Alkaline water is water with a higher pH level. PH levels are measured on a scale from one to 14, with seven being neutral. Anything higher than seven is considered alkaline. Elements lower than seven are acidic. Alkaline water has a number of purported health benefits, however no research confirms that alkaline water is any better than normal drinking water.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, recommends that the pH level in drinking water be between 6.5 and 8.5. Water high in alkalinity does not pose any health risk, but it may have a noticeable bitter taste. Alkaline water companies, such as Kangen, sell water with a pH level as high as 10. However, most alkaline water has a pH level between 8.5 and 9.
Alkaline drinking water companies and other alkaline proponents suggest that alkaline water has a number of health benefits, such as boosting energy, increasing metabolism, neutralizing acid in the body and resisting disease. However, no well-controlled studies back up these claims. According to Mayo Clinic nutritionist Katherine Zeratsky, the only potential benefit of alkaline water is the potential to slow bone loss. Preliminary research indicates that alkaline water may help, but more studies need to be done.
Drinking Alkaline Water
Many water bottling companies also sell alkaline water that can be purchased at health food stores. PH boosting drops are also on the market that you can add to your tap water or distilled water in order to make it alkaline. Another alternative to make alkaline water is to use baking soda. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to a one gallon pitcher of water. Shake the container thoroughly. Health food stores sell pH testing strips that you can use to make sure your water is alkaline and at the pH level you desire.
Speak to your physician before drinking alkaline water. Some medications might interact with alkaline water. Any changes in your drinking water can create headaches or diarrhea. Begin with one glass of alkaline water a day to let your body adjust to the changes. Slowly increase your alkaline water intake until you have replaced all of your regular water with alkaline water. Be aware that alkaline water is not regulated by any governmental agency in the United States.
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