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When it comes to health, water plays a crucial role. Health experts recommend that we should drink 3-5 litres of water every day. Needless to say quality of water is, therefore, a big deal. Does the water you are drinking have a required pH? Or is it acidic? And why should it matter?
Most of us don’t realize it, but maintaining an optimal pH levels in the body is absolutely important for a healthy, well-functioning body. It is believed that most diseases take root in a body whose pH is out of balance. Any imbalance in the acidity and alkalinity levels in the body, especially over the long-term, allows harmful micro-organisms to flourish and creates an accumulation of acidic wastes. This can lead to low grade acidosis and many associated health complications.
What is pH?
pH is basically a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a water-based solution and is expressed on a scale of 0 to 14. It stands for ‘potential of hydrogen’. A liquid contains both H+ (hydrogen) and OH- (hydroxide) ions, where pH measures the concentration of hydrogen ions. If H+ ions are more than OH- ions, the solution has a low pH and is acidic (for example; orange juice, lemon juice, coke, black coffee.) If OH- ions are more than the H+ ions, the solution has a high pH and is alkaline. For example, baking soda. pH value runs from 0 to 14; 0 is the most acidic, 14 is the most alkaline and 7 is neutral.
- The pH of acid solutions lies between 0-7. Lower the pH, more acidic is the solutions.
- The pH of alkaline solutions lies between 7-14. Higher the pH, more alkaline is the solution.
- Pure water is neutral with a pH value of 7.
pH balance: Why it is important?
Maintaining an optimal pH is vital for the overall balance in the body. Of course, both acids and bases are important to help the body function normally. pH levels are not constant throughout the body. For example, stomach secretes hydrochloric acid or HCl, that helps to digest the food and also destroys harmful bacteria that may be present in the food. On the other hand, the pancreas releases alkaline fluids to neutralize the stomach acid before it reaches the small intestine for further digestion. Depending on the stage of digestion, the digestive tract may have a different pH value. Similarly, a healthy skin has a slightly acidic undertone with an approximate pH of 5.5. The key is to not reduce acidity so much as to maintain an overall pH balance in the body that it requires to function properly.
When our body is exposed to substances that foster acidity, it uses alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus to offset the excessive acidity. In other words, your body is basically drawing on these minerals stored in the bones and muscles to keep a tight rein on the overall pH levels in the body, meaning loss of essential minerals. That’s why there is so much emphasis on eating diet rich in natural vitamins and minerals. But nowadays, this is easier said than done.
When the body is in a constant struggle to achieve pH homeostasis, the loss of alkaline minerals is not the only health issue. High levels of acidity create many other complications, most important being the reduced ability to eliminate acidic waste and toxins from the body. What happens when there is more acid than alkaline in the body?
- Causes digestive disorders as the pancreas may become ‘exhausted’ from releasing alkaline juices
- Disrupts the circulatory system and strains the heart
- Creates a conducing environment for anaerobic pathogens to thrive and survive, supresses immune system.
- Upsets the respiratory system and causes increased build-up of infections in the lungs, causing mucus formation, cold and asthma.
- Creates havoc in the skeletal system, causing arthritis and osteoporosis.
- Leads to poor muscle performance as the body is unable to carry sufficient nutrition and oxygen to the cells, causing fatigue and shortness of breath
- Creates systemic inflammation in the body, a root cause of many chronic diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart attack and stroke.
Over the long-term, this low grade but chronic acidosis is not good news for the body. It may result in supressed immunity and loads of other chronic conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Hormonal imbalance
What factors upset pH balance
Our body does an amazing job of maintaining pH balance in the body within a narrow range. However, problem arises when this balance is disturbed. Diet and stress are known to be the main contributors for promoting acidity in the body – resulting in chronic low-grade acidosis. Other factors that are responsible for upsetting the pH balance include, but are not limited to:
- Excessive use of alcohol and drugs
- Overuse of antibiotics
- Chronic stress
- Poor diet, poor nutrition, overdependence on processed and refined food
- Lack of exercise and over-exercise
- Excessive intake of animal derived food
- Exposure to chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and other pollutants
Symptoms that your body may be over-acidic
- Constant fatigue and lack of energy
- Frequent sighing
- Water retention
- Foul smelling stools
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle cramps after walking short distances
- Constant headaches
- Frequent cold and infections
- Dry and brittle skin
Using AlkapHi Drops: Bringing the pH to a normal range
Whether it is our modern diet or lifestyle, many factors are at play in creating an acidic environment in the body. This chronic ‘acid overload’ state prompts the body to draw on its alkaline reserves, eventually resulting in undesired health outcomes. There are a number of ways you can bring the pH to a normal range.
Introducing life-style and diet modifications is perhaps the first and most effective step you can take in this direction. Adding Water pH drops is another practical, affordable and yet a powerful solution that will increase the pH levels of water. Since, we need to consume huge amounts of water every day, it only makes sense to drink water that is alkaline and not acidic.
Benefits of Using AlkapHi Drops
- Maintains pH balance: Alkaline water neutralizes acid in the bloodstream and maintains an acid-alkaline balance in the body.
- Detoxifies: Alkaline water helps the body to get rid of accumulated acidic waste as well as other toxins from the body.
- Improves energy status: People engaging in intense exercise have increased production of hydrogen ions, and more than the body can efficiently handle, resulting in increased acidity and fatigue. With good acid buffering capacity, alkaline water neutralizes this acidity. Alkaline water helps to increase oxygen levels to the cells and tissues, reflected in increased energy. In addition, the mineral content in the alkaline water helps the body to retain more fluid, lower cardio-respiratory distress and also decrease blood lactate response – improving the energy output in athletes.
- Maintains gut health: Alkaline water can help sooth acid reflux. Pepsin, an enzyme involved in the break-down of proteins in the food, is implicated in laryngeal damage in laryngopharyngeal reflux and for esophageal damage in gastroesophageal reflux disease. Pepsin requires acid for its activation. A study showed that pH 8.8 alkaline water can denature pepsin and has good acid-buffering capacity, suggesting that “consumption of alkaline water may have therapeutic benefits for patients with reflux disease.”
- Improves immunity: Alkaline water improves the immune system and strengthens the body’s ability to fight diseases and heal itself more efficiently. In addition, many diseases including cancer can’t thrive in alkaline and oxygenated environment. Immune boosting effects of alkaline water are attributed to its ability to neutralize free radicals and eliminate toxic waste from the body.
Unless you are suffering from a kidney condition, adding AlkapHi drops to your water will help you raise the alkaline levels and achieve an overall healthy state. In case of kidney dysfunction, minerals in alkaline water may accumulate and do more harm than good.
Koufman JA, Johnston N. Potential benefits of pH 8.8 alkaline drinking water as an adjunct in the treatment of reflux disease. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2012 Jul;121(7):431-4.