WHAT’S ALKALINE WATER?
Alkalinity of substances is measured on a scale from 0-14, with 7 being the neutral value. Anything below 7 is considered acidic, whereas anything above is alkaline. When it comes to tap water, it normally contains additives in the form of chlorine, antibiotics, hormones and other elements that interfere with its pH making it slightly acidic. These dissolved elements enter your system and at times interfere with its function as well.
To be more specific, adulterated water can attack your immune system, thus triggering a wide range of illnesses that wouldn’t normally occur if the immune system was functioning properly.
A state of acidosis, or acidic pH body balance, can lead to lack of energy, fatigue, digestive problems, weight gain and other health issues, all of which can be entirely prevented by just drinking pure water along with consuming alkaline-forming foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic.
HOW TO PREPARE ALKALINE WATER AT HOME
What you need:
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/4 ginger root (peeled)
- 1/2 cup mint leaves
What you do:
- Chop the ingredients and add them to a mug of water.
- You don’t need to throw away these ingredients after the first use. In fact, you can keep adding water to them as they can last for about 3 days before you exhaust their mineral content.
- For best results, drink a glass of this mineral-enriched water on an empty stomach.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS
Although lemon is known as an acidic fruit, it’s extremely beneficial for balancing the internal pH once it’s ingested. In fact, this citrus fruit is inherently alkaline and promotes proper pH balance in the body. The health benefits of lemon are widely known and praised. For one thing, it’s a strong antiseptic, which effectively treats numerous conditions from bad breath to cholera. Plus, it packs over 20 anti-cancer properties.
Cucumber, on the other hand, provides lots of vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin A and Vitamin C. As these vitamins aren’t synthetic, but are coming from whole food sources, they’ll be better absorbed and metabolized in the body.