When choosing a brand of bottled drinking water, medical experts now recommend alkaline water. Several notable companies selling bottled water brands now claim to incorporate alkaline pH. Without having to question the reliability of those claims however, this trend highlights a significant claim. By claiming that their brand is better because of the alkaline quality, the brands are exploiting a health benefit that most consumers are unaware of about the health benefits of drinking alkaline water. The health benefits of regulated natural alkaline intake are backed by medical evidence, and have been validated by numerous empirical studies today.
In an empirical study conducted in 2012, Gerry Schwalfenberg posed a question of whether there is any medical evidence “that alkaline pH diets benefit human health.” The study was then published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health that same year. Key to their findings was that there is overwhelming value of an alkaline diet, most notably “in reducing morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases.” This was only one of the many studies conducted in the last decade, to question the value of natural alkaline intake globally, and whose findings conquer with Schwalfenberg (2012). Indeed, there is a convincing body of medical proof that alkaline water outdoes the value of plain drinking water in the human body. The present article briefly highlights these health benefits, allocating them to 3 broad categories, and exemplifying with a case study of Waiakea water.
Health Benefits of Alkaline pH in Drinking Water
1) The Acidic-Alkaline Balance Ratio
This article will concentrate on drinking water as part of the healthy diet. The pH balance of water determines the level acid and alkaline on the water. At a pH of 0, the water is purely acidic, while at a pH of 14, the water is purely alkaline. Fresh water accrues at a balanced pH of 7, which is neutral on both acid and alkalinity. Common bottled water ranges between a pH of 6 and 7, the highest being 7.4. Such a PH is either acidic or neutral. As such, while common bottled or tap water contains a significant amount of alkalinity, recent medical research has established that the alkalinity is insufficient. Ideal levels of alkalinity are essential in optimizing tissue and cell environment in the human body.
When the cellular environment is between pH 8 – 9, it provides an antioxidant zone for natural electrons. Most and fungi, virus, bacteria organisms survive and multiply at neutral or acidic pH levels. As such, a relatively high alkaline level helps eliminate infectious cells and free radicals that could otherwise jeopardize, slow, or block, inter-vein circulation. Over 3 decades ago, as Groos, Walker, and Masters (1896) assert, scientists knew that the pH balance influences cytotoxicity, and started using alkaline solutions in Intra-vesical chemotherapy.
Waiakea water contains a stabilized pH of 8.8, consolidating a healthy balance of alkalinity that is strong enough to mitigate and prevent a rise of destructive acidity in the body. Published in the Seminars in Dialysis, Remer (2000) reviewed how the “acid-base balance” of the human diet influences human health. According to the study, having a balanced alkaline balance thus helps in:
a) Improved rates of food digestion and processing
b) Reducing amount of chemical and fat deposits in the body
c) Preventing the development of chronic diseases
d) Improving the general quality of health
e) Improving and optimizing body circulation and digestion
2) Consolidation of Essential Natural Minerals
How Waiakea water helps identify one of the key features essential in alkaline drinking water. Waiakea’s brand of Hawaiian volcanic water undergoes a unique and gradual process of natural filtration through 14,000 feet foundation of porous volcanic rock. During the natural filtration process, the water is enriched with numerous natural –occurring alkaline minerals that are essential to body development and healthy living. The most important naturally occurring alkaline minerals that are important constituents of drinking water include calcium, magnesium, sodium, silica, and potassium. For example, according to Malov and Kulikov (1998), deficiency of some vital minerals in the body leads to such chronic diseases as cancer.
It is also important to note that the mineral-enriched Waiakea water is sourced from the foothills of the Mauna Loa volcano, subject to perpetual rainfall. This means that the aquifer never gets an opportunity to stagnate, before flowing out fresh, natural, and mineral enriched. Consequently, Waiakea sources the volcanic water with a natural pH balance of 8.8, before bottling, and offers a complimentary set of naturally-occurring alkaline minerals essential for optimal human health. In an article published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Dawson-Hughes and peers (2009) reliable intake of Potassium protects and strengthens the bone structure of older men and women. According to previous research, among the many benefits of drinking pro-alkaline water include:
a) Minimal or absence of disease causing organisms
b) Increased tissue flexibility, rigor, and health as exemplified by the skin
c) Reduced aging and wear of tissue and bone structures
d) Improved bone formation and strengthening
e) Optimized cell health and functioning
f) Reliable body response systems such as blood clotting
3) Increasing Daily Water Intake
It might easily sound casual and insignificant, but the number of people who drink the minimum recommended amount of water daily, is less than 17% of the global population. The simple statement that you should drink 8 glasses of water every day, at the very least, is a minimum requirement for optimal health. However, most people rarely drink as much water, and when they do, it is because they feel thirsty not because they want to. This minimum requirement is not enforced for other alcoholic and beverage drinks, most if which are recommended based on the maximum rather than minimum.
At the heart of this problem, where the minimum most amount of water, cheap and available as it is, is not followed by most people is in its taste. The relatively abstract and blank taste of drinking water does not trigger desire, addiction, or need. This is even more concerning when one is drinking most of the regular brands of bottled water, or tap water. What such brands as Waiakea water provide however, is not just drinking water, but drinking water with a unique, refined, and highly pressurizing taste. What most consumers will not know however, is the the improved taste of Waiakea drinking water is courtesy of an 8.8-pH level of alkalinity. As are result, the drinking water becomes an irresistible charm where exceeding bare minimum of glasses is no longer a rule, but a norm. Consequently, the resultant health benefits include:
a) Improved look, health, and fit of the human skin
b) Improved digestion
c) Optimal body weight management with minimal fat deposits
d) Reduced intestinal disorders
e) Efficient circulatory systems in the human body
The globe is witnessing an unprecedented rate of environmental pollution and destruction. Lost in this process are natural life cycles that previously maintained the life of organisms and plants. Water is becoming increasingly acidic rather than providing a healthy dose of alkalinity. Unique to Waiakea water therefore, is sourcing drinking water from remaining natural mineral pedestals of the globe. In many ways therefore, Waiakea water qualifies as a testament of natural blend of alkalinity, whose pH balance is filtered through naturally occurring minerals. This water is riddled with immense health benefits, as discussed above, including reducing morbidity, preventing numerous chronic diseases, improving quality of life and health, increasing disease resistance, and mitigating against chemical-caused mortality.