The Heath Benefits of Alkaline Water & pH Balance in a Healthy Diet
The term pH stands for “potential for hydrogen.” It is a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions in a diluted solution. Acidic water contains more hydrogen ions whereas alkaline water contains fewer. The pH level is measured on a scale of 0 to 14 to determine how acidic or alkaline a substance is.
How the level of pH in our drinking water affects our health
Other than drinking, we also consume water through cooking. The pH of water can therefore indirectly affect your health. The measurement of pH determines the corrosiveness of the water. When you drink acidic water, you are exposing yourself to a lot more heavy metals than you would be. This is due to acidic water having a higher tendency to leach your pipes, which in turn means heavy metals present in the pipes are going to get into your water supply. These metals include lead, iron, zinc, and copper, among others. These metals are also very acidic in nature, further lowering the pH in your drinking water.
Small amounts of contaminants can be found in tap water such as fluoride, chlorine, lead and toxic organic compounds. Substances such as chlorine are added to water supply to inhibit the overgrowth of bacteria and they leave small amount of traces in our drinking water. These pathogens, although in small quantities, can cause stomach upset, diarrhea, and vomiting in some people. The oldest and youngest people are especially at risk for developing illnesses related to these contaminants because their immune system may not be strong enough to fight off these impure substances. There are certain group of people who are more susceptible to experience adverse effects from prolonged consumption of unfiltered water. These groups of people include those with poor guts, pregnant women and chronic illness patients (such as migraine).
Thus, alkaline water benefits the individual by countering the adverse effects caused by drinking unfiltered water in Singapore. Alkaline water filters our drinking water by removing the acidic foreign particles and therefore raises its pH level. Another advantage of such alkaline water is its ability to inhibit biological growth for algae and bacteria. Some alkaline water may contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium which are vital to human health.
pH balance in your diet
A healthy diet consists of a balance of acid and alkaline food. An alkaline diet features a good amount of alkaline based ingredients – an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, plant proteins and alkaline water.
Most digestive disorders, such as indigestion, nausea, bloating, gastric reflux, are symptoms caused by excess acid in the gastric region and insufficient alkaline minerals in the intestinal tract. Alkaline drinking water brings health benefits by aiding in neutralising pH level in their gut and therefore, improve overall well being.
Healthy foods like nuts, fruits, legumes and vegetables are also alkaline in nature. Consuming these foods helps to remove toxins and rebalance the pH level in your body. By eating more foods that leave behind alkaline byproducts, you can reduce the body’s acid load, support your kidneys, and improve the overall health of your body.
Begin by incorporating alkaline water into your life. There are 2 main ways to raise the pH level of your drinking water. You can have alkaline water by passing water through an ionising system or a neutralizing filter.
- Ionising system – water undergoes electrolysis to create alkaline ionised water.
- Neutralizing filter – alkaline minerals in the filter help change the pH level in water and supposedly provide antioxidants as well. At the same time, contaminants such as sand, chlorine and even bacteria are removed from the water.
Every dispenser differs in their cost, design and function. It is an investment to introduce a system to treat your drinking water. Choose an alkaline water dispenser that suits you and your family’s lifestyle.