your immune system- due to unhealthy diet, stress and unhealthy lifestyle, the body can simply become full with toxins. Alkaline water can help the body neutralize the acid and provide a more resistant and strong body.
Can we become too alkaline?
There have been many debates on the consumption of alkaline water and its real effect on the human body. Alkaline water which is natural can be consumed up to 2 liters a day, because it provides the organism with magnesium and calcium, which are important for our organism. Moreover, if you are consuming natural alkaline water you don`t need to fear the side effects.
Where can we find naturally alkaline water?
Some water systems produce it. You have to really make a good research before you decide to invest in it. Systems which create naturally alkaline water are usually much larger than the artificial ones and they don`t run on electricity. When the water flows down the mountains, it picks up all the good minerals from the surrounding rocks in the stream, water systems create naturally alkaline water the same way.
A more serious note on alkaline water
Alternative medicine (the Budwig Center) believes that it is crucial to maintain a 7.5 pH level in our whole body, so we can obtain and preserve our health the same as we take care of a swimming pool. We add chemicals to the water in order to keep it neutral and it is the same for our bodies.
Our body needs to obtain a neutral 7.5 pH in order to stay healthy. If we preserve too many acids in our body, it will provoke a more serious issue and that is that our body will have to fight against it and borrow minerals from other parts of the body such as bones and teeth and that will lead to an even bigger problem like osteoporosis, rheumatoid, impaired immune function as well as low energy and cancer.
However, even though some studies have suggested that alkaline water may help reduce the growth or even appearance of cancer, the American Cancer Society does not recommend people with cancer to consume alkaline water.
Is there a potential danger from consuming alkaline water?
We should always bear in mind that if we exaggerate with something, we will do us more harm than good. Drinking too much alkaline water can disrupt our normal pH and that can lead to a condition called metabolic alkalosis which causes vomiting, face tingling, confusion, nausea and muscle twitching. Furthermore, people who take medications or have kidney problems may accumulate minerals in their bodies if they consume too much alkaline water.
Which bottled water is more alkaline?
If you were wondering which bottled water is more alkaline than the others, here is a short list of bottled alkaline water brands:
- ESSENTIA-regular water with addition of minerals and ionizing process-9.5 pH level
- ICELAND SPRING-spring water- 8.8 pH level
- WAIKEA HAWAIIAN VOLCANIC WATER– Natural water containing potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, silica-8.8 pH level
- ETERNAL WATER-natural water- ranging from 7.8 to 8.2 pH level
- FIJI WATER-natural water- 7.7 pH level
- EVIAN– mineral water- 7.2 pH level
- SMARTWATER– 7 pH level ( same as tap water)
- AQUAFINA– Tap water, filtered and purified- ranging from 5.5 to 7.0 pH level (more acidic than tap water)