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Could Alkaline Water Benefit Your Health?

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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. Conversely, fewer hydrogen ions means more oxygen is available to your cells , leading to a more alkaline or basic state. 

The acid/alkaline state is represented as a number between 1 and 14. Neutral is 7. The numbers 1 to 7 represent how acidic a substance is. The lower the number the more acidic. Conversely the number between 7 and 14 shows how alkaline or basic a substance is. The higher the number the more alkaline a substance is. The lower the number the stronger the acidity, so a substance has an number of 1 it is a very strong acid and will burn. Similarly if the alkalinity is 14 it is very strong basic substance and will also burn.

Body Alkalinity

Your body will strive to be slightly alkaline. The ideal pH level is 7.3 to 7.45. If your diet is too acidic and you do not consume sufficient alkaline foods and water, your body will draw calcium from your bones to bring your body up to an alkaline state. This can lead to feeling tired and in the long term weaken your bones and result in osteoporosis.

Alkaline Water

It is a known fact that our bodies are about 60% water. It is generally recommended that we drink 2 litres of water a day to stay hydrated. This should be filtered water that has had the chlorine, pesticides, herbicides and oestrogens removed.

There are 2 options when choosing a water filter that will alkalinize your water. You can choose a system that will give you water that has a pH of between 7.2 to 7.4. This will give you water that is balanced to the pH level that your body ideally is. The other alternative is to choose a water filter system that will raise the pH to 8 to 8.5.

It is important not to drink water that is too alkaline. The government recommends that water from private water supplies must have a pH of less than 9 and this would also apply to filtered water. 

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