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Alkaline water, which is frequently referred to as ionized water, is well structured antioxidant water with many special properties. It is very beneficial for our bodies, and can provide us with numerous therapeutic benefits. Alkaline Water is quite different from ordinary tap or bottled water, even though they may sometimes be slightly alkaline as well.

 

What are the properties of Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water has got several specific properties that give it health benefits.

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Firstly, it has a pH of at least 8 and typically in the order of 9.5. This increased pH helps the body to neutralize acidic wastes and flush them out of your system. Increased acidity in the blood and tissues is regarded by many experts to be the root cause of most degenerative disease. Keeping your blood pH at precisely the ideal value will result in better oxygen transfer through the body which is vital for life and optimum health.

Secondly, alkaline water has got antioxidant properties.  This can be measured by checking the ORP (oxidation reduction potential) of water.  Alkaline water has got a negative ORP measured in mV, typically ranging from -50 to -300mV. This antioxidant property helps to neutralize harmful free radicals which are involved in disease and are believed to be a major contributor to accelerated aging.

Thirdly, alkaline water has got a different structure to ordinary tap water or bottled water.  Water does not exist as a single molecule but as clusters of water molecules weakly bonded together: the more molecules in the cluster the less energy in the water. Alkalizing the water reduces the size of the water clusters resulting in water that is more readily absorbed in the body and has got more energy.

The combination of these properties together gives alkaline water the properties which make it so beneficial for the body.

 

How do you make Alkaline water?

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There are 3 main ways to make healthy, alkaline water with a high pH.

  • By adding pH booster drops to the water you drink. This will give you some of the benefits associated with alkaline water, such as the increased pH, but it will not give you the antioxidant benefits or restructure your water. It is still a good option for when you are travelling or away from home, but there are better options available.
  • By using an electronic water ionizer.  The first water ionizers were developed in Japan in the early 1960’s and their use has spread extensively since then. They produce water that has alkaline antioxidant properties, but that water has to be drunk immediately to gain its full benefits, which makes them somewhat impractical.
  • By using alkaline filters. These filters use a range of special bio ceramics made from naturally occurring minerals that react with your water to give it alkaline, antioxidant, restructured properties.  These filter systems are much more affordable than electronic water ionizers and, since the water that is made by this method is often in the filter system till it is consumed, it retains its properties better. You can now purchase a wide selection of alkaline ionized water filters, ranging from Undersink Filter Systems to alkaline Jug Filters and Personal Water Ionizers.

 

Who should be drinking Alkaline Water?

Drinking alkaline water is beneficial for the whole family. It is particularly helpful for everyone who is leading an active lifestyle and should be consumed by anyone with a chronic health issue. Drinking alkaline water is probably the simplest thing that anyone can do to help to maintain or regain their health.

At Water for Health we no longer supply electronic water ionizers because we believe that the benefits of alkaline water filters far outweigh the benefits of electronic systems.; they give higher levels of contaminant removal and produce healthy water in a way that is more similar to how nature itself produces health giving water.  Alkaline water filters are also much more cost effective, and we want everyone to be able to afford a system that can give them good, clean, healthy water.

Our bodies are composed of around 70% water so it is only sensible to replace that water with water that is health enhancing

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LONDON (Reuters) – Medical researchers called on Wednesday for detailed, thoughtful debate on future use of new genetic technology that has the potential to create “designer babies”.

 

The technology, called CRISPR-Cas9, allows scientists to edit virtually any gene they target, including in human embryos, enabling them to find and change or replace genetic defects. Describing CRISPR as “game-changing”, the Wellcome Trust global medical charity and four other leading British research organizations urged the scientific community to proceed considerately, allowing time and space for ethical debate.

“This raises important ethical and regulatory questions which need to be anticipated and explored in a timely and inclusive manner,” they said in a joint statement.

 

Wellcome’s senior policy adviser Katherine Littler added: “It’s essential we start these discussions early … involving scientists, ethicists, doctors, regulators, patients and their families and the wider public.”. Chinese biologists triggered an international furor this year when they reported carrying out the first experiment to edit the DNA of human embryos, drawing condemnation from critics who warn against altering the human genome in a way that could last for generations.

The Wellcome-led joint statement noted that gene-editing science and technology was still at a relatively early stage and potential therapeutic applications are not yet here, but said crucial questions should be discussed now.

“It is … important to clearly delineate the different ways and contexts in which this technology might be used,” it said.

This included distinguishing the use of CRISPR in research from its potential uses in patients, as well as distinguishing its use in non-reproductive human cells or in reproductive, or so-called germ, cells, it said

“As genome editing technologies evolve, it’s vital that the regulatory framework remains robust and adapts so that the full potential of genome editing can be realised in a scientifically, ethical and legally rigorous way,” said Rob Buckle of Britain’s Medical Research Council, one of the statement’s signatories.

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine are due to convene an international summit this year for researchers and other experts to explore the scientific, ethical, and policy issues associated with human gene-editing research.

(Editing by Alison Williams)
link on: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/01/us-health-genes-editing-idUSKCN0R14WH20150901

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