What’s the deal with pH? Is Alkaline Water good for me?

You may have heard of the words “high alkaline” around recent diet fads or specialty drinks and wondered “What does this really mean? “ 

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Let’s start with understanding water pH and acidity.

What is pH?

pH is a numeric scale used to specify the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution.  The scale runs from 0 to 14.  The lower number on the scale is an indicator of higher acidity.  The higher the number on the scale is an indicator it is more basic, or alkaline.  Processed foods and products like yogurt, fish and cheese are typically more acidic while vegetables like beets, bell peppers and kale are considered higher in alkaline. 

What does pH have to do with water?

Pure water is considered a neutral-located in the middle of the scale, usually with a pH of 7.  Unfortunately, not all water is pure and is rarely ever at this actual level.  The pH levels of water change because there are many factors which can affect the acidity and alkalinity of water.  The first and most prominent is the bedrock and soil composition where the water is located. Depending on the rock type, acidity in the water may be neutralized.  However, plant growth and organic material located near the water can increase acidity due to the emission of carbon dioxide when decomposition occurs.  Other factors include the dumping of chemicals and acid precipitation.

pH levels in drinking water are monitored closely and are required to be kept in a range of 6.5-8.5 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If not regulated carefully, the effects of drinking acidic or alkaline water can be harmful.  When water is below a pH level of 7, it has a corrosive quality to it. This means it could contain iron, copper, lead or zinc from plumbing or other metal fixtures and can have a bitter or metallic taste. 

How does pH impact our bodies and overall health?

The importance of water pH is to keep your body in balance and to regulate metabolic processes.  Being either too alkaline or too acidic can be detrimental to your health.  A diet high in acidity can lead to weight gain, slower immune responses and susceptibility to disease.  A diet too alkaline can lead to the inability to metabolize key nutrients.  Our bodies are constantly working to achieve a balanced pH level.  The food we eat, the liquids we drink and even the emotions we feel are all contributing to our bodies pH level.

EarthWater has an average pH level of 9.25 to 10.5 and is one of the highest natural pH waters available on the market.  With its 70+ life essential natural trace minerals,  EarthWater helps the body hydrate better, absorb nutrients faster and replenish electrolytes well beyond regular water.

Your body will truly thank you for it!  Learn more at earthwater.com.  We would love to help you get your body back in balance and on the road to better health!

Author: Kim Francis