Thirst-quencher, body healer, detoxifier, weight manager: Water. Water carries nutrients to our cells, aids digestion, flushes our bodies of wastes, and keeps our kidneys healthy. It regulates our body temperature, our metabolism, and plays a crucial role in disease prevention. Water is the #1 key to our good health, but with all of the choices on grocery store shelves these days, what kind of water is the right kind of water? Specifically, my clients are asking: What’s the deal with ALKALINE water?
Well….here’s the deal: We live in a toxic world. How's that for the start of a blog? Sorry to be "Debbie Downer," but that's just the truth. The foods we eat, the chemicals that we come in contact with, pesticides, synthetic hormones, stress....all of these things make our bodies acidic. When we are acidic, we are more prone to disease. However, we can also become ill if our bodies go too far in the other direction and become overly alkaline. Just like with everything in life, a balance is needed.
To help us understand acidity/alkalinity, we each have a pH level. The pH scale ranges from 0-14. A neutral pH level in the body is about a 7. Less than 7 is considered acidic, and higher than 7 is considered alkaline. The ideal pH for our bodies is a bit alkaline…about 7.3 to 7.45
I’m sure you’ve heard/seen/read about alkaline water. It’s believed that alkaline water neutralizes acid in the blood, and supplies the body with key minerals it needs like: calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium. While this may be true, drinking alkaline water on a regular basis might make the body too alkaline, which is also harmful.
The fact is that we are MOSTLY water, so we need to be drinking a lot of it….but what kind?? Our public water supplies are loaded with contaminants, so purified, filtered water is a “must”, but is alkaline water a “must” as well? Science is not leaning in its’ favor. Instead, it argues that most of the hype is…well, just hype. If we drank alkaline water all the time, we would buffer the stomach's acidity and impair the ability to digest food. Alkalinity is also antibacterial, so it could disrupt the balance of the body's beneficial bacteria. Balance is always the key. It’s fine to drink alkaline water from time to time, but again, a diet rich in clean, whole foods can also keep the body in a balanced pH state. We can’t cure our diseases just by drinking a certain kind of water. An entire lifestyle that supports our health and wellness is the best way to keep our bodies alkaline.
I have the most magical memories from my childhood summers where I would spend weeks at my grandparents’ farm/ranch in Texas. They had about 200 acres, both pasture and woods. We would often venture out into the woods either by foot or by horse to explore and wade in the creeks, and we would always stop for a fresh drink of water. There was a deep spring in the woods and my grandma had coffee cups hanging on a tree branch close by. We would grab a cup, dip it into the bubbling water and sip the purest water I’ve ever tasted.
Now, we don’t often get the chance to drink from an underground spring, so my thought is this: Drink some alkaline water from time to time, drink clean water, spring water, purified water….just drink water! Visit the Environmental Working Group for a guide to water filtration. (www.ewg.org) Variety is great and hydration is crucial, so just keep on drinking, but use excellent nutrition and lifestyle practices to keep your body in a balanced state. As always, if you need help creating a personal outline for greater wellness, contact me anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org