Alkaline Water: Beneficial Or All Hype?

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In case you didn’t know, water is kind of a big deal in regards to your health. When you are consistently hydrated you can experience better digestion, feelings of satiety, better circulation, and better bowel movements. If regular water can aid these processes in the body, what is alkaline water good for? Is it even necessary for optimal health?

 

What Is Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water contains a higher pH level that regular filtered water. Americans are fortunate to have access to clean drinking water, but a lot of tap or filtered water can contain traces of heavy metals and fluoride. Alkaline water is filled with alkalizing compounds that include silica, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, and magnesium. Some people are a little skeptical of alkaline water because they believe that the benefits aren’t real.

 

Many people endorse alkaline water, but there is limited research on its benefits for the human body. That being said, alkaline water theoretically helps to make the body less acidic. The Standard American Diet (SAD) reportedly makes the body more acidic, which can lead to chronic health problems like acidosis, a condition that can lead to hormonal imbalance and metabolic & bone problems.

 

Because of the overly acidic bodies and diet-related health issues in America, many companies try to push the sales of alkaline water by saying that it can help boost the metabolism, slow bone loss, reverse aging, and improve nutrient absorption. Just as you cannot out supplement a poor diet, you also cannot become healthier by drinking alkaline water and eating the SAD. Alkalizing the body is complex, and alkaline water isn’t the quick fix to a healthier body.

 

A healthy body has a blood pH of 7.4. There is a natural alkaline/acid ratio of 60/40. A person’s blood pH doesn’t really change because a pH change of 0.05 could have negative effects. People eat overly acidic foods and don’t eat a lot of alkaline foods. Obviously, the body isn’t going to let itself die, so it makes pH adjustments throughout the body to help maintain that 7.4 blood pH level. So the body may borrow minerals from bones, teeth, or organs to neutralize excess acidity. This is where alkaline water comes into the picture.

 

The idea behind drinking alkaline water is to aid with system and organ function in the body. Some people believe that these benefits are attributed to the minerals in alkaline water as opposed to the pH level. These minerals are beneficial for a healthy body and lowering acidity in the body, which is attractive for those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Just remember that 60/40 blood ratio that was previously mentioned. Too much alkalinity can disrupt the body’s natural blood pH level.

 

Possible Alkaline Water Benefits

Alkaline water doesn’t need to be dismissed or feared. You just have to look at the whole picture (i.e. your entire diet) when it comes to overall health.

 

Beneficial For Athletes:

Physically active people may benefit the most from drinking alkaline water because exercise causes muscles to produce more hydrogen than one can effectively eliminate. The acidity can induce fatigue, but drinking alkaline water may temper this acidity and improve athletic performance. The mineral content of alkaline water can help people retain more fluid in the cardiovascular system during exercise, which may also help people feel hydrated.

 

Gut Health:

Ionized water has a negative oxidation-reduction potential, meaning that it has disinfectant properties. These properties can help keep your gut free of harmful microorganisms that could be detrimental to optimal digestive function.

 

Glycation and Alzheimer’s Disease:

Glycation is a reaction that occurs when simple sugar molecules, like glucose or fructose, become attached to proteins or fats without enzyme moderation. This can result in advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs), which are rogue molecules that can increase a person’s risk of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. In a recent animal study, ionized water lowered glycation levels and reduced liver damage in rats with poor blood sugar levels. Because rats are not humans, more studies need to be done to know if alkaline water has the same effects on humans.

 

It is possible that alkaline water may offer benefits to some people, but it cannot make you healthier without some sort of dietary intervention and effort on your part.

 

Sources:

https://draxe.com/alkaline-water/

https://www.livestrong.com/article/498701-what-are-the-benefits-of-drinking-alkaline-water/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-berardi-phd/alkaline-water_b_7762588.html

2018-06-20T16:23:59+00:00

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    Q: I love to drink water, but I like to drink hot water you know boiling water slightly cooled. Is there a benefit, or disadvantage to this compared to drinking room temperature water? Secondly, the water I drink is boiled water. Alkaline water is not a privilege most Kenyans have. If 56% of the population is living below poverty line you do the math. So the water I drink is tap water, that I boil to make it safe for drinking. When I get to work I have Alkaline water as my work place provides me with that provision. I think this is detailed enough for you to get the picture and help. Once again (I love you) in Swahili for spreading the gospel!

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    No difference at all, Beloved! Even the boiled water becomes room temperature water. You're doing fine! Thank you for your words as well! Much appreciated! Peace and Love!

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    Q: What's better, distilled or alkaline water? What are the benefits of each?

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    Alkaline water is better! Distilled is leeching (and good for detoxing) whereas alkaline is very cleansing and helps balance the body's Ph balance, but it too is good for cleansing but unlike distilled water can be drank daily.

