Water is the cornerstone of human health and wellness. We need water to live, mainly because the human body is made up of 80 percent water. Medical research suggests that on average drinking at least 64 ounces of water helps maintain hydration, vitality and wellness in adults of all ages. But, there may be more to the water story than we know. As of late, there has been a rise in inquires and research concerning less acidic or alkaline water. But, what exactly is all the fuss about? Here’s a quick rundown.
For starters, alkalinity is the opposite of acidity. Hence, alkaline water is water that is less acidic than regular tap water. In alkaline water, compounds like calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium and bicarbonate can be found.
The level of alkalinity found in water refers to its pH level. PH levels are measured on a scale of 0-14. Accordingly, water with a pH level of 1 would be very acidic, in contrast to water with a pH of 13 that would be very alkaline. Normal drinking water generally has a neutral pH balance of 7.
Naturally alkaline water occurs when water runs over rocks, as in the case in springs, and gathers minerals from these sources. Alkaline water can also be made with products called ionizers.
According to LiveStrong.com, the Standard American Diet (SAD) can contribute to chronic low-grade acidosis, a condition associated with health issues including hormonal problems, loss of bone and metabolic problems. Alkaline water is said to have the power to combat an overly acidic body by adding back necessary minerals and restoring pH balance. These claims, however, are not backed by extensive medical research.
Proponents of alkaline water consumption have cited the following health benefits in individuals who regularly drink alkaline water:
Detoxification: Acidic waste from processed foods, prescription drugs, environmental toxins, etc. build up in the human body on a daily basis. Drinking alkaline water is said to help restore pH balance and flush acidic waste from the body.
Super Hydration: Water molecules in alkaline water are said to be more easily absorbed at the cellular level. Hence, drinking alkaline water can lead to “super hydration” in the human body.
Enhanced Immunity: A highly acidic and toxic Standard American Diet can lead to the depletion of the human immune system. This makes it harder for the body to fight off disease and maintain overall health. Drinking alkaline water can help boost a sluggish immune system by replenishing minerals and restoring pH balance.
Weight Loss: Detoxification, better hydration and a boosted immune system can lead to a more energized existence that can results in weight loss.
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