If you’re picturing thousand-dollar purifying systems or hard-to-find ionizing tablets from the underground co-op, alkaline water might come off as an intimidating concept. But the idea behind the is much simpler than it sounds. First, you have to understand how it’s different than regular old purified water. Alkaline water is intended to balance the body’s acidity to help reach a healthy pH level (typically considered to be a 7.4), which is measured on a scale of zero to 14. Any number below seven is considered acidic, and anything above it is considered alkaline, with seven itself being neutral. While our bodies have been known to be excellent at controlling our pH levels without any help, evolved modern diets comprising more processed foods and foods high in animal proteins are more likely to increase acidity and throw off our digestive system, disturbing the overall balance. So a bit of help couldn’t hurt.
The jury is still out on whether alkaline water’s benefits can be scientifically backed, but the pH-balancing beverage has gained many advocates who swear by the drink from seeing or feeling firsthand results. I am one of them.
As for the benefits we speak of? Keeping a tight pH balance can heal both the body and mind. The digestive system, for one, is severely impacted by excess acid, which causes acid reflux, indigestion, bloating, and other uncomfortable ailments. Alkaline water is one way to help manage that balance and lower acidity in the body, especially for those suffering from gastric acid–caused conditions. When overloaded by acidity, the respiratory and immune systems also suffer, and keeping a pH balance helps reduce the spread of germs and aid the transfer of fresh oxygen to the cells. Abundant acidity can also weaken the nervous system, skeletal system, and the muscular system in the same way, and as a strong antioxidant, alkaline water has also been credited to strengthen these bodily systems by keeping them functioning optimally. Your complexion can also benefit from the hydrating abilities of alkaline water, as it can help break down acidic inflammation leading to skin sores, rashes, and breakouts.
The best part about alkaline water is that you can easily make it at home with natural ingredients. All you’ll need is clean, filtered water; an organic lemon; and Himalayan salt. When combined, these natural minerals change the composition of the water to be more alkaline and raise the pH level.
Here’s an easy recipe we prefer to use when creating our own alkaline water:
1 pitcher (64 oz.) clean, filtered water
1 organic lemon, washed, cut into eighths
1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
Fill the pitcher with water, properly wash and cut the lemon into even wedges, and add them to the water without squeezing. Then add 1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt, and cover. Let the mixture sit for eight to 12 hours (we like to let it sit overnight) at room temperature. Pour into your glass and enjoy.
*Always consult your physician before adding a supplement to your diet.
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