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    Q: I am trying to monitor my ph level. This morning, I did a urine sample, and it turned yellowish green. So, my body is not alkaline. I understand that if I want to get a negative test results from the docs. I need to be alkaline. Because disease can't survive in this state. My question then is, how long does ones body have to be alkaline before a viral infection (HSV,HPV,HIV) will go away and you can be healed?

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    Give it about 6-12 months. Alkaline levels may be good if the thought of having a disease is in the mind, then everything is for naught. The healing must be wholistic. Get your mind right! Consider reading "The Mental Science Manual" e-book.

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    Q: I need to know what diet will keep my body ph perfect? I am drinking alkaline water, but don't want to mess up the effectiveness with wrong foods.

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    A raw foods diet consisting of living enzymatic foods! Eat at least 50% raw organic foods!

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    Q: I'm taking the FULL BODY DETOX what does the ACTIVATED CHARCOAL do for the body? it does not say in the book. I want to get more alkaline water. I usually had distilled in the house. Where do you recommend buying in bulk or what ionizations system do you recommend? Also is it good to bath in alkaline water?

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    Please read the articles "ALKALINE WATER"" and "BENEFITS OF CARBON A/K/A ACTIVATED CHARCOAL" . They are in our articles section.

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    Q: In your opinion which Alkaline Water Machine is the best to use for ideal health.

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    The Kangen machine is one of the best alkaline water machines on the market today. We recommend doing your own research on alkaline water machines to choose which one is best for you.

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    Q: What Is Alkaline Water?

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    Please read our article "ALKALINE WATER" in our articles section. We list website addresses of companies that sell alkaline water machines in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL available from our On-Line store. You can find alkaline water brands sold in commercial health food stores such as Whole Foods Market. Good brands include "Essentia" and "Penta-Hydrate".

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    Q: I'm taking the FULL BODY DETOX and I am noticing that I am extremely bloated and a lot of gas. I've taken this product before and don't remember any of this. Also my urine output is decreased from normal I drink a gallon of water a day? I drink the distilled water I was unable to find alkaline water.

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    It's your body that has been through something, not the herbs. Your colon is speaking to you. Don't worry! Just keeping detoxing! Distilled water is good for detoxing!

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    Q: Where Can I Purchase Alkaline Water?

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    Answer: Alkaline water can be purchased at good health food stores, i.e Whole Foods Market, Wild Oats, Nature Mart (Los Angeles), Natural Grocer (El Cerrito and Berkeley, California), New Frontiers (Sedona and Flagstaff, Arizona), etc.

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    Q: Where can I purchase alkaline water?

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    AT A GOOD HEALTH FOOD STORE I.E. WHOLE FOODS MARKET

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    Q: I?m about to go on your Full Body Cleanse and Anti Viral Kit & regimen...but the problem is that I can?t find any alkaline water that?s a little affordable those machines is expensive. Is there any water u can recommend me to drink while doing this process.

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    Simply drink DISTILLED water!

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    Q: What brand names would I be looking for when I seek out alkaline water?

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    Essentia, Penta-Hydrate, etc. Please read the article â€ALKALINE WATERâ€

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    Q: Where can I find Alkaline Water Machines and the cost?

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    Order our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL e-book and you'll plenty of good information pursuant to your request. It's in our on-line store! Also, read our article â€ALKALINE WATERâ€. Machines will cost between $500-4,000.00

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    Q: I recently purchased the FULL BODY DETOX and ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. I totally understand that healing is holistic and that changes must occur in diet, lifestyle, and only positive thinking will result in optimal health. I am noticing balding on the right side of my head. Of all the hair care products provided by dherbs.com, I was curious to know if using any of the dherbs.com hair herbs would affect the detox/cleansing regime? If not which would be the most effective in assisting me with hair loss? (Due to financial limitations I can't afford to purchase them all because I just purchased an alkaline water machine that set a brother back)Aside from performing the anti-viral cleanse regime. I eat plenty of cilantro and parsley, drink half my body weight in alkaline water daily, and eliminate stressors out of my life. I was interested in knowing what other follow up actions can I take to help assist me in overcoming this trial (virus) that has changed my life for the better.

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    You have the right attitude and spirit! Kudos to you. For the hair inquiry, you can drink the HAIR-SKIN-NAILS TEA during your detox. In re additional pointers, work on your mind-reprogramming it. Use daily affirmations! Reinvent yourself. Meditate! Perform yoga! perform the "SEA SALT SOAKS" daily! Keep getting knowledge! Just be creative and follow!

