In our house, we say yes absolutely! For about a year now I’ve been very curious about alkaline water and whether it was a good option for me and my husband. Last May we traveled with our neighbors to Salt Spring Island, Canada and stayed at the home of one of their friends. The house was equipped with Kangen water, which is a filtration system that turns tap water into alkaline water with a pH of 9.0. The four of us felt particularly good during that trip, despite the fact that happy hour each night started with a martini, and was generally followed by a few bottles of wine. Hey we were on vacation, don’t judge. Truthfully it could have been the amazing Canadian air or the fact that were all so relaxed, but no one ever woke up feeling bad and we spent most of our days hiking.
So ever since that trip I’ve contributed that great feeling to the fact that we drank water with a pH of 9.0. So what does it mean for water to be alkaline and how could it make me feel better?
Let’s start by getting a better understanding about our bodies and the pH of our blood. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. A pH from 0-7 is acidic and 7-14 is alkaline. The optimal blood pH for a healthy human should be around 7.365.
Therefore when our bodies pH dips below 7, to 6.8 on the scale, we go into acidosis, a state that contributes to many illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.
The 5 main factors contributing to our bodies becoming acidic are:
Diet– The typical modern diet of fast foods and sodas can push the body toward acidosis.
Stress– Let’s face it stress plays a huge part in our modern world, from job stress, physical stress and emotional stress
Drugs– not just prescription medications but simple over the counter drugs can have an effect on the bodies pH.
Age– We are born at a pH of about 7.7. From the age of 25 to 45 our pH is typically around 7.0, from age 45 and on our pH continues to drop. Life can not be sustained if your bodies pH drops below 6.4.
The last factor, age, is what really got me thinking that alkaline water might be the answer for some of the troubles my husband recently felt. Mike is 15 years older then me and just turned 60 on his last birthday. For the past several months he complained about not feeling that great in the stomach and was not wanting to eat. Mike is already naturally thin so not wanting to eat always concerns me. This was happening regardless of the fact that we eat a very clean, healthy diet, take high quality vitamin and mineral supplements as well as an herbal morning tonic with amazing adaptogens that promotes a fantastic general well-being. I’m thinking what more can we do? That got me back to thinking about the alkaline water and how great we felt in Canada.
If Mike’s body pH was in fact falling because of his age, maybe adding alkaline water to his diet would be just the little bit he needed to help get him feeling back to normal. Obviously I would love to get a Kangen water filtration system, but at $4,000+ that option is a little out of my price range. So I researched the companies in the area and decided on Paradise Water. A 5-gallon bottle of alkaline water, with a ph of 9+ is $12.95 per bottle. Still not cheap but certainly worth it if it helped Mike feel better.
For the last month we have been drinking alkaline water and to be perfectly honest with you, I think it makes a huge difference. First of all, I like the way it tastes so I find myself wanting to drink more water, which is a huge win. Second, I definitely believe in it’s ability to make you feel and stayed hydrated, plus it helps replenish electrolytes after a workout. But the most important difference so far is that Mike has not complained to me one time during this past month that his stomach was feeling off. So clearly as far as I’m concerned alkaline water was a great choice and well worth the extra cost. Besides even if we just believe that it is working, even if it’s only a placebo effect, isn’t that still better then the alternative?