Alkaline Water - pH - Water Quality & Purification

Alkaline Water - pH - Water Quality & Purification

Water, which forms the majority of our body and ensures the continuity of our vital activities; It is an essential substance required for metabolic functions. In addition, it plays an important role in performing many vital activities such as circulation, reproduction, and urinary systems. (1) It is perhaps one of our greatest chances in life to have access to clean, pure, and healthy water. Because there are many drinking-water scarce countries. However, it should not be forgotten that all the resources we have are limited, we may someday consume resources.


 So what is the most important thing in water quality when we live in a country rich in water in our daily life? Undoubtedly, the first concept that comes to our mind when buying water from the market shelves is "pH of" (Power of Hydrogen). PH according to many sources; It is known as the minus logarithm of the concentration of hydrogen ions in liquid solutions. Basically, we can say the concentration of hydrogen ions.

The pH scale is between 0-14. Anything between pH 0-7 is acidic; 7 neutral and pH above 7 are considered alkaline (or basic). (2) The higher the pH of a liquid, the less free hydrogen ions it has; The lower the pH, the more hydrogen ions. (3)


Here we came to alkaline water. Benefiting from naturally occurring electric charges contained in calcium and magnesium ions; It is water that is separated into alkaline and acid fractions using electrolysis. In fact, it is known as "basic water" among the people because it is water with a pH value above 7, especially above 8. Your body is completely built on balance. In this balance, the pH level of the water has a significant role. Alkaline waters are rich in calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, potassium and silica (Silicium Dioxide mineral) contents. These waters rich in electrons neutralize free radicals in the body. (4)

Well, is it possible to easily reach alkaline water in our daily life?

We can say that today's technologies are overcoming the problem. Many water purification devices stand out in the consumption of alkaline water. These devices, which are produced by more than one brand, provide easy access to alkaline water.


Even so, below is an alkaline water making that we can obtain very easily in our home:

When we add 2 tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate to 2 liters of water and mix them, we will consume alkaline water very easily. Here, the active ingredient, sodium bicarbonate, is very effective in maintaining the body's acid-alkaline balance. 


Positive Effects of Alkaline Water Consumption on the Body

According to some studies, the consumption of alkaline water does not have a certain effect on the body. However, according to several types of research, this consumption gives positive impact on the body.

High pH water consumption boosts life energy; It becomes the criterion in creating a healthier, more peaceful, and happy life order. In general, it makes you feel calmer and significantly reduces stress. (5)

The detox effect is very high and it affects the immune system positively.

According to a study conducted in 2012; Unlike drinking water, pH 8.8 alkaline water instantly denatures the pepsin enzyme and makes it permanently ineffective. Therefore, it has been suggested that alkaline water consumption may be an agreeable alternative for patients with reflux disease. (6)

According to another study of 50 women and 50 men; It has been observed that alkaline water increases blood flow after the exercise. (7)

As a result, water is an essential ingredient for our bodies. While taking such an important substance into our body, the concept of pH appears in terms of quality parameters. Alkaline waters are waters with high pH. This high value is more prominent than other drinking water. Currently, there is not enough research on alkaline waters. However, some of the researches we have show that alkaline water has a more positive effect on health than other drinking water. We can prepare alkaline water at home, either with water purification devices or ourselves. Thus, we may have taken an important step in our diet by establishing the acid-base balance for our health. I hope that further research will be introduced in the upcoming period and the consumption of alkaline water will be ensured by the consumer.

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TRANSLATION: Melisa Güçlü

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*This article was originally posted at www.gidabilgi.com



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5. Muse Yeliz Rüzgar, 30 Kasım 2018 (uplifers.com)

6. Jamie A. Koufman MD ve Nikki Johnston (2012), Reflü Hastalığının Tedavisinde Yardımcı Olarak pH 8.8 Alkali İçme Suyunun Potansiyel Faydaları, New York. Cilt: 121 sayı: 7, sayfa (lar): 431-434

7. Joseph Weidman, Ralph E. Holsworth Jr, Bradley Brossman, Daniel J. Choj, John St.Cyr, Gregory Fridman ( 2016 ), Uluslararası Sporcu Beslenmesi Derneği Dergisi 13, Makale numarası: 45