Published on Sat Aug 5, 2017 - 2 min read
What is alkaline water?
Alkaline water is water that’s less acidic than regular tap water. This means it is rich in alkalizing compounds, including calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate. Proponents of alkaline water believe that it can neutralize the acid in your bloodstream and help your body metabolize nutrients more effectively, leading to better health and performance.
Tap water contains different dissolved elements that influence its pH level. Pure water has a pH level close to 7. Alkaline water has a pH above 7.
Athletes and exercisers are one group who might benefit from drinking alkaline water.
Why? Because alkaline water may allow active people to retain more fluid in the cardiovascular system, while decreasing their urine output and blood osmolality. That’s important because high plasma osmolality is associated with elevated risk of death from stroke. The research suggests that these effects might not be instantaneous, but rather, gradual. Thus: Alkaline water might improve overall hydration status in active people over time. And proper hydration is important to our health.
Other potential benefits of alkaline water
According to a study in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 can help sooth acid reflux because the higher pH level kills pepsin, an enzyme involved in breaking down food proteins and a main cause of acid reflux. On top of soothing acid reflux, other claimed benefits of alkaline water, according to Alyse Levine, R.D., founder of the Eating Reset Plan, are that it helps neutralize acid in the bloodstream, which leads to increased oxygen levels and improved energy and metabolism; it contains antioxidant properties (anti-aging and anti-disease); cleanses the colon; rejuvenates the skin; and lubricates muscles and joints.
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