The major trend is the consumption of alkaline water. Does this have to be specifically alkaline? How can water quality influence our health?
It is true that water is a precious commodity! Essential to life.
It is also true that the human body is made up of about 70% of water and it is from this that most of the organic functions depend. Hence a constant practice of water intake is important.
But is it true that the at least 1.5L of water per day you should ingest must be alkaline? And how can you tell if the water you usually use is alkaline?
WHAT IS THE PH?
The pH is a scale, with values ranging from 0 to 14, which measures the acidity or basicity of the products.
- 0 <pH <7 Acidic substances
- pH = 7 Neutral substances
- 7 <pH Basic / alkaline substances
It is through this scale that we understand whether the water we have is acidic or alkaline.
To get a sense, the pH of the blood is around 7.3 – 7.4, alkaline.
SOME WATER BRANDS AND YOUR PH
- Water Vitalis – 5.6 – (Acid)
- Agua do Luso – 5.7 – (Acid)
- Water of the Fastio – 5.8 – (Acid)
- Water Serra da Estrela – 6.19 – (Acid)
- Sparkling water Frize – 6.4 – (Acid)
- Water Cruise – 6.9 – (Acid)
- Evian Water – 7.2 – (Alkaline)
- Gas Water Castello – 7.3 – (Alkaline)
- Water Jana – 7.4 (Alkaline)
- Water of the Carvalhelhos – 7.8 – (Alkaline)
- Water Monchique – 9.5 – (Super Alkaline)
The real secret of alkaline water intake lies in its mineralization and its effects. Generally these waters have more minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium , alkaline minerals that the body needs for a smooth operation.
When we are born our body is alkaline and, as we grow older, we are getting more acidic.
It is not the intake of alkaline water, per se, that will balance the body’s pH. The kidneys are responsible for maintaining blood with a pH between 7.3 and 7.4.
However, the current way of life propitiates the body to get acidic, such as excessive coffee intake, unbalanced food, processed foods, stress. Better than simply drinking alkaline water, you will be betting on a healthier lifestyle.
Bet on less processed foods, more nutritionally rich, physical exercise. That will be a more effective treatment than simply drinking alkaline water and keeping the bad habits you had.
BENEFITS OF ALKALINE WATER INTAKE
As stated above, alkaline water alone does not have effective results but promotes some benefits to the body when combined with a balanced diet:
- Improves oxygenation;
- Eliminates some toxins and heavy metals;
- Promotes the elimination of fat in tissues and blood;
- It is antioxidant, it promotes the immunity and the general defenses of the organism;
- Slows aging;
- Promotes muscle activity;
- Helps control stress response situations.
CARE TO BE TAKEN BEFORE DRINKING ALKALINE WATER
Despite all these benefits, if you decide to ingest alkaline water indefinitely, know that this act will increase the alkalinity of the stomach, neutralizing the acidity, compromising the digestion of food. Little acidity in the stomach is one of the causes of ulcer formation and parasites in the small intestine may arise, making protein digestion deficient.