While drinking the right amount of water for your size and weight is essential for good health, did you ever imagine that some water can be more beneficial for you than others?
As you would have guessed, drinking water from a well, from reverse osmosis, from a filter and from the tap all have varying features and qualities. Some sources of water can be dangerous for our health, while others can improve our health. In this article we’re going to have a look at how pH levels affect the quality of water and how that directly impacts your health.
Water and its pH Level
pH is the potential hydrogen in a diluted solution. The pH scale ranges from 0-14. Your standard water will have a pH level of 7, which is considered neutral. Alkaline water will have a pH level of about 8 or 9, because of the added compounds which make the water less acidic and more basic. On the flip side, drinking water that is more acidic, besides for not being so tasty, can cause acid reflux and heartburn.
Ways in Which We May Benefit from Water with a Higher pH
There’s a lot of hype around alkaline water and its health benefits. Many believe alkaline water can help aid in weight loss, boost immunity, improve blood viscosity, improve skin and hair health, improve digestion, and improve your metabolism. Not to mention, many find that it tastes better than regular water with its smooth and refreshing qualities.
But it doesn't end there.
Alkaline water can help flush out toxins from the body, keeping us healthy and more energetic. It also helps in improving the circulation of essential nutrients throughout the body as it flushes out what the body cannot use. Many believe alkaline water is also more hydrating than regular water and is a great source of hydration after a workout.
What is the Recommended Amount of Alkaline Water Per Day?
We don’t recommend drinking gallons and gallons of alkaline water everyday, as too much of anything can have negative side effects. The recommended amount is 8-12 glasses a day to really reap the benefits of alkaline water without overdoing it.
If you’re new to alkaline water, we suggest slowly increasing your intake of alkaline water each day. Start with 4 glasses and then over the next weeks, work your way up. You can mix half a cup of regular water with alkaline water until you work your way up to those 8-12 glasses.
If you notice the change has sped up your digestion, don’t worry! This means the water is actively removing toxins from your body and your digestion should go back to its regular flow in a few days.
When Should I Drink Alkaline Water?
Drinking alkaline water first thing in the morning and while you’re exercising is ideal. You’ll want to avoid drinking alkaline water with food. Try drinking your alkaline water 30 minutes before and one hour after eating for optimal benefits.
If you have any questions about consuming Alkaline water, reach out to us! We’d love to talk about it!