Everyone knows that without water, we could not survive.  It is one of the basic elements of life along with air and food.  However, what we don’t often realize is the fact that the water we drink is often less alkaline than that found in aquifers and natural springs.  Natural springs usually contain water that is quite alkaline because of the soluble minerals that they contain.  Our drinking water is often processed and treated, which tends to reduce the alkaline content in the water.

You have probably heard the term “pH balance” but may not know that pH means the potential for hydrogen.  The lower the pH value, the more acidic the substance, and the more alkaline something is, the higher the pH value.  In emergency medical care, the concept of a balance between acidity and alkalinity is important; the mainstream concept of the importance of this balance in our daily lives is just beginning to come into the limelight.

A machine called an alkaline water ionizer can be used to separate regular tap water into its alkaline and acidic parts.  The alkaline water includes ionized minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium.  In addition, alkaline water often includes antioxidants such as manganese and is also quite hydrogen rich, which may add more antioxidant benefits.

The alkaline water benefits include these antioxidant benefits.  Antioxidants can fight free radicals that are often the cause of illness.  In addition, some studies have shown that reduced heart disease rates, digestive health improvement, better bone density maintenance, improved performance athletically, and even healthy weight loss may be attributed in part to alkaline water.

Asian countries rank highest in the world in health surveys, and this may be because of the alkaline water benefits they have received by using it as a health supplement for several decades.  As other countries begin to use alkaline water, similar results are expected to be reported.  Used in conjunction with proper diet and exercise, alkaline water can become part of a healthy lifestyle.