Acidic Drinking Water & Its Health Risks
The ill effects of acidity in drinking water has recently come to light as studies have progressed documenting the changing lifestyles of Americans. pH is the measurement of acid versus alkaline within a substance. A measurement of seven on the pH scale is generally said to be neutral (pure), while anything below is considered acidic and above alkaline. The pH in the body has been linked to long term concerns as it relates to many diseases. Most forms of diseases flourish in an acidic environment which is why drinking high acidic water in combination with our lifestyle changes and diet are a path for future health problems. The body manages this process of being more alkaline automatically. If the alkalinity level drops than the body will seek to draw alkaline from calcium deposits in our teeth and bones.
In our early years we get away with eating an imbalanced diet because our bodies produce a much higher rate of alkaline. This is why the body in earlier years stays skinnier even if we eat poorly. In our thirties and forties our bodies begin to change and the years of drinking acidic soda and ingesting other dietary NO-NOs, along with stress, environmental toxins and acidic chemicals in our daily hygiene products, all contribute to a higher acid level. Our bodies become less able to neutralize the acid. Chronic acidosis is a new term that has been established by the medical community to describe this event. Another new phenomenon is acid reflux directly linked to our lifestyle change and the amount of acid in our bodies. Twenty years ago did you ever even hear about this disease? Ever heard of acid rain and its damaging affects? This is the same thing that is currently happening in our bodies and it is time to take control!
According to the research of Dr. Enderlein our bodies can only be healed of any chronic illness when our blood is at normal, or slightly alkaline. An imbalanced pH affects the cellular activity in the body, leading to the progression of most degenerative diseases, including cardiovascular disease and heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, kidney stones, urinary incontinence, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, systemic weight gain and obesity.
Minerals in water are an easy way to improve this balance within our bodies. The water that we choose to drink is impacting our bodys pH levels. Reverse Osmosis and bottled water are both bad choices as they are very acidic. Reverse Osmosis is water that is filtered to such a microscopic level that most if not all the minerals are removed. If you look at the label on bottled water that is processed through Reverse Osmosis (RO) it always states, “minerals added”. Even though bottled water generally isnt as acidic as RO water we should still shy away from it since the minerals added do not create a high enough pH level for healthy drinking. Find a water system that offers the best options for optimum health and leaves the necessary minerals in your water. Make choices that are in your family’s best interest there are many water system options today that leave the minerals in the water and have a healthy pH level.
To further make you think about drinking acidic Reverse Osmosis water think about this! In general, water with a low pH level of (less then 6.5) is acidic, soft and corrosive. As corrosive as this water is when it travels through our plumbing fixtures it is leaching metal ions like iron, manganese, copper, lead, and zinc from those fixtures and pipes. The fowl taste that comes from metals in the water and the health concerns of metals in drinking water is further proof that acidic water should be avoided.
Not sold yet? Take two different bowls one with Reverse Osmosis water and the other with water where the minerals have not been removed or substituted with salt and put it down for a pet. Their instincts guide them directly to the healthy water with minerals in it and they will choose the bowl with that water every time. Follow your pets instincts and your own and stay away from acidic water your body will love you for it. The long term health risks are real if you do not make this choice.
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