When looking into the health benefits of alkaline water, you should be know a bit about pH water levels, how acids and bases are related, what pH is, and understand how pH affects the human body. Only then will you realize how important pH water is to your health.
Both the planet and the human body are made up of roughly 75% of water, two Hydrogen molecules and one Oxygen molecule, H2O. We are mainly made up of Hydrogen and Oxygen, and without these two simple elements, our cells simply would not operate, and many chemical and metabolic reactions would not occur.
When we measure pH, we are measuring the potential of Hydrogen to interact with other molecules. Since Hydrogen makes up a good portion of our body, you can see that maintaining a proper pH balance is essential to life.
About pH Water – Acids & Bases
If you remember back to your high school chemistry, you’ll recall something about acids and bases…well we’re talking about the same thing when it comes to ionized water, but instead of the term “base” we use the term “alkaline”.
Acidic solutions and alkaline solution are the two extremes on the pH scale that describe all chemicals, just like cold and hot are two extremes of temperature. Mixing acidic and alkaline solutions will cancel their extreme effects; just like mixing cold and hot water can level out water temperature. A substance that is not acidic and not alkaline is neutral.
What Is pH Water?
When we measure pH, we are measuring the alkalinity or acidity of any liquid solution, water, pop, milk, gasoline, whatever. If a solution has a pH of 7 it is neutral (neither acid nor alkaline). Pure water is neutral, neither acid or alkaline, and its pH is just about 7. If a solution has a pH that is lower than 7 then it is an acid, and if it has a pH greater than 7 it is alkaline. An acid is any type of substance that will release hydrogen in a solution, and an alkaline substance will remove hydrogen from the solution. Generally, people refer to any ionized water as pH water, but it would be more accurate to call it alkaline water or acidic water.
What Is pH?
The term pH is short for Potential Of Hydrogen. Measuring pH water is really measuring the potential for hydrogen ions to interact with other molecules in the water.
Think it like a subway car, the majority of the people are hydrogen molecules and the rest are other types of molecules…when the subway is crowded with people you can barely move around, hence you can interact with less people. But when that same subway car has much people, you have more chance of walking around and interacting with people…it’s the same concept with hydrogen ions.
When the number of hydrogen ions is increased, the potential for that hydrogen to affect other molecules is reduced, the pH is reduced, and the solution will become more acidic. When the concentration of hydrogen is reduced, the potential for hydrogen to affect other molecules is increased, and the solution becomes more alkaline.
The pH scale
The pH scale is what we use to measure how acidic or alkaline a solution is. The pH scale typically goes from 0 to 14, 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline, and 7 is neutral. The closer a solution gets to pH 7, the less acidic or alkaline it is.
The pH scale is not limited to the 0 to 14 range because there are solutions that fall outside of the 0 to 14 scale, such as Hydroxide Ion which is a superbase, or the superacid Triflic Acid. However, we rarely encounter these substances in our everyday lives.
Why Is pH Important?
The human bodily functions will only happen at specific pH levels. Also, many enzymes & chemical reactions will only work at particular pH levels. Even the slightest change in the pH level can have a huge impact on the human body. levels of acidity or alkalinity, as well as, many enzymes and chemical reactions work best at a specific pH.
The Body’s Optimal pH Values
|Arterial Blood||pH of 7.4 to 7.45|
|Brain||pH of 7.1|
|Bile||pH of 7.8|
|Capillary Blood||pH of 7.35 to 7.4|
|Feces||pH of 4.6 to 8.4|
|Gastric Secretion||pH of 1.0 to 3.5|
|Heart||pH of 7.0 to 7.4|
|Liver||pH of 7.2|
|Pancreatic Secretion||pH of 8.0 to 8.3|
|Saliva||pH of 6.0 to 7.4|
|Skeletal Muscle||pH of 6.9 to 7.2|
|Small Intestine Secretion||pH of 7.5 to 8.0|
|Urine||pH of 4.5 to 8.0|
|Venous Blood||pH of 7.3 to 7.35|
A minute change in pH can have a profound effect on body function.
The pH of Various Foods
Here is how some of the foods you typically find at the grocery store will be categorized, Alkaline or Acidic.
Highly Alkaline Foods:
Lemons, Onions, Baking Soda, Mineral Water, Sea Salts, Sea Vegetables, Seaweed, Lentils, Pumpkin Seeds, Raspberries, Tangerines, Sweet Potatoes, Pineapples and Watermelons.
Moderately Alkaline Foods:
Asparagus, Apricots, Soy Sauce, Mangos, Cashews, Chestnuts, Parsley, Parsnip, Garlic, Broccoli, Carrots, Cantaloupes, Honeydew and Grapefruits
Low Alkaline Foods
Potatos, Avocados, Almonds, Apple Cider Vinegar, Most Herbs, Cod Liver Oil, Green Tea, Ginseng, Sake, Sesame Seeds, Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Cherries, Papaya, Sprouts, Bell Peppers, Cabbage, Eggplants, Pumpkin, Sour Apples, Peaches and Pears.
Very Low Alkaline Foods
Flax Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Ginger Tea, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Celery, Squashes, Cilantro, Strawberries, Wild Rice, Beets, Bananas, Oranges, Raisins, Grapes, Blueberries and Currants.
Very Low Acid Foods
Vinegar, Butter, Cream, Honey, Chicken, Venison, Goat Cheese, Maple Syrup, Wild Duck, Fish, Brown Rice, Canola Oil, Sunflower Oil, Spinach, Pine Nuts, Black-Eyed Peas, Wax Beans, Fava Beans, String Beans, Coconut, Zucchini and Dried Fruits.
Low Acid Foods
Alcohol, Black Tea, Tofu, Aged Cheese, Soy Cheese, Goat Milk, Cow Milk, Vanilla, Balsamic Vinegar, Mutton, Lamb, Game Meat, Shell Fish, Turkey, White Rice, Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, Tapioca, Navy Beans, White Beans, Lima Beans, Red Beans, Pinto Beans, Prunes, Plums and Tomatoes.
Moderately Acid Foods
Coffee, Milk Protein, Cottage Cheese, Nutmeg, Lard, Soy Milk, Chestnut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Veal, Pork, Squid, Mussels, Oat Bran, Corn, Maize, Rye, Cranberries, Pomegranates, Pecans, Peanuts, Pistachio Seeds, Snow Peas, Green Peas, Garbanzo Beans and Other Legumes.
Highly Acid Foods
Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners (Equal, Sweet ‘N Low, Nutrasweet, Aspartame), Table Salt, Pudding, Jam, Jelly, Beer, Barley, Hops, Yeast, Malt, Ice Cream, Cocoa, Processed Cheese, White Vinegar, Beef, Lobster, Fried Foods, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Hazelnuts, Soybeans, Soft Drinks and Carbonated Drinks (Especially drinks like Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, Gingerale, Root Beer and any other drink with a ‘fizz’).
Why Is Balanced Water Important?
Drinking pH water can help you keep the acidity and alkalinity of your body in balance. As you can see, many of the foods that we tend to eat on a regular basis are more on the acidic side. Many alkalinizing foods are not eaten enough, and this is a major reason why our bodies are so acidic.
Alkaline water can help to restore the acid/alkaline balance, and bring the pH level back into its optimal range. You can avoid illnesses, stay healthy, and keep your body functioning properly all by drinking pH water.