HOW TO MAKE ALKALINE WATER
Are new healthy tips and trends a thing for you? Even if they aren’t, luck has knocked on your door, as you are reading this article.
Life without water is not a debate, but also healthy living should not be taken as a mundane piece of the cake of life.
It is in the mindset of some people that alkaline water plays an essential role in the metabolism of body nutrients and expulsion of toxins from the body, more profusely than regular tap water, resulting in better health and performance.
If you’re interested in improving your health, you’ll want to make the switch from traditional water to alkaline water. “Alkaline water??” I know, I know, but if you read this to the end, you will have enough information you need to understand this concept correctly.
What Is Alkaline Water?
First, let's take a trip down memory lane to high school chemistry class. Do you remember Acids and bases, right? Their respective strength is determined by the help of something called the pH scale.
The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. Acidic substances are found in pH levels between 1-6 while alkaline elements within pH levels between 8-12.
Alkaline water is water at a higher pH level than regular drinking water. It is rich in alkalizing ingredients such as calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate.
With all these, it should have a ph of around 8 to 9, making alkaline water more basic and less acidic.
Benefits Of Alkaline Water
Everyday consumers are always on a treasure hunt of things that would boost their health. Today, most of them firmly believe that alkaline water is the treasure they have been so diligently seeking.
Although soluble water still bears a somewhat scar of controversy, there are benefits associated with drinking this type of water.
- The water serves as a counterbalance to your body's acidity levels.
- Drinking mineral-based alkaline water improves the hydration status in healthy adults more than drinking regular water.
- Alkaline water helps blood flow through the body efficiently, to deliver oxygen to your muscles.
- Alkaline water serves as a lubricant for joints and muscles.
- Contains immunity boosting properties.
- Disrupts premature aging.
- Helps to rejuvenate the skin.
- Helps prevent accumulation of kidney and bladder stones.
- Plays a significant role in cancer resistanceHelps burn body fat and eventually weight loss
- Serves as a cleanser for the colon.
Alkaline water offers an abundance of health benefits. Nonetheless, if you decide to benefit from this specific type of water, you ought to learn how to acquire it yourself.
Buying this type of water can cost an arm and a leg, so it is often best to learn how to synthesize it from the comfort of your home.
Different Methods Of Making Alkaline Water At Home
There are various methods of making your water alkaline, from the comfort of our home. Some of these methods involve the use of everyday grocery-store ingredients in your kitchen.
Others are as complicated and expensive as buying a whole alkaline kit at the store or specially designed water jugs.
And also, some methods require that we wait for some time before affirming the water has been alkalized.
The method you chose on making alkalized water depend on how much you are willing to buy and how quickly you want to drink.
But first, before determining which train of thought to board, a decision must be made, whether you want to make your alkaline water with either tap, filtered, or bottled water.
Once you decide, you can conduct a test to see how alkaline or acidic the water is. Remember this, water with too much basic properties may have the reverse effects of what you are looking for.
Albeit, the tap water departing from water plants usually has a pH level ranging from 6.5 to 8. It progressively changes when traveling through pipelines to our homes.
Tap water can become gradually acidic and carry along metals from the pipes which aren’t healthy for consumption.
If you consume water from the tap, it would be fitting to filter out the impurities before deciding to make the water alkaline.
Determining The Water pH Level
It is essential to learn how to recognize the actual pH level of water coming out of your tap before you can begin to alkalinize the water.
You ought to know definitively what pH level you commence with, to get the level where you want it to be.
Simultaneously, you should be cautious and reconsider the pH level now and then, after you have a go at alkalinizing the water. It is possible to buy pH detection packages over the internet and in most health stores.
The boxes will come with a color-coded chart and litmus strips.
Now, after you introduce the litmus strip into the water, the pieces will change to a specific color.
Then, by referencing the color-coded chart, you will be able to pinpoint the particular pH level of your water.
Generally, you should try to opt for water that ranks a tad higher than 7 on the pH scale.
There are different ways to change your water’s pH level, and some of the most basic modus operandi will be discussed in greater lengths below.
With ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
Despite its recent rise to fame, the comprehensive list of apple cider vinegar benefits has been celebrated for centuries.
It has proven effective in keeping blood sugar in check, successive weight loss, and even playing a significant role in the facial skin health sector.
Apple cider vinegar, ACV in short, is made from apple ciders fermented together to form health-boosting probiotics and enzymes.
The fermentation process gives birth to a less sugary and low calory solution compared to apple cider or apple juice themselves.
It only takes one, at most two, tablespoons to experience the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and each tablespoon carries just about 3 to 5 calories with minimal sugar.
Funny thing is this, Apple cider vinegar is acidic, mixing it with water will drop the water pH level and make acidic water.
But, if you drink water mixed with apple cider vinegar, surprisingly it will raise the pH of your urine.
What you need
- Two tablespoons of ACV
- A jug of clean water
- A pH kit.
