The standard American diet today is filled with refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, excess sodium, high fructose corn syrup, chemical additives, pesticides, synthetic hormones, processed foods and let’s not forget emotional stress and lack of sleep. These are all contributing factors to low-grade acidosis, an overproduction of acid in the blood — leading to an atmosphere where disease can thrive. Instead, consuming whole organic vegetables and fruits will make your body more alkaline and can shield you from acidosis, as well as help you lose weight.
However, your body can also become sick when the blood is too alkaline (not acidic enough). After all, the human body needs water to survive and can only go three days before completely shutting down.
I am sure you have seen a push lately to drink alkaline water, either in bottles or adding an ionizer to your tap at home. With so much new information claiming benefits and just as much new information claiming it’s false, what should you believe?
Let’s break down the debate and find out the truth.
What Is Alkaline Water?
Due to a higher pH level, alkaline water is supposedly less acidic than your basic tap water, which usually tests at a neutral 7.0 or less. It’s said that alkaline water offers more key minerals the body needs to function properly, such as calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium.
Alkalinity refers to an object’s pH balance (potential for hydrogen): Too many hydrogen ions means less oxygen is available to the cells, and leads to higher acidity. Fewer hydrogen ions mean more oxygen is available, leading to a more alkaline, or basic, state. There is no known disease that can survive in an alkaline state.
On average, your healthy pH levels should be approximately a 7.365 for the blood on a scale between 0–14, leaving the blood at a 60/40 alkaline-to-acid ratio.
Alkaline compounds buffer acids in the blood with four main minerals — calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium — that work together to keep the body healthy and running properly.
- Calcium strengthens our bones and supports a healthy circulatory system.
- Magnesium helps convert our food into energy and works to maintain muscle, nerves, heart and kidney function.
- Sodium controls blood pressure, balances fluids in the body and influences muscle movement.
- Potassium helps maintain muscle relaxation and contraction, which is extremely important around the heart, and also aids in digestion and fluid elimination.
The body works hard to naturally keep the blood tipping towards an alkaline state and will take from stored reserves whenever necessary to keep it balanced.
According to Dr.Axe's "Alkaline Water: Beneficial or All Hype?" article of www.draxe.com