One of the major causes of illness and aging is what sort of toxins and substances we allow into our bodies. Poor diet, stress, and pollution in our environment all contribute to sickness and premature aging.
To counteract all these factors, it’s important that we use antioxidants, which are substances that can remove unstable particles from our bodies. Known as “free radicals,” these particles can wreak havoc by disrupting biochemical processes and even killing healthy cells. Thankfully, one way to do this is through drinking alkaline water.
Alkaline water is ionized water, where some of the water molecules are missing or have added electrons. Depending on what the ionized molecules are, you have your acidic or basic levels. In the case of alkaline water, the so-called pH levels are above seven, making the water more basic (from the original term “base,” the opposite of an acid). Due to this change in the water’s pH properties, it’s known that alkaline water, as it is called, has many health benefits.
It should be noted, though, that alkaline water isn’t the only water variant there is. Hard water, for example, is saturated with minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium. This type of water is naturally occurring, given that rivers, ground water, and ocean water all have trace minerals.
Distilled water, on the other hand, is as pure as water can get, where you boil water until it produces steam. That steam is then caught with a condenser system, which collects the now-pure water for use.
Here are some of the known benefits of alkaline water:
As mentioned before, alkaline water helps detoxify your body, it does this by removing or neutralizing the accumulated acidic waste products in your body, aside from removing the toxins that you are accumulating from your food and your environment. It does this on the cellular level in your tissues, as the alkaline water distributes itself over your body.
Speaking of distribution, alkaline water’s ionized nature makes the water molecules form into micro clusters that are more easily absorbed by your body’s cells, allowing your body to absorb water faster. This is particularly important if you are exercising, cleaning up around the house, or if you have health concerns such as diabetes, which requires that water be absorbed rapidly by your body.
Another advantage of alkaline water being ionized is that it attracts other ionized particles in the body, including what we now know as free radicals. Alkaline water effectively renders many free radical particles neutral with the exchange of electrons or by bonding with them. This process usually releases more oxygen, which can be used for biochemical processes.
Many people think that you need to buy alkaline water from a special supplier, but the truth is, you can do it in your own home, practically on your kitchen counter top.
The first step – Before you try any of these methods, you should first determine the pH level of the water you will alkalize. You should purchase a pH kit, composed of acid- and base-sensitive strips, with a color chart included, so you can interpret the color changes that happen to the strips when you use them.
As mentioned before, neutral pH levels are at a seven, and what you’re aiming for is around eight or nine. Anything lower than a seven is acidic.
Baking soda has a high alkaline rating, so using it to alkalize water is a logical idea. The proper ratio is an eighth of a tablespoon for every eight ounces of water. When mixing the baking soda with the water, do make sure to stir the water vigorously, so that the soda is thoroughly dissolved.
The only drawback, however, is that baking soda is high in sodium, and this option won’t work if you or any member of your family is on a low-sodium diet.
Lemons – or rather, lemon juice – has properties anionic properties. When you drink water with some lemon juice in it, your body reacts with the lemon juice to make the water alkaline as it is being digested.
All you have to do is fill a pitcher with filtered water, and then cut one lemon into eight pieces. Add the cut lemon pieces to the water, but don’t squeeze them. Simply let them stay in the water. Cover the pitcher and let it sit for eight to twelve hours at room temperature. If you are not on a low-sodium diet, you can add a tablespoon of sea salt, so your alkaline water is mineralized.
For a more scientific approach, you can buy pH-adjusting chemical drops, which are usually available online or at health food stores. These usually contain highly-concentrated alkaline minerals. You should follow the instructions that come with the drops to the letter.
Do note that while pH drops will alkalize your water, it will not filter out particles, and neither will it affect chlorine and fluorine levels in your water. It’s best to alkalize filtered water, if you are using this method.
If you haven't had the chance, please check out our list of some of the best water ionizer units available online. Any of these units will give you an easy and super convenient way to enjoy ionized alkaline water in the comfort of your own home, provided that you don't mind the high price-point.
Installing ionizers or ionizing filters may seem expensive, but they are also the most effective ways to alkalize water for use at home.
In the case of water ionizers, the end-product will be two batches of water, a larger part of which will be alkaline water. The acidic water that makes up the much smaller second batch is also useful, as you can use it as part of your bathing water. Acidic water is particularly effective in killing bacteria.
Ionizing filters and reverse osmosis filters, on the other hand, are water filters that have components that alkalize water as it passes through them, by letting the water go through alkaline materials or minerals.
Making alkaline water for your home is easy, though if you want to have large-scale use, then it would be better to install an alkalizing filter system, than it would be to use lemons, baking soda, or pH drops.
Alkaline water can bring you long-term benefits, with each and every glass you drink. Consider all the water everyone of us consumes on a weekly basis. With regular alkaline water consumption in your life, you could be introducing these benefits into your life without even "feeling it", really. A little every day will go a long way...
We hope this article has been helpful for any of you looking to give alkaline water a try. Happy ionizing!
At the end of the day, it's still very important to remember that structured water (alkalized, ionized, magnetized, etc.) has not been scientifically proven to be healthier for us than regular water.
Ron Geyer of the Belkraft Group of Companies has been a professional in the water filter industry for the last 40 years and he firmly believes that you can do whatever you want to your water but only AFTER it has been cleanly filtered and PH balanced.
He states that our tap water, "once treated can travel through many hundreds of miles of pipes before it reaches our homes... it can take up to 5 weeks for the water to reach my tap from the [treatment] plant. Therefore I want those chemicals in my water right up to my tap. Do I then want to remove them? Do i want to drink chlorine and and carcinogenic THM's? That's a no brainer."
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