Did you know? There are over 40 studies done on the health benefits of alkaline water. Studies show that alkaline water shows promise for detoxification, weight loss, blood pressure control and many other health issues as well. It’s important to keep in mind that alkaline water is a relatively new health treatment, so it hasn’t actually been studied for very long. Because it’s so new, much of the research done on alkaline water is preliminary – it needs to be confirmed by further research before mainstream medicine will consider it.
Wold Health Organization: Minerals in water are easier for your body to absorb
Calcium and Magnesium: For good health, you need to get calcium and magnesium every day, but it can be hard for your body to absorb them from food or supplements – it’s actually easier for your body to absorb those minerals from water! According to research from the World Health Organization, Calcium and magnesium are 30% easier for your body to absorb from water than they are from food. This is why the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends getting 10 – 20% of your daily needs of calcium and magnesium by drinking water. The US FDA hasn’t studied minerals in drinking water, but it recommends that you follow World Health Organization guidelines. Alkaline water gets its alkalinity primarily from the calcium and magnesium it.
Alkaline water has antioxidant potential – Triples the antioxidant benefit of Vitamin C
Alkaline water from a water ionizer has a negative Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP). A negative ORP means that alkaline water has the potential to act as an antioxidant. Studies have shown that alkaline water can neutralize oxidants such as hydrogen peroxide. Elevated levels of hydrogen peroxide in the body cause oxidative stress, which is a condition that causes premature aging and the development of disease.
TRIPLE the antioxidant effect of Vitamin C! – Combining alkaline water with Vitamin C to unleashes the full antioxidant potential of Vitamin C. It’s easy to do, simply squeeze the juice of a lemon or other citrus fruit into a glass of alkaline water, and you’ll have an antioxidant beverage with three times more antioxidant benefit!
Alkaline water and digestion
88% of people with mild digestive upset found relief just from drinking alkaline water. Clinical testing conducted in Japan showed that 22 out of 25 people with mild digestive upset found partial or full relief of their upset stomachs from drinking alkaline water over a period of two weeks. The reason alkaline water can help relieve an upset stomach is that it contains a small amount of magnesium hydroxide – the active ingredient in Milk of Magnesia.
Alkaline water supports healthy probiotics There is a war going on inside of your gut right now. It’s between healthy probiotic bacteria and harmful bacteria. What determines which side will win? The am9unt of oxidation happening inside your intestines! Beneficial probiotic bacteria in your gut are destroyed by oxidation. Harmful bacteria thrive on oxidation. Alkaline water’s negative oxidation reduction potential (ORP) means that alkaline water reduces oxidation. Daily consumption of alkaline water can reduce oxidation in your gut, and “tip the scales” in favor of the healthy probiotic bacteria you need for good digestive health
Alkaline water for bone health
Mayo Clinic: There is a link between alkaline water and bone health: According to Mayo Clinic nutritionist Katherine Zeratsky, multiple studies have shown a link between drinking alkaline water and reducing bone loss. Research shows that drinking alkaline water lowers two important enzyme markers of bone loss in the blood. Both enzymes are released by your thyroid when your blood pH drops too low, they cause calcium to be released from your bones. Calcium is an alkali, so when released from your bones, it raises your blood pH. Drinking alkaline water does the same thing, it can raise blood pH when it drops too low. Researchers say this will prevent bone loss, but it must be confirmed by long term studies, which are presently ongoing.
Another link between drinking alkaline water and bone health is that drinking alkaline water improves mineral absorption in the body – even if you get sufficient calcium in your diet! Studies show two surprising findings:
- Your body absorbs more calcium when you drink alkaline water – even if you get enough calcium in your diet!
- People who normally have a hard time absorbing minerals from food or supplements absorb minerals from alkaline water easily.
Alkaline water and blood pressure
The more alkaline the water, the greater the protective effect on the arteries: That’s an exact quote from the largest ever review on studies of the effect of water on heart health. Research shows people who drank alkaline water consistently had better heart health and lower blood pressure than people who drank mineral-deficient water. Alkaline water is the best way to get calcium. Alkaline water also contains magnesium, which is also associated with better heart health. The minerals in alkaline water are recognized for their contribution to human nutrition.
Alkaline water shown to lower cholesterol A study that followed new alkaline water drinkers for two months revealed that drinking alkaline water significantly lowers levels of the most harmful type of cholesterol, triglycerides. In the same study, participants also lost weight – 12 pounds over the course of two months.
Alkaline water and hydration
Nobel prize-winning research: reveals that that the way most water passes into and out of cells is through tiny channels called aquaporins. One aquaporin in particular Aquaporin 3 (AQP 3) is controlled by pH. If the water in your blood stream has an acidic pH, AQP 3 closes and will not allow water into the cell. When the water in your bloodstream has an alkaline pH, AQP 3 opens and allows water into the cell. Aquaporins are amazing: they move a billion water molecules per second into and out of cells – in single file! The aquaporin channels are so tiny, that water molecules have to pass through in single file!
Alkaline water research is ongoing
The research in this article is some of the strongest proof yet that there are benefits to drinking alkaline water. It’s important to note that most of this research is preliminary; it needs to be backed up with further research. Sadly, money for basic health research like this is lacking, so the some of needed follow up studies may never be conducted. However, the health studies that show benefits from the minerals in alkaline water are well documented. The US FDA recognizes the benefit of minerals in drinking water, that’s why the FDA recommends you follow World Health Organization guidelines, and get 10 – 20% of your daily needs for calcium and magnesium from the water you drink . Another well-documented fact is that alkaline water from a water ionizer tastes better than plain water.
Better tasting water can be a big deal when it comes to your health. The CDC estimates that as many as 3 out of 4 Americans suffer from chronic dehydration. Improving the taste of water makes it easier to drink more water.
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