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Benefits Of Alkaline Water And How To Make It At Home

Date March 27, 2018 17:05

What is alkaline water?

"Alkaline water" has become a buzzword recently. Those who drink it claim that it can do wonders: treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), lower blood pressure, slow down the aging process, remove toxins from your gut, and even decrease the risk of cancer. The evidence to support these claims is largely anecdotal, but the good thing is alkaline water is considered safe, so you can try it and see for yourself.

But what exactly is alkaline water? It's simply water with a pH level higher than 7, usually 8 or 9 (regular drinking water has a pH of 7).

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How does drinking alkaline water benefit you?

Alkaline water definitely isn't a magic cure for various diseases, as its commercial producers would have you believe. But it may have a few benefits.

A small study found that alkaline water may be useful as a complementary treatment for acid reflux, since the drink counters acidity. Also, drinking alkaline water may be beneficial for people with elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

There's also a study that showed alkaline water can lower blood viscosity more effectively than plain water after intense exercise. Lower blood viscosity means more blood oxygen available for the tissues.

It's too early to say if it's true, but those who drink alkaline water on a regular basis also claim that it can aid weight loss, improve gut health, boost immunity, and hydrate the skin.

Making alkaline water at home

Nature offers you alkaline water in the form of spring water, but if there are no springs nearby, you can make your own alkaline water at home. There are several ways to make it:

1. Adding lemon or lime

To make regular water alkaline, simply take a glass of distilled water and add a few slices of lemon or lime to it, or you can just squeeze the fruit's juice into the glass.

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2. Adding calcium and magnesium

Take a glass of distilled water and add 400 mg of sea calcium and a capsule of magnesium to it.

3. Using pH drops

Simply add several drops of this liquid to a glass of distilled water, that's it!

Is drinking alkaline water 100% safe?

Drinking alkaline water is considered generally safe, but it shouldn't be used to substitute conventional treatment for any health conditions. Also, the drink shouldn't be a substitute for food sources of minerals.

Drinking too much alkaline water can decrease the acidity in your stomach, possibly leaving you more vulnerable to germs that may enter your body with food (natural high acidity in the stomach kills most of the germs).

Also, high alkalinity may lead to metabolic alkalosis, which manifests in nausea, vomiting, confusion, tingling in the hands and feet, trembling hands, and muscle twitching.

Natural remedies, such as alkaline water, can be good for you, but you shouldn't replace your prescribed treatment with them.

Source: HealthLine, StyleCraze, StethNews

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