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.
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?
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