Alkaline Water Benefits

Did you know?The largest study ever conducted on the reasons why people live to be 100 – called the Okinawa Centenarian Project – reveals that the longest lived people on earth drink alkaline water and eat alkaline foods? The people of Okinawa Japan regularly live to be 100 – and the water they drink has a pH of 10 – making it alkaline water. Longevity is one of the reported benefits of of healthy lifestyle choices like alkaline water that is currently being studied by scientists in the ongoing Centenarian Project. (Suzuki, M, B Willcox, and et al)

Weight Loss Study: 12 pound in Two Months

A recent pilot study – the first of it’s kind – followed 4 people who drank alkaline water for two months. The people in the study were all middle aged, and clinically obese. The only thing that was changed in the study was the water they drank – and the study participants lost an average of 12 pounds over two months. (Guy. A. and Flebas, J)

Dehydration and mineral deficiencies are both factors that can contribute to obesity. Drinking alkaline water ensures you get the best possible dehydration and easy-to-absorb minerals – in every glass of water you drink!

Alkaline water benefits for detoxification

Two studies have shown that alkaline water may provide protection against the toxic effects of metals like mercury. If detoxification is what you’re after, the pH of your water could make all the difference. (Rosborg, I, Nihlgard B, and Gerhardsson L) (Guy. A. and Flebas, J)

Did you know? Alkalinity increases your kidney’s ability to discharge fluoride! At a pH of 5.5, your kidney’s discharge 5% of the fluoride in your system. At a pH of 7.6, your kidneys discharge 65% of the fluoride in your bloodstream.

Blood Pressure: “The Harder the water the softer the arteries”

That’s a direct quote from one of the largest reviews of the effects of the water we drink on heart health called: Hard Water and the Heart, the story revisited. Hard water by the way, is alkaline water because it has a pH of greater than 7. But the sad fact is that you probably refuse to drink hard water because it tastes bitter and chalky. Instead, many people drink bottled water – which has no known heart benefit – and heart disease is a health epidemic. (Gumashta, J, R Gumashta, and et al.)

Did you know? For better heart health, the World Health Organization recommends you get 10 – 20% of your daily needs for calcium and magnesium from the water you drink!

Good to the Bone: Benefits for Bone Health

Perhaps the strongest clinical evidence of the benefits of drinking alkaline water are the studies that show it’s link to bone health. Studies have shown that drinking alkaline water reduces two markers of bone loss. The strength of the evidence linking alkaline water to bone health is the reason that even the Mayo Clinic agrees: Alkaline water shows a link to bone health. (Wynn, E, MA Krieg, JM Aeschlimann, and P Burckhardt)

Does milk do a body bad? A recent study showed that drinking milk increases oxidative stress in the body which leads to premature aging! Alkaline water can be a safer and healthier source of dietary calcium than milk (Michaelsson, Karl, Alicia Wolk, and Et Al. 2014).

Does alkaline water have an antioxidant benefit?

The only studies that have examined the antioxidant potential of alkaline water are laboratory studies. Until clinical trials are conducted, nobody can say for sure. The laboratory studies do indicate that to unlock the antioxidant potential of alkaline water, it’s best to mix it with vitamin C. In fact, alkaline water triples the antioxidant effect of Vitamin C! (Lee, MY, YK Kim, and et al) (Hiraoka, A, M Takemoto, and et al)

Did you know? Lemon juice contains vitamin C and helps alkalize the body! Combined with alkaline water, lemon water makes a tasty and healthy addition to your detoxification regimen and a potent antioxidant!

References:

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