Raw apple cider vinegar contains significant amounts of potassium and other enzymes.
Potassium is an essential mineral that balances electrolytes in the blood and ensures proper and healthy nerve function. As a result of its abundant potassium content, ACV enhances the alkaline properties of water.
“Lemon is lavishly acidic, so, how could it, in this organic-is-better world, be used to alkalize water,” you ask. No lie, lemon juice is acidic with a pH reading below 7.0.
But, after water is added to the lemons, and it is consumed and fully metabolized, its outcome hoards alkaline properties and as a result hikes the pH reading in the human body above 7.0 — which undoubtedly, is alkaline.
Lemons are one of the easiest ways of turning plain water into alkaline water.
The train of thought here is ride-able: based on the anionic property of lemon, they naturally alkalize the body due to that. When lemon is mixed with drinking water in the body, alkalization occurs during digestion.
What you need
- 2-liter clean water
- A jug
- Fresh lemons
- A knife
- A bowl
- Fill a jar with 2 liters of clean water. To get the best results to make sure the water is well filtered.
- Cut the lemon into eight parts and place these lemons in the jug of water. You should not squeeze the lemons as you place them in the jar; put them as they are.
- Let your water sit untouched at room temperature for about 10 hours.
With Baking Soda
Mixing water with baking soda is one of the easiest ways to make alkaline water at home. Baking soda scientifically known as sodium bicarbonate is alkaline with a pH level of 9 and can be purchased in any store, regular or over the internet.
If your health allows, and you are not on a low-sodium diet, baking soda stands as one of the effortless ways to heighten your water Ph level.
What you need
- A teaspoon of baking soda
- A jug of water
- A clean glass of water
- A stir
- Pour water into the glass.
- Add an eighth of the teaspoon of baking soda to the glass.
- Use a stir to mix the solution thoroughly.
NB; Baking soda is rich in sodium. Anyone on a low sodium diet should, therefore, stay away from this water as it can be harmful to their health
With Himalayan salt
Himalayan salt is rock salt prominent in the Punjab region of Pakistan. This salt is not so chemically different from table salt. It posses a plus of mineral impurities such as copper, chromium, iron, zinc, and lead
Himalayan salt is another not-so-cheap ingredient in people’s list of how to make alkaline water. OK, so sodium is alkali in nature (like zinc or aluminum). Adding large amounts of Sodium in water will raise its pH.
What you need
- A jug of water
- 1 organic lemon
- One and a half tablespoon of Himalayan salt
- Fill the jar with filtered water
- Add in the freshly cut lemon wedges(Don’t squeeze them! drop them whole)
- Add 1.5 tablespoon of Himalayan Salt
- Cover the jug
- Place it in the fridge overnight or even out at room temperature
- Drink first thing in the morning and all day.
A Water Ionizer
Are you a major-leagues drinker of water? Do you plan on drinking a lot of alkaline water? If your answer is yes, you may not find it burdensome to purchase a water ionizer.
While this specific machine will force you to dig deeper into your pockets, it will make evident to be a beneficial investment.
Water ionizers can easily convert your traditional water into alkaline water.
The ionizer will be connected to your kitchen’s water tap and electrically enhance the water by separating the acidic water from the alkalized water.
Although it might cross your mind, to throw away the acidic water, it won't be a brilliant idea.
You can still use acidic water for other household chores, such as toilet cleaning, sink cleaning and so on.
And of course, you may even consider bathing in acidic water for it posses bacteria-eliminating properties for the bacteria found on the skin
Possible side effects of alkaline water
Although consumption of soluble water is deemed to be safe, too much of anything is harmful.
An excellent example of some of the adverse side effects includes the decreasing of natural stomach acidity, which helps kill bacteria and drive out other unwanted pathogens from infiltrating your bloodstream.
In addition to that, an overall surplus of alkalinity in the body may trigger gastrointestinal issues and skin irritations.
In some rare cases, excessive use of alkaline water could lead to alkalosis.
Here the patient develops symptoms such as vomiting, muscle twitches, nausea, tremors, and confusion. As a result may also cause leaching of calcium from the bones, resulting in osteoporosis
Need to know
Now, even if having “an acidic body” was a real thing, and such a thing indicated illness, it could not be counter-attacked by drinking alkaline water.
To “alkalize the body” means one would have to alkalize the blood. What you don’t know is that the human body maintains the blood Ph level between 7 -7.4, which is by default alkaline.
Alkalizing the human body further should not boggle your mind because of any attempts of doing such means you want to cuddle with death.
You need not worry though about alkaline water killing you, because our stomach is strongly acidic, and any base that enters is neutralized without hesitation.
The forever acidic contents of the stomach then flow into the smaller and larger intestines where they meet alkaline secretions from the pancreas and get neutralized consecutively. So in the long run, all of the water we drink ends up being alkaline anyway! No pressure though.