Is it better than plain water? Find out the health benefits of alkaline water to your body.
12 December 2018| Last updated on 12 December 2018
Alkaline water has become popular amongst health advocates for quite some time. But, is it worth the extra bucks? and more importantly, is it good for your health?
What is Alkaline water?
“Alkaline” refers to the pH level of a given substance. The pH stands for “power of hydrogen” and it measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14.
0 is the most acidic and 14 is the most alkaline. Whereas 7 is considered neutral.
Alkaline drinking water has a pH level higher than regular drinking water.
This alkalinity gives it the ability to neutralize sour solutions, which is a result of water containing high mineral content, such as calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Benefits of alkaline water
1. Alleviation of some widespread diseases
The benefits of Alkaline water haven’t been scientifically proven yet, however, many studies suggest a correlation between the consumption of alkaline water and the alleviation of common diseases, such as diabetes.
2. Restore acid-base balance
The gut can naturally neutralize the acidity to a certain extent. However, an increase in acidity of the stomach acid resulting from one or a combination of factors such as stress, acid-based diets (contains excess of meat, coffee, wheat and sugar) lead to disruption of the gut flora.
Consuming alkaline water raises the pH level of your stomach acid at first, and then restores its balance. It also helps the body absorb minerals like Magnesium.
3. A boost of antioxidants
Antioxidants keep us healthy by lowering the risk of infection and eliminating toxic components
Although balanced diet is the main source of antioxidants, it can be helpful to get a boost of antioxidants from alkaline water.
4. Faster recovery post workout
Intense exercising results in production of more hydrogen ions than our body can remove, leading to fatigue and exhaustion. Drinking alkaline water helps temper the acidity, which in turn improves our performance.
Where to get it?
Drinkable Alkaline water can be found in local stores and supermarkets across UAE ranging from pH 7.7 to pH 9.5.
Another option is to purchase an alkaline water ionizer machine that produces alkaline water via a process called ionization. These machines are significantly expensive with starting price of 6000 dirhams.
Home remedies are also available. You can add baking soda or lemon to your water to raise its pH level.
While, the above solutions may be expensive and unnecessarily effective, at Permatech, our RO (Reverse Osmosis) systems include the option of ionizing the water through a final post-filtration stage. This stage is designed to enhance the pH level using an ionizer and mineralizer by elevating it to 8 and increasing the mineral content of the pure water.
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