Al­ka­line-ionised wa­ter

Low­er­ing acid lev­els in your body starts with your wa­ter.

Element - - Wellbeing -

Wa­ter is a key in­gre­di­ent in­flu­enc­ing the taste, form and preser­va­tion of foods as well as be­ing fun­da­men­tal to our well­be­ing.

So it makes sense that wa­ter de­serves just as much at­ten­tion in our healthy di­ets as food does.

Al­ka­line-ionised re­duced wa­ter is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly known as a pos­i­tive al­ter­na­tive to other wa­ters.

Kyushu Univer­sity in Ja­pan has recorded that al­ka­line-ionised wa­ter can as­sist peo­ple in their re­cov­ery from var­i­ous ill­nesses, thanks to its an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties, higher pH lev­els and smaller wa­ter mol­e­cule clus­ters.

The re­port from the Univer­sity’s Depart­ment of Bio­science and Biotech­nol­ogy con­cluded that al­ka­line-ionised wa­ters “are health ben­e­fi­cial and they sup­press ox­ida­tive stress­re­lated dis­eases such as di­a­betes, can­cer, ar­te­rioscle­ro­sis and neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases.”

The re­searchers claim that having an al­ka­line body can have far-reach­ing ben­e­fits; a per­son can ex­pect fewer colds due to im­proved im­mu­nity, a de­creased like­li­hood of can­cer thanks to health­ier cell turnover, eas­ier main­te­nance of weight, im­proved mus­cle and bone mass, and mit­i­ga­tion of hy­per­ten­sion or strokes.

Auck­land-based doc­tor of in­te­gra­tive medicine and clin­i­cal nu­tri­tion­ist Kath­leen Wills em­pha­sises the ben­e­fits of having a more al­ka­line body through the con­sump­tion of al­ka­line wa­ter and foods.

“Main­tain­ing tis­sue and body cell pH is im­por­tant for keep­ing healthy, and cre­at­ing an in­hos­pitable en­vi­ron­ment for dis­eased cells and fun­gus and bac­te­ria to thrive,” Dr Wills says.

“Too much acid in the body forces it to bor­row min­er­als, in­clud­ing mag­ne­sium, sodium, potas­sium and cal­cium from our vi­tal or­gans, teeth and bones to neu­tralise the acid, and safely re­move it from the body.”

Wills says this process is called aci­do­sis, and the re­sul­tant dis­place­ment of es­sen­tial min­er­als can then lead to prob­lems such as up­set stom­achs, anx­i­ety, in­som­nia, headaches, early morn­ing fa­tigue, rest­less leg syn­drome, mus­cle pain, rapid heart­beats and high blood pres­sure.

A re­cent seven-year study con­ducted by the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cisco, has found that aci­do­sis may also cause a loss in bone den­sity, re­sult­ing in frac­tures as we age. It has also been linked to many kinds of in­flam­ma­tion in the body which, in turn, fur­ther in­creases acid lev­els.

In spite of the ar­gu­ments for the ben­e­fits of al­ka­line-ionised wa­ter – there’s also plenty of on­line in­for­ma­tion de­bunk­ing the sci­ence. So always check the source of the in­for­ma­tion and de­cide for your­self on its ve­rac­ity.

Dr Wills com­ments she did a blind­folded taste test of five types of fil­tered wa­ter, and found that liq­uid from an al­ka­line-ion­i­sa­tion prod­uct called the Alka Jug tasted the fresh­est.

“Many of my clients ask me for al­ter­na­tives to tap wa­ter, and I rec­om­mend the Alka Jug from Ionza, due to its health ben­e­fits and com­pet­i­tive price com­pared to other fil­ter­ing op­tions.”

Dr Mark Gabriel from Christchurch is in favour of al­ka­line wa­ter’s ben­e­fits, say­ing he has seen the health of his fam­ily no­tice­ably im­prove through the daily con­sump­tion of al­ka­line wa­ter, and he is con­vinced it is an es­sen­tial part of a healthy life­style.

Carl Sayer was suf­fer­ing from gout un­til he started drink­ing al­ka­line wa­ter. Since then, he says it has “so ma­jorly im­proved that I can now jog again. The fire in my feet is to­tally gone.”

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