How to make your drinking water alkaline at home.
By basic life 10 May 2012 16:22:00 UTC
Some acids are essential to your body. Ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin C, helps your immune system fight invading germs. Hydrochloric acid is produced by your stomach to digest your food so that the nutrition can be absorbed. Amino acids are crucial to perform functions in the brain and body. But all acid is not the same and too much of anything is never good.
Here are a few ways to start alkalizing your water and your body right now at home!
1. When life gives you lemons...make lemon water.
Making alkaline water is as easy as squeezing a lemon. Although lemons are highly acidic, when metabolized they raise your pH. Be sure to use fresh squeezed lemon juice as the bottled stuff will not work.
Just keep in mind that drinking lots of lemon water can damage tooth enamel. You may lessen the erosion by rinsing your mouth out with plain water afterward.
2. Baking soda--not just for baking
Baking soda has long been used as a remedy for gout, and it's no wonder. Gout is an arthritic condition caused by excess uric acid.
You can make basic water from that old box of baking soda in the pantry for a quick acid neutralizing drink.
Recipe for baking soda water:
Simple--Add a teaspoon or two for every quart of water. Stir or shake until dissolved.
Beware, this method is not ideal for people with high-blood pressure because of the sodium content. Also, the taste will take some getting used to.
Some might think club soda a more palatable alternative to drinking baking soda water, but is club soda alkaline? Unfortunately, the sodium bicarbonate in club soda is used to buffer the extreme acidity of the carbonation. Though it raises the pH, club soda still remains acidic.
3. Alkalizing water drops
Did you know you can buy drops that alkalize your water? Alkalizing water drops are available at your local health food store. Plenty of options are also available online. Simply put in a few drops and voila! Your water is basic.
pH drops are great because you can keep them with you and alkalize your water wherever you go. The only drawback is they can cost up to $30 a bottle and are not very convenient if you want large batches of alkaline water.
4. Water Alkalizing Pitcher
Much like an ordinary filter pitcher, alkalizing water pitchers filter the water and then add minerals to make it more alkaline. Alkalizing pitchers are handy for small batches of pure tasting basic water.
It is hard to know just how alkaline the water will be, but it will certainly be better than your tap water. These pitchers can be quite expensive and the filter replacements are also pricey, but they are portable and easy to use.
5. Water Alkalizing Machine
A water alkalizing machine hooks up to your tap and uses electrolysis to change the charges of the molecules in the water. You can learn more about the water ionization process here.
A water alkalizing machine is the ultimate solution since:
--You don't have to worry about squeezing fresh lemons or damaging your teeth.
--You don't have to accustom yourself to the taste of baking soda or worry about the extra sodium.
--You can make unlimited amounts of alkaline water.
--You can make water at the exact pH level you want and can be assured your water is at the ideal alkalinity.
Water alkalizers or ionizers are more expensive, but it is a one-time purchase and an invaluable investment in your health. Water alkalizing systems also save you the hassle of the other at-home water alkalizing methods.
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