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    Q: I've been a vegan for 2 years now. I've done the FBD 3 times in these two years, but my urine is still yellow. The only time it is clear is immediately after I drink water (reverse osmosis water). If I miss a day of drinking water, my urine goes back to being dark yellow. Does this mean that my body is still very toxic? Also, is it normal to release urine 5 to 15 minutes after drinking liquids? I would think that water would need to stay in the body for awhile for proper hydration and cleansing.

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    From what you wrote I would suggest you start drinking alkaline water (purchase an alkaline water machine, you can find various brands in our e-book "Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual"). If you are urinating within 10-15 minutes of drinking water you are not absorbing the water, and thus you require micro-clustered water which an alkaline (and ionizing) water machine does. I also highly recommend consumption of our Kidneys-Bladder formula (3 capsules per day).

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    Q: Hello, I'm on day 3 of the FBC and I'm having a really hard time with sweets. It's even more trying because I work in a bakery which I cannot avoid because it is a family owned business and I, myself do a lot of the baking. What do you recommend to help seize my sweet craving besides fruit? Because it seems that I can eat fruit for substitution but after a while I still want to eat cake lol. Also, what brand alkaline water do you recommend? Is it best to drink the bottled water or make it? Thanking you in advance. D.Bolden

    A: After a few days, your cravings will subside. If you feel like you need additional help with sugar cravings you can also try the Sugar Control. There are raw food desserts available in health stores like Whole Foods, raw food restaurants or raw desserts you can make. It would be best to purchase the alkaline water. Essentia, Nestle, Voss and Neo Water are some of the popular brands of alkaline water. Sugar Control - http://www.dherbs.com/store/sugar-Formula-p-63.html

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    Q: I am doing the the Full Body Detox, the Anti Viral Cleanse, and then the 10 Day Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse. I am trying to fully heal form so called HIV. I started seeing brown spots on my palm, and bottom of my feet. I am trying not to freak out. I am drinking distilled, and alkaline water. Also eating salads, smoothies(not diary), and fresh fruits. I plan on going to find a sauna and get my Charka balance. What else can I do to make these spots go away?

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    Don't put too much emphasis on getting rid of HIV! Focus on optimal health, and well-being. Get your mind right! Recommended reading, The Mental Science Manual e-book. Subconsciously, and subtly you have already freaked out, and your body knows it. Relax! Chill Out! Focus on healing! Not on disease! You can and will heal! Keep the faith!

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    Q: In the instructions booklet that came with the Full-Body Detox some items were mentioned for use that I am unfamiliar with and have no idea where to find them. Can you help? The items are food grade hydrogen peroxide and/or stabilized oxygen and alkaline water.

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    Traders Joe's, Wholefoods or any health food store.

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    Q: Hi, thanks for giving people like me some hope that we can all be healed. I recently bought the FULL BODY DETOX and I see where I need to drink distilled water for the first 2 weeks. I am unable to find distilled water here (Jamaica) but I see deionized water is that the same thing as distilled water?

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    It's not the same water but it will do!

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    Q: My fiance has experienced water retention and discoloration in his right foot and leg for around 2 years. Doctors had him on water pills, coreg for vascular issues and glyberide for high blood sugars. He ordered the Pancreas kit and around a week into the program experienced more swelling in the foot and leg. He stopped the program to resume taking the water pill to see if this would help. He has gained around 12 lbs which is water held in this leg. I know the natural way of good nutrition and herbs is a good course to follow but can you offer some suggestions to help these issues. 1. water retention 2. His stomach rumbles and gurgles 24 hours a day to the point where I thought our neighbors were dragging furniture across the floor. This has caused him considerable embarrassment at work. We are eating a vegan diet about 50% raw-50%-cooked. Oddly enough when he eats a standard American diet the rumbling stops. 3. High blood pressure. Thank you so much for answering my previous letter to you. I believe in what you are doing, and know that the body will heal at it's own pace with proper care. I have resolved a urinary problem just a week into your Detox program and think it's great.

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    Your husband is NOT getting proper circulation to his extremities. He should have not stopped the Pancreas kit because it is common for things to get worse before better. He should have judged himself after the kit was finished in 3-weeks. He experienced the HEALING CRISIS and stopped! He should complete the kit and regimen (perhaps even starting over).

    His stomach is making noises because he's having digestive problems. He needs to eat as much raw foods as possible and rink plenty of vegetable juice. SAD foods stops his stomach from gurgling because that's what's in his stomach; and when he does not give his stomach what it wants (a sign of fasting and cleansing), he hear the noise from his stomach. Again, the healing crisis. Things will get worse before they get better. However, you don't stop!

    High blood pressure is due to his toxic state and poor circulation!

    Have him perform the Full Body Detox and right after the Full Body Detox, the Pancreas kit and regimen.

    There's healing from him!

    Please peruse some of our free articles so as to truly learn what's going on with his/your bodies pertaining to healing.