Why & How Alkaline Water Works
In order to really understand why alkaline water works, you have to understand some things about how the body works. The body is composed of various systems and organs, but cells are at the basis of every change, reaction, growth, maintenance and decay that occurs in the body. All wastes the cells and the body excrete are acidic. At the root of all health [of cells and body as a whole] is a properly functioning waste disposal system, and at the root of that is a properly, pH-balanced body.
Why worry so much about wastes? Just imagine a town that couldn’t get rid of its trash. There would soon be rats running around and life would become awful!
How Does the Body Handle Acidic Wastes?
The human body is designed to handle a lot, but with long term abuse your body’s waste disposal systems, its ability to handle wastes, can become compromised.
When I say waste disposal, I’m not just talking about bowel movements. Every cell in your body requires a properly working waste disposal system. Cellular waste is a term that means any byproduct of the cell’s metabolism that can’t be used by the cell. Wastes are acidic, toxic to the cell, and require alkaline buffers to be gotten rid of. If buffers are readily available the wastes can be removed from the cells into the interstitial fluids and from there the body can use its normal systems to remove them from the body.
Metabolism happens inside the body’s cells, and the byproducts of metabolism [things the cells cannot use -- toxins] need to be removed or the cells will die. Cell metabolism, reproduction & repair, combined, create more acidic byproducts [wastes] than eating and drinking.
Once acidic wastes are neutralized they can be safely removed from the cells. From there your body’s larger systems [circulation, sweat, kidneys, and breathing] will remove them from the body.
Why Does Your Body Need to Get Rid of Acidic Wastes?
In order for you to stay healthy, your body needs to remove the wastes. If they get trapped in cells, fluids, tissues, etc. it will eventually lead to disease.
Your blood stream has to stay at a pH of 7.35. Having excess acidic wastes in the body would cause the bloodstream’s pH to lower, if the body would let it. The body does not allow the blood pH to vary, though. Instead the acidic wastes get trapped in the cells and tissues. It's a survival mechanism. Fat cells, in particular, are the prime target for the dumping of excess acidic wastes. Another thing the body does with excess acidity is to turn the acid into a solid waste, such as uric acid crystals. Uric acid crystals build up in joints and can cause a tremendous amount of pain.
Examples of Wastes Becoming Trapped in Your Body
There are many examples of acidic cellular, metabolic wastes that get trapped in cells and tissues.
* Lactic acid accumulates in muscle tissue during and after heavy workouts [giving you that tired feeling] unless you provide sufficient and immediate buffers to allow the acid to be neutralized.
* Cholesterol is produced by the body as a byproduct of cellular metabolism and without sufficient buffers will become hardened and laid down in layers inside the walls of your blood vessels.
* Uric acid crystals are formed within your bloodstream, joints and tissues instantly any time the blood senses a severe drop in pH [such as after consuming a high carb meal]. If gone unchecked this will lead to painful arthritis and gout.
* Fatty acids are deposited into fat cells, causing people to eventually become obese if their body’s pH continues to be too acidic.
Take a look at this video from Dr Robert Young which explains how being acidic can actually cause you to gain weight, and alkalizing your body can cause you to lose weight!
Retaining acidic wastes in your cells and tissues causes many problems and diseases. Therefore, to have the healthy body you’re meant to have, you need to get rid of the acidic wastes.
What Does Alkaline Water Have to do with Acidic Waste?
Alkaline water helps keep your body at its proper pH level even with the acidic lifestyles that we lead today. Because water has no calories and requires no digestion whatsoever it can go directly to the cells’ interstitial fluid. It helps to bring pH buffers and balance directly to the cells, which then allows you to get rid of the stored acid wastes that the body was unable to get rid of in the past. This is how you would detoxify the body at the cellular level.
Alkaline Water vs Alkaline Ionized Water
Can't you just consume a bunch of sodium, which is alkaline, or baking soda? No, it wouldn't be the same. Our bodies don't do well with an over-balance of one mineral over the others, especially too much sodium. But another reason we need the water ionized is for the negative charge it puts on the minerals that are naturally dissolved in the water. Adding a negative-charge helps to make those minerals more bio-available. The negative-charge comes from anti-oxidants that are produced in the ionization process. These antioxidant benefits are one of the most important health-advantages to having a water ionizer.
How Do You Ionize Water?
The easiest and by far most effective way to ionize your water is with an electric alkaline water machine. The alkaline antioxidant water produced by electric water ionizers is far better and more consistent than what is possible to get from any other method. Electric water ionizers also put a negative charge on all alkaline minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, making them more bio-available, whereas filter-devices only ionize the magnesium. Mineral-based water ionizer systems are also available. They are initially cheaper, and often more portable, but aren't better, mainly because the antioxidant-levels produced by the mineral-based alkaline-water-machines are less. Also, the quantity of alkaline ionized water that you can produce with a filter, regardless of size, is very limited. You need to give the water ionizer filter systems a break to regenerate the availability of magnesium. This is true of all water ionizer filter systems and pitchers, regardless of the manufacturer.
Other Benefits of Alkaline Ionized Water
Alkaline water ionizers have too many benefits to name them all here, but one of the things you can expect is for a water ionizer to filter the water very well. Look for a water ionizer that has above average built-in filtration. Drinking ionized water daily is a perfect way to get healthy, filtered water! It has a high pH and is full of antioxidants, so it is the perfect drinking water.
I invite you to check out this related article: Many Ways to Alkalize Your Body & Why
Is Your Body Too Acidic?
Start yourself on the road to alkaline-water-and-health, a healthier, more fit and more beautiful you. Discover for yourself your own body pH and how this may be influencing your body. Ionizing-your-water helps you to get rid of your acidic wastes and also fight free-radicals at the same time. Request your free pH Strip kit today! There is no obligation and it is completely free. With this test kit you can do urine-testing, test your overall body-alkalinity with a saliva test, and monitor yourself and your progress while drinking-ionized-water. Testing body alkalinity regularly is a very wise thing to do.
My background is in physiology, teaching, nutrition and weight loss. I have raised 5 children who are all grown now. I have a masters degree in education and was a teacher/principal for 24 years. I created Alkaline Water Plus in 2009 to educate people about the benefits of ionized water.
The very best thing I have ever purchased is a WATER IONIZER, and I've been in perfect health ever since I started drinking ionized water 25 years ago!
Cathie LoGrasso Owner, Alkaline Water Plus
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