By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
It is no secret that drinking the suggested eight glasses of water daily is good for your health. As studies recommend, staying hydrated can improve productivity, mood, memory, energy level, and clarity. Water is vital to every cell, tissue, and organ in the body.
What Exactly Makes Alkaline Water Different?
Water is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen. This is why it is called H2O. The pH level determines how acidic the water is and ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is considered neutral, with the seven number considered neutral. If the water is below 7 on the pH scale, it is acidic, and if it is higher, it is alkaline.
What Are the Benefits of Alkaline Water?
The concept that alkaline water is medicinal, curative, and able to bring about optimal health appears to be based on the belief that acidic properties in the body and blood cause ill health and disease that must be neutralized. For this reason, a more alkaline body will lead to better health.
Alkaline water contains four major minerals:
Checking the Health Claims
Alkaline water enthusiasts claim that increased hydrogen provides greater hydration than regular water, especially after a hard workout.
Fans say that regular drinking water with a pH below 7 creates too much acid in the blood and cells. They blame plain water's low pH for all kinds of health problems, from osteoporosis to cancer. More alkaline water allegedly reduces acid in the bloodstream and:
Can Alkaline Water Do All This?
Health claims about alkaline water are much more about sales than science. There is little research to support them. Also, your own body can keep your pH levels even. Your kidneys are your built-in filtration system. It is their job to balance out acid levels in the body. If your blood gets too acidic, the body brings it down by breathing out more carbon dioxide.
The stomach is the equalizer. Gastric juices, a combination of digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid, neutralize everything you eat and drink. Your stomach will re-acidify alkaline water before it can do anything the health claims suggest.
How Does It Taste?
Alkaline water may taste bitter or different from tap water. It can also change the taste of anything you use it in, such as coffee or tea.
Is It Safe?
Unless you have kidney disease, alkaline water does not present any health risks. The high pH can make your skin dry and itchy or cause an upset stomach, but that is about all. Just because it is safe does not mean it does anything for you. Fill up at the tap for all the benefits of a tall glass of water.