pH level i.e. acidity-alkalinity is one of the most important water qualities, determining how and what processes take place in the human body. The ideal pH level of human blood is 7.365. It is extremely important to maintain this level as blood pH level affects the entire body. If blood pH level falls below 6.8 or rises above 7.8, cellular function ceases and the individual dies.
If the blood pH level falls below normal and becomes acid, the body becomes less capable in appropriating nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Cellular energy production decreases and cellular regeneration capacity is damaged. The body becomes less efficient in producing enzymes and hormones. The digestive system is also disturbed and the body becomes susceptible to obesity as well as a number of other ailments. The human body will undergo tremendous effort to neutralize excessive acidity, yet will not always employ the best measures. Namely, the body will borrow alkaline minerals from the bones and tissues, resulting in a generally weakened organism and creation of a favorable ground for illness.
Strongly alkaline mineral water helps restore and maintain pH balance in the body (and blood). Comprehensive studies in Japan have ascertained that drinking alkaline water has alleviated or helped treat the following chronic illnesses: arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, heartburn, poor blood supply, osteoporosis, psoriasis, dyspepsia, constipation, migraine and chronic fatigue.
Drinking alkaline water is also recommended for athletes. During intense exercise the body often suffers from inadequate oxygenation. These anaerobic metabolic processes produce large quantities of acidic metabolic intermediate products. Many athletes are familiar with sore muscles caused by lactic acid. An acid environment causes tiredness and an under-the-weather feeling. This is something that athletes seeking the best possible result cannot afford. For athletes it is important that recovery from exertion would be fast and performance ability would continue at a maximum. Alkaline water supports quicker recuperation, balancing the metabolic residual products produced by a poorly oxygenated body. More simply put – alkaline water helps neutralize lactic acids that cause pain and discomfort in muscles.
For people who exercise actively, content of different minerals in their drinking water is also of importance. As a certain percentage of minerals exit the body with perspiration during exercise, it is necessary to restore the required level of such minerals in the body. The optimum mineral quantity in water is defined at 250-280 mg per liter. The most common mineral and also one of the most important minerals for an actively exercising individual is sodium that is essential to transmission of nerve impulses. The best alleviation of sore muscles indeed comes from concurrence of sodium and alkaline water.
Generally, people hardly notice the processes occurring in their body, especially if such processes unfold inside their body. Oftentimes, we lack the toolkit to interpret or cannot find the time to listen to the signals our body sends us in terms of discords and required change. Still, equipped with the elementary knowledge that contemporary lifestyles are by definition burdensome to the body, each one of us should provide the body with a helpful nudge in dealing with the modern way of life. A small and simple change of our day-to-day habits truly comes in handy - simply drink more water and consume alkaline water either on a constant basis or every now and then as required.
Author: Jaanus Lember, biochemist