Should you or shouldn’t you? Well there are a lot of articles out there for and against Alkaline water; I have read most of them and decided a while back to start drinking Alkaline water. Since one of its properties, is it keeps the human body hydrated, then as someone with Sickle Cell, I am all for it.
The pH level of all water varies dependent on the source for that water. Experts state that natural water from a spring typically has a pH that is acidic. Those that are advocates of alkaline water believe that drinking water that is alkaline will help neutralize acid in the bloodstream, leading to increased oxygen levels as well as increased energy and metabolism.
Alkaline water also lubricates muscles and joint to help with stopping injuries. This helps those who are prone to sprains or who may suffer from arthritis. As well dehydration can harm organs such as the heart to work harder. Clean organs do not have to work as much when they are clean nor expend the energy to maintain functioning.
Along with the body cleansing of the inner systems, water that is alkaline also rejuvenates the skin and keeps it hydrated. It aids the skin in replacing tissues and as well contributes to its elasticity and the overall health of the skin. It will also help with detoxifying the skin and causing it to look smoother and leading to fewer breakouts.
Other benefits of alkaline water are that it will help to cleanse the organs; particularly the colon. As this unclean build up in the colon continues, it eventually becomes poisonous and in some cases lethal.
Water that is alkaline has antioxidant properties that help by counteracting free radicals. These free radicals can cause pre-mature aging and other types of conditions. The antioxidants are in liquid form which allows for quicker absorption into the system.
Alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Because of this, some advocates of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your body. Normal drinking water is generally a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water generally has a pH of 8 or 9.
Water that is naturally alkaline occurs when water passes over rocks – like springs – and picks up minerals, which increase its alkaline level.
You can also make your own at home. Even though lemon and lime juice is acidic, they contain minerals that can change the composition of water. Adding a squeeze of lemon or lime to a glass of water can make your water more alkaline. Adding pH drops is another way to make water more alkaline.
Alkaline water can be bought in many grocery or health food stores.
People love alkaline water for its ultra-hydrating, pH-balancing abilities.
Alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 can help sooth acid reflux because the higher pH level kills pepsin, an enzyme involved in breaking down food proteins and a main cause of acid reflux.
On top of soothing acid reflux, other claimed benefits of alkaline water, according to Levine, are that it helps neutralize acid in the bloodstream, which leads to increased oxygen levels and improved energy and metabolism; it contains antioxidant properties (anti-aging and anti-disease); cleanses the colon; rejuvenates the skin; and lubricates muscles and joints. Evamor, a popular brand of alkaline bottled water, states that “increased dietary alkalinity reduces body fat and fatigue, protects bones, supports the immune system, and achieves better overall health.”
Okay, so maybe it isn’t the fountain of youth. But alkaline water is also known for its ultra-hydrating ability.