What is alkaline water? Water with a pH level that is above neutral is considered alkaline water.
There are many bold claims made about the benefits of alkaline water such as curing everything from obesity and high blood pressure to breast cancer. Some say it neutralizes acidity in the blood, boosts energy and metabolism, and even slows the aging process. But are any of them backed up with legitimate research?
Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. of Mayo Clinic responds modestly to similar statements by simply saying “…researchers haven’t verified these claims.”
It is also important to understand that most of the claims made about alkaline water are made by the multi-level marketing companies that sell them.
Andrew Weil, MD, speaks to these claims made about alkaline water saying, “None of these claims are true. Furthermore, your body needs absolutely no help in adjusting its pH. Normally, the pH of blood and most body fluids is near seven, which is close to neutral. This is under very tight biological control because all of the chemical reactions that maintain life depend on it. Unless you have serious respiratory or kidney problems, body pH will remain in balance no matter what you eat or drink. As for water, you should consider the fact that alkaline water is common throughout the western states but to my knowledge it has not protected anyone from the diseases and disorders that occur elsewhere in the U.S.”
Water that is high in pH is high in calcium and magnesium; therefore, an alternative name for alkaline water is hard water.
The Health Services Department at the University of Columbia, USA, comments on the attempt to increase the bodies pH by saying: “…the body quickly compensates, mainly by releasing neutralizing agents into the bloodstream or changing the acidity level of your urine. If your blood starts to become too acidic, the kidneys will quickly compensate by releasing more acid into the urine. Similarly, if the alkaline level rises above normal, your kidneys will release more basic solution into the urine. Because urine is held apart from the rest of the body fluids and soon excreted, the body can maintain a stable pH by adjusting the pH of the urine,
then getting rid of it.”
Furthermore; the US National Institutes of Health’s medical research database has found strong evidence that alkaline water can increase the risk of heart attack.
Therefore; it is logical to conclude that in the same way that is not beneficial to drink highly acidic water it is also not beneficial to drink highly alkaline water.
**The pH level of the A-pure 550 Reverse Osmosis System from Affordable Water is neutral (7) which is neither acidic nor alkaline.
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