I get asked this question a lot because I am always seen carrying around an Essentia water bottle and advocating to all my close friends and family to start drinking this healing water! lol So I wanted to be able to explain all the AMAZING health benefits of alkaline water and why it's so important to incorporate into your daily water routine. I was first introduced to Alkaline water in my teenage years when my mom was going through breast cancer treatment. My dad who has studied nutrition for over 20 years, brought alkaline water into our home for all of us, and mostly my mom to drink because it is known to neutralize acid in the body which helps fight off chronic disease. Also about a year ago, while I was vacationing in Hawaii I developed a horrible stomach ulcer, that has stayed with me for the most part until now, and was told by my nutritionist to go on an all alkaline diet, which includes drinking heavy amounts of alkaline water.
A little history on Alkaline water:
Alkaline water is known to help slow down the aging process, regulate pH levels of the body and prevent various chronic diseases. Alkaline water neutralizes acid levels in the body, which normal water cannot do. According to scientists, if you have high acid levels in your body, you are more susceptible to chronic disease.
What makes water Alkaline?:
Alkaline water is water that has been ionized, which means the pH level of water has been increased. The pH level is a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14. For instance, is the level is 1, it means the substance is very acidic and if it is 13, it is very alkaline. Alkaline water has a pH level of about 8 or 9 and pH level of normal tap water is 7, which is neutral. It is believed that alkaline water helps people with excess acidity as it helps neutralize the acid in the body; thanks to its alkaline nature.
Most people are known to have excess acidity in their body if they regularly consume processed foods, sugar, fried foods, dairy, red meat, acidic fruits and vegetables, alcohol and soda.
According to the Bangalore based Nutritionist, Dr. Anju Sood, "Your body secretes out a lot of juices. Now these juices are basically acidic in nature. So at that time alkaline water will neutralize. the acid. We always suggest having foods that are least 70% alkaline and 30% acidic, so that once it is consumed; the pH of the body will be neutral. Alkaline water is suggested when you are not consuming food that is not balancing your pH levels in the body.
Just to summarize in case you need another reason to switch over to alkaline water or you need strong reasoning when trying to convince a family member or friend who is suffering that may benefit from switching over to Alkaline water!
Benefits of Alkaline water:
1. Alkaline water has ultra-hydrating properties compared to normal water. This can beneficial for people who work out on a daily basis and require more amount of water in their body. Scientifically speaking, the water molecules in alkaline water are smaller and more readily absorbed by your cells, which help your body re-hydrate quickly.
2. Alkaline water benefits also include boosting immunity. Your immune system may help neutralise the acidity in your body, which is caused by poor diet, stress and environmental toxins.
3. Alkaline water is said to have various minerals like magnesium and calcium, both of which are important for maintaining healthy bones.
4.Alkaline water has many potent antioxidants that help prevent the growth of cell damaging free radicals in the body, which can further rush up the aging process.