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Alkaline Water and its Health Benefits

Updated on April 29, 2014

The Beauty of Water

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What Is Alkaline Water?

What in the world is alkaline water and how is it different from water from the tap? The scientific explanation of alkaline water is water that has a pH higher than 7. pH is a figure that expresses the acidity or alkalinity of a solution, where 7 is neutral, 1 is highly acidic and 14 is highly basic. Water is made up of OH- and H+ ions (charged atoms/molecules) that form bonds to hold the water molecule together. When there is a greater number OH- ions compared to that of the H+ ions, the water is more alkaline. When there is a great number of H+ ions compared to OH- ions, the water is more acidic.

Ionized Water

Ionized water is a smaller molecule compared to non-ionized water
Ionized water is a smaller molecule compared to non-ionized water | Source

What Are the Benefits of Alkaline Water?

In today’s society most people eat acidic foods that result in an increased levels of acidity in the body. This high acidic diet disrupts the body creating an imbalance in the blood pH levels and as a result, essential minerals such as magnesium and calcium are drawn out from bones, tissue and teeth in order to balance the acidity levels in the blood. By taking essential minerals from the body to fight the imbalance caused by a diet that is highly acidic, this can cause issues such as bone and cellular degeneration resulting in arthritis, osteoporosis and various types of kidney disorders.

*Note - An acid is a positive ion (H+) that attaches to negative ions (OH-). When the body becomes acidic, the positive ion breaks a weaker bond somewhere in the body to attach to the negative ion. This causes the body to become imbalanced. The purpose of the calcium (Ca 2+) and magnesium (Mg + ion is to attach to the negative ions to bring the body back in to balance.

Alkaline water is seen as a benefit because the OH- rich water will bond to the excess acid in the blood stream to resolve the imbalance of ions. This in turn leaves calcium in the bones and teeth, rather than having them used to resolve the imbalance caused by acid. Alkaline water is also thought to normalize blood flow in the body by balancing pH levels. Because of its higher pH level, it is considered to be a better choice for hydrating the body compared to regular water because it penetrates the cells more effectively.

Other major health benefits of drinking alkaline water are that it counteracts the effects of the never ending presence of free radicals. Free radicals are a result of pollution, diet and various other factors. Free radicals have an imbalance in their charge causing cells in the body donate a charge to the free radical in order to create a balance, however this causes the cell to become imbalanced and actually causes damage to the cell. Alkaline water is able to protect the cell by donating a charge to the free radical instead of having the cell donate a charge.

Alkaline Water and Free Radicals

Alkaline water acts as an antioxidant that binds to free radicals, rather than have the cell bind to free radicals. This protects the cell from damage.
Alkaline water acts as an antioxidant that binds to free radicals, rather than have the cell bind to free radicals. This protects the cell from damage.

Alkaline Water and Its Benefits for Type II Diabetes

The human body is made up mostly of water with water composing more than 70% of muscle tissue, 75% of brain tissue and more than 80% of blood. Water is essential to cell function and no other beverage can serve as a substitute; in fact other beverages dehydrate the body because the body must process the beverages.

In processing food and beverages, the pancreas is responsible for alkalizing (reducing acidity) of food and beverages as it exits the stomach so not to harm the small intestine. As the pancreas releases insulin which is high in alkalinity, the insulin helps to lower blood pH levels and aids the body in using sugars and carbohydrates. Calcium is an essential mineral that the pancreas uses in order to function properly. Acidic conditions in the blood prevent calcium from being readily used, as calcium is used to control blood acidity.

Alkaline water can aid in managing type II diabetes by managing insulin production in various ways. Because alkaline water has a higher pH, it can help neutralize acidic conditions found in the body. Alkaline water molecules are smaller than regular water molecules because the bond between the OH- and the H+ are broken. These smaller clusters of water molecules are more easily absorbed by the cells, thus hydrating the body and flushing out acidic toxins. Additionally, alkaline water has the benefit of having ionized calcium (Ca +2) which is readily available for the pancreases to utilize in order to produce insulin for the body.

Non-Ionized and Ionized Water Molecules

Non-ionized water has a larger molecule, compared to ionized water.
Non-ionized water has a larger molecule, compared to ionized water. | Source

Alkaline Water and Its Benefits

Alkaline water is water with a pH that is measured to be greater than 7. This helps to balance to pH in the body of an acidic person and it also allows the water to act as an antioxidant to battle harmful free radicals and can slow again, improve weight and and also help prevent against diseases. Increasing the bodies level of alkalinity will result in neutralizing acid in the body, allowing the body to function more effectively.

How To Make Alkaline Water

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