Maintaining a proper pH balance in your body is crucial to your overall health and well-being. Most functions in the body are influenced by pH (the level of acid or alkaline). Healthy enzyme and hormone systems and our blood’s ability to carry oxygen all depend on an alkaline pH. Together, these systems impact our overall health.
Alkaline water has become the most popular water beverage search term in the past year or so, according to a report issued by Google. A trip to your local heath food store (or any supermarket for that matter), will show how many bottled water companies now sell this type of water. Proponents of alkaline water tell stories about increased energy, weight loss, acid reflux treatment, and more. But does it really work? Is alkaline water all that it’s hyped up to be? Is alkaline water just another fad that will pass away like other fads?
Do you drink soda? If yes, then you may be interested to know how your habit can be damaging your body more than you think. If you drink sugary soda, you probably already know how those extra empty calories will mess up your diet and damage your teeth. However, you are not safe even if you drink diet soda. Soda can have many negative effects on your health.
Ah, lemon water. The tonic used by so many to “cure” what ails you. In fact, there are reports of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans using lemons for medicinal purposes. Lemons contain a good amount of Vitamin C as well as trace amounts of folate and potassium. Some suggest that lemon water promotes healthier skin, some say it helps with weight loss and others swear by it as an excellent way to detox.
In order to digest food and kill the kinds of bacteria and viruses that come with the food, the inside of our stomach is acidic. The stomach pH level is maintained at around 4. When we eat food and drink water, especially alkaline water, the pH level inside the stomach goes up. When this happens, there is a feedback mechanism in our stomach to detect this that commands the stomach wall to secrete more hydrochloric acid into the stomach to bring the pH level back to 4. So the stomach becomes acidic again. When we drink more alkaline water, more hydrochloric acid is secreted to maintain the stomach pH value. It seems like a losing battle.
Most of those reading this article know about alkaline water and its remarkable benefits to human health. And, when put in a position to do so, most of us can explain the benefits of alkalinity and the harmful effects of acidity inside the body. However, looking at the pH scale can present a challenge when it comes to accurately measuring pH and our ability to interpret those findings. Let's take a look at the pH scale and the meaning of the information it presents to us.