Alkaline Water: Quick Facts

waterIonized water, more popularly known as alkaline water, has been the talk of the town in recent years. Believed by many to carry a wide array of health benefits, many people have tried alkaline water.

However, feedback as regards  to its affectivity varies greatly among different people and members of the health community.

The Alkaline Water Hype: Benefits

There really is no consensus as to the effects and benefits of drinking alkaline water. While health experts have been firm in their stand that the benefits of alkaline water have yet to be proven, people have reported a variety of health benefits.

As claimed by people who regularly drink it, alkaline water slows down the aging process. It has also been reported to prevent cellular degeneration and bone-related diseases such as osteoporosis and arthritis.

In addition, ionized water is claimed to be effective in preventing certain types of kidney disorders.

The positive effects of drinking alkaline water are attributed to homeostasis, the natural tendency of physiological systems to maintain internal stability.

In simpler terms, upon consumption of an acidic diet, the body attempts to maintain blood pH balance by stripping bones and tissues of vital minerals (e.g. calcium and magnesium).

As alkaline water helps normalize pH levels of the blood, the amount of calcium and magnesium in the bones and tissues remain at a healthy level.

Also, as ionized water normalizes the blood’s pH level, it is also thought to help in normalizing blood flow. Moreover, people who drink alkaline water claim that ionized water hydrates the body better than regular drinking water, as it penetrates body cells more effectively. As such, it is also thought to effectively hydrate dry skin and hair.

How to Ionize Water

What differentiates alkaline water from regular drinking water is its pH level. Generally, alkaline water has a pH level higher than seven. But how can the pH level of water be increased? Below are some of the most popular ways:

  • Faucet-based water ionizer. A faucet-based water ionizer (sometimes referred to as “alkalizer” or “ionizer”) is a faucet attachment that aids in removing acid toxins from tap water. Water ionizers come in different types, with some being easily detachable and others permanently installed beneath the faucet. While heavy-duty ionizers which are permanently attached to faucets) are more expensive, they are also more effective in turning tap water into alkaline water.

  • Water distiller. Water ionizers are still the most popular and effective way of producing alkaline water, but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t any alternatives. One such alternative is a water distiller, a device that converts regular water into steam, condenses it back to liquid form, and removes impurities and acidic toxins.

  • Using water additives. Water ionizers and distillers can be expensive, so if you are on a budget, you might want to consider using water additives in lieu of installing devices to produce alkaline water. For example, a few drops of juice from alkaline-rich fruits (such as lime and lemon) can help ionize regular water and, consequently, make it healthier.

As with any other health-related hype, it is important to orient ourselves to the effects and benefits of certain products before using them. The alkaline water hype is of no exception.

Posted By: Admin
Posted on: September 8th, 2014