Alkaline water is receiving all the hype these days. Have you tried it? I have and I did it for all the wrong reasons. I mean don’t get me wrong, Alkaline water is good for you but you definitely have to know why you’re drinking it. So if you’re unsure of its purpose, here’s a really simple explanation.
pH is measured as 0 being acidic and 14 being alkaline. Anything greater than 7 is considered alkaline. Most water has a pH of 7 which is neutral (lemon juice is a 2). People commonly drink alkaline water because it’s rich in alkalizing minerals (think calcium, potassium, and magnesium) with a pH above 8+.
Alkaline advocates believe that acidic foods (think sugar, meat, and caffeine) weaken your bones by using its alkalizing minerals to neutralize the blood. They also suggest that acidic foods cause inflammation leading to illness.
The proposed benefits of Alkaline water include anti-aging properties, colon-cleansing properties, immune system support, helps with hydration, skin health, and other detoxifying properties, weight loss, and cancer resistance.
Should you be drinking Alkaline water? That’s the question I had to ask myself so I purchased some pH test strips to test my body’s Alkaline level via saliva. And…
I’m acidic between 6.0 to 6.5! Ugh! So I DO need to be drinking Alkaline water (and doing a few other things) to neutralize my body and get to a pH of 7. I also tested my urine which showed similar results.
The reality is most of us are acidic for a variety of reasons but it’s always good to know why you’re doing something. Now that I know, I can make some changes.
Test your saliva and/or urine and let me know your results!