Alkaline water seems to be one of the newest trends in the wellness and health industry. It is said that alkaline water offers more than one health benefits but it has been debated by different health experts. Alkaline water basically intends to neutralize the acidic effects on the body. Here’s everything you need to know about the alkaline water and its benefits.

What is alkaline water?

Alkaline water is water that has been ionized, which suggests the pH level of water has been raised. The pH scale level could be a range that measures how acidic or basic a substance is on a scale of zero to fourteen. for example, if the level is one, it suggests that the substance is extremely acidic and if it’s thirteen, it’s very alkaline. Basic water has pH scale level of about eight or nine and pH scale level of normal water is seven, that is neutral. It is believed that alkaline water helps individuals with excess acidity because it helps neutralize the acid within the body; due to its alkaline or basic nature. This method of neutralizing acids within the body helps forestall numerous ailments. There are ways to increase the alkaline properties of water by using special filters, faucet attachments and additives that raise the pH scale levels, making normal tap water go from neutral pH scale to alkaline scale.

How does it work?

Our body secretes digestive juices that are acidic in nature, to compensate for that it is normally suggested to consume food that is 30 percent acidic and 70 percent alkaline, if you feel that it is tough to maintain that ratio then it’s a good idea to go for alkaline water.

Here are a few benefits of alkaline water

·         Neutralises acidity in the body:

As explained above, this is the most important benefit of alkaline water, it lowers added acidic content in the gastrointestinal tract.

·         Better absorption:

The molecules in alkaline water are tinier and hence are better absorbed by the body. This makes it more hydrating than regular water and is recommended for people who go through physical duress in their daily routine

·         Rich in antioxidants:

Antioxidants in alkaline water slow down the aging process by battling free radicals in the body and encourage the growth of cells in the body, giving it more rejuvenating properties too.

·         Magnesium and calcium:

It has Magnesium and calcium that help you maintain healthy bones and help good health overall.

·         Boosts immunity:

Alkaline water helps to boost immunity by helping the immune system fight acidity and other elements that are brought on to the body by factors such as bad diet, heavy stress, and environmental toxins.

Although there may be a few side effects associated with drinking alkaline water such as:

-Excessive consumption of alkaline water may affect the natural acids of the stomach and kill the good bacteria.

-Excessive alkalinity may also adversely affect the GIT and the skin.

So it is also advised that alkaline water is taken in moderate quantities or under physician’s directions.