Alkaline Water

July 12, 2009

Alkaline water and water ionizers – is there any truth in the health myths?

Alkaline water is produced by water ionizers which use electrolysis to separate or filter the water into alkaline and acid. Many claim that this alkaline water is an antioxidant that can make us more healthy, cure all manner of disease and ailment and even make us live longer. There is quite obviously no scientific evidence to support these claims or any comprehensive test done, but they continue to be made.

Most of the claims revolve around the benefits of drinking alkaline water to neutralize the acidic wastes in our blood stream which will promote revitalized energy and healthy bodies. As our bodies are made up of mostly water, this mineral and antioxidant rich water can help to remove unwanted toxins from our systems.

The theory is that everything we eat creates acid, as does stress, drink and other contaminants that we invariably take in, and so drinking alkaline water not only neutralizes this acid, but creates a healthy pH balance in the body. This pH level, according to supporters of alkaline water affects every cell in our system and can have an adverse effect on our major organs, our brain and generally how we feel.

So by drinking ionized alkaline water which is rich in minerals and antioxidants, we keep our bodies properly hydrated. Added to this it keeps toxin levels down and an optimum pH balance, creating a healthy lifestyle and a general well-being which is lacking with poor hydration supplied by other waters (?).

The theory is great but what about the function of the kidney in our bodies, which itself neutralizes acid and keeps our pH balance in check. The kidneys remove high levels of toxins from the blood and regulate its pH, They also remove other contaminants and return substances such as sodium, potassium and chloride ions plus glucose, amino acids and of course water.

Although there are many views and much debate, as well as huge numbers of product on the market to ionize your water, it seems that pH alone cannot guarantee water quality which we feel is of much more importance, along with good nutrition and exercise.

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