Drinking alkaline water does not make the body more alkaline.
There is a lot of confusion surrounding the acid/alkaline balance of our body. What is the ideal acid/alkaline (pH) balance and how is it achieved? For one, different parts of our body have different pH measurements. The pH scale measures the degree of acidity and alkalinity in the body. 1 to 7 is the acid range of pH, 1 being more acidic than 7. 7 to 14 is the alkaline range of pH, with 7 being less alkaline than 14. On the pH scale 7 is neutral.
Our stomach is a 2 pH, gastric acid is a 1 pH. The skin, our largest organ, is about 5 pH. The fluid inside our cells has a pH of about 7.4. Our blood maintains a pH of between 7.2 to 7.3. The pH environment of the various organs in our body must remain within their normal range. If the pH of blood falls outside the normal range of 7.2 to 7.3 for instance, it would be life-threatening.
So we do not alter our body pH simply by drinking alkaline water. The body has its own acid/alkaline regulatory mechanisms. One major mechanism is the breathing process. When carbon dioxide leaves the body through exhalation, the body fluids become more alkaline. This is the reason why many doctors and health experts recommends deep breathing exercise. It promotes detoxification as well as optimize body pH.
What is acidosis?
Dr Gabriel Cousens in his book Spiritual Nutrition explains that water inside the cell is slightly more acidic than the water outside the cell. This creates an electrical gradient that helps diffuse water into the cells. However, acidic waste can build up in the body due to poor diet, stress and disease, causing the extracellular water to become more acidic, thereby inhibiting optimal hydration. This condition is called acidosis.
Main causes of acidosis are stress and mineral deficiency
Another major cause of excess acidity at the cellular level is mineral deficiency, a very prevalent condition in our modern world. 95% of our body’s activities are run by minerals. Each cell contains more than 4000 enzymes and each of these enzyme needs significant quantities of major and trace minerals in order to be activated. When the body doesn’t get the minerals it needs, it will ramp up its acidity level in order to dissolve its own minerals. This is due to its inherent intelligence to maintain life. In the same way, when the body does not get enough food, it begins to starve and self-cannibalize.
Alkalizing the body with mineral rich foods and natural mineral water
Drinking alkaline water does not contribute to alkalization any more than eating a lemon contributes to acidosis.
Whether food or water, the ability to neutralize extracellular acids comes from its mineral content rather than its pH value. As an example, a lemon or lime has an alkalizing effect even though it is acidic (pH below 7). This is due to the fact that it has an abundance of alkaline minerals in bio available form.
It is all about minerals!
It’s very important when choosing a water filter that you understand why this is so. The issue of body pH has been widely misunderstood and oversimplified. Most people have been led to believe that pH is the critical factor and many water ionizers boast of their ability to produce high pH water of pH 9.5 and higher, giving the impression that it’s all about pH. High pH water from electric ionizer machines does not mean that the water has substantial alkaline minerals that are in the form that the body can utilize.
Alkaline water hinders digestion
Drinking alkaline water consistently neutralizes the stomach’s acidic environment so that it must work overtime to produce digestive acids which are mainly hydrochloric acids (HCL). More hydrogen is required to further acidify the stomach. This slows digestion and hampers the uptake of minerals from ingested food, which require an acidic environment in the stomach for absorption.
Nature’s way to maintain pH balance is to eat a natural diet of mineral rich food and water. Most raw foods contain organic acids, yet supply alkaline minerals. In this form, the minerals are easily assimilated into the body. The best kind of water for optimal pH balance of the body is natural spring water.
Good spring water contains the full spectrum of dissolved minerals that are essential for the maintenance of life. We can also create mineralized water by adding unprocessed mineral salts into our drinking water. Korean Bamboo salts and Adya Clarity, an ionic mineral supplement derived from black mica rock, are excellent for mineralizing our water.