Quality is More Important than Quantity
We all know we should be drinking plenty of water each and every day, and although many of us fail to reach our recommended daily target, we generally understand the massively important role it plays in our everyday health and wellbeing. But why? And perhaps more importantly – if we are going to be consuming so much water, shouldn’t we make sure it is the best quality?
Water is widely accepted as one of the most important considerations when creating a healthy lifestyle. Water comprises between 50-70% of an adult’s body (up to 90lbs in a 130lb adult!) – and when water is taken out of our diet our survival time is 2-3 days at best so we have to make sure we are always well hydrated.
According to mayoclinic.com, at the very least dehydration can cause:
- Excessive thirst
Little or no urination
Just to give a further idea of the importance of water in our diets, to survive the body can stand to lose the following:
- 50% of your glucose
- 50% of your fat
- 50% of your protein; but
- only 20% of your water!
So water is important, but what about the quality of water?
Alkaline Water and the Benefits of Alkaline Drinking Water
The average suggestion of water consumption per day ranges from 2.5 litres to 4 litres – so it is imperative that we ensure that this water is of the highest quality.
There is a lot of discussion about the merits of alkaline water (particularly in the open publishing medium known as the Internet) – however, regardless of who you listen to regarding this debate there is one thing that is certain:
the process of making making water alkaline increases the purity of the water by filtering out toxins and impurities
For those who are not so sceptical about the benefits of the alkaline lifestyle, alkaline water helps to neutralise acids and remove toxins from the body – it is a great cleanser and helps to detoxify our system.
How Do We Make Alkaline Water?
There are three main methods to make alkaline water:
- Using a distiller
- Using a water ioniser
- Adding alkaline ingredients to the water
Using a Distiller: using a distiller is a very effective method of purifying – but wildly inefficient for the environment and actually leaves you with acidic water, that also has a positive ORP. The more I research alkaline water, the less I recommend a distiller. They are simply not a good option. I don’t want to do a science lesson right here but I think it is important to touch on the matter of ORP. OPR (oxidation reduction potential) is the measure of antioxidant capacity in liquids such as water – quite literally it is the ability of a substance to reduce oxidation.
A positive ORP (+ORP) means that the substance is oxidising to the body, which in turn means it kills cells and causes free-radicals. Of course, when we think about it we know this is bad and this is why we try to consume lots of antioxidants!
Distilled water (like tap water, bottled water and ORP) has a +ORP, whereas ionized water has a -ORP. The -ORP measure of ionized water is similar to that of drinking green tea or a high antioxidant fruit (such as pomegranate or blueberries).
However, distilled water still deserves a run down, even though I disagree with it!
So – distilled water is water that has been turned to steam and then condensed back into water. This process, as noted above kills all impurities, removes acid toxins BUT leaves the water with an acidic pH and a +ORP. In my opinion, you should avoid distillers.
Using a Water Ionizer
Water ionisers are, unsurprisingly, products that ionise water. The water is ionised (electrically enhanced) by running it over positive and negative electrodes. This separates the water into alkaline (70%) and acidic (30%). This is exceptionally beneficial as the alkaline water is then used for drinking, while the acidic water can be used on the outside of the body as it is proven to kill many types of bacteria.
These are more expensive that distillers but are FAR more user friendly, as they simply attach to your tap and produce water at a pH of your choice instantly, as soon as you turn the tap on!
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Adding alkaline ingredients to the water
The third method is to add ingredients to the water to increase its alkalinity. I would only make these alkaline water additions to water that had already been put through an alkaline water filter, however they can be handy in an emergency when there is only mineral or tap water to hand.
- Lemon Water: I have already blogged lemon water to death, however, I will mention it here as it really is an alkalising superstar. By squeezing lemon juice (or lime juice) into water you immediately give it a healthful kick. Lemon water is very alkaline and is great in helping to detoxify the liver and kidneys.
- pH Drops: these are an excellent way to dramatically increase the alkalinity of the water. These drops offer intense alkalinity and only a few are needed for an incredible boost to the alkalinity of your drink. There are several types around but I would only really recommend Alkalive’s pH Booster or Innerlight’s Prime pH.
So What is Alkaline Water and Why Make Our Water Alkaline?
Acid wastes (from the lifestyles we lead – not only from food and drink, but also from stress and other pollutants) are dumped into the bloodstream and lymph, and then are transported to the liver and kidneys for the detoxification processing and elimination. The pH level of our internal fluids affects every living cell in our bodies and the effect that over-acidification can have upon the health of our bodies is immense, with a chronically over acidic pH creating an extremely negative environment which affects all cellular functions from the beatings of the heart to the neural workings of the brain.
In order to hydrate your body optimally, you need to drink water that is alkaline and mineral rich. Alkaline water helps to neutralise acids and remove toxins from the body. Alkaline water also acts as a conductor of electrochemical activity from cell to cell. Ideally, water should have a pH between 8 and 9, and you should be drinking 3-4 litres of it daily. As you hydrate your body properly, you’ll develop more of a thirst for water.
Wanting to Lose Weight?
It is also true that food cravings are often the body’s cry for water. You might already have more of a thirst than you even realise – and if you are going to quench it, make sure your water is alkaline!
UPDATE: I just found this two minute interview with Dr Young about alkaline water – it is well worth a little look:
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