You may have heard of alkaline water or ionized water before. But if you’re like a lot of folks you may not know much about it. You may have found yourself wondering, “What is alkaline water? ”
Now everyone knows water alone is great for your health.
But exactly what is alkaline water, and is it even better for you than regular old H20?
Understanding the pH acid alkaline scale
Before you can understand what alkaline water is, you need to know just a bit about the pH scale. The pH (potential hydrogen) of a substance is a measurement of its level of acidity or alkalinity.
The pH scale ranges from zero on the acidic side to 14 on the alkaline side. A substance with a pH of 1 is considered very acidic and one with 13 is said to be very alkaline.
Pure regular water has a nearly neutral pH of right around 7. But alkaline water typically falls between 7 and 9.5 on the pH scale.
Focus on pH and your health
If you’re a regular Healthier Talk reader you may already be familiar with pH and how an overly acidic diet could contribute to poor health and disease. (To learn a bit more about this topic you can read “Is your acidic diet killing you” and “Restore your pH balance with food.”)
The pH of human blood is typically around 7.4, so slightly alkaline. Other parts of your body have different optimal pH levels with your stomach and skin for example being more acidic.
Some natural health practitioners and integrative physicians believe it’s vital to maintain a 7.4 blood pH level for optimal health. In fact, some experts even believe a more acidic blood pH raises your risk for cancer.
What is alkaline water?
The trouble is the typical Western Diet tends to push our blood’s pH out of balance making it slightly more acidic. Alkaline water proponents believe that drinking alkaline water will help restore the proper pH level to your blood.
But are they right? It turns out the answer is yes and no.
Here Corrina Rachel, Certified Holistic Health Coach, delves into the biggest claims about alkaline water… separating hype from true benefits including…
- How the real benefits of alkaline water may go far beyond just simply balancing pH.
- Advice on an acid alkaline balance in your diet.
- Surprising (and useful!) benefits of acidic water.
- When the perfect time is to drink alkaline water
- And so much more!
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