In recent years, the popularity of alkaline water has the population wondering if it's more beneficial to drink than the other available options. Most signs may point to yes, but why? What makes a bottle of water advertised as "alkaline" better for you than a simple glass full from the tap? As long as you're hydrating with water and eating plenty of raw, plant-based foods throughout the day, it shouldn't matter what type of water you're drinking, right? Not necessarily.
"The optimal water is free from pollutants, fluoride, and chlorine, and has sufficient nutritional minerals in it to make it passive rather than aggressive," stated our very own Dr. Michael Donaldson, Ph.D., in his research.
Before we dive deep into the alkaline water debate, let's first get an understanding of what your options are when it comes to drinking water. In Part 1 of our series, we'll learn about alkaline, structured, purified and mineral waters.
The idea that alkaline is more beneficial comes from its pH level. This measures the level of acidity, which indicates whether the liquid has little or enough beneficial substance. Essentially, when there are too many hydrogen ions in the water, less oxygen becomes available to cells. This makes water more acidic. The fewer hydrogen ions, the more oxygen which makes water more alkaline. This type of water is said to buffer acids in the blood like calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium, but only when the water is highly alkalinized. We'll get to this later.
"Structured water hasn't been filtered, mechanically cleaned or processed."
Another liquid known as structured water is said to be the natural water that hasn't been filtered, mechanically cleaned or process. They say that the water molecules in structured water are better at electrically charging the cells in your body and helping them to function. Some believe that normal water that goes through a filtration system puts water molecules at risk because they deconstruct during the process. There are some systems that claim to restructure water after it has been purified as well.
Purified water is tap water or well water that goes through reverse osmosis or distillation, a processes that removes microorganisms, viruses, organic pollutants, minerals and other impurities to keep them out of your system. While you can install a reverse osmosis system in your home, consumers most commonly drink purified water from a bottle. Before final bottling, purified water usually has trace amounts of minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium added back for taste.
Trace amount of nutrients are found in purified water, but mineral water contains an abundance of minerals, such as salts and sulfur compounds. This variety contains many of the essential nutrients that are beneficial to the body.
In the next part of our series, we'll get a better understanding of the difference between alkaline and alkalinity and what you should consider the optimal choice for drinking water. We'll also reveal just how beneficial all of the other water choices listed above are, and how WaterMax may help you boost their antioxidant ability. You may be surprised by the research results of Dr Donaldson.
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