What Is Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water is water with a potential hydrogen (pH) value of greater than 7, which is neutral. Water ionizers use a process called electrodialysis, which separates the water into alkaline and acidic streams. The alkaline side contains healthy ionized minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium. Studies have shown that minerals in alkaline water are 30% easier to absorb than food-based minerals.

Doctors use medication that raises the pH of urine to treat the symptoms of metabolic syndrome. Raising the pH level of your urine by drinking alkaline water may help reduce your chances of suffering from the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Elevated Blood Sugar Levels
  • High Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • High Cholesterol Levels
  • Kidney Stones

Home tap water contains a mixture of minerals, salts, and other substances, some of which are good for you, and some of which are not.

After many of the harmful elements are filtered out, a home water ionizer uses the electrodialysis process to separate the remaining minerals in the water into healthy alkaline minerals, and acidic minerals. During the process, some water molecules are split, releasing hydrogen and hydroxyl ions – charged particles.

The charged water ions – called hydroxyl ions - are short lived, but they combine with the minerals in the water to produce mineral ions, referred to in chemistry as hydroxides. Medical research suggests that alkaline water has antioxidant properties, there are a couple of different theories that may explain why:

  • - Ionized alkaline water contains ionic minerals like manganese which are known antioxidants
  • - Ionized alkaline water has strong Oxidation Reduction Potential (-ORP) which is a measurement of antioxidant potential
  • - Ionized alkaline water is rich in hydrogen, which may provide an antioxidant benefit.

Benefits of Alkaline Water

Chances are, even with a proper diet you are still not getting enough of essential dietary minerals in your diet to maintain good health. Studies indicate that alkaline water may be the best way to get your minerals and have associated it with these health benefits:

  • Reduced rates of heart disease
  • Healthy weight loss
  • Improved digestive health
  • Maintenance of bone density
  • Improved athletic performance

Alkaline water has been used in Asia as a health supplement for years, and Asian countries rank highest in world health surveys. Used properly, alkaline water should be combined with a proper diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle to produce optimum results.